The Bottom Line
- The burgers are as good as promised
- Dive bar
- 3500 S. Cedar Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
- Telephone 612 722-7072
- Plentiful street parking.
Guide Review - Matt's Bar - Home of the Jucy Lucy Burger
Which bar invented the Jucy Lucy or Juicy Lucy first might never be answered, but we can try to answer a more important question: who does the best Jucy Lucy in Minneapolis? (Or who does the best Juicy Lucy in Minneapolis?)
I had my first Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar on a exhausting and rainy day that could all be remedied with cheesy, fatty, comforting goodness and cheap beer. That Jucy Lucy from Matt's Bar tasted like heaven. A subsequent Jucy Lucy was almost as good - the meat is cooked until almost charred on the outside, but the burger is tender inside from the almost vaporized cheese. There's not much cheese visible inside but that's ok, it has boiled off into the meat and the meat is all the better for it.
The bun is nothing special, but the portions of fries are enormous. Unless you are beyond ravenous, you'll only need a half-portion.
Matt's Bar has changed little since the invention of the Jucy Lucy in the 1950s. It's a neighborhood bar, nothing flashy, and the burgers are cooked right behind the bar. You'll get your burger quick, served with a warning against burning your mouth on the molten cheese, and you can accompany it with a pint of Grain Belt or something similar.
If you can deal with the dive bar atmosphere at Matt's Bar, then Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy burgerss are the best in Minneapolis. The 5-8 Club has better bread for their Juicy Lucy buns, but the burgers are better at Matt's Bar. Matt's Bar's Jucy Lucy's are cheaper too - a Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar is $4.95, a Juicy Lucy at the 5-8 Club costs $5.50.
Is it the end of a long day of work? Are you just dragging yourself out of bed on the morning after the night before? Were you hanging out in the snow all day? A Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar is what you need.