As we’re leaving Halo Burger, I suggest to my wife Marcela that we hit up another spot off my Burger Bucket List located in Burton, Michigan (just outside Flint). I look up Starlite Diner in the WAZE app, and we were on our way.
My first thought when we walk in is that it looks rather sharp and bright for a restaurant that opened in 1966. I push that idea to the back of the head as tasty burgers are now swirling in my thoughts. Marcela only wanted some pie, but I was here for their signature Starlite burger and a coney dog. I end up tacking on some chicken tenders after reading the menu, which hypes them as World Famous.
Starlite Diner’s version of a Poutine (the Canadian dish of fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds) had the breaded kind of cheese curds, which is fine since twisting my arm to eat these was not necessary. Marcela enjoyed Starlite’s hearty chili. I snuck a spoonful into my mouth when she was distracted.
Right before the burger and coney dog arrive, we strike up a conversion with a couple seated two tables over (Hey Dale & Laurie!). One of the first things they tell us is they’re surprised we were at this location and not the original one. After I realize that I made a travel faux pas, it also dawns on me that my initial reaction to this location was right. They tell us how to get to the original site, which is where I snap the picture above later that night.
I loved the coney dog and the excessive onions on it, just so good. The Starlite burger was a double smash patty with cheese, pickles, onions, and mustard. There were no complaints on this side of the table, only praise for everything I ate.
Marcela finished the night with a Lemon Meringue Pie. I was already too full to even grab a bite of it.
I loved the Starlite Diner, and even though I’m kicking myself for that rookie mistake, I now have a reason to revisit Burton, Michigan.
P.S.: While I’m not sure how they were World Famous those chicken tenders were excellent.
Starlite Diner & Coney Island
1500 Center Road
Burton, MI 48509
Starlite Burger & Coney Island
4125 E. Court Street
Burton, MI 48509