The NOOK is a St. Paul institution that has been around since 1938. They are known for their burgers, but specifically their Juicy Lucy burgers. A Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty instead of on top. Supposedly, two bars in Minneapolis (Matt’s Bar and 5-8 Club) claim to be the inventor of the burger, though other bars and restaurants have created their own variations of it. The NOOK is my favorite Juicy Lucy spot and the one I always recommend. A big thanks to the Food Network Show ‘Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives’ for introducing me to the NOOK.
After a stop at Dangerous Man Brewing, we walked down the street to the Anchor Fish & Chips for dinner. The restaurant is located in a quiet area in Northeast Minneapolis. Surprisingly, I had never been there as I had been told that it was difficult to get in due to its popularity and they did not take reservations.
Public kitchen + bar is located in the St. Paul Lowertown neighborhood. The restaurant overlooks Mears Park. In the last couple of years, Lowertown has quickly become one of the hottest neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. The city is now home to the newly opened CHS field (home to the St. Paul Saints) and countless of new bars and restaurants.
Before catching Riverdance at the State Theatre, we made a pit stop into Victory 44 for dinner. Victory 44 had long been on my list and I was looking forward to this. It is nestled in the middle of a residential area in North Minneapolis. On its website, Victory 44 calls itself a casual neighborhood restaurant offering a seasonal menu highlighting local foods and farms paired with great beer and wine.