Food & Drink

The 12 Best Burger Spots in Minnesota

Published On 02/04/2015 Published On 02/04/2015
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1. The Happy Gnome 498 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Despite the diminutive name, you’ll want to arrive at this St. Paul bar with a giant-sized appetite, because not only is the 70-strong draft list deep on Midwest favorites and reliably on-point, but the juicy burgers are also a must-try. Better yet -- have that burger and beer on the patio when the Minnesota weather permits, because let’s be honest, there’s no better state to be in between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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2. The Nook 492 S Hamline Ave, St. Paul, MN (Mac Groveland)

With possibly the best Juicy Lucy in all of the Twin Cities, St. Paul's The Nook is a cozy Irish bar featuring drink specials every night of the week.

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3. Matt's Bar 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

Matt's is your classic small town dive bar serving up a killer version of Minneapolis's famed Juicy Lucy. This spot actually claims to have invented the knockout burger. Take a very careful first bite and let all of the molten cheese speak for itself. After, grab a PBR or a pint of Premium to help relieve you from your imminent cheese burns.

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4. Borough and Parlour 730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

This dual-level North Loop establishment offers fine dining upstairs and a warm and comfortable lounge downstairs, providing you with a meal and a hangout all at one locale.

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5. Meritage 410 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

With tiled floors, warm wooden accents, and high ceilings that capture tons of natural light, Meritage has all the trimmings of a classic Parisian brasserie, including the exceptional fare and expert wine list. Situated in Downtown St Paul, it's a prime spot for date night or dinner before a show, though stopping in for weekend brunch is highly encouraged too, when dishes like an omelet du jour, eggs Benedict, and eggs en cocotte are prepared. At lunch and dinner, you'll find traditional plates like steak frites, roasted duck breast, and swordfish au vin, plus plenty of fresh selections from the oyster bar.

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6. Vincent: A Restaurant 1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

Vincent's got French cuisine influenced by a contemporary American style, but all you really need to know is that they have one of the best damn burgers in the Twin Cities.

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7. HauteDish 119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

The revered HauteDish, between the Warehouse and Gateway districts, rocks a menu with artfully presented, reinvented takes on Midwestern classics like mac & cheese with king crab and truffle oil, blackened fish tacos, and steak & potatoes. Perfect for empty stomachs at any hour, Haute offers choices for breakfast (go for the chicken & waffles), lunch, and dinner, but if you go in later hours, you'll be able to choose from a long list of house-made cocktails and dozens of draft beers from nearby breweries, too.