This is 20th in a series of 50 posts we are putting out throughout the years in anticipation of the celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2015. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the top things YOU love about Minnesota as well!
Whether you are a die-hard 5-8 Club or Matt’s Bar fan, there’s one thing we can all agree on: we love Minnesota for its Juicy Lucys! The heated debate continues on whose is better, but we love them both for bringing us their delicious, mouthwatering burgers stuffed with cheese.
The story behind Matt’s Bar creation goes like this. A local customer came in one day and asked for two hamburger patties with a slice of cheese in the middle. Once they bit into the freshly made burger they exclaimed, “That’s one juicy lucy!” As the demand for these burgers rose, they forgot to include the “i” on the menu, thus starting the local legend.
“Jucy Lucy” from Matt’s Bar
The 5-8 Club, started in 1928 during the Prohibition Era, was originally a speakeasy and acted as a way for bootleggers to pass beer and liquor through Minneapolis. This club also claims to be the original creator, in 1950, and has never looked back. While the bar has won several local awards, the debate primarily is left to the locals.
“Juicy Lucy” from 5-8 Club
While the wait to be seated at either of these joints can be long you can be sure the wait to eat one is even more excruciating. In fact, these burgers are so popular and the debate so intense, they’ve been featured on Travel Channel’s Food Wars and Man vs. Food. Both of these bars are small and cozy, so if you’re looking to try either one for yourself, we recommend getting there early. We won’t pick sides—we’ll leave the tasting and decision up to you.
Which “Lucy” do you prefer? Share with us, below!