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Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave.
Minneapolis  Minnesota  55407
United States
(612) 722-7072
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Midwest Living Review

Kelley Garry
Burgers served hot and cheap in a dive-bar setting. Simple as that.

Matt's Bar is a dive serving up its famed Jucy Lucy burgers in an edgy Minneapolis neighborhood. There's no "i" in a Matt's Bar's Jucy Lucy ($5.25), nothing formal or fancy either, just high-quality beef wrapped around melty orange cheddar cheese goodness. It's served on a basic bun, wrapped in a plain paper wrapper and delivered to your Formica table. Onions are available fried or raw; Coke comes in a can; and hot fries are separate ($4.50) for a whole order, ($3.50) for a half. Winner of the 2010 Travel Channel's "Food Wars" Best Jucy Lucy award (also missing the "i" in juicy), Matt's Bar claims to be the originator of the Juicy Lucy meat-around-cheese style burger. Matt's Jucy Lucy is, well, juicy and the cheese lasts until the last bite. The fries were OK, but that's not why you come to Matt's. Matt's Bar isn't much to look at. It's a typical Midwest bar: Led Zeppelin playing? Check. Dark wood paneling? Check. Plastic pitchers of beer? Check. Matt's low-cost menu offers regular burgers and couple sandwich options, too, but those don't draw the crowds of people coming here. It's the burger. So expect a wait. If you like your Jucy Lucy served hot and cheap, it's worth it. Cash or check only.

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