|5-8 Club has won several awards...rightfully so!|
I ordered their traditional Juicy Lucy with American cheese, plus one of their special burgers, the "Pig Pen" (bacon-cheddar cheese, and bacon crumbles). Why? Because everything is better with bacon.
|Yes, they look the same, but the Pig Pen is in front and the traditional Juicy Lucy is in the back.|
|Look at the cheese inside this Juicy Lucy!|
Since I went on a Sunday with two good friends, it was an ideal time to watch the Vikings play (unfortunately, they lost to the Bears that day). More positives...the friendly staff and comfortable seating (although I did have to twist around to see the nearest TV, that's fine with me).
For me, I wasn't really digging the decor that much. Too many signs and stuff like this:
I don't mind it if the place has a few vintage items on the wall, but this is basically treading into overkill. This was just one part of a wall -- and it had a bunch more on it. This really detracted from the selling point of the place, in my book (let the food do the talking, not these vintage pictures!).
Despite what I feel is a horrendous attempt at decor, 5-8 Club serves a good Juicy Lucy. I did want to try Matt's Bar to see which one is best, but unfortunately, Matt's was closed that day (the power had gone out from the snow).
A place that mainly serves burgers and fries will have a hard time getting a good rating from me, since I prefer to eat non-fast food products. Even if 5-8 Club is not a fast food joint, it's still a place with a signature cheeseburger item -- usually synonymous with the term "fast food."
I'll say this in closing: If I'm ever in Minneapolis again, I will see if I can hit up both places and decide for myself which establishment has the best Juicy Lucy. Or, according to Matt's Bar, a "Jucy Lucy." 6.25/10