Best Burger/Craft Beer Combo in Mpls/St. Paul area

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  1. mrpeterandthepuffers

    mrpeterandthepuffers Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Minnesota

    I don't really have an alternative in the area, unfortunately. I just stay home and drink from the cellar. I don't think "There's nowhere else" is a good reason to give a place my money.. unless it's comcast.
  2. KV12482

    KV12482 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota

    I agree. They have no competition for their tap lineup due to no one else in the area willing to spend the money for rarer kegs...I do enjoy going to Bonfire though. They have been adding more local and craft taps over the past year and their happy hour prices are great.
  3. wookiemofo

    wookiemofo Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2010 Minnesota


    *drops mic*
  4. MNBeer1017

    MNBeer1017 Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 Minnesota

    Drops mic guy

  5. fantome

    fantome Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2003 Minnesota

    Went to Red Cow in St Paul on Saturday. Loved it.
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  6. Pug

    Pug Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    To that point (of the mic dropping) - the Lyn65 had a damn good burger and a nice tap list. I had a pour of bourbon and a cocktail when I was there, but the taplist was solid and so was the burger. I'd still put Red Cow ahead of it, though, for a non-Juicy Lucy.
  7. doucmehu

    doucmehu Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Oregon

  8. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Initiate (109) Jun 15, 2006 Minnesota

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  9. doucmehu

    doucmehu Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Oregon

    It will, and the food is going to be excellent! I am pushing them for really solid beer pricing so they can keep lines rotating quickly.

    Keep an eye open for the founders club in the next two months.
  10. Shag

    Shag Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2007 Minnesota

    Nice! Excited for a potentially good beer bar out East...
  11. Sinatra716

    Sinatra716 Initiate (0) May 27, 2006 Minnesota

    The craft beer selection isn't mind blowing, but you won't find a better burger than The Nook. They also have the cities best onion rings, and great wings.
  12. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Initiate (109) Jun 15, 2006 Minnesota

    Founders Club, you say? I'm intrigued. Love to have something like that close to home.
  13. dzyneguru

    dzyneguru Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota

    Buster's on 28th, one of my favorite bars on the planet. Great bison burger and an excellent rotating tap list.
  14. steven

    steven Initiate (0) May 24, 2006 Minnesota

    Not necessarily for Burgers, but Turtle's in Shakopee has good food, and great pizza. They have a pretty impressive list all the time, it rotates pretty steadily, and they occasionally get some of the really special things a la darkness and bourbon county, etc. They've put a lot of effort into their beer list in the last few years.
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  15. TastyTaste

    TastyTaste Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2002 Minnesota

    I'll throw in a suggestion for The burger is a unique and delicious flavor/texture experience, and the beer list is minnesotacentric, with each tapline devoted to a different Minnesota craft brewer. Surly, Pryes, Fulton, Summit, Harriet, Steel Toe, and they rotate all the time. It's a good place to have in our neighborhood.
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  16. yort2009

    yort2009 Initiate (55) Sep 20, 2009 Iowa

    I always have a Surly Furious with a Juicy Nookie on my way back to Iowa on Sundays. This last Sunday I sat in the basement for the first time. I wish I could take a nap before driving home.
  17. Odyssey300

    Odyssey300 Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2013 Minnesota

    Went on Saturday for the first time. Worst dining experience I ever encountered. Was seated upstairs near the kitchen and a male server physically ran into me (knocking me back in my chair) on four different occasions over 45 minutes. Our server was told and she retrieved the male server instead of management. The manager finally came over and was condescending asking "are you hurt, will you be okay?". Not the greatest selection of beers on tap and over priced as well.
  18. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (4,033) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Since someone added Lion's Tap as a brewery (use to be a 3.2% joint if I remember correctly), I will throw them out there as a good burger joint. Never had the beer, which I think is Cold Spring brew. The burgers can be overly salted at times, but it is never under seasoned unlike several other places listed in the thread (my last Golden Nugget, The Nook, and Tavern 4&5 visits).

