Related: 40x40 List
Date completed: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Today I am one step closer to being a true Minneapolitan. I ate my first Juicy Lucy. When a food item has a Wikipedia page, it'd be a shame not to try it, right? Especially since it is worthy of a presidential visit and has a cult following to defend it as the original (this 1998 City Pages article by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a fun read).
To work up an appetite, Scott and I walked 4 miles to Matt's from our home. We arrived a few minutes before bar opening and were joined by our friends Julia and Cindy. They like to bring newbies to Matt's and were expert guides for this adventure. By arriving before the bar opened, we avoided having to wait in line which I'm told has been typical lately.
Julia and Cindy gave us solid advice - "wait". As in let it rest before taking a bit to avoid 3rd degree burns from the molten lava cheese gushing out from the center of the burger. When I asked how long I'd have to wait, they said until you can't stand it and then wait a bit longer. They didn't steer us wrong - we both avoided any emergency situations. Thankfully we had a big basket o' fries to distract us. Delayed gratification is so hard!
Though this burger never stood a chance to live up to its hype, I am glad I broke from my mostly vegetarian diet to give it a try. I'm not a food writer so I'll spare you my description but know that I earned a clean plate - err wrapper - award. Just like Julia and Cindy, I look forward to treating people to their first Jucy Lucy in the future.
Now I'm going to re-read "At Matt's Bar, In a Blizzard" an essay by Andy Sturdevant from his book Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow.
The Nivens Family