Cuzzy's steak sandwich makes all others tremble with fear

Cuzzyssteak.jpg
Hannah Sayle
Cuzzy's steak sandwich is so imposing it moonlights as a bouncer at a biker bar
The steak sandwich oeuvre is rank with imposters. Most restaurants offer sliced meat so meekly apportioned you'll need a platoon of Sherpas to find it. Or they'll present you with a glob of processed brown stuff made from a cow who was always picked last in kickball. 

See also:
10 Wisconsin beers worth the road trip

Clearly this is no way to treat the Emperor of Meats. The word "steak" implies a feast. It is meant to satiate the appetites of lumberjacks and nose tackles. 

So Cuzzy's bar in the scenic North Loop chose a simple remedy: It cooked up an actual steak, then stuffed it between two slices of bread (cue the warbling angels). Behold: a steak sandwich worthy of its name.

Let's go to the scoreboard, shall we?

The steak: We're not talking about those dainty things served at fashionable joints where people actually know what gluten is. This is a solid six-incher of brawny deliciocity, large enough to bat cleanup on your softball team or beat an Abrams tank in arm wrestling. 

It arrives slathered with grilled mushrooms and onions on what we're tempted to call Texas toast. Unfortunately, Texas is a state of full of candy-asses who are afraid to go to Chipotle without an assault rifle. So let's just use the technical term: giant pieces of white bread.

The sides: For $12.99, this leviathan comes with an escort of kettle chips and a pickle. But if you're willing to kick in an extra buck, that staple of junior high cafeterias awaits. We speak now of the noble delicacy known as the tater tot, surely the world's most underrated form of processed potato.  

The vibe: Cuzzy's isn't much to look at. It's an old box of a bar wallpapered with U.S. currency defaced by its customers. But the clientele is lousy with decent Americans: the steel-toed boot crowd, North Loop office workers, and Twins fans (Target Field is three blocks away). Americana be thy name.

The service:
Much too fabulous. The waitresses are cheery, down-home, and swift afoot. The food comes faster than you can complete your story about that time you fought an antelope in the Saskatchewan wilderness. (It may be a lie, but it's a good story.) It's a friendly joint, a neighborhood bar without pretense.

Cuzzy's
507 Washington Ave. N.
612-339-6211

Send your story tips to Hot Dish.



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
Robin Scholer
Robin Scholer

Cuzzy's has been my Wednesday night stop for crab legs for 3 years. The staff here have become friends and their outside patio is divine on a summer night.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Tater tots should be a mandatory side choice. Tots or fries?...Opt for the tots, every time.

therightreverendlarr
therightreverendlarr

"..Unfortunately, Texas is a state of full of candy-asses who are afraid to go to Chipotle without an assault rifle."

Pete Kotz, you are the real MVP.

Mitch Burud
Mitch Burud

Galooney's (RIP) made the best steak sandwich...

galamaria
galamaria

If you really respected Cuzzy's and savvied the locals, you'd refer to the area in which it's located by the proper term: The Warehouse District, not the pansy-ass "North Loop" moniker.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...