If there's one thing better than cheese, it's... well, more cheese, or possibly cheese curds, provided you know where to find the very best of this fluffy, fried, or even squeaky dairy by-product. That’s why we nobly put on our stretchy pants, did the required delicious research, and tracked down MSP’s finest curdy treats.
Blue Door Longfellow
They've got a shton of sweet cheese curd options, but the standout is The Humpty Burger: this souped-up Juicy Lucy boasts cheese curds in the middle, a fried egg on top, and is big enough to feed all the king's horses and all the king's men, should things come to that.
The fact that these fries might kill you won't stop you from poutine them in your mouth, right?! French beef gravy, chopped, chicken-fried bacon, and cheese curds put these fries right on par with the urban burger bar's Velveeta/cheese curd-topped "White Trash Burger".
When I say Wisconsin, what do you say? No, not that. That's mean. You say, "beer and cheese". And that's what the folks at the exquisite dive bar, Northeast Palace, said... right before they threw both of them in the frier. Yep, we're talking about beer-battered cheese curds here, peeps. Each one like eating a little fat-soaked cloud.
Opened in an old Blockbuster, this spot's all about burgers, but the real star is
Matthew McConaughey! the lightly battered (almost tempura-style) cheese curd appetizer served with a rich triple berry-infused ketchup.
Wings N' Things
Famous for their mind- (and heart-) blowing soul food (think chicken and waffles, fried catfish/ wings/ shrimp, etc.), Wings N' Things is slinging this Midwest classic, fried-up and served in a basket old-school-style alongside those classic Southern treats.
Spill The Wine
Cheese curds sometimes get a bad rap as just being greasy bar food, so this non-divey vino-ry decided to change all that with light, fresh curds doused in truffle oil... all for the still-divey price of just $5.
Continuing the proud tradition of slinging curds in old video rental stores, this former Hollywood Video puts a South-of-the-border twist on this snack by adding jalapeno, and then serving them with blueberry ketchup.
1. Burger Jones3200 W Lake St, Minneapolis
2. The Blue Door Longfellow3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis
3. Northeast Palace2500 4th St NE, Minneapolis
4. Wings N' Things324 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
5. Spill The Wine901 W Lake St, Minneapolis
6. The Lowry2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis
7. Red Cow3624 W 50th St, Minneapolis
Known for dishes like their french beef gravy-covered, chopped, chicken-fried bacon, and cheese curds-topped poutine, Burger Jones serves up killer American-style eats.
The Blue Door is home of the Blucy, a legendary St. Paul burger that combines a pair of patties with a cornucopia of other ingredients, which depend on what style Blucy you order, and upon completion, will prompt you to light up a cigarette in satisfaction.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and apparently, so are palaces. But what this dive bar lacks in actual palace-ness, it makes up for in delicious deep-fried awesomeness. And to be fair, no one can disagree it's in Northeast Minneapolis.
An updated take on an old-school chicken 'n waffles joint, Wings n' Things is the latest addition to NoMi's rapidly revitalizing West Broadway Ave: a sherbet-colored, to-go-style storefront that slings the type of damn tasty/ maddeningly unhealthy soul food, presumably so-called because it's certainly not doing anything for your body.
Spill The Wine's Uptown location is totally different from its former Washington Ave digs: it's bigger and more open, the menu is almost entirely retooled, and it's just a generally cooler wine bar (which is totally better than a generally wine-cooler bar, by the way).
Finally gorgeous-ifying the building that made the block cringe for years, The Lowry's a boozy, modern diner decked with clean leather booths, stained concrete floors, rich wood everywhere, and a sleek fireplace near the hostess stand, which is hopefully staffed by some good-looking HoHos.
The Red Cow on 50th Street specializes in fine burgers and specialty sandwiches, made with fresh ingredients and an inventive eye. The burger menu covers a wide range of proteins, always including grass-fed beef, but also including bison, turkey, lamb, and duck depending on availability. Toppings range from the expected (lettuce, cheese, etc) to the extreme (bone marrow, piquillo peppers), but the resulting concoctions are always juicy and delicious. Local Minneapolis beers (plus microbrews from around the country) are in heavy rotation at the bar, but you can also order from a selection of red and white wines, curated specially by the owner.