Taylor Carik on Matt’s Bar’s Universal Popularity

Taylor breaks down the diversity of Matt’s clientelle after being inspired by reading Minnesota Monthly’s latest Best Burgers issue:

– on the new MnMo, Franken and Matt’s

Living right next to Matt’s, I’ve been in the bar at all different hours of the day and have seen everyone kind of Minnesotan eating juicy lucys. So it’s no wonder every Twin Cities burger list, including MnMo, puts Matt’s on top. I’ve seen families eat JL’s on Saturdays, I’ve seen Latinos come in after long days of work, I’ve even seen two old ladies holding up a guy so old that he could hardly walk walk into Matt’s for lunch to eat a burger. It’s going to be tough to beat that.

I couldn’t agree more. Earlier this week, while dining with my wife & father-in-law, a 4’10” 70+ year old was hovering over our table as we wrapped up our pitcher. She was securing a table for her and three equally aged and heighted friends.

It’s not uncommon to see large groups of teens earlier in the day sucking down cans of pop with their Lucy’s while going social on a few baskets of fries. Ala carte fries and group dates were made for each other.

We Got Served: Pro-Nook

The We Got Served blog has come out strong for the Jucy Lucy served up at The Nook:

We got served: The Nook

We actually have been to The Nook once before, prior to starting this blog, so this wasn’t really a new dining experience. I ordered the same thing I had last time, the Juicy Lucy. I just love them, so ordering anything else really isn’t an option for me. This one didn’t disappoint. As I mentioned in the Groveland Tap review, this is my favorite Juicy Lucy that I’ve had. I also liked that it came with fries! I didn’t really like the fries that much – weirdly enough. I guess Ben and I have opposite fry tastes. I thought these were really dry. I like lots o grease I guess!

We Got Served is right: The Nook rocks.

WGS previously hit The Groveland Tap and compared it to a few other Lucy serving establishments:

Groveland Tap

I thought my Juicy Lucy was average. I’ve now had a Juicy Lucy at Matt’s Bar (good), the Nook (great), and Tuggs (if you count their stuffed burgers as a form of Juicy Lucy – it was okay but way too expensive). I thought this one was better than Tuggs (in terms of value mostly), but worse than Matt’s and The Nook. I’d probably order something else if I went back. The deep fried PB&J that Ben wanted was okay, but not good enough to ever want to order again. It was mostly the novelty that appealed to him, I think.

Great work, We Got Served. Thanks for sharing your experiences. It sounds like you’re reaching Jucy Lucy Sommelier status.