As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, The Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to hotdish @citypages.com.
No. 63: Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy
Dunno about you, but doesn't it seem like every Ju(i)cy Lucy you have qualifies as the best Ju(i)cy Lucy you've ever had? It doesn't matter if you get it from the Nook, the 5-8 Club, or Matt's: Wherever you've been most recently is, until whenever you have one from one of the other places, the best one. So it's a little bit of a betrayal to the other two to say it, but lately Matt's is just seeming more and more superior. In one word, here's why: simplicity. Matt's has one jucy lucy option: American cheese-filled ground beef on a white, seedless bun. This means there is also just one price: $4.95. It's take it or leave it. Also, Matt's has no utensils. Your jucy comes wrapped in white paper, that's it. No muss no fuss. They've got a nice, manageable size -- no monstrosity, yet no slider -- and a straighforward flavor equal parts salty, beefy, and cheesy delish, enhanced by the crispy delicate char on the outside. Sometimes it's just nice to have choices made for you.
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi No. 99: Eclair at Butter No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino No. 83: Uni at Origami No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake No. 78: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad No. 77: Be'wiched Deli pastrami sandwich No. 76: La Grassa's lima bean appetizer No. 75: Bulldog NE Tater Tots No. 74: Pop's Swedish Meatballs No. 73: Hot Plate's Caramel Apple French Toast No. 72: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese No. 71: Galactic Pizza's Thailander No. 70: Jackson's milk chocolate gelato No. 69: Patrick's Bakery and Cafe's tiramisu No. 68: Punch's Chopped Italian Salad No. 67: Red Stag's Smelt Fries No. 66: Mancini's Grilled Garllic Bread No. 65: Uptown Bulldog's Chicago Dog No. 64: Crema Cafe's Sorbet Spritzer