Gopher Bar's Coney Dog: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 56

Anne Rucker
If nothing else, this dive bar sure has good Coney Dogs.
​If you've never set foot in the Gopher Bar, prepare to be sent back in time. It's a true, old-time dive bar, complete with politically incorrect, if not blatantly offensive, signage, dingy lighting, and generally grumpy service. Don't even think about asking for a wine list or your favorite microbrew on tap. They don't have either, and they may verbally assault you for assuming they do. Here, it's simply the Coney Dog you are after.

Anne Rucker

​Avert your eyes from the Confederate flag hanging on the wall and order two Coney Dogs with everything. You won't be sorry. Nestled in their soft, freshly toasted buns, these Coneys have spot-on flavor and that unmistakable snap when you take that first bite. First the buttery-soft bun is toasted and spread with good ol' yellow mustard. A freshly griddled dog is then placed in the warm bun and slathered in a rich, thick chili meat sauce. Topped with a load of grated sharp cheddar and finely diced white onion, these Coneys are quite possibly the perfect bar food. Meaty, greasy, cheesy, and craveable. If you like heat, add a squirt of Sriracha from the bottles available at every table. These dogs are so delicious you'll wolf them down--which is good, because unless you enjoy having bartenders hurl profanities your way, you likely won't want to stick around this place too long.

241 Seventh Street East, St. Paul

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 57: Holy Land's hummus tahini
No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta
No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok
No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo
No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu
No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs"
No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy
No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar
No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza
No. 66: In Season's fried oysters
No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites
No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes
No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender
No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao
No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut
No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes
No. 74: Willy D's ribs
No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt
No. 77: Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar
No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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I am not sure about whether or not they used to have a guns banned sign, but I can vouch that people do pack heat in the bar. I was there about three months ago and there was an overweight white dude (are there any other kind that would dare brave the blatant racism of the place) sitting at the bar with a pistol sticking out of the back of his pants. I pretty much disagree with everything that place stands for, but beer is cheap and no crowds, good place to pregame before heading to Bulldog or Barrio.


Absolutely love those coney dogs. There is a reason that other establishments try to claim that theirs are as good as the Gopher Bar.

Is it just an urban legend that the Gopher Bar used to have a "guns banned on these premises" sign, until they were robbed at gunpoint, at which time they put up a sign encouraging responsible firearm owners to open carry?


The Gopher Bar is a total s@#thole, and their coneys are gross. I can't take this list of favorite dishes serious after seeing this included.

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