Once I got into an Anchorman-style fight on Twitter about Jucy Lucy’s. Someone definitely drew a Twitter trident.
Fighting about Jucy Lucys is relatively easy to do in Minnesota. Many of us harbor lots of strong feelings about the subject.
If you’ve never heard of a Jucy Lucy, it’s essentially a burger stuffed with cheese. Two restaurants in Minnesota claim to have invented it. If you’ve ever seen Jucy Lucys featured on national television shows or travel blogs, you’ll probably find they only feature Matt’s Bar and 5-8 Club. This usually has me rolling my eyes because they leave out the Nook (or Casper & Runyan’s Nook, to be exact).
I really haven’t had that many versions of the Jucy Lucy and I haven’t even visited the 5-8 Club which is going to compel some to cry “heresy.” Once upon a time we tried Matt’s Bar and then we visited the Nook. Then, we thought we should branch out and try a different place and the burgers were overcooked and disappointing so we kept returning to the Nook.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t visit other places. And I’m not saying that we shouldn’t either. I’m just saying that the Nook is my favorite.
The Nook was busy before we moved to Fargo and it’s still busy. I’m guessing Guy Fieri’s visits haven’t hurt anything. At the Nook, the Jucy Lucy goes by the name “Stuffed Burger.”
When the host estimated our wait time at 45-minutes, we accepted the buzzer and hunkered down on the bench by the door. The upstairs dining area is rather limited and the bar is relatively small. People hovered over people showing promise of vacating their bar stools. Also, there is bowling in the basement. Somehow, we managed to miss the bowling on previous visits.
You won’t find hard liquor here, but there’s a delightful selection of beer in cans.
The Paul Molitor is my favorite burger. This pepper jack-stuffed burger is the only one I’ve ordered. Burgers come with real, fresh-cut french fries and your choice of sautéed or raw onion. I love that the Nook doesn’t serve burgers with those annoying kettle chips and then try to uncharge you for fries . These burgers just come with really good fries. You can swap-in sweet potato fries or waffle fries for an up-charge.
Here’s what I love about the Nook’s Jucy Lucys: The bun is really good and perfectly supports the burger in size, flavor, and texture. The meat patty is cooked so that a little pink still remains and the cheese remains gooey. Other Jucy Lucys that I’ve ordered suffered from overcooked beef and cheese that liquified to the point of practically evaporating and seeping from the burger. Don’t settle for these.
Lastly, the wings are also worth ordering. The skin is crispy and the meat is tender. Blue cheese dressing is thick as concrete with blue cheese and clearly homemade. Life is good here.
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