After another 14-hour day Jfood was bushed. As he drove back to the hotel to change he needed to push himself not to take the easy route and order a burger in the hotel. Fortunately he found himself in his car pushing the buttons on the Nav system to take him to his next stop, 5-8 Supper Club. He arrived around 9PM and found it still bustling with people knee deep in sandwiches and beer. Jfood saddled up to the bar (TV was off, huh?) and grabbed a menu.
He ordered a Juicy Lucy (yes this one has an “i” in Juicy) with fried onions and bacon with rings and fries, plus his customary Root Beer (bottle of IBC). The burger and rings arrived without the fries and Jfood mentioned this to the waitress, oops just a minor miscommunication and off she went to correct. In literature this event is called foreshadowing.
Jfood first tried an onion ring. They were right out of the frozen bag, were regular old ”frozen and into the oil” rings, nothing special, nothing different but at least they had some seasoning, keep reading to understand.
Then Jfood attempted to pick up the burger. To be as kind as possible, this had to be the sloppiness presentation of a burger he has seen in years. The meat was half in – half out of the bun, the bacon looked like it was jabbed into the side as an afterthought and the fried onions looked like they were thrown on the burger. But it did have a fair amount of pickle slices. Jfood reassembled so he could actually move forward. The first bite did not do anything for him flavor-wise, the meat was basically some chop meat, nothing special. When Jfood reached the cheese it reminded him of “Whiz” from a Phill cheesesteak (at least it had some flavor), the fried onions were boiled first and then thrown on the flattop and the bacon was tasteless. Overall there was nothing about this burger that really tickled Jfood's fancy.
The fries arrived and they reminded Jfood of the kind you receive in the cafeteria. Out of the big bag of frozen fries, into some oil and onto a plate. No salt was added after the cooking either. Jfood ate a couple and one of the few times he barely ate any fries with his burger.
Now the inside of this place is great with a nice deck off to the side. The waitress who was handling the deck was busy, busy, busy. The server who handled Jfood was basically absent.
So Jfood cannot place 5-8 anywhere near the category of other great burger places in the MSP area. Although convenient, Jfood would probably go to 5-Guys before heading back to 5-8.