I previously mentioned the Nook in St. Paul, MN on Hamline Ave formally known as Caspers' and Runyons' Nook. The first time we went there in pursuit of the deep-fried breaded pork tenderloin sandwich my camera malfunctioned--I forgot my &%#@ memory card! The second time we went on a Saturday night a few weeks ago the place was closed because of Mike's wedding (one of the owners). We tried again last Saturday with success. We got a free round of drinks for us missing out the night of Mike's wedding from the other owner, Ted.
The name fits the place. It is small, very small. You step in and face a small "J" shaped bar and then one row of tables along one long wall terminating at some video games on the back wall. There is a pool table somehow jamb in the back. The sign on the woman's restroom says to knock because the lock is broken. It was broken last month. The kitchen is a cubby space just off the bar. The walls are decorated with signs and memorabilia such as a Monroe High School athletic letter sweater from 1945. Though small there are ample TV screens including one large flat screen at the front viewable from anywhere in the place. The bonus was the Twins were pounding KC that night.
The place dates back to 1938. The current owners are two young guys who bought the place in 2003.
Hamburgers are the Nook's specialty. They regularly receive best in the Twin Cities or St. Paul in media polls. They seem to be in a three way battle with Matt's and the 5-8 Club in Minneapolis for the best Jucy Lucy. But I was there for the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. I reported the first one was average. I must say this one was above average and can compete with the best. The ambience of the place, of course, always helps the palate. The Nook is the neighborhood bar/grill every neighborhood probably wished they had but few do.
We had to drive 30 miles one way. Our guests with us came from further away--New Zealand.
The Nook Interior looking toward the front
The Nook Outside
The Nook Deep-Fried Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
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