Restaurant Review: Wahlburgers is definitely worth the wait in Detroit’s Greektown district

DETROIT — We got lucky and there was no line the first time we tried Wahlburgers.  Then, people started forming a line after us.  I’ve never seen the place with actually no line at all.  The place gets pretty busy all hours of the day.

On the first floor, there is a long bar with seats and a few tables.  The second floor had another bar and lots more tables.  There is also outdoor seating in front of the place.  “The restaurant is larger than it looks from the outside,” I thought.

As we walked inside, the decor is lime green and stainless steel, casual–yet classy.  In the rear of the first floor,  there is a counter with the menu on the wall for carryout orders.  The desserts were displayed in a glass case and yes, the cupcakes had green sprinkles on the frosting.

On the wall throughout the restaurant were photos of the owner, actor Mark Wahlberg in some of his movies.  The flat screen TVs were on showing his family, his story and his burgers and locations.  The lighting on the ceiling was a stainless steel sheet carved with the names of his movies with light shining through the letters, which I thought was interesting.

The menu consists of, yes…you guessed it, burgers.  There are single burgers, double burgers and triple burgers.  There is also the hearty “melt” burger on thick-cut bread, sloppy joe’s and sandwiches such as the portobello sandwich, chicken sandwich, haddock sandwich, hot dogs and Mark Wahlberg’s favorite, the “Thanksgiving Day Sandwich.”  That one boasts a ground turkey burger with stuffing, mayo, housemade orange-cranberry sauce and roasted butternut squash.  Also on the menu are fresh-to-order salads.

We ordered the triple decker burger with thin crispy onion rings which was fantastic.  The burger consisted of three, 3-oz. burgers with cheese on each, lettuce, tomato, onion and brother Paul’s signature Wahl sauce and housemade pickles.  I asked, “What is this special Wahl sauce?”  She said it was a mayo and ketchup mix.    I’m not much of a burger person, but I have to say “This is a good burger.”  Our waitress was friendly and made sure our order was cooked to perfection.

The prices are reasonable–from $7.75 to $9.95 for the burgers.  Sandwiches are $6.95 to $8.95.  The sides:  onions rings, tater tots, sweet potato tots, and Yukon gold fries are all $3.00 each.

I was quite impressed with the place and the food.  I like the Greektown location.  Next time, I will bring my friends and family.  It is worth the trip, even if you have to wait in line.  Why not give it a try.

Overall Rating:  A

Visit Wahlburgers Greektown at 569 Monroe Ave. Detroit, MI 48226. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday of the week. For more information, visit


Wahlburgers also offers outdoor eating along Monroe Street in Detroit’s Greektown. (Jerome Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


Guests at the bar inside Wahlburgers in Detroit. (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


Wahlburgers offers sandwiches, fresh-to-order salads, fries and more. (Jerome Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


We ordered the triple decker burger with thin crispy onion rings. (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


A poster from Mark Wahlberg’s movie “Ted” hangs on the wall inside the restaurant. (Jerome Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


Walburgers also sells memorabilia like sweatshirts, t-shirts and drinking glasses. (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


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