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Lately: Winter in Minnesota

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I am not one of those people who live in Minnesota because I can embrace winter. Even with this year’s mild winter, there’s really nothing to complain about. But there’s something about winter that makes me anxious for spring… So that I can get outside!

Sure, when the winter temps are reasonable, you can spend time outdoors in Minnesota. That’s just not me. So here’s a list of things I’ve been spending my time doing over the last few weeks.

Weight Lifting

I don’t have a photo, but for the first time ever, I’ve been lifting weights consistently three days a week. I am lucky to have my husband as my trainer. Previously, I’ve been totally clueless in this category of fitness, so I’m grateful to have his instruction and encouragement!

Painting

I took a community ed “Beginner” Acrylic painting class that proved to be out of the realm of my ability. I think I’ll stick with the paint and sip classes for now. At least I’m able to hang those on my wall at home!

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Mulled Wine

I made a nice batch of mulled wine to watch the final Packer Game of the year at home. 😦 I’ll definitely be keeping that recipe as well as these sangria recipes in case our homemade wine doesn’t turn out as well as we’d like!

Juicy Lucy

This cheese-stuffed burger at Buffalo Tap is the best one in the Twin Cities, IMHO. It’s winter in Minnesota – so you need to have a Lucy and tots at least once.

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Puzzling

For Christmas, I gave Rob a 1000-piece puzzle of Cinque Terre, Italy, thinking he could spend time putting it together on our coffee table on cold winter nights. Instead, it proved frustrating, especially with the dim lighting in our living room. He wanted nothing to do with it. I moved what we’d started to the dining room table. It took me about a month to finish. {Though I received a text from my teenage nephew with a photo of the 1000-piece puzzle I got him for Christmas. He completed his in one day.}

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Reading

Sometimes I wonder if the amount I remember reading as a child was in another life. Somewhere, along the way, I lost it… I became too busy. Still, I really wanted to return to the world of books because I enjoy them so.

A couple of years ago, I told myself that I had so many books in the house that I hadn’t read yet that I needed to read those first before getting anything new. I had so many books started… and just never finished them. Obviously, they weren’t keeping my attention. I had to give myself permission to let them go!

Instead, I did what I should have done a long time ago – I renewed my library card. My previous card was listed in my maiden name with an old address! Now, I can read whatever I really want to read! I know. Simple. Obvious. But I finally did it. There’s really not much better in the winter than snuggling under a blanket and reading with a cup of hot tea in hand.

Salt Cellar {CLOSED}

You. Guys. We dined at Salt Cellar in St. Paul last weekend with our friends Jared and Matt. And I must tell you, it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a really long time!!! {Well, except for the fab NYE dinner we had at Sul Lago; but that’s a given, right?!}

I didn’t take any photos while we caught up over dinner that night, but I will say this…

We arrived early for a Happy Hour cocktail at the bar. The Martinez is probably my new favorite!

HAYMAN’S OLD TOM GIN CARPANO ANTICA FORMULA LUXARDO MARASCHINO LIQUEUR REGANS ORANGE BITTERS

Martinez Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Carpano Antica Formula, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Regans Orange Bitters

We even got seated a bit early when the boys arrived. The menu changes often at Salt Cellar, so the Seared Scallops that I was eyeing on the online menu were not available. However a different, and perhaps more exciting, version was! There were multiple layers of flavor and texture that I can’t recall them all. But I will say that they included some of the creamiest polenta I’ve ever had as well as a new-to-me ingredient called cardoons!

I sampled everyone’s food and it was all delicious. Rob ordered the Tenderloin Tips aux Poivre, which  was served with heirloom potato gnocchi, kale, and Hen of the Woods mushrooms in a brandy cream. Get this – he was raving about the KALE! From appetizer to dessert, everything wowed us. Even the wine prices were reasonable. A $34 bottle of Minervois turned into two…

This is my kind of place with a setting that makes you feel warm, toasty and special inside. It felt like a true night out. I’d recommend it if it’s been a while and you need an intimate night out with your sig other. You’ve got the stellar ambiance, cocktails, service, wine and food all rolled into one.

Tip: Go for the $7 valet parking. Parking can be atrocious on Selby Avenue in St. Paul on a Saturday night. We figured that we’d pay at least $10 to park in a ramp in downtown Minneapolis anyway!

