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The 5-8 Club
June 6th, 2011 by malonear

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5-8 Club
www.5-8club.com

Burger Tyme – Minneapolis! –

by Burger Tymer Malonear

What do you think of when you hear the words Minneapolis, Minnesota?  Cold probably enters the mind as does snow or ice, most likely.  As a guy who is moving to Minneapolis, I wanted to go beyond the typical stereotypes of this fine city and find some of the best burgers in the city.  Knowing very few natives I had to resort to a few web searches and it quickly became clear to me that Minneapolis is known for a burger phenomenon known as the “Juicy Lucy”.  This is the perfect marriage of ground beef and cheese, usually American, but variations on this theme do exist.  Departing from tradition, these enterprising Minnesotans don’t put up with the cheese sitting on top of the patty.  No, they have found a way to create a core of molten cheese inside every Juicy Lucy burger.  Many establishments have their take on this burger but the one we were drawn to was the 5-8 Club near Lake Nokomis.  This burger joint/bar is a former speakeasy of the prohibition era.  Since that era came to an end they have decided to compete by offering a variety of delicious burgers and sandwiches.  They have lasted since the ’20s for a reason.

Finding My Place –

Finding a table at lunch time wasn’t easy at the cramped location but once we located one the service was fast and friendly.  If you are feeling lucky you’ll find that you are also only a few feet away from an older gentleman selling lottery tickets.  We cozied up to the table and grabbed the menu, already knowing what I was going to order.  The burgers are the main event here but the rest of the menu had some other tempting options, namely a walleye sandwich.  But that’s not what this site is about.  No exotic toppings for your burger here.  Pickles are standard.  For onions, you can order them raw or fried (I recommend the latter).  All burgers are also cooked to medium well, which definitely isn’t an issue when you have hot cheese waiting for you in the middle to moisten up the burger.  This place is also known for their onion rings, but since my wife doesn’t enjoy fried onions I had to settle on the fries.  The considerate waitress got our order out in just a few minutes.  My first impression of the burger was that it was overflowing with grilled onions – maybe almost too many.  After letting my burger cool off (watch out for hot cheese) I took the first bite, which didn’t yield cheese since that’s further in.  The patty was definitely fried on a griddle as there was an even crisp on the outside.  And don’t misunderstand me, that wasn’t a bad thing.  For some reason it worked really well.  With subsequent bites I had to alternate what side to bite as the cheese moved around a good bit.  The burgers, when served with a basket of fries, also come with traditional cole slaw, which was delicious and creamy.  The fries, while not excellent, were still cooked very well with a crispy exterior – no limp fries here.

The Verdict –

The great thing about burgers is that you can take something so simple, vary it slightly, and come up with something unique.  The 5-8 Club is onto something here that I hope they continue for many years to come.  The grilled onions work well atop this bulging beauty of a patty, even if they are a bit messy.  The patty itself tends to be a bit dry, but when coupled with the cheese it works well.  I have to assume that in their 90+ years of experience they’ve discovered that medium well holds the cheese in best.  Overall, I was very happy with our trip to The 5-8 Club, where pretension isn’t in their vocabulary.  Having sampled their version of the Juicy Lucy I’m ready to explore other options but will definitely making a return visit to this establishment.


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    December 23rd, 20112:09 amat

    […] is The 5-8 Club.  You might remember reading about a previous Burger Tyme Minneapolis review of The 5-8 Club.  Their claim to fame is their delicious Juicy Lucy burger.  Today’s Burger Tyme review, […]


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