Blue Door Pub Longfellow: A first look

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Minneapolis boasts their own blucy burger
This might be the year of the Longfellow neighborhood. New restaurants are popping up all over this charming corner of the city. Perennially packed Blue Door Pub has finally completed its expansion and opened its new blue door this week. We stopped by for a first bite.

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The restaurant is almost twice the size of the original, which is not to say it's huge. Instead, it's a comfortable, wood-accented neighborhood watering hole. With the added square footage, Blue Door has also expanded the menu.

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Their new table known as "The Long Fellow." Clever.

New appetizers include the Cry Babies, beer-battered onion chips served with a side of Smack Sauce, a spicy sour cream. We tried the new Pork Belly Fritters, in which brined pork belly is slow cooked and ground up before being battered and deep fried.  Drizzled with a spicy mayonnaise, they tasted like crunchy-coated, reconstituted Bac-Os.

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Pork Belly Fritters taste like breaded bacon

A bunch of new burgers are on the menu as well. The Pastramilicious, Blue Door's first featured Blucy of the Month at the original location (a "juicy blucy" is the restaurant's cheeky name for its cheese-stuffed burgers), has found a permanent home on the new menu. It's a burger stuffed with pepperjack cheese, spread with cream cheese, and topped with pastrami.

We sampled the Baked 'N' Loaded, a burger packed with gooey Colby cheese and topped with house-made potato chips, bacon, and a wallop of that smack sauce. Each bite was a crunchy, juicy, spicy, creamy, crunchy, salty good time -- a cravable burger whether you're baked, fried, or stone-cold sober.

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Locked and loaded: that's a serious burger

Speaking of sobriety, the beer selection has also been expanded. Even more craft beers are available, including a great selection of local brews. A frosty, chestnut-colored pint from Harriet Brewing paired beautifully with the burger.

Initial reaction shows just how anxious the neighborhood has been for a great pub. Booths built for two were packed with four people on opening night. On our visit, the room was buzzing but not overly busy. Will we grow spoiled now, being able to just walk right in, sit down, and enjoy a Jiffy Burger and beer any hour of the day? Time will tell, but the first bite indicates that the Blue Door Pub hasn't lost a bit of that flavor magic that made the original location such a savory success.

Blue Door Pub Longfellow 
3448 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis
Blue Door website
Open 11 am - 1 am

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Ate dinner there last night (Super Bowl Sunday) at 7pm.  Walked right in, sat at the bar.  The bartender was super friendly!  Had a Hamm's beer (didn't know they still made that stuff).  We ordered some burgers, I had the Jiffy burger and he ordered a Juicy Blucy..they came out fast, hot and super tasty!  The fries and tots were steaming hot and perfectly deep fried!!!Loved it, will definitely go back...great place!


Is this going to be as overcrowded as the old location? It was a nice spot, but like a few places that are very good but not excellent, it fell into the "not worth the pain" when it came to picking a place to meet for lunch on a workday (especially if you don't work nearby). At the same time, the St Paul location had an advantage in that it has less competition for the daily workers coming from University Avenue (what else is there?), but will that work with more competition around Longfellow? Will people lose interest in waiting too long for seating on their lunch hour? I actually hope this new location works out because I'd like to open them back up as a lunch option, but the articles I've seen about the initial rush make me worry it's going to fall back into the "not worth the risk of no seating" for scheduling a lunch meeting. Of course, if it has that sort of problem it'll probably do well for different reasons regardless of what I think!

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