Oh, while we were having cocktails at the bar prior to dinner, Rob declared that we’d be making a trip back to try Salt Cellar‘s bar-only burger…

How are you keeping busy this winter?

Cheers~
Carrie

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Glam Doll

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What do you do when you have out-of-town guests

who are experiencing the Twin Cities for the first time?*

*Not necessarily in this order…

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#1) You take them out for a Juicy Lucy!

Buffalo Tap California Juicy Lucy

Buffalo Tap California Juicy Lucy

Sorry, Juicy Lucy / Jucy Lucy purists! Our fave is at the Buffalo Tapnot Matt’s Bar nor the 5-8 Club! Having some of the best state-fair-quality cheese curds around, doesn’t hurt this decision either. 😉

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2) You let them check out the MOA.*

{*You might even join them, even if you aren’t really a shopper and you’ve sworn off the place… It’s all to get those steps in, right?! Besides, who doesn’t like giant LEGO creations?}

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We walked over 3.5 miles in our short visit!

You might even find a pineapple:

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3) You try someplace iconic, that you haven’t yet tried…

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Glamdoll Donuts is said to be one of the top donut shops in the nation.

I’ve been dying to try this place forever!  I’m so glad the girls were game!

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While the bacon-topped donuts were probably the most intriguing…

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…the girls and I played it safe.

Sydnie ordered a Dark Angel with vanilla bean cream and chocolate icing, along with a cappuccino.

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Amber and I decided to wait an extra 15 minutes to get a Calendar Girl with salted caramel and chocolate.

There were still being made:

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The donuts weren’t warm, but the salted caramel in the hole was!

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I tilted my donut around to get the caramel to cover the entire top. That way, I could get that caramel goodness in every single bite.

We were all satisfied with this pre-mall-walking fuel. However, we also agreed that the next time we visit, we’ll be a bit more adventurous and try one of the crazier flavors, like the Girl Next Door with provolone and muenster or the Chart Topper with peanut butter and sriracha.

Yes, Glam Doll is another one of those cool places in the Twin Cities to take out-of-town guests.

Where is a unique spot you like to take people who visit you?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

Buffalo Tap – Savage

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There’s a lot that’s led me up to this post:

  1. I was able to knock a beer off my IPA Wishlist recently here.
  2. I recently talked about the best places to take out-of-town guests, partially due to this establishment’s Juicy Lucy.
  3. I experienced the most recent Packer win at this fave Packer bar.

So there you go. It’s time.

The Beer

I was really surprised when my husband told me that he wanted to go to the Buffalo Tap recently because he said he’d read on Facebook that they were were carrying bombers of the Stone R&R Coconut IPA.

“What?” I asked. “Do you remember my IPA Day post? That beer’s on my wishlist to try!”

Naturally, we went.

And let me just tell you, if you want updates on new beers, wines, dishes, specials or happy hours, it’s a great idea to follow your favorite bars and restaurants on Facebook or Twitter. I personally don’t do that. Well, I do some, but I don’t see every post. But that’s only because my husband does. I make him in charge of that! And it’s a great tip he’s given you!

615Our verdict? The beer was a good IPA in its own right. However, we were disappointed because we couldn’t find even the slightest hint of coconut in the aromas or the flavors. It seems a little much that Stone took the time to bottle and market this beer that way. And we love Stone!

But unbeknownst to us, Buffalo Tap had a beer we adore on tap that day. Only, we’ve only had it in the bottle before!

Creme Brulee STout

Do you see the Crème Brûlée Stout?

It is undeniably incredible in the bottle, but even better on tap. That keg went fast because we didn’t get back to “The Tap” again before it was gone. In fact, it can even be difficult to find this beer in the bottle. So if you do… You. Must. Try. It. Nom Nom. It’s made by Southern Tier, the same brewery that brings us the infamous Pumpking Ale, which is another one You. Must. Have. if you find it on tap like we did here last year and here this year.

In general, the beer here is ridiculously overpriced, especially if you want a specialty beer. For example, on Game Day a couple of years ago, I remember seeing a tall Guinness or tall Surly for $10. Your domestics aren’t too bad, but sometimes I feel like you need to take out a mortgage to get something special…

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Sample Beer Prices

But let us count all the other reasons Buffalo Tap is a hit, whether or not you bring out-of-town guests.

