5-8 Club / Minneapolis, MN
The Original Juicy Lucy
Opened in 1928 as one of the many Prohibition Days Speakeasy’s, funny side note by the end of the first year of Prohibition there were twice as many “Speaks” in the U.S. as there had been legal drinking establishments prior to Prohibition. All said we are here to talk about the Juicy Lucy (a piece of cheese surrounded by meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty). Two bars on the same street in South Minneapolis both claim to have invented the sandwich: Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club. They differ in how they spell it; the former omits the letter “i” in “Juicy”, while the latter uses the standard spelling. Shirts worn by staff at the 5-8 Club have the motto “if it’s spelled right, it’s done right” while advertising for Matt’s Bar says, “Remember, if it is spelled correctly, you are eating a shameless rip-off!”. Have not had the Matt’s version so all I have to go on is the 5-8 Club’s version and I must say, not the best burger I have EVER had but that melted cheese in the middle makes a big difference, very good burger. I see no reason why, if you are in the area not to make this a stop. Close to the MSP airport and need to mention the onion rings they are one of God’s gifts to man.