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The 5-8 Club means an abundance of cheese
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Where to Eat the Twin Cities Iconic Juicy Lucy

A superior burger puts the cheese inside

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The 5-8 Club means an abundance of cheese
| John Yuccas/Eater Twin Cities

No matter how you spell it, or where you believe it came from, the ju(i)cy Lucy is the burger gift Minneapolis has bestowed upon America. A beefy patty cradles a molten cheese center, where one glorious dish becomes a bite of glory. The cheese variety, burger toppings, and size are where these restaurants get to take creative license. Here’s where to order the greatest hits of the cheese-stuffed burgers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hell's Kitchen Inc.

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80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 332-4700
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Hell’s Kitchen is a subterranean restaurant in downtown Minneapolis that has always done things with a healthy disdain for ho-hum. The Juicy Lucifer (because: hell) is a black angus patty stuffed with cheese, but amping up the flavor is a side of pepper jelly.

The dark red, white lit sign for the restaurant at night
Head down to hell for a great lucy in downtown Minneapolis
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2. 5-8 Club

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5800 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 823-5858
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The 5-8 Club opened in 1928 as a speakeasy and became a full-fledged restaurant when Prohibition ended. They started serving, and as legend would have it, invented the conventionally spelled Juicy Lucy in the 1950’s. Here lives a glory of variety and generosity of portions. Order all kinds of cheese and other fillings, including a breakfast Lucy.

A cut in half burger stuffed with orange cheese in a basket with onion rings
One of the O.G. Lucys
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3. Matt's Bar

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3500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-7072
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One of two restaurants in Minneapolis that lay claim to creating the cheese-stuffed burger, and spell this dish “jucy lucy.” This offering has a slimmer menu and a somewhat smaller size of burger, but is imminently satisfying molten center that stays unbelievably hot. Even if you don’t fear the cheese, something of that temperature looking to cling to tender tastebuds should at the very least be respected. After ordering, wait. Eat some fries. The cheese requires a settling.

4. Peppers and Fries

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3900 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 353-6730
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This Longfellow neighborhood is a beloved spot for burgers, with plenty of spicy food and fries - as the name implies. Peppers & Fries jump into the cheese-inside burger game with the Peppers Juicy with American cheese and topped with American cheese, which makes for an incredibly rich bite of beefy goodness.

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A neighborhood-serving spot that serves a multitude of burgers and pub grub
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5. Blue Door Pub Longfellow

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3448 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 315-2470
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The Blue Door Pub cleverly named its cheese-stuffed burger the blucy when the first location opened, with a blue door, in 2008. While that original location shuttered this year, the Longfellow and Como Avenue locations live on to serve a variety of creatively stuffed burgers. Order online.

A person holding a burger with a bite out of it, cheese is oozing out of the center
The legend of the blucy lives on with two Minneapolis locations
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6. Groveland Tap

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1834 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 699-5058
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This Mac Groveland neighborhood pub is popular with college kids and families from the neighborhood. What is quite possibly the best bite on the menu is a spicy take on the stuffed burger: the Cajun Lucy. Ample pepper jack cheese and jalepeños fit inside the well-cooked burgers with surprising ease.

7. Casper & Runyon's Nook

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492 Hamline Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-4347
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The Nook calls its stuffed burger offerings the Juicy Nookie. These are mondo bites of big burger flavor stuffed with cheese offered in various flavor combinations, and in part a reason this restaurant and bar has become a neighborhood institution. Order online for carry out from the original location or Shamrock’s on West 7th.

8. Bennett's Chop & Railhouse

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1305 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 228-1408
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An old-school-styled bar and restaurant, Bennett’s makes incredible burgers and the spicy Juanita is expertly seasoned patty stuffed with pepperjack cheese and served with fries. Call for pick up or order delivery through Door Dash, BiteSquad, or Uber Eats.