The Northwoods Feel

This isn’t important to me when dining out, but the décor is a nice touch when you are bringing out-of-town guests. To go with this theme, you’ll also find that they serve buffalo (hence the name) and elk. While I don’t generally eat either of those, it’s a nice option for others.

Minnesota and Wisconsin Food

The menu here is HUGE. Robert Irvine wouldn’t approve. But somehow, they make it work. The variety is also perfect when you have out-of-town guests with different tastes or just picky friends. Here are some things we recommend:

  • Cheese Curds – They have some of Rob’s favorite here. Choose original or spicy.
  • Bloody Mary – Technically a beverage, but it comes with a nice skewer of sides and a beefstick. Alongside you get a beer chaser {aka beerback}.
  • Juicy Lucy – As I stated in my post about where in the Twin Cities to take Out-of-Town Guests:

Forget Matt’s.

Forget the 5-8 Club.

Get your Juicy Lucy here – the Parmesan Patty Melt to be exact. Matt’s Lucy is a good dive bar burger that is worth trying, but our burgers at the 5-8 Club were absolutely horrible. On the other hand, the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy at the Buffalo Tap is heaven. For those of you who don’t know what a Juicy Lucy is, think of an inside-out burger. It’s one with the yummy, gooey cheese right in the middle. This one is served on Parmesan Encrusted Bread. Need I say more? You just need a little patience because you don’t want to bite into it right away, or that cheese will squirt out and burn you. Give it some time to set. Then cut it in half. Drag the chips through any melty cheese that oozes out.

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This photo doesn’t do this perfect Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy any justice!

I’d also just stick with the chips. The fries are nothing to write home a blog post about.

My go-to healthy choice on this menu is the Cela Grilled Chicken Pita. {I substitute cottage cheese for the chips on this one.}

Grilled chicken diced and wrapped in pita bread with lettuce, tomato, cheese blend and cucumber sauce. Raw onion on request. Make it Buffalo Style by adding Buffalo Sauce and substituting ranch or blue cheese for cucumber sauce.

Tip: If you are looking for cheaper items on the menu, you can always go for the hot dogs or soup. They are still quite filling! Then, there’s the wine…

Packer Game Day

I love Packer Game Day at the tap! We get there early before the game starts because the downstairs area with televisions devoted solely to the Packer game fills every seat before kickoff. It’s like sitting in a roomful of friends!

There is a requirement to watch the game here, though…

BT-packTo be honest, I don’t blame them. If we are going to hold tables that could otherwise be turned during the lunch hour, it’s only fair. And $15 for at least 3 hours is nothing. In fact, Rob and I have known to drop way too much money here. Sometimes we’ll start with a coffee and Bailey’s (me) and a coffee and Rumple Minze (Rob). Then I’ll have a Bloody Mary since they are my favorite here. {Although, it’s been a while and they looked a little different when I saw others ordering them the last time I was there.} Then Rob’ll order a couple of beers and before we know it and have even had anything to eat, we’re up to almost $50.

One way to keep it more affordable when we are there for a game is to order wine instead. Seriously, you can get a bottle of Mondavi Cab for $12.95/bottle.

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While affordable, I had a harder time choking that stuff down this weekend than I have in the past. Maybe it’s because I was also drinking Diet Coke. {For some reason, I don’t like their tap water there; so I don’t drink it.}

Or you can take your chances and hope for a Packer Touchdown. Every time they score {a touchdown anyway, I’m not sure that field goals count}, you can get a Miller Lite for a $1. Our table was very lucky last weekend!

Packer Touchdown Beers

Packer Touchdown Beers!

You know me, I don’t tend to drink light beer, but if I’m needing a water or another Bloody Mary Chaser, I’ll take it. Or I’ll share. Remember, we’re all friends here!

GO PACK GO!

Where do you go to see your favorite sports team when it’s not televised on the main network stations?

Cheers~
Carrie

Best Twin Cities Restaurants to Take Out-of-Town Guests

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This post was inspired by a friend who has family in town this weekend. She wanted ideas for where to take them. And while she came up with her own answer, it did get us to thinking where we’ve taken our out-of-town guests.

