100 Favorite Dishes: No. 38, Matt's Bar's Jucy Lucy

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.

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Tony Nelson
It's all well and good that cheeseburgers are marketed as gourmet food in new wave gastropubs, but Matt's original Jucy Lucy still sets the gold standard for bar burgers, with a trademark sandwich they've been serving up from that busy corner griddle for 49 years.

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The Jucy Lucy named one of TIME Magazine's 17 most influential burgers

The Jucy Lucy patty is formed around a cheese center, so that once that burger comes flying off the griddle, it's crispy, juicy, and filled with a core of molten hot cheese -- so hot, in fact, that Matt's Bar's motto is "Fear the cheese."

The inverted cheeseburger has made its way from beefy novelty to a game day menu at Target Field and has spread across the metro in varied formats. However, for every bleu cheese or bacon-stuffed concoction, none bears that magical, simple touch that Matt's serves up, wrapped in paper and dripping grease onto the plastic tray it's served in. Every time a satisfying rendition of the Jucy Lucy is eaten elsewhere, it's almost always followed with the thought, "but how did it compare to Matt's?"

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No. 39: Broders' quadrucci con pollo

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17 comments
Ross Menk
Ross Menk

Don't bite in to this burger too quick, I did that just once! Hot cheese on the inside! Law Offices of Menk & Menk

Kelly Andersen
Kelly Andersen

I wasnt impressed, the nook smokes them for quality and nice people.

David Kay
David Kay

I tried Matts JL burger. It's a gut-bomb

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Last time I had one (take out), it was undercooked and disgusting.

James Rowe
James Rowe

Lions tap in ep has better burgers

Becky Lee
Becky Lee

nostalgia sometimes tastes the best..... miss jucy Lucy.... none in Fargo.

Clemon Dabney
Clemon Dabney

Matt's Bar is so overrated... only popular due to nostalgia

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

all those 8.95 ones out there or more and really this is the best of the best..

Eric Elvendahl
Eric Elvendahl

Can I hang with your dog for a second? I'm hungry.

prisondoc
prisondoc

I hate to ask, but how do you know that?

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