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Taking One For The Team--The $10 Juicy Lucy Burger

When it comes to burgers, my tastes are simple, and In-n-Out once in a while is good enough for me. But since I work 3 days a week at Fig & 7th, I decided to put on my suit and head downstairs to Juicy Lucy. I probably would have opted for the salmon burger or turkey burger, but since I was representing the board on grand opening day I went with their signature cheese on the inside Juicy Lucy. The burger turned out OK, but was exceedingly messy since the inner cheese melted more than outer cheese would. They seem to use the world's tallest bun, though it was soft and flattened out during the eating process. Also I had to wait 20 minutes for my hamburger because my first burger exploded when they stuck the skewer in and they had to start all over from scratch. I also figured out what makes this a $10 burger. It's the six people standing behind the counter, which makes sense at a place like Chipotle where your meal is being put together in stages, but not at a burger place. I'll take four In-n-Outs over one Juicy Lucy any day, though I suspect they'll do OK with the downtown crowd.

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  1. Thanks for taking one for the team. If the burger cooled down a little more would it still be such a mess? Choice of cheese available?

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Perhaps it would have been less messy if not eaten hot, but it would probably have lost some taste. No cheese choice that I'm aware of, which would make sense since the patties are pre-stuffed.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        I had one too. Waayyyy overpriced and if you let the burger sit for any length of time, the bottom bun gets all soggy and disintegrates. It along with the other restaurants in the new 7th St Market Pl are just a bunch of bourgie places that just want to gouge you. The idiots that are the building mgmt refuse to put in affordable restaurants because they feel that a City Target warrants that status. Not to mention they have forced out the food vendors of the Thursday Farmers Mkt. You will spend a minimum of $10 for lunch and wait at least 20-30 mins in lines. No thank you even though I work in the complex.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          I wish I'd seen this back in 2013 when first posted. And I'm having a hard time reading the dates right now on Chowhound (due to some browser issues I guess? The text is all sitting on top of each other) and can't tell how old the rest of this conversation is.

          Juicy Lucys are even controversial (because so many of them are truly awful) in the Twin Cities where they were supposedly invented, depending on who you believe either at Matt's Bar or the 5-8 Club, both in Minneapolis. They are hard to get right. Done incorrectly, they are hard as pucks or half raw and sitting on a soggy, greasy bun. Done correctly, they are little disks of deliciousness, with the burger almost a little crispy around the edges (Matt's--which I do not care for--is practically burned on the exterior) but still a little pink at the center where you'll also find the oozy cheese. The best JLs are unimpressively small and flat and have a slight UFO'ish profile. If they deliver you something that looks plump and, well, juicy, it's not going to be good.

          A proper Juicy Lucy (or, Jucy Lucy --Matt's spelling--) must always be delivered to the table with a stern warning from your server that the cheese is molten hot and that you must wait for the cheese to cool. So, you sit and eat your very salty fries (which had better be good, although Matt's aren't) while you wait and, hey, buy more beer. A Jucy Lucy is simply the bar's strategy to sell more beer!

          And juicy lucys come in all varieties these days --there has been an explosion of them in the past 5 or so years-- stuffed with blue cheese, bacon, pepper jack, etc., though, in my experience only cheddar and jack are sturdy enough to stand up to the J-L treatment.

          And there are vegetarian and even lamb versions. And you really shouldn't have to charge $10 for it (unless it's grass fed beef and some kind of artisan cheese, which just goes against the ethos of the J-L in the first place)first of all because I just don't think there's that much ingredient cost into it since it's such a small amount of beef and cheese, but secondly and more importantly because the bar should be able to make enough money off all the beer they are going to sell you while waiting for the cheese to cool.

          My favorite version (look under the "stuffed burgers" section) is the Molitor at The Nook in St. Paul.

          http://www.crnook.com/~shamnook/sites...

          Here's where you go if you're a hipster (and most of their J-L's are awful, by the way--soggy & greasy), though Matt's attracts that crowd, too:
          http://www.thebluedoorpubmn.com/pdfs/...

          Matt's:
          http://mattsbar.com/

          5-8 Club:
          http://www.5-8club.com/5-8ClubMenu_Mi...

          The one the OP tried sounds awful, by the way. My condolences.

          ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              I like some of those other tantalizing treats; deep-fried lobster on a stick and a bacon-wrapped turkey leg. Yeah!

              1. re: gr8pimpin

                Right?! But you need a good foundation of breakfast if you're going to eat your way through the fair!

                You know, I was going to list the ones I want to try, but then I realized I was listing almost every item! But, the Jello Salad Ice Cream will likely be awesome... And I'm super curious about the SnoRibbons. The walleye mac & cheese for sure...

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  if the ice cream has jello and mayo both it in, well that's completely disgusting, but so Minnesota too. walleye a great fish to catch and to eat!

            2. re: The Dairy Queen

              The President had a well-publicized warning against biting into a jucy lucy too soon today: http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci...

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Hi Dairy Queen! I had the pleasure of trying both Matt's and the 5-8 Club's Jucy (Juicy) Lucy on the same day a couple of months ago. We went to 5-8 first and then Matt's directly after. I have to say that I was much more fond of 5-8's version (along with their great fries!) than Matt's (where you could choose from several cheeses). 5-8 just tasted right. I would definitely go back again next time I am in the cities - something I cannot say about Matt's.

                1. re: WildSwede

                  You did two juicy lucys back to back?

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Yup, back to back - they are only about a mile apart. But actually, I had a whole Jucy Lucy at 5-8 and then just a couple of bites of my brother's at Matt's. But that was enough!

          1. A little info here from Grub Street along with some photos of the burger, etc. http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2013...

            1. Also I had to wait 20 minutes for my hamburger because my first burger exploded when they stuck the skewer in and they had to start all over from scratch
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              Just imagine if you had ordered their "Double Juicy" ... they'd probably need to call in the HazMat unit.

                1. what a shame.

                  i guess the burger's name really isn't a good one either.

                  too bad in n' out hasn't set up shop in DT, they'd make a killing.

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                  1. re: fgrade

                    A Jucy Lucy (which is the classic spelling) is a Twin Cities mainstay. I'm sorry this one wasn't particularly good, because when done correctly, they are stellar.

                  2. The site is listed for rent on a commercial real estate site, is Juicy Lucy closed yet?

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                    1. re: moreplease

                      Latest Yelp review is from 6/22, so seems very likely it is open: http://www.yelp.com/biz/juicy-lucy-lo...

                      1. re: moreplease

                        It looks like the business is for sale for $425,000. I wasn't able to get full details, but if there is a lease in place, that would likely be part of the sale deal. I didn't find anything for lease. Not sure if this link will work but....

                        http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/187662...

                        1. re: OCSteve

                          That's what I was (obliquely) referring for my information, but I guess they are still open in the meanwhile?

                          1. re: moreplease

                            Restaurants typically stay open when they're for sale. Indeed one that shuts down pending potential sale is worth less than one that keeps operating. And sometimes they don't tell the employees that the business is for sale.