I feel a little guilty writing this one.

Why? Because I know that there will be some opinions out there. I may sound like I’m dogging some Mpls-St. Paul institutions. Let’s just say that these are not necessarily the best restaurants in the Twin Cities to take your out-of-town guests. Of course, that all depends on you and your guests. Your tastes might be completely different from ours.

So, instead, let’s label this list as our favorite places to take guests who come in from out of town. We want them to experience restaurants that we not only love, but that are also either unique, capture a piece of Minnesota or offer a bit of fun. They are listed in no particular order. At the time of this writing, Restaurant Impressions might not be written on all restaurants listed yet. But you can always hop over there to check!

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Cossetta’s – St. Paul

I have to admit that Rob has never been to Cossetta’s {the original eatery} and I haven’t eaten there in years. However, after a trip to the newly renovated/expanded Alimentari, including the eatery/pizzeria, Pasticceria, Italian grocery and restaurant with my parents this past May, it’s worth a trip… if only for the pastry/gelato/supermarket experience. Most would notice how grand the paticceria and rest of the building looks. But instead, my dad noticed what kind of light bulbs were used. He’s cute like that.

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Buffalo Tap – Savage

Forget Matt’s.

Forget the 5-8 Club.

Get your Juicy Lucy here – the Parmesan Patty Melt to be exact. Matt’s Lucy is a good dive bar burger that is worth trying, but our burgers at the 5-8 Club were absolutely horrible. On the other hand, the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy at the Buffalo Tap is heaven. For those of you who don’t know what a Juicy Lucy is, think of an inside-out burger. It’s one with the yummy, gooey cheese right in the middle. This one is served on Parmesan Encrusted Bread. Need I say more? You just need a little patience because you don’t want to bite into it right away, that cheese will squirt out and burn you. Give it some time to set. Then cut it in half. Drag the chips through any melty cheese that oozes out.

This photo doesn't do this perfect Juicy Lucy justice!

This photo doesn’t do this perfect Juicy Lucy justice!

If that’s not enough of a reason, the bar has a rustic, Minnesota northwoods cabin feel that makes the perfect setting for out-of-town guests. The menu is large with something for everyone. They also serve buffalo, hence the name. And fried cheese curds. As a cheesehead myself, I like to show guests from back home where I watch Packer games when they aren’t on regular TV here in Viking Country. Yep, it’s right here at “The Tap.”

A plus: There are some excellent beers on tap!
A minus: Said beers are often way overpriced.
A plus: You can still get a bottle of Mondavi Cab for $11.95. Not kidding. As my husband would say, “Cheap at the price.”
A plus: They make some of the best Bloody Marys – perfect for game day.

Three pluses over one minus? We’ll take it.

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The Happy Gnome – St. Paul

This is an easy pick for your guests who may have an affinity for beer like we do. Rob stole my brother away on one visit, leaving his other half behind with the kids. They sipped fresh brews and devoured poutine. Oh yeah, this was all just a few days after my back surgery. Maybe he needed to get out, too. 😉

If you’ve had a late night, I’d say get the delectable breakfast sammy the next morning. Best in the Twin Cities! But the folks at this gourmet gastropub change the menu often, so who knows if it’ll be available when you read this. No matter what you order, you should always wash it down with a beer or two that you’ve never had and perhaps may never have again.

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Forepaugh’s – St. Paul

Rob likes to describe this experience as “taking someone to your rich uncle’s house.Forepaugh’s is housed in a 19th century Victorian Mansion. You can make it an expensive, fancy evening out, if you’d like. {A lot of special occasion events are held here.} Or you can do what we do: Drop by during happy hour in the bar area and let Joey or Victor wait on you. The bar menu is less expensive and quite good. In fact, we voted them as having best “Toast” in the Twin Cities. You’ll just need to go to find out what that means. And The Double Double Bacon Cheeseburger is on Rob’s Top 10 list. Furthermore, the Deconstructed Banana Cream Pie is a dessert for which you’ll return. It’s an impressive place. Have your guests take a walk around the mansion and check out all levels. Ask the staff about the ghosts.

