Imagine another state doing Italian Beef better than Illinois because that's what's happening here.

Ok so here's the story, I saw this yesterday on The Takeout called This Michigan Burger Deserves More Love.

Woman eating burger

Naturally, I was intrigued. The story is food related and Michigan is in the midwest. Little did I know the focus would quickly shift from Michigan to Illinois.

The author of the story, Dennis Lee, was describing when and where he first had an Olive Burger, a burger that originated in Flint, Michigan.

The Takeout:

I first ran across an olive burger in my home state of Illinois, of all places, at a fast food restaurant. The chain is called Beef-A-Roo (yes, that’s really its name). I’d never seen one before, but I absolutely had to give it a shot.

The Olive Burger on the Beef-A-Roo menu is described as "A quarter pound burger served on a Gluten Free bun with Swiss cheese and green olives."

Beef A Roo
Beef A Roo

Lee called the burger "simple to the point of almost being boring. But after taking a big bite I immediately rescinded my thoughts."

I mean, of course, it's good. It's a burger on the menu at Beef-A-Roo. A burger, that I admittedly never considered, but one where Yelp reviewers agree calling the Olive Burger "delicious" while others say it's one of their favorites on the menu.


J B. on Yelp did have a different opinion summing up the Olive Burger as "not good. Thin slice of beef like looked more like a piece of deli meat than a burger."

As far as I'm concerned, I'm trying an Olive Burger as soon as possible. There are seven different Beef-A-Roo locations in the Rockford area.

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