Best Burger: Frita Batidos

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By Alec Stern, Senior Arts Editor
Published April 7, 2014

To find the best burger in Ann Arbor, you’ll have to look beyond the likely candidates — Five Guys, Charley’s, BurgerFi — and start thinking outside the box. Located past Main Street on W. Washington, Frita Batidos uniquely blends cultures and flavors, making it one of the most interesting, exciting and talked-about restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Described by its founders as “Cuban inspired street food,” Frita Batidos is known for its creative variation on burgers and shakes. The Frita — a burger typically made from spicy chorizo (though chicken, fish and beef are also offered) — pairs perfectly with the Batido — tropical milkshakes made with fresh fruit, sweetened milk and rum.

If that’s not enough, the Frita’s toppings take this meal to the next level. Every burger is served below shoestring fries and between a soft egg bun. If you’re feeling brave, “make it loco,” and add Muenster cheese, a sunny side up egg, cilantro-lime salsa, tropical slaw and avocado spread for a truly unforgettable experience.

Many have praised Frita Batidos — including the Daily’s own food columnist, Nate Wood — for its delicious drinks, sensational sides and authentic atmosphere. But its burger, or Frita, stands above the rest. If you haven’t yet experienced this Ann Arbor hotspot, put it on your to-do list. Or, rather, put it at the top of that list.