Right off 2100 South and straight to my heart. Ahh…deep fried heaven and fry sauce. Millie’s Burgers is the quintessential burger shop. Cheap. Quick. Delicious. Millie’s has been in Sugar House since the 50’s and not much has changed.
The joint is a small shack positively reeking of deep fried joys, burgers and summer. They have picnic tables outside and small booths inside. The atmosphere is simple, small-town and fun.
The service is exactly what I expect from this kind of diner. The girls behind the counter are friendly and 16. So be prepared to hear a lot of “umm, like, yeah and stuff” with a big smile and small giggles. You order at the counter and they bring the food to your table.
For your perfect summer pig out you can get a cheese burger, fries and a shake for about $8. (Yeah, they are that cheap.) The burgers are delicious made with real beef and cheese and grilled nicely. The fries are pretty good, not the best, but they still beat the McDonald’s down the street. The shakes are over-the-top, thick and yummy!
Now for that great Utah tradition…fry sauce. If you aren’t a native to fry sauce ways, let me explain: fry sauce is a dipping sauce made from ketchup and mayonnaise. At Millie’s (as with most local restaurants) it is served with your fries instead of ketchup.
The key to great fry sauce is the right ratio of ketchup to mayonnaise, buttermilk and pepper. Millie’s comes close: this isn’t the greatest fry sauce, but some of the best I have found in the Valley.
The onion rings were not up to my beer-battered deep-fried golden brown expectations. They are edible, but you will have better luck with the deep-fried, shoestring fries.
Millie’s has an extensive menu of shakes, glaciers, burgers, hot dogs, sodas and almost everything deep-fried, but I suggest you try the basics before branching out.
Millie’s is across the street from Sugar House Coffee on the corner of 2100 South and McClelland Street (1050 East.) Share the love, Millie’s is best enjoyed with friends and family.