Suspension: Buster’s on 28th

With great sadness, Jucy Lucy Restaurants is officially suspending Buster’s on 28th due to under performance.

The final straw came last night when I was served my second “blow-out” (a Jucy Lucy that’s lost its cheesy innards). Notice the hole in the top of my burger:

Jucy Lucy Blow-out at Busters on 28th

However, it’s important to point out that this isn’t a case of “two blow-outs and you’re out.” Heck no. A quick trip around the local foodie blogosphere shows just how much of a problem there is with the Buster’s on 28th’s Juicy Lucy:

Scott McGerik’s Weblog

The Juicy Lucy, however, was not a Juicy Lucy. It was a cheeseburger! A proper Juicy Lucy consists of a slice of cheese sealed between two hamburger patties. This creates a center of molten cheese which can seriously burn the unwary. Slathering cheese on the top of a burger does not make it a Juicy Lucy and, instead, creates a cheeseburger. And that is what the Juicy Lucy at Buster’s is, a cheeseburger. Gads!

The Deets – Ed Kohler’s Blog

I consider myself to be a bit of a Juicy Lucy (and Jucy Lucy) aficionado, so I immediately recognized an obvious problem with this particular Lucy. In fact, it probably doesn’t take a trained eye to pick out the issue here: The cheese was on the outside of the burger. Some restaurants would refer to this as a cheeseburger.

Amy Commenting on s4xton.com

The Lucy was delish, but the hole where the cheese was supposed to be was just an empty pocket. The outside cheeses were yummy though.

Reetsyburger’s Refuge’s Report of an Undercooked Lucy

Me: “How’s the Juicy Lucy?”
gerg: “It’s not bad.”
Me: “Is it technically a Juicy Lucy? Remember what The Deets said?”
gerg: “Yeah, the cheese is all gooey and it’s inside the burger. The middle is pretty raw.
Me: “How does it rate on a scale of 1-10?”
gerg: “As a Juicy Lucy, it’s a 7. As a burger, it’s an 8.”
Me: “So it’s a C as a Juicy Lucy?”
gerg: “Hmm. I guess so.”
Me: “I like this sour pickle mayonaise. It’s dill-ish.”

After this much trouble with blow-outs, it was time for Jucy Lucy Restaurants to take a stand. We hope that fellow Jucy Lucy aficionados find this ruling stern but fair.

A quick check of the map will show Buster’s on 28th’s marker switched from Blue to Red while under suspension. Red denotes “Proceed with Caution.”

There is nothing we’d like to see more than Buster’s on 28th turn things around. We’ll keep up to date on the status of their Lucy. And as usual, we rely on tips from from readers like you to keep the restaurant list accurate.

SeriousEats.com’s Jucy Lucy Investigation

After yesterday’s post explaining how NOT to eat a Jucy Lucy, I figured I had better follow up with some information on how to do it right.

Luckily for me, SeriousEats.com has already done a great job providing some high level advice on how to consume a Jucy Lucy. They went on-site to Matt’s Bar to explain how it’s done in the video below:

Jucy Additions: Wildfire Restaurants

Cariann reminded me that the Wildfire restaurant chain offers a Juicy Lucy. I was under the impression that this was only an occasional lunch special, so was leaning away from including it on the site, but verified that it is indeed a menu staple at this point.

All Wildfire locations (Eden Prairie, Atlanta, and a bunch in Chicago) have been added to the map. Thanks Cariann.

Tempers Flare over Jucy Lucy’s at MNSpeak

A simple mention of this site has set off a flame war on MNSpeak.com.

Leigha Horton played the role of nay-sayer with this comment:

Am I the only one in the Twin Cities who really really wanted to like the Juicy Lucys, but was always disappointed? Cheese makes EVERYTHING better – yet, when it comes out as runny molten grease (instead of the desired thickened cheesy goo) inside a hunk of meat, I’m just not impressed.

Wham! There you have it: controversy. And then it was ON!

From there, things degraded into territorial battles over which restaurant makes the best Jucy Lucy.

Teucer tried to save it with this comment:

Apparently, cheese-filled burgers is a hot-button issue and tempers are flaring. People, please! It’s just lunch.

However, it was too far gone.

One could say that “the cheese was out of the burger” by that point.

Two Jucy Additions: NE Palace and Shamrocks

Thanks to Tuck and Kirk for contributing their Jucy Lucy knowledge by bringing the NE Palace and Shamrocks to my attention.

Both have been added to the map.

Gin & Phonics has some great tips on how to order a perfect Jucy Lucy at the NE Palace.

And Shamrocks has a MySpace page you can friend if you’re into that sort of thing.