Philadelphia may have its cheesesteak, Chicago its hot dog, and New York its pizza, but Minneapolis has the best signature dish of all: lutefisk, with its pungent lye flav... ewww, wait... the best signature dish of all is obviously our gloriously cheese-stuffed burger, the Juicy Lucy. Our eight favorites are below...
One of two places that claim to have invented the Juicy Lucy, the 5-8 Club started as a speakeasy back in 1928, and even though their beer's legal now, maybe their burgers -- which in addition to cheddar, are stuffed with bacon and topped with onion straws -- shouldn't be. It might just be the perfect food, unless you ask 5-8's bitter rival...
Matt's Bar, which despite being slightly younger than the 5-8, firmly believes themselves to be the true inventor of the Juicy Lucy. Or as they call it, the "Jucy Lucy," which this no-frills dive cooks on a grill sitting right behind the bar.
One taste of a Juicy Nookie -- like the Pepper-Jack-cheese-and-bacon-stuffed Guy's Bug Bite Burger -- and you'll understand what Fred Durst did it all for... except maybe trying to make comeback in 2012, and thinking Napster was a good idea, and telling everyone he got with Xtina, and...
Of course at the Blue Door they call it the Blucy Burger, and while you can get it with classic American cheese, their speciality is melted bleu cheese (get it now!?). The real treat here though might be their deep-fried Spam Bites. Never has fried meat in a can been so good.
The place is more side salad than cheese curds, and definitely not your typical greasy spoon, but somehow they've put together a delicious homage to the Minneapolis favorite made with... ewww, black beans? Yes.
Grumpy's doesn't do anything extravagant inside their Lucy, but they do top those suckers with creative options like guacamole, jalapeno bacon, and butter that's made from the other thing that made Lucy famous: peanuts.
Ray J's is another classic, and super-solid take on this... um, classic, though you'll want go wild with a side of their famous wings, which many call the best in the city.
Crooked Pint has put together a whole ensemble of Lucy look-a-likes, including a serrano peppers-/ habanero Jack cheese-/ sautéed onions-stuffed number called the Hot Lips Lucy, which, we cannot lye... err, lie, is probably their best.
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1. The Blue Door Pub3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis
2. Matt's Bar3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
3. 5-8 Club5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
4. Sapor Cafe428 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
5. Ray J's American Grill Northeast500 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis
6. The Nook492 S Hamline Ave, St. Paul
7. Grumpy's Bar2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis
8. Crooked Pint Ale House501 Washington Ave S,
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).
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.
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.
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.
Known for Ray J's famous wings, allegedly the best in the city, Ray-J's is your go-to for classic diner eats.
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.
This classic Downtown boozer's got traditional American diner fare with outposts in Northeast and Roseville.
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!!