The 651ery takes a look at the St. Paul jucy lucy scene in a recent post:
Being a Saint Paul guy I would recommend getting out to Shamrock’s or The Blue Door Pub whenever you get a chance (at least until The Nook is back in business). There are other places to try in Saint Paul (I’m looking at you Groveland Tap), but these are the ones that I have been to.I absolutely plan to cross the river to see the inside of Matt’s and the 5-8 Club at some point, but until then I have found what I am looking for in my favorite city.
That is some solid advice. But, The 651ery is going to need to cross the river to have a full understanding of the Lucy.
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.
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? 🙂
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.