Cajun Lucy (Jucy Lucy) – Groveland Tap – St. Paul, MN

Cajun Lucy (Jucy Lucy), originally uploaded by edkohler.

This is my first stop in what could turn into an epic trip around the Twin Cities in search of the best Jucy Lucy. For those who aren’t in the know, a Jucy Lucy is a cheeseburger where the cheese is on the INSIDE of the burger. That’s right. The inside.

You have to be careful about biting overly aggressively into a Jucy Lucy since the cheese can become as hot as the sun on the inside fo a burger. The best strategy is to take a small nip of the burger, blow on the magma before taking the next bite, and repeat.

This Jucy Lucy expose is off to a controversial start since my first stop was NOT at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis or anywhere else in Minneapolis. Again, for those who aren’t in the know, Matt’s Bar proclaims to be the home of the Jucy Lucy. We’ll have to get to the bottom of that claim at a later date.

Now, about this particular Jucy Lucy: The Groveland tap offer a variation of the original Lucy. This particular model uses pepperjack cheese and jalapeno slices. Yes, I realize there isn’t a funny symbol over the ‘n’ in that last sentence, so you’ll have to figure out the appropriate pronunciation for that pepper on your own. The jalapeno (sp) slices seem to be of the jarred variety, so they have some kick, but not the kick of a vine ripened, sliced on spot, better be sure to wash your hands before using the bathroom variety. That’s a story for another day.

Here is the Tap’s take on their own Lucy:

The spicy twist on the original. We stuff this one with jalapeños and molten pepperjack cheese. Again we said molten… it’s still hot! Order a basket of fries or onion rings to eat while it cools.

Overall, I’d give this Lucy an 8. The bun is fresh, it holds together well, the meat isn’t over cooked, and the basket with fries is mighty tasty. The coleslaw can go wherever coleslaw goes after showing up in a basket like this.

3 thoughts on “Cajun Lucy (Jucy Lucy) – Groveland Tap – St. Paul, MN”

  1. Have you been to Lake Inn over by The Baker’s Wife? They boast they have the world’s best burgers. I was curious if they have Jucy Lucys. and have you been to this site?

    And…. I have a friend from college visiting tonight. I am tempted to go to Matt’s, but am tempted to go to The Nook, based on your recommendation. Guess it will be a game day decision. Word.

  2. It looks like they’re doing some fine work on the Jucy Lucy scene over at Not to start a pissing match with fellow Lucytarians, but one should be able to do the Jucy Lucy circuit in less time than the Red, White & Blue took to crush Hitler in WWII.

  3. It’s all about the bun. My first experience with the Jucy was spoiled by a soggy excuse for a bun. Despite the blisters on the roof of my mouth, I will have another.

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