Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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  • Mon-Wed 11am-12am, Thu-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12pm-12am
  • $
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Jucy Lucys (in case you're mailing this to an out-of-town friend--yes, that's how it's spelled) are south Minneapolis's contribution to world cuisine, made by crimping two beef patties together around a hunk of cheese and grilling until the cheese inside reaches molten temperatures. Served on a white, seed-free bun, and usually topped with grilled or raw onions and a slice or two of pickle, the Lucy keeps the meat near the cheese very moist and--more important--it separates Minnesotans from outsiders: Those in the know bide their time and wait for the hot cheese to cool, while rubes, hicks, New Yorkers, and other social misfits scald their tongues on the excruciatingly hot mixture of grease and cheese that pools inside.

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