A new neighborhood bar opened a few weeks back over by Minnehaha Falls - I drive past there once a week. I waited a bit before trying it. It's called Buster's on 28th because...wait for it...it's on 28th.
I like the menu - lots of local beers, the bread comes the bakery right next doors, there is a brat made in West St. Paul, local bison made into a burger and satay, and walleye. Prices are very reasonable.
I ordered their juicy lucy with onion rings. The onion rings were good, if not slightly hastily executed. Hand cut, freshly made, and very large.
Mixed results on the burger. More disappointing than good. The bun had two issues - it was stale, and just too big for the burger. It's a pet peeve of mine when there's extra bread on a sandwich, but there is just no excuse for stale bread when their supplier is their next door neighbor. And it was a weekday.
The cheese in the lucy was a mix of mascarpone and blue cheese. I am becoming convinced that blue cheese does not belong on/in burgers - twice recently I have less than impressive results with it. The cheese in the sandwich was first, much too skimpy, and second, had entirely leaked out of the meat.
As for the meat itself, it was flavorful and juicy. It it weren't a juicy lucy, and had a fresh bun, I would have enjoyed it quite a bit. I think.
I have a lot on my mind the past couple of weeks, frankly. It didn't occur to me that this was a flawed burger, actually, until I got home because I simply wasn't thinking about it when I was eating. I wish I had - I would have sent it back. I do recall the waitress rambling something about getting the burger medium so the cheese doesn't leak out, and I had no idea what she was talking about - I never had that problem at Matt's or 5-8. Of course, they use more practical cheeses in their lucys. I think it's just stupid to put mascarpone in a lucy.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the place. The decor is there is really nice. Sort of art deco. It could be a decent place if they worked smarter with some ingredients and kept fresh bread on hand.
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