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Patty Melts & PumpKing

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One late Sunday afternoon, Rob and I decided to have an early dinner at one of our favorite Hipster joints – The Lowry. {Yes, I know. We’ve been there soooo many times and I still need to post about it.} However, forgetting that the Vikings’ game was in town, we ended up in the throes of traffic. Before we got stuck amidst it all, I called an audible {get the football reference?!} and told Rob to exit. We headed over to St. Paul to another Blue Plate restaurant – the Groveland Tap.

We had only been there once before. This time, we were able to pull a seat up to the bar. We were happy to see that one of our favorite Twin Cities breweries – Steel Toe – was featured on tap with their Size 7 IPA. And it’s always nice to see the local Surly representing, too.

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But we just had to have a bit of PumpKing since it is our favorite pumpkin ale and it was on tap. We wanted to make sure we didn’t miss out on the last of it. It’s probably one of my Top Ten Favorite Beers, if I were to have such a list… Hmmm…

We also tried a the local Lucid Seasonal which was pretty good, too. If I remember correctly, it was even on Cask. Wait, it was! I just found a photo I took of the board that listed all of the beers: Lucid Amber with Pumpkin Spice & Clove.

002I was indecisive on what I wanted to eat and eventually ordered the Turkey Burger because it sounded similar to the one I love over at the Lowry, a sister restaurant. There’s no photo here, but rest assured I devoured it and a had few of the Cajun fries that came with it. It was very good, but not exactly the same as what I remembered from Lowry. But here’s the other thing eating that turkey burger reminded me to do:

Learn to make poblano pesto!

It’s what they put on their turkey burgers and I love it. There’s something about poblanos that I’ve learned from cooking out of The Homesick Texan, that gives Tex-Mex its flavor without being spicy like, say, a jalapeno. You know me, all about flavor.

I thought Rob would go with a Juicy Lucy, since he loved it last time. But he decided to go with the Patty Melt, instead, and this time with Parmesan-Garlic Fries.

001So, while the photo does this burger no justice {it was an afterthought}, at least I snapped one. Rob said this Patty Melt has usurped his best Patty Melt at Harry’s Café! It sounds like it’s time to update the Top 10 Burger List! And those parmesan-garlic fries put the cajun ones to shame.

So this is our formal personal reminder note:
Get the parmesan-garlic fries next time we find ourselves at the Groveland Tap.

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I mentioned that Groveland Tap is part of a group of restaurants owned by Blue Plate. Normally, I’m turned off by chain restaurants. It’s not a chain per se. Each of these restaurants has its own unique menu, character and overall feel. And the food is really good. We’ve been pleased every time. I liked this sign outside of Groveland tap that describes each restaurant:004And a quick skim of the Blue Plate website indicated that a new restaurant called the Freehouse is opening in December. I think we’re going to have to check that one out!

What are your favorite burger toppings?

Have you ever topped with poblano pesto?!

Cheers~
Carrie

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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