The Nook in St. Paul suffered a horrible fire overnight, putting the place out of business for at least a few months.
Which makes now a good time to get to Shamrock’s on W 7th Street. Show some support for the Ted Casper and Mike Runyon during their rebuild by other location.
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:
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.
Experienced Jucy Lucy connoisseurs make a point of explaining to their noob guests the dangers posed by taking a big first bite of a burger full of molten cheese that’s as hot as the sun.
However, some hungry noobs don’t listen and chomp away, causing cheese to blow out the backside and down their forearms. Lesson learned the hard way.
But what happens when you have a table full of adventurous noobs? If they’re at Matt’s Bar, I’m sure they’ll be find since Matt’s is better than any Jucy Lucy restaurant at reminding patrons of the dangers posed by aggressive Lucy chomping.
The Nook, along with it’s West 7th sister site, Shamrock’s, have taken a more formal approach of including a warning label with every Lucy basket:
The Freets made a point of asking our Shamrock’s server whether he was required to initial the form before digging in, to which he was told, “No.” Perhaps there is some sort of wait staff / kitchen staff power-play taking place just below the surface? 🙂