5-8 Club: Minneapolis, MN
As the 5-8 Club is preparing to go to battle with Matts Bar on a feature "NEW" television show, I decided that my quest to find every Juicy Lucy in Minnesota should start with what I already know and love. The 5-8 Club has been my home away from home for almost 10 years off and on. I have to believe that I have devoured close to some 200 plus Juicy Lucy's in my lifetime at the 5-8 Club, but who is counting? So to make things a little more interesting, rather than have the most delicious burger that has ever touched these lips, I decided to go with Juicy Lucy's little sister, Saucy Sally.
As described on the menu: Saucy Sally, born on May 8, 2005. She’s making her public debut! A half pound burger stuffed with our secret sauce, and topped with American cheese, shredded lettuce, raw onions, and a smear of Thousand Island Dressing.
The 5-8 Club has been just packed ever since its most recent appearance on the Travel Channel's Man V Food. People are waiting out the door to get into this place almost every day of the week. If you don't mind sitting at the small, 6 person bar, you usually can get great service right away along with great food. On this particular visit, my all-time favorite server was working so I waited a short 5 minutes for a table to clear in her section. Although there were other tables available, they were quickly scooped up by the time my table had cleared. I had a beer in my hand before I could even get my jacket off.
I ordered the kids two corn dogs and waited to place my order for "Sally" till my wife to show up a few minutes later. The corn dogs and fries showed up about 10 minutes later (Galaxie Diner, please take notes, this part is very important)and the kids were very happy. We placed our order while another beer appeared. I ordered Saucy Sally with O/rings while The Wife ordered the usual, California Burger w/fries. The food showed up about 10 minutes later along with another beer. I have tried the Saucy Sally on just one occasion prior, but that was almost 4 years ago.
Now onto the Burger itself. No, it is not technically a Juicy Lucy, but it is still a stuffed burger. So it clearly still counts. Also, there is no point in me writing a review for the "Original" Juicy Lucy as anyone reading this website can see that I am very partial to the 5-8. Sally was delivered with a bed of O/rings and a small side of coleslaw. The first bite was delicious, although nothing was happening. Then I took one more bite and there it was. Just as her big sister, it was delicious. The best way to describe this burger is to think about a Big Mac on steroids (and much fresher ingredients). I almost forgot to mention, the onion rings are nothing to frown upon either. It was the next best thing to her Big Sis!
The next time I will go back to enjoying my normal, Juicy, raw onion basket. "Sally, you were a nice treat and every now and then I will be back for more, but for now I will stick with your big sister." Now everyone get out to the Cardinal Tavern tomorrow, 2/10/2010 at 3:30 for the battle and cheer on the 5-8.