Blue Door Pub: Saint Paul
The wife and I dropped the kids off at Grandma & Grandpa's house for a night out. We started off over at Vine Park Brewing Company in St. Paul to bottle a batch of wine we had made 6 weeks prior. After we loaded up the back of the truck with 30 bottles of Exotic Fruits White Zinfandel we were off to The Blue Door Pub to check out what all the hype was about.
We arrived shortly after 3:00 PM on a Saturday afternoon to a nearly empty hole in the wall Pub. I think we counted a total of 9 tables and 8-10 bar stools in the place with maybe three of these tables being occupied. We planted ourselves at one of the two high-top tables in the "Bar" and we were greeted by a very friendly wait staff. Menus were thrown at us and we proceed to order our drinks. Diet Coke for the 38 week PREGO (Wife) and a Surly for me. I knew that this place was a Juicy Lucy "Gourmet" Pub, but I had no idea it was going to overstimulate me as it did. They had Lucy's on the Menu along with new creations plastered on dry erase boards handing over the bar. I was in shock and could not decide what on earth to order. This is when I discovered they have a loyalty punch card. It kinda gives you reason to come back and try the next creation. I could not decide on what to order other than the fact that they served Tater Tots, as every good bar should.
The wife went with the The Luau - $7.50. "Transport your mouth to Waikiki. It’s a Juicy oozing with mozzarella cheese and Canadian bacon, topped off with two pineapple slices and a splash of our sweet chili lime sauce. Cowabunga!" I still could not decide so I went with what the menu told me to, The Blucy - $6.50. "Our flagship burger! We stuff bleu cheese and finely chopped garlic into a half-pound of Angus beef."
Cheese curds arrived and was the highlight for the wife as she really enjoyed the very light a crisp beer batter they were fried in. These were gone just in time for our Burgers and huge basket of Tater Tots to arrive (did I mention that the basket of tots was only $2). We both dug in and I could not believe how great this thing tasted. At first I was a little disappointed at the lack of Blue Cheese, but quickly came to the conclusion that it was the perfect amount. It was a more bitter/stronger blue cheese than you would normally get at a restaurant. On the other hand, by wife is still looking for her "oozing mozzarella cheese" as it was lacking cheese almost entirely (As you can see from the picture above, cheese is clearly present. I will blame this on the pregnancy and not BDP). She also wasn't extremely excited about the jelly or whatever it was on the bun. I gave it a try after I cleared my plate and thought it was tasty and would give it a try on a future visit. Did I mention that the Tots were fried perfectly? After the bill was paid and our guts full of fried food and the delicious Juicy Lucy's, we talked about the visit and quickly came to the conclusion that this place is on the list of one of two new favorites. Not only is the idea of an "almost" all Juicy Lucy menu pure genius, the key fob punch card system will get them back in the door. I am already planning my second visit and trying to narrow down which Lucy it will be.
If I remember correctly, the two owners of BDP came from just up the street at Groveland Tap. If this is true, it is clearly present as to which one is the better of the two bars and I can see why they wanted out of Groveland as that place could learn a lot from The BDP.