RE: Pursuit of best burger in Minneapolis / St. Paul
I am a burger eater. Go to the Nook. Corner of Randolph and Hamline. Skip the Jucy Lucy (or the Juicy Nookie as it's called there). Get the one that has two patties (the Deluxe or something...the one that you get a free t-shirt if you eat two). Warning: very crowded and very slow. Very worth it. Excellent fries too. The Nook's burgers are the thick, juicy, sloppy kind of patties so if you're one of those e-coli-phobes, order it medium to medium well. Bowl at Ran-Ham Lanes next door if you really want a throwback-to-better-times experience. There's also a new, artisan coffee place on that corner called Kopplins. For you Roadfood people familiar with Manhattan, The Nook is similar to the Corner Bistro in the West Village.
More in the spirit of Roadfood, get out to Coates, MN (30-40 minutes south of St. Paul on Highway 52) and have burgers at the House of Coates.
Better yet, find Miesville on the map (take Highway 52, go left/east on 50 towards Red Wing) and go to King's. Do it in the summer when you can catch a Mudhens game across the street and/or catch the Cannon Valley Trail down the road at Welch, MN to do some biking. Quintessential Roadfood Americana.