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Sul Lago – Prior Lake

Perron’s Sul Lago is a no brainer for us, being one of our favorite restaurants and all. Forget Manny’s. Forget Murray’s. {And, yes, we’ve had both.} If you want a steak, come here instead. That being said, let me preface that statement with this: I like filet mignons. The best I’ve ever had in Minnesota is here. My mom said it was the best steak of her life. But I tried a friend’s sirloin and wasn’t as pleased. Maybe that’s because I know how much more I love the filet. Still, the steak sandwich gives Murray’s a run for its money.

It’s a place where the service is great because they leave you alone to linger for hours if you wish, just like they would in Italy. Rob’s favorite pasta – the Sausage and White Truffle Oil – is back on the menu! The food is fantastic, as is the ambiance. And, you’ll find our favorite Bartender, Billy, there, too. He makes the best French Pear.

French Pear Martini: Elderflower liqueur, pear vodka, sparkling wine, lime juice

French Pear Martini: Elderflower liqueur, pear vodka, sparkling wine, lime juice

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Nicollet Mall – Minneapolis

While this technically isn’t a restaurant, it’s a great area in downtown Minneapolis where you can stroll and hop from place to place to try a little bits of what Minneapolis has to offer. We recommend going on a Saturday afternoon when it’s not crazy-busy. Just be sure that there isn’t a Twins game or a big event when you go or that whole lazy-Saturday-afternoon plan will be blown out of the water. We do this because we aim to get a seat for our guests.

Our favorite stops? The Local Irish Pub (duh!), the News Room (especially for the brie cheese curds), Devil’s Advocate (tap beer selection) and Brit’s Pub (rooftop lawn bowling). My husband also found this great map of the Mall and printed out menus for each location for his parents when they were in town. In the evening, The Dakota Jazz Club is recommended for something swanky. We often pop in when they open for a cocktail and some frites before venturing somewhere else down The Mall. Other evening faves include Vincent (French) and Zelo (Italian).

BRIE CURDS DEEP FRIED BRIE, HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY KETCHUP 11.95

Brie Curds – The News Room

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So those are our current picks. And after yesterday’s post, I realize that I should be taking peeps to The Bulldog NE more often. I think we’ve only done that once. Whether they are beer and burger lovers or just like sweets, I’m sure they’ll love it as much as we do.

What are your favorite places to take out-of-town guests where you live?

Cheers~
Carrie

Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities {A Guest List}

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This is now an ongoing list…

After updating this list once, I’ve decided we’d really like a record of what burgers Rob has had on his past lists. Therefore, I’ll be updating with the new list about once a year, with the most recent list on top… Enjoy!

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As of 7/31/15, Rob has amended his 4/21/15 Top Burger List to put a new Burger at #2:

1) Lake & Irving Minneapolis | “The Patisserie 46 brioche bun actually makes this burger. Toasted, buttery…epic goodness.

All other burgers move down one notch.

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Rob’s Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities – 4/21/15

*4/21/15- To be fair, burgers with an * indicate that we haven’t had this burger in the past year.

First off, if you like your burgers cooked medium-well or well done, please read no further. You clearly can’t appreciate a burger.
1) Parlour Minneapolis | The parlour burger is out of this world.
1a) The Bulldog NEMinneapolis | They are incapable of making bad food. My favorite is the Truffle Burger, but all of them rock.  Don’t forget to enjoy it with a Kasteel Rouge and for the love of God, top it off with a cupcake afterwards.
3) Buffalo TapSavage | Not all burgers here are outstanding, but if you order your buddy sitting next to you the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy, he’ll buy you a new car.
4) Forepaugh’sSt. Paul | In-house ground beef, crazy-melty cheese, and the eating all in the ambiance of your rich uncle’s mansion. Not a bad way to spend the day. Skip the funeral-esque dining area and sit in the bar and kick it with Victor or Joey.
5) Burger JonesBurnsville | Get the Stack Pack with 3 patties.  Loaded with cheese.  Great fries, to boot.
6) David Fong’s – Bloomington | This melts in your mouth.  Who knew?
7) Blue Door Pub* St. Paul | The problem with the Blue Door is that unless you live next to the place, it can prove to be a good waste of the day. For me, a 20 mile drive + 60 minute wait to fit into one of their 3 tables just isn’t worth my time. On burger alone, this would rank higher. But it’s my list and I’m listing them how I want to list them.
8) Harriet BrasserieMinneapolis | Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned high quality beef. Bun was average , but it wasn’ t about that. Locally sourced gourmet burger.
9) The Happy Gnome St. Paul | Nice and juicy, enhanced by the beer selection.

