Before I start, much respect to Weston's Kewpee Burger. A Lansing institution. They have been here since 1923. Great service. Great people. Great atmosphere.

Credit: McConnell Adams TSM Lansing
Credit: McConnell Adams TSM Lansing

The other day was national cheeseburger day. Folks were talking about their favorite burger places and Kewpee came up. Especially the famous olive burger.

Credit: McConnell Adams TSM Lansing
Credit: McConnell Adams TSM Lansing

As I have stated before, I recently moved back home to Michigan about 2 years ago. I had been living in Alaska for 10 years prior. I have lived in Michigan since my teenage years with my dad when I moved here from Mississippi. I have lived in (and all over) Michigan. I went to college at CMU. I am familiar with all things Michigan. Vernors, coneys, superman ice cream, Mackinac Island fudge, Traverse City Cherries, U.P. pasties, Faygo, Tony's Giant Steak Sandwich on I-75...I'm down.

I thought I knew what an olive burger was. And to my recollection, it was a burger with diced or chopped olives on top and other fixins'. I had one or two, and I do believe it was from a fast food chain here in Michigan (if I remember correctly, I think I had it from Rally's or something several years back). Don't scoff at me or the place where I had it. And over the years, I have had it in various locations and forms. Chopped olives in meat and so on.

IT WAS YESTERDAY I found out about the Michigan/Midwest staple that is the Olive Burger with Olive Sauce. And a brotha has been on this planet a little while. I'm a child of the 70's and I've been in Michigan since I was 12 - 13 years old.

I'm Boblo Island old. I'm Giant Slide on Belle Isle Old. I'm Munger Potato Festival Old. I'm Mayfest at CMU old. I have been places and seen things and eaten things in Michigan.

HOW DID I MISS THIS?!? How did I not know about this?

And sorry, this is not a ringing endorsement.

Olive sauce is (and when I asked folks they looked at me like "how did you not know") at it's core, MAYO AND SLICED OLIVES. And mind you A LOT OF MAYO.

I like olives. And when I had an olive burger that was chopped olives on a burger, I was down.

This...was too much for me. Did I mention it was a lot of mayo?

And again, much love to the wonderful folks at Kewpee. I'll be back. And I'll be trying another sandwich. For sure.

I love the burger. I love olives. Just, the sauce. Nah. Gonna have to pass on this Michigan tradition.

Why is there so much mayo???

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