Men's Health nominates the Gopher Bar for "Manliest Restaurant in America"

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Is this the Manliest Restaurant in America?
In between advising readers on how to "Lose Your Gut" and get "Amazing Abs!", Men's Health magazine has taken on a new quest: To find the country's "Manliest Restaurant."

To do so, they've nominated several standouts and put them up for a vote, including St. Paul's famous Gopher Bar, selected for its, "Coney Island hot dogs slathered with meat sauce, cheap pitchers of beer, and their curt slogan: 'Sit down, shut up and wait your f*cking turn.'"

It's an interesting perception of contemporary manhood at its finest: Drinking like a fish in a bar named after a rodent and then chowing down on a wiener.

If you think the Gopher qualifies as the country's "Manliest Restaurant," vote here. Then hit the dive bar for some fries ... or better yet, follow the magazine's recipe for a "healthier alternative" of baked potato strips. Got to maintain the six-pack, right?

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Location Info

Gopher Bar

241 7th St. E., St. Paul, MN

Category: Restaurant


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Cheap printing
Cheap printing

You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog. 

Lovegra
Lovegra

Men's Health and Guy Gourmet need your help. We're on a mission to discover the manliest restaurants in America, and we're 

Dtmplsguy
Dtmplsguy

I don't think anybody wants to "Loose" a gut.  Why is this such a common error?

bassopotamus
bassopotamus

Haven't been, but I think most places are going to have a hard time beating Kuma's Corner in Chicago for pretty much anything. Besides, for dogs, I'd rather have the Wienery. Awesome food, and jail IDs as decor.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

Not impressed with the Gopher.  Their coneys are fine, but nothing to write home about.  Hostile, unwelcoming vibes off the staff and the patrons.  I can go a few blocks over to Kelly's Depot bar and get a coney that's better, the service is friendly, and the ambience is still dive-y.  And as a bonus, I don't worry about getting beat up.

Chris
Chris

They do make a mean coney...

Joseph Alton
Joseph Alton

Really?! And not: "Most racist restaurant in America"? Confederate flags and racist humor adorn the walls.... How is this synonymous with manly? 

Phillysworld
Phillysworld

This wouldn't be so bad if you also added that they have a confederate flag prominently displayed and are not very gay friendly.  I just feel there should be a disclaimer for those things to prevent people who don't want to be in a hostile environment from frequenting this place for hot dogs.

Eater_of_Souls_And_Hotdogs
Eater_of_Souls_And_Hotdogs

When Lovegra writes 'manliest bar' it comes off kinda gay.  So in that sense, the original commenter posting that The Gopher is not gay-friendly is the most accurate and useful information in this thread.  Let me repeat:  The Gopher is not gay-friendly.  It's not hipster-friendly either.  If you wear a fedora and you're under the age of 80, don't go to The Gopher.  You're probably not going to be welcomed with anything like open arms. 

If you don't want to choose between Bud and Bud Light, don't go to The Gopher.  If you don't want meat sauce on your dog, be prepared to be verbally assaulted...a decade ago, one co-diner was asked by the co-owner:  "Who ordered these pussy dogs?" 

Personally, I abhor the politics, but like the place.  That's my shortcoming, not The Gopher's. 

bassopotamus
bassopotamus

You've obviously not spent a day in pants a size too tight. You'd want to loose the gut at the end of the day too. 

a
a

When did confederates eat hotdogs?

Oscar
Oscar

Oh settle down. If there was a sign saying Black Pride i'm sure you'd also bitch about that right?

a
a

This place is a racist sh*t hole.

Oscar
Oscar

Being straight i've been to 2 gay bars in my life for various reasons. People looked at me like I was a clown in a show. So lets just chill out.

a
a

No intention of confederate people being gay, just so that you know.

a
a

Oscar, whenever you leave your mother's basement, check out this place, and tell me it's not a crap hole?  I go in there and I wonder how people feel comfortable with all the propaganda they have on the walls.  If I was in any bar and they had such one sides drivel, be it right, or left, I would be offended.  This place lacks taste or tact.. it's a sh*t hole.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Ah, disregard my previous response. You are a serial defender of retardation...carry on.

Just a heads up: Two wrongs don't make a right.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

I am straight and go to gay bars on occasion...you must be the ugliest motherfucker on the planet or you were wearing a shirt that said, "die cocksuckers." on it.

Honestly
Honestly

Sounds like Oscar is the one who needs to toughen up if he gets so hot and bothered about how gay people react to him.  LOL. 

Oscar
Oscar

I'm going to open a bar and promote straight pride. But wait, then gay people will think i'm a big piece of shit, yet gay people have gay pride bars. Everyone is way too big of pussies these days. Toughen up for fucks sake.

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