Quick trip to Minneapolis

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2014/04/05 21:17:25 (permalink)

Quick trip to Minneapolis

We went up for a college hockey tournament, so we hit a Roadfood mecca on the way up and another while we were in Minneapolis.
 
A few years ago I did a search on Roadfood places in Iowa, and I stumbled on Suzie Q Cafe in Mason City. We loved it the first time we went to St. Paul in 2011, so we thought a return visit was in order this time.
 
I got the tenderloin, my wife got the Levey burger with ham and bacon (it comes with chicken on it too but she didn't get that).
 

This place seats 10 people.

Writing on the tiles inside was encouraged.

Tenderloin with cheese curds on the left, burger with cheese curds on the right.

Burger close-up.
 
Suzie Q's is pretty much the definition of Roadfood. It was nearly an hour out of the way but we'd go back again in a heartbeat. My wife says their burgers are the best she's ever had.
 
We had some time to spare on Saturday, so we went to the 5-8 Club. The original.

The original Juicy Lucy.

I tried one with swiss.
 
The place definitely lived up to its hype. I'm more of a medium rare guy when it comes to burgers, but that obviously goes against the fundamental principle of this place. The burger was medium well but still juicy, and the fries were outstanding.
 
Next time we head to Minnesota I want to try Matt's Bar.
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    BuddyRoadhouse
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/06 01:57:37 (permalink)
    Of the three Big Name Jucy Lucy joints in the Twin Cities, Matt's, The Nook, and 5-8 Club, I think 5-8 is our favorite with The Nook close behind.  Matt's is good, and even has much to offer in its virtually unchanged, decades old decor, but somehow, the other two seemed to be superior Burgers.
     
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    Bonk
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/06 04:41:58 (permalink)
    I never heard of The Nook -- I was duped by the MvF show. A friend of mine swears by Matt's, which we promise to try next time we're in town. Hopefully that'll be next year, as the NCHC championships are there each year now.
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/06 11:47:10 (permalink)
    Nice stuff. Thanks.
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/06 16:12:49 (permalink)
    Casper's & Runyon's Nook.  And now you know.
     
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/06 16:48:31 (permalink)
    Juicy Nookie?
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    Jim2903
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/06 19:10:58 (permalink)
    5-8 Club is my go-to in the Twin Cities, but some business associates up there have suggested I try Matt's ...
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/06 19:30:12 (permalink)
    Actually, my favorite is still Matt's (I actually prefer the smaller burger, and generally find they get a much better melt on the molten cheese core), with the Nook in second, and 5-8 Club in third.  Although the menu at Matt's is extremely limited.
     
    All of them are good.  5-8 Club seems to have an odd chip on their shoulder, since half the times I've gone there they seem to go out of their way to badmouth Matt's.  But the Juicy Lucys are indeed good there.
     
    At the Nook, I usually get the Paul Molitor Juicy Nookie, with Jalapeno Jack cheese and green chile peppers:

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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/07 10:21:53 (permalink)
    There is only one reason to go to Matt's Bar and that is to say you've been there since they lay claim to the first Jucy Lucy in Minneapolis. Other than that, their burger is nothing special in its prep or ingredients. In fact as far as bar/grill burgers go in this competitive age it would be mediocre without the lore behind its name.
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/07 10:25:32 (permalink)
    Bonk-
    Beautiful photographs!  Thanks so much for the report.  Which college hockey tournament did you go see?  My alma mater Robert Morris University made the NCAA tournament for the first time, but was quickly dispatched by the Gophers. 
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/07 10:49:42 (permalink)
    Nice burgers, Bonk!  Did you have any RF-style meals while you were on the road?
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/07 13:39:09 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman Juicy Nookie?
    Just their version of the Jucy Lucy.  The waitresses wear t-shirts that read, "Have You Had Your Nookie Today?"  Slightly crude, but if you can live with Stroud's public proclamation that they "Choke Their own Chickens", I reckon you can put up with a little nookie.
     
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    Re:Quick trip to Minneapolis 2014/04/07 13:49:22 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse

    Michael Hoffman Juicy Nookie?
    Just their version of the Jucy Lucy.  The waitresses wear t-shirts that read, "Have You Had Your Nookie Today?"  Slightly crude, but if you can live with Stroud's public proclamation that they "Choke Their own Chickens", I reckon you can put up with a little nookie.

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    I've never had anything against a little nookie. Or a lot of it, either. But choking their own chickens? Now that's just terrible. As someone who had to feed and clean up after a few hundred chickens every day when I was 6 and 7 years old, choking is too good for them.
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