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James Beard is honoring Solly's Grille with its prestigious America's Classics Award

Solly's Grille just received one of the nation's top culinary honors. The James Beard Foundation has declared the Glendale restaurant one of six winners of its 2022 America's Classics Award.

Opened in 1936 by Kenneth "Solly" Salmon, the restaurant at 4629 N. Port Washington Rd. is famed for its butter burgers, which may be the butteriest in the state. Solly's signature burger is crowned with a generous scope of butter, along with stewed onions. How much butter? So much that it literally pools onto the plate. According to owner Glenn Fieber, the restaurant uses more than 130 pounds of butter per week.

Yes, it's buttery | Photo courtesy Solly's Grille

It's the latest honor for the Milwaukee-area institution. The editors of America's Test Kitchen have also praised Solly's signature butter burger as one of the best things they've eaten in Milwaukee, and even shared their own recipe for the burger.

According to the James Beard Foundation, "The America's Classics Award is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of its community." The award was was introduced in 1998, and has been given to more than 100 restaurants.

This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony on Monday, June 13, in Chicago.