354 N. Wabasha St.
Saint Paul Minnesota 55102United States
If the idea of building your own burger from meat to toppings to bun sounds like heaven, this place is for you.
It may look like a bar on the outside--and on the inside, for that matter--but its name tells you all you need to know about American Burger Bar. Located in downtown St. Paul since March 2009, this place takes the all-American meal very seriously. And while not cheap, the concept of choosing every aspect of your burger can be very appealing. Your choices begin with meat: Black Angus, kobe, turkey, bison and lamb (plus veggie, for those who prefer meatless), with prices ranging from $6.95 to $11.95. That, however, is just the beginning. Every topping costs extra. Add cheese, onion, bacon or a dozen-plus other options, including everything from sprouts to asparagus and grilled shrimp to black truffles. Finally, choose your bun--white, whole wheat, onion or ciabatta. Consider skipping shoestring French fries on the side in favor crunchy, thick-sliced onion rings. As to the atmsophere, expect dark and old-fashioned, with heavy wood-paneled walls, high-backed red leather booths, a large fireplace and a long bar with the de rigueur flat screen TVs tuned to sports channels. Service can be a bit slow, so take that into consideration when making plans.