10) Haute Dish Minneapolis | Wonderful burger. Great seasonings. Only comes one way – almost rare. Good for them, good for me!

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Original Post:

Just before the New Year, I posted my husband’s list of the Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities. Here is Part Two – because burgers and fries go hand-in-hand. Wouldn’t you say that’s the quintessential American Restaurant meal? Personally, I don’t eat burgers and fries very often; but when I do, I want them to worth the splurge!

Because my husband is a burger guru and will promptly tell you upon the first bite if a burger was properly seasoned or not, I asked him to put together his list of the Top 10 Burgers throughout the Twin Cities Metro.

So here are my husband’s Top 10 favorites {with his descriptions!} within dinner-driving-distance of those of us in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. If we’ve written an Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it as well. Feel free to add your comments if you enjoyed {or didn’t enjoy} a burger at any of these establishments.

*This List was updated on 4/11/14*

Just before the New Year, I posted my husband’s list of the Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities. Here is Part Two – because burgers and fries go hand-in-hand. Wouldn’t you say that’s the quintessential American Restaurant meal? Personally, I don’t eat burgers and fries very often; but when I do, I want them to worth the splurge!

Because my husband is a burger guru and will promptly tell you upon the first bite if a burger was properly seasoned or not, I asked him to put together his list of the Top 10 Burgers throughout the Twin Cities Metro.

So here are my husband’s Top 10 favorites {with his descriptions!} within dinner-driving-distance of those of us in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. If we’ve written an Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it as well. Feel free to add your comments if you enjoyed {or didn’t enjoy} a burger at any of these establishments.

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Rob’s Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities – 4/11/14

*4/11/14 – To be fair, burgers with an * indicated that we haven’t had this burger in the past year.

First off, if you like your burgers cooked medium-well or well done, please read no further. You clearly can’t appreciate a burger.
1) Anchor Fish & Chips* {& Burgers}Minneapolis | Get the Helicopter Burger. You can read reviews online as to why it’s a crowd favorite, but you simply have to taste this.
2) The Bulldog NEMinneapolis | They are incapable of making bad food. My favorite is the Truffle Burger, but all of them rock.  Don’t forget to enjoy it with a Kasteel Rouge and for the love of God, top it off with a cupcake afterwards.
3) Harriet BrasserieMinneapolis | Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned high quality beef. Bun was average , but it wasn’ t about that. Locally sourced gourmet burger.
4) Buffalo TapSavage | Not all burgers here are outstanding, but if you order your buddy sitting next to you the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy, he’ll buy you a new car.
5) Blue Door Pub* St. Paul | The problem with the Blue Door is that unless you live next to the place, it can prove to be a good waste of the day. For me, a 20 mile drive + 60 minute wait to fit into one of their 3 tables just isn’t worth my time. On burger alone, this would rank higher. But it’s my list and I’m listing them how I want to list them.
6) Café Barbette* Minneapolis | – Yummy little Royale with Cheese. Great fries. Lots of mosaics. Happy fun time lunch-y place.
7) Forepaugh’sSt. Paul | In-house ground beef, crazy-melty cheese, and the eating all in the ambiance of your rich uncle’s mansion. Not a bad way to spend the day. Skip the funeral-esque dining area and sit in the bar and kick it with Victor or Joey.
8) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant* Minneapolis | This burger is overlooked for Vincent in most rankings. Vincent’s smoked gouda/short rib burger is fine, but I’d take the Dakota’s perfect burger any day over Vincent’s. Get the fries, also!
9) The Happy GnomeSt. Paul |Nice and juicy, enhanced by the beer selection.

10) Harry’s Café Lakeville | Get the 5-Cheese Patty Melt. Feta baked right in to their buttery crust. Order the thrice cooked Angela Fries to accompany the burger.  (This is the only place in the entire world I enjoy ranch dressing with the fries…go for it.)

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On that note, click here to read about Rob’s Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities.

How ’bout you? What makes the perfect burger for you?

At which restaurant in your neck of the woods would we find your favorite burger?

Cheers~

Carrie & Rob