Food & Drink

The 8 Best Juicy Lucys in MSP

Published On 02/12/2014 Published On 02/12/2014
Carl Brenden/Thrillist
The Nook
The Blue Door Pub
Sapor Cafe
Carl Brenden
Crooked Pint Ale House
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1. The Blue Door Pub 3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

The Blue Door Pub might look like your typical Midwest watering hole — wooden booths, twinkle lights, flat-screen tv — but you wouldn't gather from its looks, or lack thereof, is that this is home to the best pub grub in the Twin Cities. Specifically, we're talking about the Blucy Burger, two beef patties stuffed with whatever cheese your order requires (the classic has bleu cheese and garlic, the Cajun Redux have five-pepper, and the Picnic has colby jack).

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2. Matt's Bar 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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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3. 5-8 Club 5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Founded in 1928, the 5-8 Club was originally a speakeasy, but though their beer is now legal, their burgers are so lethally filled with cheese and bacon, they probably shouldn't be. They're one of two restaurants who claim to have invented the notorious Juicy Lucy.

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4. Sapor Cafe 428 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

With its international menu, large cocktail and craft beer selection, plus wide array of small plates, Sapor Cafe has something for everyone who enjoys leaving restaurants full and slightly buzzed.

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5. Ray J's American Grill Northeast 500 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Known for Ray J's famous wings, allegedly the best in the city, Ray-J's is your go-to for classic diner eats.

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6. The Nook 492 S Hamline Ave, St. Paul, MN

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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7. Grumpy's Bar 2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

This classic Downtown boozer's got traditional American diner fare with outposts in Northeast and Roseville.

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8. Crooked Pint Ale House 501 Washington Ave S, , MN 55415

The first of a potential franchise from the Green Mill gang, Pint feels like a neighborhood bar but bigger, outfitting the huge 501 Club space with rough-hewn oak floors, a dropped tin ceiling, HDTVs, and leather booths, all in furtherance of a concept they fancily call "nouveau urban pub"... brew la la indeed!!