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.
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.