Where are the best burgers in the Twin Cities? That's what restaurant critic Rick Nelson seeks to find out each week. He's rooted out the best, from first-rate fast-fooders to chef-driven beauties. Here are his can't-miss choices. Updated Sep. 11, 2014
Hungry? How about a burger? Every week, Taste restaurant critic Rick Nelson takes a look at the best that Twin Cities restaurants have to offer on Burger Friday.
Here's a ringing vacation endorsement: A recent eight-day stay in Palm Springs, Calif., featured seven lunches at the desert city's leading burger joint. On the eighth day, we rested.
A well-embellished burger -- served with a side of Minneapolis dining history -- is one of many reasons to become a regular at the skyway-level Brothers Deli in downtown Minneapolis.
Thanks to a well-used charbroil grill, a decades-old Crystal tavern is the place for a first-rate burger. It’s nothing fancy, but that simplicity is a major draw. This is a bar burger for the ages.
The proliferation of burger chains in the Twin Cities continues with Freddy’s, a cheery and spotless Wichita, Kan.-based outlet that produces a so-so "steakburger" -- but fantastic skinny fries that are worth the visit.
Peppers & Fries is doing double urban duty. Not only are the owners drawing a steady stream of customers to an E. Lake St. corner, but they’ve yanked the blight out of a boarded-up former SuperAmerica.
It's not just the beer that makes the new Surly brewery a destination. Its gotta-try burger has quickly become a centerpiece of the enthusiastically beer-centric menu.
Each month, Burger Jones offers a tribute to a different iconic burger. In January, the Shake Shack steps into the spotlight. It’s a remarkable facsimile of the real thing. I had every intention at stopping at my first — well, second — bite, and devote the rest of my lunch to a salad. Naturally, I consumed the entire thing. Without thinking.
Pub 819, a downtown Hopkins newcomer, focuses on burgers, beer and whiskey, with first-rate results in all three categories. Surprises include burgers made with ground bratwurst, gyro meat or chorizo.
A person doesn’t go into the Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen thinking that they’re going to encounter a burger for the ages. But brown butter -- and a beer-infused cheese sauce -- are the secrets behind its spectacular burger.
A Juicy Lucy for the ages, at this newly renovated downtown hotel restaurant.
Review: In all the years that I’ve been dining at the college-friendly restaurant 128 Cafe, I don’t recall ever encountering a burger. Until now. One bite into the new offering, and I was consumed with nostalgia-tinted envy.
The burger and fries at the Kenwood is one for the record books.
The LYN65 burger is a house cured burger with pickles two ways, American cheese and house cut fries at LYN65 in Richfield September 6, 2014.
Our weekly blog, Burger Friday, is devoted to rooting out the best in the business, from first-rate fast-fooders to chef-driven beauties. Here’s a rundown of a year of burger consumption.
Yes, it's the Juicy Lucifer, a play (in both word and deed) on Minnesota's iconic Juicy Lucy -- this time, at Minneapolis' Hell's Kitchen.
You've heard of the Juicy Lucy? How about the foie gras-stuffed Juicy Goosey? It's the witty, semi-preposterous (and, yes, delicious) foie gras-stuffed burger at the Lynn on Bryant.
Minneapolis' own Jucy Lucy
Yes, the namesake menu item at the Anchor Fish & Chips is all that. But sometimes the Burger Siren calls, and when she does, this perennially popular Northeaster knows how to answer. And then some.
At Sun Street Breads, the "Best Dang Burger Ever" is a holdover from the bakery's terrific and much-missed dinner service.
Searching for a delicious hamburger bun? Then order a hamburger at a premium bakery, like Sun Street Breads.
Some might say that Victory 44 is exercising a bit of presumptiveness when its menu hails the "Perfect Burger." But the safer argument is that the name is all about certitude.