Suspension: Buster’s on 28th

With great sadness, Jucy Lucy Restaurants is officially suspending Buster’s on 28th due to under performance.

The final straw came last night when I was served my second “blow-out” (a Jucy Lucy that’s lost its cheesy innards). Notice the hole in the top of my burger:

Jucy Lucy Blow-out at Busters on 28th

However, it’s important to point out that this isn’t a case of “two blow-outs and you’re out.” Heck no. A quick trip around the local foodie blogosphere shows just how much of a problem there is with the Buster’s on 28th’s Juicy Lucy:

Scott McGerik’s Weblog

The Juicy Lucy, however, was not a Juicy Lucy. It was a cheeseburger! A proper Juicy Lucy consists of a slice of cheese sealed between two hamburger patties. This creates a center of molten cheese which can seriously burn the unwary. Slathering cheese on the top of a burger does not make it a Juicy Lucy and, instead, creates a cheeseburger. And that is what the Juicy Lucy at Buster’s is, a cheeseburger. Gads!

The Deets – Ed Kohler’s Blog

I consider myself to be a bit of a Juicy Lucy (and Jucy Lucy) aficionado, so I immediately recognized an obvious problem with this particular Lucy. In fact, it probably doesn’t take a trained eye to pick out the issue here: The cheese was on the outside of the burger. Some restaurants would refer to this as a cheeseburger.

Amy Commenting on

The Lucy was delish, but the hole where the cheese was supposed to be was just an empty pocket. The outside cheeses were yummy though.

Reetsyburger’s Refuge’s Report of an Undercooked Lucy

Me: “How’s the Juicy Lucy?”
gerg: “It’s not bad.”
Me: “Is it technically a Juicy Lucy? Remember what The Deets said?”
gerg: “Yeah, the cheese is all gooey and it’s inside the burger. The middle is pretty raw.
Me: “How does it rate on a scale of 1-10?”
gerg: “As a Juicy Lucy, it’s a 7. As a burger, it’s an 8.”
Me: “So it’s a C as a Juicy Lucy?”
gerg: “Hmm. I guess so.”
Me: “I like this sour pickle mayonaise. It’s dill-ish.”

After this much trouble with blow-outs, it was time for Jucy Lucy Restaurants to take a stand. We hope that fellow Jucy Lucy aficionados find this ruling stern but fair.

A quick check of the map will show Buster’s on 28th’s marker switched from Blue to Red while under suspension. Red denotes “Proceed with Caution.”

There is nothing we’d like to see more than Buster’s on 28th turn things around. We’ll keep up to date on the status of their Lucy. And as usual, we rely on tips from from readers like you to keep the restaurant list accurate.