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Jucy Lucy Recipe


The Jucy Lucy (sic) is a burger patty with molten cheese inside.  It originated in Minnesota, but the actual birthsite is in dispute, with both Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club in Minneapolis claiming the naming rights.  Matt’s uses the spelling of “Jucy,” while the 5-8 adds the “i.” You’ll pay $6.75 at Matt’s, and $9.35 (with fries) at the 5-8.

The burger style is now widely available across the US, and while the original is stuffed with “American cheese,” there are all sorts of variations available, with different cheeses (feta, blue, pepperjack, cheddar)  and other ingredients (mushrooms, peppers, olives, bacon) as stuffing supplements.

There are a couple of ‘tricks’ to making these burgers at home, but if you follow the tips, you’ll have a fun burger to serve your family and friends, and you can customize them (as suggested above) to suit your guest’s personal palate. Merkt’s sharp cheddar cheese spread is a popular choice in the Chicago area.

Start with 80/20 ground beef, and make two thin patties, one an inch larger in diameter than the other.  Place the larger patty on a piece of wax paper, and place 1 slice of American cheese, quartered, in the middle of the patty. Place the other patty on top, and fold the edges of the larger patty up over the edge of the smaller patty, crimping the edges.

One downside of the Jucy Lucy is no one has figured out how to cook them to any different stage than “well,” because that is how the molten cheese effect happens. So you’re looking at a good 6 minutes plus per side on the griddle or grill.

Garnish to your own taste, and be CAREFUL biting in. “Molten” cheese means just that, and it can be HOT!

I made two this time around, on the left, “traditional style,”  on the right, “black & blue,”  blue cheese, olives, cajun seasoning.

Jucy Lucy Recipe


Jucy Lucy Recipe

Fold lower patty over upper, crimp edges


Jucy Lucy Recipe

Matt’s Bar, Minneapolis





Jucy Lucy Recipe


Cadillac Ranch Review


Cadillac Ranch ReviewCadillac Ranch was spawned a few years ago outside of Washington DC, and is on a fast growth track with  five restaurants in the East and one outlet at the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis.  Their aim is to bring great from scratch food in a fun rock and roll atmosphere.  The menu features steaks, seafood, burgers and flat bread pizzas washed down with some of their in-house brews. Throw in a mechanical bull for additional fun.

Their menu is online, and there are daily specials.

Burgerdog niece and her pal stopped into the Mall of America location today, and had the Black and Blue burger, a blackened Angus beef patty with a blue cheese crust, smoke bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion and pickle.  The also sampled the restaurant’s version of the Juicy Lucy, a unique Minnesota creation, and inside out certified Angus burger, stuffed with American cheese served on a bed of sauteed onions and pickles.

They thought the Black and Blue was great, but the Juicy Lucy wasn’t so juicy, the expected quantity of melted cheese inside the patty just wasn’t present.

Burgers were served with lightly seasoned fries which they liked; they asked for, and received an additional amount of the house seasoning for fries on the side.  The burger plates run between $10 and $15.  Steaks top out the menu at around $35.


Cadillac Ranch Review

Juicy Burger


Cadillac Ranch Review

Black and Blue Burger



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Cadillac Ranch Review


Lake Zurich, IL – Hackney’s Restaurant Reviews


Rolled into here today, last visit was, er….maybe thirty years ago. On the shores of suburban Lake Zurich (Chicago) and adjacent to the hoity-toity burb I used to live in, Hackney’s is a local “mini-chain” of casual dining. Bar and banquet facility, too.

Their story is they have been selling beers and burgers since prohibition.

They are supposed to be so ‘famous’ for their burgers, they’ll even ship them to you to enjoy at home.

The menu contains a half dozen burgers, maybe as many sandwiches, a few salads and entrees.  It’s a little spendy, with the top burger tipping fifteen bucks.

Started with their onion rings (straws) which come in three difference sizes, full order, half, or quarter. The quarter size serving (pictured below) was about four bucks.  These are some tasty rings straws.

I went with the Inside Out Burger, Hackney’s version of the Minneapolis invention of the Jucy Lucy (sic).  The Hackney version has cheddar AND bacon inside.  Comes with fries and salad, but there are other sides you can substitute for no additional charge.

The burger was good enough, prepared medium rare, the bacon flavor was very evident, the cheese content not as prevalent as other versions.  The meat had a great flavor and a nice little char going.  I really liked the slaw, which was diced in tiny bits.  Fries were A-OK as well.  One burger, 1/4 order rings, coffee, bloody mary, $25 not including tip.

Hackney's Lake Zurich

1/4 Order Onion Rings

Hackney's Lake Zurich

Inside Out Burger


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Barrington, IL – Wool Street Sports Bar and Grill


Normal Rockwell lives in Barrington. Or at least I thought he did when I picked it as the town to raise my family and keep them safe. Seems it worked. A quiet burg an hour by car or train from downtown Chicago, Barrington has been around since the 1850s. Today it’s a cute little village surrounded by expensive homes, immaculately kept lawns, and million dollar horses grazing in back “yards.”

There are ordinary families like ours, and celebrity familes. “Rumored” to live in Barrington, or owning homes here are Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Chicago Bears Mike Singletary, and Walter Payton.  I can attest to the latter two, as their kids were in school with my daughter.  Singletary and I worked the pizza tent at the annual grade school carnival.

The Wool Street Sports Bar is a rather new addition to the town.  When we moved here 25 years ago, I’m not sure there was a bar. Well, maybe one.  Now the village is host to the requisite hoity toity cuisine outlets, fancy grocery stores, and posh shops one would expect to find in an area like this, 78% of the people are homeowners, and the median house value is north of mid six figures……and well up in to the 8 figure range, as well.  The ‘town’ is really four areas, Barrington itself, North Barrington, Barrington Hills, and South Barrington. Together they make up one of the wealthiest zip codes in America.

Wool Street has a very lengthy menu of American bar food, burgers, salads, pizza, dinner plates.

I went with the stuffed burger, Wool Street’s version of the burger that made Minneapolis famous, the Jucy Lucy. (sic).  This one was stuffed with gorgonzola and bacon, with a very nice flame finish, great char flavor.  The interior cheese was very ample.  The burger was parked on a soft bakery roll with an egg wash, and tomato and lettuce.  A wide variety of sides come with each sandwich, I went with tots, which were more than satisfactory.

This is a damned fine burger.  Worth a trip to Barrington.

Wool Street Sports Bar Barrington


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