Travel Channel names 5-8 Club the number-one place to chow down in the U.S.

South Minneapolis's 5-8 Club named number one on Travel Channel's <i>Chowdown Countdown</i>

South Minneapolis's 5-8 Club named number one on Travel Channel's Chowdown Countdown

It appears as though Minneapolis's legendary cheese-stuffed burger is making mouths water on the national stage yet again. The Travel Channel has named the 5-8 Club number one on its newest list of places to chow down in the United States. 

On a show called Chowdown Countdown, now in its second season, the Travel Channel breaks down its list of the best 101 places to eat across the country -- and they've bestowed top honors to the 5-8 Club. Other eateries in the top 10 include Tony Luke's in Philadelphia, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, and Pink's in Los Angeles. 

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We had a chance to talk with Jill Skogheim of the 5-8 Club, who was understandably thrilled with the news. "We found out about a week ago," she said. "This was about the hardest secret we've ever had to keep."

"I think they chose the 5-8 because of the really great burger in the classic American Juicy Lucy. That in combination with the atmosphere and the history of the 5-8 Club as a speakeasy," she added. 

The 5-8 Club opened back in 1928 as an illegal speakeasy and has been operating in south Minneapolis ever since. It was in the early 1950s that the restaurant added the now iconic Juicy Lucy to its menu.

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