9. Pillbox Tavern

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400 Wabasha St N Ste #220
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 756-7566
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This downtown St. Paul pub has a serious selection of hearty dishes that pair best with an ice cold beer. Chef Graham Messenger takes his burgers seriously and this selection has to include a stuffed lucy. Aim for a hunger-busting classic, where the meat gets a good sear on the grill and the overflowing, melty cheese oozes over the edge of the bun once the meaty seal is broken.

1. Hell's Kitchen Inc.

80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The dark red, white lit sign for the restaurant at night
Head down to hell for a great lucy in downtown Minneapolis
Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

Hell’s Kitchen is a subterranean restaurant in downtown Minneapolis that has always done things with a healthy disdain for ho-hum. The Juicy Lucifer (because: hell) is a black angus patty stuffed with cheese, but amping up the flavor is a side of pepper jelly.

80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

2. 5-8 Club

5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417
A cut in half burger stuffed with orange cheese in a basket with onion rings
One of the O.G. Lucys
5-8 Club/Facebook

The 5-8 Club opened in 1928 as a speakeasy and became a full-fledged restaurant when Prohibition ended. They started serving, and as legend would have it, invented the conventionally spelled Juicy Lucy in the 1950’s. Here lives a glory of variety and generosity of portions. Order all kinds of cheese and other fillings, including a breakfast Lucy.

5800 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

3. Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

One of two restaurants in Minneapolis that lay claim to creating the cheese-stuffed burger, and spell this dish “jucy lucy.” This offering has a slimmer menu and a somewhat smaller size of burger, but is imminently satisfying molten center that stays unbelievably hot. Even if you don’t fear the cheese, something of that temperature looking to cling to tender tastebuds should at the very least be respected. After ordering, wait. Eat some fries. The cheese requires a settling.

3500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

4. Peppers and Fries

3900 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Close up of the exterior sign
A neighborhood-serving spot that serves a multitude of burgers and pub grub
Peppers & Fries [Official]

This Longfellow neighborhood is a beloved spot for burgers, with plenty of spicy food and fries - as the name implies. Peppers & Fries jump into the cheese-inside burger game with the Peppers Juicy with American cheese and topped with American cheese, which makes for an incredibly rich bite of beefy goodness.

3900 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

5. Blue Door Pub Longfellow

3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
A person holding a burger with a bite out of it, cheese is oozing out of the center
The legend of the blucy lives on with two Minneapolis locations
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

The Blue Door Pub cleverly named its cheese-stuffed burger the blucy when the first location opened, with a blue door, in 2008. While that original location shuttered this year, the Longfellow and Como Avenue locations live on to serve a variety of creatively stuffed burgers. Order online.

3448 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

6. Groveland Tap

1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

This Mac Groveland neighborhood pub is popular with college kids and families from the neighborhood. What is quite possibly the best bite on the menu is a spicy take on the stuffed burger: the Cajun Lucy. Ample pepper jack cheese and jalepeños fit inside the well-cooked burgers with surprising ease.

1834 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

7. Casper & Runyon's Nook

492 Hamline Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

The Nook calls its stuffed burger offerings the Juicy Nookie. These are mondo bites of big burger flavor stuffed with cheese offered in various flavor combinations, and in part a reason this restaurant and bar has become a neighborhood institution. Order online for carry out from the original location or Shamrock’s on West 7th.

492 Hamline Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116

8. Bennett's Chop & Railhouse

1305 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

An old-school-styled bar and restaurant, Bennett’s makes incredible burgers and the spicy Juanita is expertly seasoned patty stuffed with pepperjack cheese and served with fries. Call for pick up or order delivery through Door Dash, BiteSquad, or Uber Eats.

1305 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

9. Pillbox Tavern

400 Wabasha St N Ste #220, St Paul, MN 55102

This downtown St. Paul pub has a serious selection of hearty dishes that pair best with an ice cold beer. Chef Graham Messenger takes his burgers seriously and this selection has to include a stuffed lucy. Aim for a hunger-busting classic, where the meat gets a good sear on the grill and the overflowing, melty cheese oozes over the edge of the bun once the meaty seal is broken.

400 Wabasha St N Ste #220
St Paul, MN 55102

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