To trace the origins of the Jucy Lucy (or Juicy Lucy as it's spelled at some places), head to Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis where two bars – Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club – claim to have invented this indulgent Minnesota comfort food.
According to Matt's Bar, a customer in 1954 requested two burger patties with a slice of cheese in the middle. Upon biting into it, he declared, "That's one juicy Lucy," and a legend was born. The 5-8 Club, a speakeasy in the 1920s, doesn't offer a clear origin story, other than that the burger was first created in the club kitchen in the 1950s.
No matter where you get this burger, it often comes with a warning – don't bite into it right away, lest you scorch your taste buds with the molten hot cheese that oozes from its beefy core. Matt's version features American cheese, while burger joints elsewhere in the state have started stuffing their Juicy Lucys with all kinds of ingredients.
10Best and Sandwich America set out to find the best Juicy Lucy in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. For the past four weeks, USA TODAY and 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorites.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Juicy Lucy in Minnesota are as follows:
- Crooked Pint Ale House - Multiple Locations
- Casper's and Runyon's Nook - St. Paul
- Matt's Bar - Minneapolis
- Peppers and Fries - Minneapolis
- Jerseys Bar and Grill - Inver Grove Heights
- The Breeze Inn - Duluth
- Blue Door Pub - St. Paul
- Uncle Franky's - Minneapolis
- B-52 Burgers and Brew - Inver Grove Heights
- 5-8 Club - Minneapolis
Congratulations to all our Juicy Lucy winners!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo