It’s bad enough we have two local eateries that both claim to be the originator of the amazing Juicy Lucy but did you know there’s a restaurant in New York that claims to be “The Home of the Juicy Lucy?” So, if you’re ever in the East Village of the Big Apple, pop into Whitman’s and remind them exactly WHERE the home of the Juicy Lucy actually is.
Besides, our Juicy Lucy was created more than 60 years ago and is, therefore, quintessentially Minnesotan. Whether you give credit to the 5-8 Club or Matt’s, we’re just thankful somebody had the smarts to put the cheese inside the patty and bless us all with the juiciest burger on the planet.
Here's a look at some Minneapolis eateries that serve up our favorite local burger.
The 5-8 Club
Yeah, it’s good but have you tried the Saucy Sally? Wow. With 20 years of serving Minneapolis diners, they got the Juicy Lucy down! With fresh-baked buns, American cheese and waffle fries on the side you will not walk away hungry.
Head to the Nokomis neighborhood and 5500 South Cedar Avenue or check them out online at http://www.5-8club.com.
You know that when a restaurant offers the bare bones ― with no liquor, no parking, they don’t take reservations or credit cards yet folks are lined up down the street to dine there ― something magical is happening behind those doors. Matt’s magic is their Jucy Lucy.
Of course they know how to spell. Matt’s just chooses to leave the “i” out of the name of their Jucy Lucy. But that’s all that’s left out. Besides, President Obama ate here. That’s recommendation enough, right?
Matt’s Bar is located in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis at 3500 S Cedar Ave. Find them online at mattsbar.com.
Casper’s and Runyon’s Nook
Ok, busted . . . it’s not in Minneapolis, but it’s a Yelp favorite for the Juicy Lucy so we have to mention it. Besides, where else will they let you put your Juicy Lucy-stained fingers into a bowling ball? Yelpers rave about the staff, the owners and, natch, the burgers.
St. Paul’s Highland neighborhood is home to this gem. Get thee to 492 South Hamline Avenue. Or, check them out on the web at crnook.com.
Time magazine named the Juicy Lucy to their list of “17 Most Influential Burgers.” And it’s OURS. . .all ours!