    If under seasoned burgers are your thing, check out Hollywood Roadhouse. Remarkable tap list, far better than anything else found west of 494, even though the chef evidently does not understand salt use.
  19. iRun2Beer

    iRun2Beer Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2015 Minnesota

  20. Centinela

    Centinela Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2014 Minnesota

    Digby's at the Rosedale Mall has a suprisingly solid beer menu (for a mall joint), and I really enjoyed the burger I had there last week.
  21. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 Minnesota

    Town Hall for me. I frequent the Blue Door and the Nook due to proximity but their burgers don't compare.
  22. mjryan

    mjryan Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    Are you saying Town Hall has better burgers than the Nook and Blue Door? Personally, I think the food at TH is at best just ok, and I think the burgers are absolute shit.
  23. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 Minnesota

    I think their burgers are the best in the area.
  24. MNBeer1017

    MNBeer1017 Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 Minnesota

    Convention Grill burgers are insane but youll have to have a malt with them instead of a beer
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  25. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (4,454) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    I love Town Hall burgers too. Would take Nook or Blue Door ahead though for burgers but not by much and when you factor in the beer at TH it makes the debate interesting.
  26. SipIt

    SipIt Initiate (176) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota

    Does Stub and Herbs have a decent burger? I'm going to the basketball game tonight and am thinking that's the best in walking distance.
  27. Douggo

    Douggo Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2009 Minnesota

    I'm personally not a fan of the Sturburgers. I mean, I'll go there, and eat them, but I don't think they're above average.
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  28. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,150) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Stub and Herb's and Big10 both used to have -okay- burgers, but the bar has been raised as there's a couple of burger chains on campus, now. :grinning:
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  29. iRun2Beer

    iRun2Beer Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2015 Minnesota

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but sometime around 2010 didn't Stubs reduce the price of their burgers because they reduced the quality of the meat...or something along those lines? I remember always enjoying a Black and Blue burger at Stubs in college, but I haven't been back in years since I left Minneapolis.
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  30. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,150) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Could be. I stopped hanging out there every freakin' night in 2008 (I moved), and that's after it was sold, too.

    The last burger I had there ("The Inferno Burger") was a new addition circa 2010 or so, and it was decent, but it was also a 'kill the keg' night and I was out-pacing 21 year-olds, so it was more of a "base" to hold down whichever hopbomb I was guzzling that night. :wink: I -do- fondly recall (in college, so long ago... ) how we'd always try to finish the "1 Pound Burger" in one sitting, and that patty was easily more than a pound! :grimacing:
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  31. iRun2Beer

    iRun2Beer Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2015 Minnesota

    I have many a fond memory of Stubs circa '06-'08. I took my little brother there for lunch once in about 2010 or 2011 and remember being disappointed in the food (greasy, low quality, etc.). Perhaps the food hadn't changed since my college years, it was just my perception...or it was the fact that the entire time I was at the U of M I don't believe I ever left Stubs sober. Too many beers to try, and after a few pints I'm sure Burger King a few blocks away could have tasted ground breaking :wink:
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  32. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Initiate (0) May 6, 2010 Minnesota

    used to go there all the time when I worked down the street. Not so much any more. Turtle's in Shakopee has great beer options and their food is good. Ninja edit, did not see mentioned previously.
  33. SwinginParty

    SwinginParty Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2014 Minnesota

    Had The Manhattan today with a Blushing Monk at Red Cow is St.Paul. Ok firstly I get the whole obsession with this super trendy Pat Lafrieda mix of Short Rib, Brisket and Chuck, but $16.50 for a burger? GTFO. Not to mention the dried red cherry wine reduction, bacon confit (no bacon doesn't make everything better) a barely discernible teaspoon of pork belly mind you, arugala (hipster spinach) all on a Pretzel Bun. The Lafrieda mix was lost in all of the toppings, reductions, etc. Sorry I know this is Beeradvocate and not Chowhound but I gotta chime in. The Blushing Monk was good as was the new Indeed Pale Lager. But for 9 bucks I'll stay closer to home and hit up The Nook from now on.
  34. MplsNick

    MplsNick Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2014 Minnesota

    I was going to say Busters but yeah Red Cow probably the Bee's Knees
  35. Frumious_Bandersnatch

    Frumious_Bandersnatch Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 Minnesota

    The menu at Bulldog Uptown is different than the one at the Bulldog Northeast location, but the burgers and tots are equally good, as is the Belgian centric taplist.
  36. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Ward 6 on Payne avenue in Saint Paul has a decent beer list, and makes a burger using grilled cheese sandwiches as the bread. They call it a "fatty melt".

    *smashes mic stand against stage.
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  37. Pug

    Pug Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    I must try this.
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