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Matt's Jucy Lucy MSP (Yes spelled correctly)

After 28 years since my last jucy lucy, I finally found myself back in Matt's neighborhood, (my wife-to-be used to live in the neighborhood and we would stop there quite frequently for a buger) and since it was lunch time, decided to try it again. (Do a search on this website for jucy lucy, and read the 2004 review for a great piece of writing - you will love it.) The bar serves beer and wine - no booze. The Jucy Lucy is now $4.50, fries not included. I ordered a burger and a glass of the house red (which comes in a water glass - they don't serve much wine). The barmaid popped the wax paper wrapped burger in front of me, and asked if I knew how to treat the burger. Yes - I used to eat them over 28 years ago, and you unwrap them, let them cool a bit, and bite around the edges so you don't burn the hell out of your mouth when the cheese starts to flow. She introduced me to the old guy (I'm 60), sitting next to me "...he probaby cooked your last Jucy Lucy - he's Matt". Is the burger good? Yes. Is it the best burger I ever had? No. Worth the trip. Have fun.

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  1. If the 5-8 Club is still in existence, they made the best JL I have ever had in my life. It was huge and stupendous. I have had Matts and it was OK, but nothing worth writing home about.

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    1. re: cooknKate

      The 5-8 is still alive and kicking, I'm happy to report. I live in the neighborhood and when I need a burger, that's where I go.

    2. FWIW, I have it on good authority that Matt's uses Sysco patties. I haven't tried the 5-8 burger, but have heard good things. The JL at Groveland Tap in St. Paul is pretty decent. Really though, it's worth it to make them at home. My favorite at-home version is stuffed with goat cheese and pickled jalapeƱos.

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      1. re: Mill City Modern

        I like the cajun lucy at the Groveland Tap, too, although, it's stuffed with jalapenos, not with cheese. They plop a slice of cheese on top of the cajun lucy, like a regular cheeseburger.

        We've made jucy lucys at home, too. It's harder than you'd think!

        My favorite JL is still at the Nook on Hamline at Randolph--the bun is even wonderful.

        ~TDQ

      2. The 5-8 Club is still around, and I've had their JL a number of times. I like the 5-8, but The Nook's JL is a notch above, plus it comes in a few different varieties (jalapeno JL, etc.).

        I'd love to see 112 Eatery turn their cheeseburger inside out and make a JL. Now that would be a sight to see!

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        1. re: Chris Mitra

          I like the Moliter burger at the Nook, which is a variation of the JL, but stuffed with pepperjack cheese.

          I agree that 112 Eatery could make a fabulous Lucy!

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Yeah, I think I was thinking of the Moliter -- pepperjack cheese, not jalapeno peppers.

            Speaking of JLs, I think Birchwood's Black Bean (veggie) Lucy has recently been through some changes. It used to be a little pastey, but I was speaking to the new chef at Birchwood a month or two ago, and he was planning to try to change it up a bit to make it a little more moist. Has anyone had this recently, and can you confirm/refute?

        2. Dnag! I haven't been to the Nook since I moved to Minneapolis, and now you've all got me hankering for one of their burgers!

          1. Since I haven't eaten a hamburger in 12 years I couldn't tell you which is best. I like the Nook for the pork tenderloin sandwich and the perfect atmosphere. I also like the 5-8 Club because they too have a pork tenderloin sandwich and a speakeasy history. Does Matt's have one?