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Jun 12, 2009 07:40 PM

Maybe I just don't like hamburgers - Bulldog NE [MSP]

Well I have been on a mini-quest for good hamburgers lately. With all the hype surrounding the new places in and around the MPS area, I have been craving a good burger. My Smash Burger experience was just awful, and I have lost all respect for City Pages after they rated Smash #1. I live close to Bulldog NE and decided that I would try that out. The actual dining area left much to be desired, especially the evening I chose. The gale force winds that were whipping through the bar carried a ton of dandelion cotton crap that I had to avoid eating as it landed on my food. The smell of cigarette smoke coming in from the patios also infused my every-other bite. I ordered the Junk Burger and it was ok. I didn't jump and scream about its tastiness, and I didn't spit it out. It was "decent." The fries were the star of the plate, they were awesome! My wife ordered the Caesar salad and I tasted that after she stated it had no flavor at all. She was right; the overwhelming flavor was . . . lettuce. It was a plate full of oily lettuce. Did I mention we started with hot pretzels with the horseradish mustard? I think they nuked a couple of super pretzels, they were very un-inspired. In conclusion, I might go back to try some of their other food, and definitely for the fries. I just haven't had that knock out burger yet. I will keep trying.

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  1. CP rated SB #1? wow.

    ate at BD yesterday with my brother. he had the truffle burger, I had the Junk.

    both were good, not great. I don't get too geeked out about truffle this or that. for being super duper ground fresh kobe...the meat was a bit bland.

    the fries? yeah, they are really good.

    1. If you haven't already, I would try Vincent or Blue Door's burgers before dismissing the genres. As for the Bulldog, to me it's about the hot dogs.

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      1. re: kevin47

        my recent good burger experiences have mainly come at BDP, which also has good fries(and cheese curds!). I was at the Nook last sunday, before heading to Grand ole Day, and while mine wasn't as bad as what jfood described I was pretty underwhelmed.

        Smash was a fast food burger. no more, no less. the fries sucked.

        I haven't been to Vincent in a while but that is a burger I drool at just the thought of.

        Levain, Strip Club and 112...I'll make a note and get around to them.

      2. Princebaal,

        Jfood has been on hamburger search on and off for many months in MSP and was relieved to finally find Bulldog a few weeks ago. And he liked the dog but it was coldish by the time it arrived at his table (a beautiful night outside onthe side)

        When they are on, jfood really liked the burger at 112 and their fries are great but jfood has also had a few misses there. Do NOT get people started on the Jucy Lucy debate. Very passionate. Jfood was lucky at Matts and not so at Nook. Wildfire in the Eden Prairie Mall, the place south from there down the street, the place on 50th in Edina, all disappointing.

        Jfood is planning on Vincents, maybe this week and give the Nook another shot (not on $1 burger night


        If you are in that neighborhood, please try Brasa. Double Great at that price point.

        Now add a good ice cream tour and you and jfood will probably bump into each other.

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        1. re: jfood

          You think the jucy lucy debate is heated... Because you haven't been interested in pizza, you haven't even scratched surface of our most heated controversy, the Punch vs. Luce vs. Nea debate. (I like both Punch and Luce, haven't tried Nea).


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            jfood slowly dipping paw into that one. Not excited about Punch, but enjoyed Black Sheep, very good, not great. He is lucky living in CT with some really good pizzas.

          2. re: jfood

            Interesting enough after the night at the Bulldog we drove to the Pumphouse Creamery! Very good! But I am an ice cream machine and eat enough to have found those places.

          3. They rated SB #1 of the 5 new burger places (Sonic, Five Guys, American Burger Bar, Burger Jones, and SmashBurger) - not of all burgers. However, I will admit that the list also made me crave a hamburger.

            We decided to go the bar at Vincent last night and try the Vincent burger. I was quite impressed with how flavorful it was. I loved the smoked gouda with the meat and was impressed that it stayed moist even though they have to cook it a big more to get the gouda inside to melt. However, I think the Loaded Burger at the Strip Club in St. Paul is still my favorite burger in recent memory.

            1. I'd suggest the burger at Cafe Levain. Really flavorful (they use Thousand Hills) and the accompaniments are nicely matched. Gruyere fondue, charred onion, yum. It's close to me so it's my favorite place if I really crave a burger and I don't want to have CG start the grill.


              Cafe Levain
              4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407