Bringin' the Burgers
new burger joint comes to Eau Claire’s east side
If you are ever in the mood to watch a game, hear live music, and eat six cheeseburgers all at once, all inside one bun, head into Eau Claire’s newest restaurant, Milwaukee Burger Company.
Kent Letnes, 26, opened the restaurant in late October at 2620 E Clairemont Ave. Letnes, who also co-owns Grizzly’s, the former occupant of that address, self-classifies as a “burger and beer kind of guy” and wanted to open a restaurant where others just like him could get a “really good burger at a reasonable price.”
The prices are reasonable and the burgers are good, but even Letnes acknowledges, with a smirk, that two of their menu’s items are “a little socially irresponsible.” The Big Milwaukee contains six 1/3-pound beef patties stacked on top of each other, layered with cheese, and jammed into one bun. Eat it in less than 30 minutes and earn yourself half off your meal and a t-shirt. And maybe a two-hour nap and some meat sweats. General Manager Julie Kolk says it has been done 30 times in the past two weeks and once in just four minutes.
The Big Milwaukee’s counterpart is The Defibrillator, a one-pound patty topped with everything you have ever seen put on a burger in your life – including two of their golf ball sized deep fried cheese curds.
Holding gluttony in such high esteem might not separate the Milwaukee Burger Company from other burger joints in Wisconsin, though it would be difficult to match them, but Letnes says the way they make their burgers does set them apart.
“Our burgers are better,” he said. “We bake our own buns, buy fresh Angus, hand make our patties, and hand cut our French fries.”