Via MNSpeak, the Pioneer Press food critic, Kathie Jenkins, has a Q&A in today’s paper on Jucy Lucy’s (she spells it Juicy Lucy):
St. Paul Pioneer Press | 02/22/2007 | Ask the critic: What exactly is a Juicy Lucy?
Q. I recently moved here from Seattle, and people at work were talking about a Juicy Lucy. I didn’t want to show my ignorance, so I thought I’d write to you. What exactly is a Juicy Lucy?
A. You just didn’t know what you were missing in Seattle. A Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger, but the cheese is inside the patty instead of on top.
Depending on who you believe, it was either invented at Matt’s Bar (3500 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-722-7072) or the nearby 5-8 Club (5800 Cedar Ave. Minneapolis; 612-823-5858), both dives located within a short distance of each other.
The Groveland Tap in St. Paul (1834 St. Clair Ave.; 651-699-5058) also makes a terrific Juicy Lucy. The best of all might be at Bennett’s Chop & Railhouse (1305 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651-228-1408).
No matter where you get one, go easy with the first bite â€” the molten cheese can gush out and burn your mouth.
I couldn’t call the Groveland Tap’s Lucy “terrific.” In fact, it’s my least favorite Lucy. #1 remains The Nook after a reconfirming it’s greatness on Tuesday night.