Mad Men’s back, and there is a Jucy Lucy connection. Seriously.
While the NY Times didn’t get the spelling right, they did manage to tough on Minneapolis’ contribution to international cuisine in their interview with Vincent Kartheiser, better known to Mad Men fans as Peter Campbell:
EATING I had a Juicy Lucy in Minneapolis. It’s cheese cooked into a hamburger. You bite into it, and molten cheese lava comes out. You can get it at two places in Minneapolis — Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club.
The ongoing debate over where the Jucy Lucy was invented has made its way to Wikipedia, where an anonymous editor recently rewrote history by changing the inventing restaurant from Matt’s Bar to the 5-8 Club. Notice the removals of Matt’s on the left replaced by the 5-8 Club on the right:
It seems pretty clear that the anonymous editor was not writing from a neutral point of view, since they also included this self-promotional line:
That line didn’t last long, but the story of origin remains switched, without citation, 2 weeks later.
Should the 5-8 Club (or Matt’s) have proof that they did indeed invest the Juicy Lucy, they should include a link to that within Wikipedia.
The line was out the door, and we soon saw why: We’d blundered onto a TV shoot. Starstruck diners watched host Adam Richman ask whether the 5-8 or Matt’s was the sandwich’s true originator, joke about a threeway with a “Juicy Lucy and a Sloppy Sally” and caution a couple out on a date to beware not to get scalded on the first bite (though this last scene may not air, because it looked like the lady balked at the release form).
That hilariously douchebaggy link in the quote to [matt’s bar citypages] is Kevin Hoffman’s work, not mine. For those interested in either location, here are links to the actual websites for the 5-8 Club and Matt’s Bar along with links to wiki pages for eachhere at Jucy Lucy Restaurants.
Groveland Tap vets Jeremy Woerner and Patrick McDonough are coming up with new ideas for the Minnesota classic — a hamburger patty with oozing hot American cheese in the middle.
When they open Blue Door Pub at the end of the month in the former Puerta Azul on Selby in St. Paul, Juicy Lucy (aka jucy lucy) fillings will include blue cheese, mozzarella and mushroom and Swiss cheese.
“The purists might be upset,” says Woerner. “But we’re just amazed no one has explored the unlimited possibilities.”
That’s great news. I wish I could say the same about the quality of reporting.
Clearly, the writer of this story is not a Juicy Lucy aficionado.
Other places already serve Lucy’s with cheese other than American, including the Groveland Tap, which offers a Cajun Lucy. The 5-8 Club offers Blue Cheese, and Bar Abilene has a Mexican style Lucy.
I wouldn’t call it a “Minnesota classic”, but a Minneapolis classic that’s increased its range to St. Paul.