Sexiest Burger Alive

I recently had delusions of grandeur. I wanted to blog about the best burger in Minneapolis. It’s impossible to name one. These guys know. This task is very similar Esquire’s quest to name the “Sexiest Woman Alive.” As soon as they think they’ve nailed it down with Scarlett Johansson, they start another 15-part, obscure interview with a new sexiest woman, blonde hair in face–just to switch back to Scarlett three issues later. (I’m convinced this isn’t a marketing tactic to boost sales, but a noble attempt to inform the world which woman should be discussed most often among manly men.)

Such was my task in the world of Minneapolis hamburgers. After eating nearly 300 hamburgers in ten days (slight exaggeration), I realized that I couldn’t feasibly compare. So I’ve taken on a much less Sisyphean task. Recalling my experience yesterday at The Nook in St. Paul–most definitely serving one of the best burgers in the city. (read on)

One website calls The Nook a four-star restaurant. Seriously, that’s a joke. Not because this dive lacks white table cloths and an over-priced wine list, but because The Nook is beyond a rating system. I mean, come on, The front door has two round windows on it spelling “NOOK.” There’s a Speedo framed on the wall like the jersey of a famed athlete. Before sinking your teeth into anything, you know something’s afoot–This is The Nook next to Cretin. I haven’t tried the other one, but I hear it’s not the same.

Attempting healthiness, I ordered coleslaw but the server brought me the same plastic basket everyone else gets with award-winning fries. I’m pretty sure it was subconscious if not downright intentional defiance. I proceeded to spill my coleslaw on the floor and eat every last crispy fried bit on the bottom of the basket.

The meat tastes fantastic. I got the Shwishmushroom burger, which was delicious. Each bite had hearty, meaty flavor and–a true sign of a good meal–other flavors revealed themselves as I savored the piece of art in my hands.

The verdict: hands down, I reccommend The Nook.

P.S. I actually started writing this blog post after heading out to Long Lake to get a keg for a party. The keg was at a friend’s family’s liquor store (visit Lakeside Wine and Spirits, probably the best liquor store in the area–and there are lots). On the way out there, my roommate and I saw the Red Rooster and had to stop–they also a freakin delicious burger.

12 Comments so far

  1. Jason D. (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

    I just ate at the Nook last week, and concur.. it’s awesome. The Paul Molitor is a delicious burger.

  2. Kate (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    Hmm, this sounds like my kind of place. Have you ever had a Shaw burger at Shaw’s the crappy bar on the corner of 16th and University? It took me many months to gather the courage to enter the place, but to my surprise they have a fabulous not healthy in anyway hamburger that always hits the spot; drunk or not.

  3. DaveP (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 6:07 am

    Lindey’s. Old Snelling & County E, Arden Hills. It’s a steak-house that does burgers for lunch. Mmmmm.

    Or if you want 24-7 burgers with ambience, try the Flame. Multiple locations.

  4. Terry J (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 8:14 am

    Sounds like a great joint for a burger. Went to Matt’s the other night for the infamous Juicy Lucy and was not impressed so I think the Nook is my next burger destination.

  5. Brian (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 9:19 am

    Shaw’s is a great bar, even beyond its burgers!

    The best is the Truffle Burger at Bulldog N.E. It’s made with locally grown kobe beef, brie, and truffle oil on an english muffin. Yes, I was initially suspicious, but wow! Make sure you order it rare.

  6. James Norton (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 11:06 am

    I have to second Brian’s comment here. The Bulldog truffle burger is wicked good. I initially thought it was a high-priced yuppie trap, but it turns out that the thing is stone-cold delicious. That little musky hint of truffle… the perfectly measured schmear of brie on the English muffin… it’s pretty damn good.

  7. ryanol (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

    That article just stirred up a hate storm of emotions because that bastard tore down the gold nugget to build condos that will never be.

  8. JasonT (unregistered) on February 4th, 2008 @ 9:12 am

    How much is the truffleburger at the Bulldog NE? I saw an article about the new restaurant by the Pantages that talked about their 25 dollar hamburger, which is Kobe beef, foie gras and truffles. I wonder how the two compare.

  9. Brian (unregistered) on February 4th, 2008 @ 11:32 am

    The Truffle is $10. I remember when I lived in NYC the Old Homestead steak house introduced a $40 burger that was made with japanese kobe beef. The Bulldog uses local kobe beef, not the stuff imported from Japan.

  10. Justin (unregistered) on February 4th, 2008 @ 11:40 am

    Y’all have me salivating. I’m going to have to try these all on my never ending quest.

  11. Brian (unregistered) on February 4th, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

    what do people think of flameburger? i’ve never been but want to go.

  12. AWE (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

    The Rooster Burger at the Bulldog kills! Hands down the best burger I’ve had in a while. The mini burgers at Bar Lurcat are also pretty darn tasty. I order them every time I go.

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