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Feb 26, 2008 11:33 AM

MSP- best burger ? (not jucy lucy)

Not lucy, just a regular burger ???

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  1. I recommend either Town Talk Diner or Bulldog NE. Note that both fancify up their burgers a bit with things like truffle oil or Fischer Farms bacon, and both certainly charge premium prices (in the $10 range), but the basic burger underneath those trappings is as mouthwateringly juicy as any you will find.

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    1. re: Jordan

      My husband got the Japanese/wasabi burger at Bulldog NE a few weeks ago and we were pretty disappointed. We were expecting spicy and interesting and the whole thing was really quite flavorless. I can't speak to their more regular burgers though.

      1. re: katebauer

        I haven't had that one! (I've tried their junk burger, truffle burger, and -- just once -- the Stilton/garlic/hot mustard burger. They're not all hits.)

    2. I can't claim to have tried all the burgers in the Twin Cities, but I like the Nook's Lodge Burger. Mmmmm...bacon, cheddar cheese, nice fresh bakery bun from PJ Murphy's. Also I like 112 Eatery's on an English muffin with brie version. And, ooh, can't forget the Kitchen Sink burger at TTD.


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I second the Lodge Burger at the Nook (Randolph & Hamline) or it's sister restaurant, The Shamrock (Randolph & 7th) both in St Paul. If the lines don't permit, I've been known to hit up Skinners - also on Randolph. It's definitely not the Nook, but it's pretty good all the same.
        I've eaten a lot of burgers in the TC (although not all), and I've had nothing close to the Lodge.

      2. I was pleasantly surprised the other day by the burger at the St. Clair Broiler... dunno if it rises to best in the area, but it was pretty darned good.

        1. ike's in downtown minneapolis, with a bullet. i never thought, in a MILLION years, that i would pay eleven bucks for a burger and not be mad about it.

          my mouth is watering just THINKING about it. man-o-man, their burgers are FANTASTIC.

          1. Totally subjective but; I second Bulldog NE (truffle or stilton burger are our favorites. grind their own meat in-house), Vincent makes a great fancy-ass burger, 112 likewise. Lurcat's burgers are good (also ground in-house). Lamb burgers at LBV are 6 kinds of fancy and 8 kinds of delicious. But really, when I think about it, I really like a butterburger from Culvers.

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            1. re: Foureyes137

              i had a very poorly executed truffle burger at bulldog ne over a year ago. it was greasy, horrid, and not particularly truffley. it was bad enough that i took that as my cue and i have not had a burger "out" since. to add insult to injury the fries were cold, limp & raw. i'm willing to accept that i was unlucky enough to get some bum off the street as the cook on one of the days i visited the bulldog ne, and that the food is generally better, but still, i suppose i am enough of a b&%*%^ to say that i've been more impressed with matt's on a good day. maybe considering the hot/cold response, the bulldog ne's burgers are inconsistent?

              dh recs craftsman's burgers ($11-$13) & seconds the ike's rec. i like vincent's burger, and always get more heighty-tighty things at 112, but would probably put money on 112 burger superiority.

              1. re: soupkitten

                I have simple likes in burgers, and prefer hand-made to pressed and prefrozen. If the cooking method doesn't matter (char-broiled vs. griddle fried), I've always liked the burgers at Mannings. A U of MN institution on Como and Stinson (I think) and I think they're celebrating their 75th aniversary or something like that this year. Their burgers are griddle fried, but always taste good. They also have great onion rings as well.

                1. re: soupkitten

                  Sucks for you. Considering the size of the kitchen and the size of the "dining room" I wouldn't order a burger or fries in there if it were busy. We go early on Sunday and Monday nights. Generally consistant on those nights, but I won't say I haven't been underwhelmed there before. A couple times I sent burgers back for being overcooked. Medium doesn't mean brown in the middle. When they get it right is great.

                  Now that I thik about it though, anywhere I eat burgers on the regular, I find myself disappointed at times. Even at Ikes, which I have to agree...with Widmers and fried onions, is tops.

                  1. re: Foureyes137

                    I agree with Foureyes that a burger seems to be one of those things that nobody gets right all the time. I too have had the occasional misfire at my favorites, the Bulldog (overcooked) and Town Talk (way too greasy). Fortunately, it's just a burger. Shelling out another $10 for another try isn't that big of a deal.

                2. re: Foureyes137

                  Roger on Culver's--they're very good.

                  However, sometimes there's nothing like several sliders with cheese at White Castle, with surprisingly good fries at the one on Lake east of Lyndale. Burp. Yes, I grew up with White Castles in Indiana, and actually missed them when I lived in New Mexico. Now I miss green chile cheeseburgers.

                  1. re: paoconnell

                    White Castle is still the gold standard for me in the mini-burger category. As for full size burgers, even if they are covered in brie or stuffed with shortribs and duck liver--they are all below the Lodge Burger at the Nook.