A Monster Dines at Matt’s Bar

Courtney from “Max & Courtney Make Monsters” shows how monsters dine on Jucy Lucy’s at Matt’s Bar.

A female monster with half a face attempts to sate her inhuman hunger on the Jucy Lucy, the legendary hamburger of Matt’s Bar is south Minneapolis. Make up based on a design by Dick Smith from his book “Dick Smith’s Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up.”

Check out how Courtney transformed into a Lucy dining monster step by step here.

Matt’s Bar is the kind of place where monsters are welcome. I’m sure some zombies have eaten there in the past, and I wouldn’t be surprised to run into a werewolf during a visit.

This video has some of the best Jucy Lucy action shots I’ve seen. If you haven’t had a chance to experience a Jucy Lucy first-hand, this is the closest you’ll come to enjoying one first hand. Awesome stuff.

Jucy Addition: Birchwood Cafe

Vegetarian Juicy Lucy

This is quite possibly the most controversial addition to the Jucy Lucy Restaurant Map to date: Birchwood Cafe’s Vegetarian Lucy.

Yes, that’s correct. A vegetarian Lucy.

Birchwood black bean burger stuffed with kalamata olives, capers, mozzarella and feta served with red peppers, sundried tomato aioli, bibb lettuce on buttermilk bun. $9

The vegetarian Lucy presents challenges for the cook. Beans, unlike beef, is hard to wrap around meat. And once heated, the cheese has a tendency to be absorbed by the beans.

At $9, it’s also one of the more expensive Jucy Lucy’s I’ve ever encountered. That price comes with a chips & salsa side. For $1 more, you can get fresh greens.

For vegetarians who’ve always had an interest in trying a Jucy Lucy but not enough to actually eat meat, this is now an option for you. But I can assure you that this is NO WAY a substitute for the real thing. It’s a bit too fancy, doesn’t have the texture of meat, and isn’t able to contain molten cheese the way actual meat does.

International Renowned Comfort Food

Iranian-born writer and director, Marjane Satrapi, shared the story of her discovery of Minneapolis’ contribution to international cuisine during a recent interview with Rob Nelson.

Travel the world over, but you won’t find a better burger

“The first time I came here, the [cab driver] told me, ‘Oh, I will bring you to a French restaurant.’ And I was like, ‘No, I’m here to eat what you eat. So what do you eat?’ And he was like, ‘Well, there’s something here, it’s kind of greasy, but [it’s] the Jucy Lucy burger.’ I was here three days. For three days, lunch and dinner, I had the Jucy Lucy burger. I tried to make one in France. All my friends in France know the Jucy Lucy burger of Minneapolis.

She obviously appreciates the finer things in life.