So, it's safe to say that my favorite food is a cheeseburger - and great for the thighs, let me tell ya. There is never a time in life that a cheeseburger doesn't sound absolutely divine. After living in Minneapolis, home of the Juicy Lucy, for the past 7 years, I've tried quite a few burgers and have recently experienced a few new(er) places that each have a delectable burger.
I realize my usual blog content pertains to clothes, makeup, home decor - you know the stuff that really matters in life - but I've decided to branch out! Afterall, there are no rules here - I do what I want, y'all! I'm not concerning myself with what fits in my blog "grid", if you will - WOOOOOOOOOF! Don't get me started on people who obsess over their stupid grid... I literally hate it. Get over yourself. Ew. Moving on...
So, back to burgers. YUM. Ok, here is my list of 10 bests. Some you'll see on many "Minneapolis Best of" lists and others you may have never heard of. And please note that in no way, shape or form am I pretending to have great insight and expertise on food because I'm writing this. Nope, just a consumer here sharing my opinions! Feel free to disagree with my choices - I won't argue with you unless you tell me that my dog isn't cute. He is the cutest dog on the planet and you're wrong if you disagree :)
- Victory 44's "Perfect Burger" - A local fan-favorite, Victory 44's Perfect Burger truly lives up to its name. The patty is part beef and part bacon and comes on a sensational bun from Rustica Bakery. Topped with gooey American cheese, house-made pickles (and I don't even like pickles... these are phenomenal) and thick-cut bacon (and I don't even like bacon, I know), this burger melts in your mouth, confusing your brain because you're transported to your own kind of heaven on earth... yeah, it's GOOD! It comes with bacon-loaded fries, which are basically yummy french fries with bacon grease and bacon powder sprinkled on top. It's a party, y'all. ($17.00 w/ fries)
- Red Cow's "Brooklyn" - This burger, you guys... it's SO GOOD - literally melts in your mouth delicious. It has two thinly smashed Red Cow grind patties, white American cheese, bone marrow (WHAT) and in-house pickles. Back up though... BONE MARROW?! Yeah, don't let that seem scary. I'm the world's pickiest and least adventurous eater and I love it. And no, it's not like hard chunks of bone fragments on top of your burger. It's basically melted down and added in the middle of the patties with the cheese creating a buttery substance that melts into the patties and cheese, becoming an invisible secret ingredient of deliciousness absorbed into every bite. TRUST ME ON THIS. Red Cow's fries are also delish and they have a sweet potato option, which is a fan favorite (not mine, but for some). They also offer Gluten Free versions of most of their menu items, including their french fries. ($14.00 w/ fries)
- Revival's "Revival Burger" - Thinly cooked-to-perfection grass-fed beef made in-house, using 80% short rib and 20% brisket, with melted American cheese, mayo and house-made pickles. This burger will quickly become one you crave. Though they don't offer french fries at Revival (which seems like a burger consumption sin), they do have yummy sides to choose from like their mac-n-cheese or hush puppies (shown below). ($13.00 + side)
- Nighthawks' "Cheeseburger"- Another classic take on a burger, this one drips with American cheese over the juicy beef patties. Fermented pickles come on the side and are oh so delicious. The patty(ies) sit on a bed of yummy carmelized onions atop a homemade potato bun. All of this is topped with their "secret sauce", which is ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, burger, and bun blended up - yeah! I recommend the double versus the single - it's on the smaller side for dinner (double shown below) and I just don't know why you wouldn't get the double... duh. Fries cost extra, but they're worth it if you share with the table. ($10.00/single or $15.00/double w/ coleslaw or potato salad)
- The Nook's "Juicy Nookie" - The original Nook and its larger counterpart, Shamrocks, make what might be the best Juicy Lucy (called a Juicy Nookie) in the Twin Cities. In my opinion, their juicy lucy is the best juicy of all. It's classic deliciousness at its best - gooey American cheese oozes out of the perfectly cooked beef patty on a simple bun and delicious fries (they also have sweet potato fries and waffles fries that you can substitute for). The Nook is a city staple - you must go and see for yourself! ($9.50 w/ fries)
- The Nook's "Nookie Supreme" - Ok, so this thing is HUGE. Two Angus chuck patties are separated by a bun half and gooey American cheese with lettuce, onion and their "special sauce". I love the flavor of this but it's generally too much food for me, though my husband says otherwise. However, I read here that you can fix that issue by simply ordering a cheeseburger with lettuce and special sauce, which is basically a single version of the Nook's classic go-to burger. This beauty was also featured on Guy Fieri's FOOD Network show, Diners Drive-ins and Dives! ($12.50 w/ fries)
- The Lowbrow's "Highbrow Burger" - This beauty is made with 100% grass fed Minnesota beef and comes topped with melted brie, caramelized onions, field greens and roasted garlic aioli. Deemed the "fancypants" burger on the menu, this doesn't disappoint. They also offer a Gluten Free bun option for an additional $2.00 and their french fries are yummy and Gluten Free/Vegan for those who need that option. ($11.00 w/ fries)
- Matt's Bar's "Jucy Lucy" - A Minneapolis classic that apparently was the "original" lucy, but many other restaurants claim the same, so who's to say? Probs not me. Matt's is something you must try, but for me the location and experience leaves SO much to be desired, that it's not a place I frequent. Seating is sparse, they only accept cash and local checks (who in the world uses checks anymore...) and there's always an obnoxiously long wait time in the teeny tiny bar area. However, they make a really delicious Jucy Lucy (their unique spelling) that everyone must have at least once or twice or ten times. No frills here, just yumminess. ($7.25 + fries)
- Edina Grill's "Cheese Burger" - This one is very simple and is never on any "Best of" lists, however, it is classically delicious in its own right. Coming with lettuce, tomato, mayo and your choice of cheese (obvi American is best in this case) with a simple bun and served with yummy, perfectly crispy french fries. Plus, I love Edina Grill - it's a family favorite and located in a prime 50th and France location in Edina. Win-win. ($11.95 w/ fries)
- Lucky's 13 "Juicy Lulu" - Like the previous, you're not going to find this burger on any "Best of" lists, however, I want to give some credit where credit is due. A solid juicy lucy in its own right, the Juicy Lulu from Lucky's 13 Pub in Bloomington holds its own. Not to mention, they use that fantastic crushed ice in their soft drinks, which is nostalgic and delcious in my Diet Coke with lime. The burger is simple - gooey American cheese, beef patty, sesame seed bun and perfectly crispy fries. You can add lettuce, tomato or onion too, which adds a nice extra crunch. Another Lucky's win - they serve all-you-can-eat popcorn while you wait for your food. Yum. ($12.99 w/ fries)
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Honorable mentions that I've heard are great, but haven't had the chance to try yet: Saint Dinette, Meritage, 112 Eatery, Parlour, Libertine, HauteDish.
Honorable mentions I've had but didn't make the list: Tilia, Blue Door Pub, Pat's Tap, Buster's on 28th.
So there you have it! Now I'm hungry.... mmmm. Thoughts? Agree or disagree? Is yours a favorite I missed? SHARE your thoughts by COMMENTING below! :)