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Bonk
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/11 21:05:25 (permalink)
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Our other celebrity stop there was one of the suburban 5-8 Clubs. Not bad and I would definitely go back, but my friend who lived there a long time said Matt's Bar is better. Those were the two competing Jucy Lucy stops for Adam Richman.
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/11 23:38:00 (permalink)
Although the Jucy Lucy, both traditional and "cutting edge", can be found in abundance in MSP, the three classics are Matt's Bar, 5-8 Club, and Casper & Runyon's Nook.  Our favorite version came from 5-8 Club.  However, the other two offer far more in the way of character and ambiance, with 5-8 looking more like a generic sports bar.  My early inclination is to favor character since all three offer excellent renditions of the sandwich.
 
I'm thinking we hit Matt's, The Nook, and one of the newer Jucy Lucy outposts.  The Blue Door Pub comes highly recommended by MSP resident rumaki's husband, and seems to hit all the right notes for food and ambiance.
 
And don't forget, we've still got The Lion's Tap for great non-Jucy Lucy Burgers:

The Lion's Tap: The only Burger Joint I've ever visited where the actual food lived up to the menu pictures!
 
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P.S. Donatelli's in White Bear Lake is not out of the question.  We have the possibility of spending some part of a day outside the Twins, up in the Northlands.  Donatelli's might make a worthwhile stop as we head back south.  Too early to say, but you never know...
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/12 11:30:15 (permalink)
Orioles are in town Friday-Sunday. Very good chance I end up at a ballgame that Friday night. I've been to the outside of Target Field and it looks awesome, although it was covered in snow at the time.
 
I like how we had sort of a halftime on Friday night in Nashville and broke off to do our own thing. I'd be glad to coordinate tickets for anyone interested in going that route.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/14 14:35:51 (permalink)
http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/bon-appetit-comes-to-minneapolis-eats-9-jucy-lucys-in-9-hours-has-opinions/493157161
 
Coming in at three is Groveland Tap, thanks to its "perfect sear" and oozing cheese spread. (We could have guessed as much, after the involuntary, guttural bwoooohlpb sound BA's editor makes at 4:37 in the vid before deeming Groveland's version “juicy as all hell.") 
https://youtu.be/UYmjwE5D1h4
Matt’s legendary bar burger nabs the number two spot.
But it's the Nook that takes home the blue ribbon, both because he loved their no-frills, hella cheesy, thin-pattied Lucy and because he's enamored with the bar's bowling-and-skee-ball-vibe.
 
 
 
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