Reporter Food: Baseline Deluxe at Bunkhouse Burgers

Reporter Food: Baseline Deluxe at Bunkhouse Burgers

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 27, 2019)

Clarkston, MI- So there’s this little place in Clarkston that only has four tables and menu with only a few items, but is rich with character and gluttonous food.

Bunkhouse Burgers is located at 5890 S Main Street in Clarkston. That location puts them between Dixie Hwy and the busy downtown, with the advantage of ample parking for dine-in and take-out guests. It’s also easy to spot the faded aqua-colored vintage Winnegago out front.

Inside, the ceiling of Bunkhouse is wallpapered with red plaid and framed with a retro lodge-style duck pattern. The light fixtures inside and out were all impressive. And on the wall near the register is a bright orange-framed screen that on this day played a loop of various people in a plain setting simply eating.

The menu is simple. Essentially it’s burgers, fries, and shakes. There is a chicken sandwich and a vegan burger, and soda pop available. At the recommendation of the man behind the counter, I had the deluxe burger which is made with beef, grilled onion, American cheese, pickle, lettuce, tomato and Winnebago sauce. I recommend lots of napkins with this one, because it’s the kind of burger that has grease running down your wrists when you hold it.

I also had the strawberry shake, topped with whipped cream and garnished with a tiny “burger” made of cookies for buns and a chocolate patty. Plus sprinkles. It was definitely the prettiest shake I’ve ever had. Tasted great too.

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