The Lodge, Shieldsville, MN
at 9:00 PM
The Lodge in Shieldsville, MN. Just a short 8 mile drive off 35W heading North West from the Faribault exit. Complete CRAP-HOLE of a restaurant, but with character and the only place to get a cold beer and an amazing meal for miles. Friendly locals and an owner who will treat you like you have been stopping by for decades make this little dive bar a must stop if you live in Minnesota. They feature over 21 burgers on the menu and offer some fantastic home-cooked specials on Friday and Saturday nights. Everything that comes out of that kitchen is cooked by the owner her-self. You can defiantly tell that she takes pride in each and every thing that makes its way out of that kitchen and onto your table. If a burger isn't your thing, she also serves up some of the biggest Jumbo shrimp dinners and large platters of perfectly cooked steaks as well.
Now onto the Juicy Lucy, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. This thing was huge and I mean huge. The only other Juicy that can compare in size to this thing is maybe the 3/4 lb buffalo Lucy over at the Buffalo Tap, but I still think this thing has the advantage. Did I mention that they also serve up tator-tots?
The tots were fried perfect. Nice and crispy with the perfect consistency throughout. Probably some of the best tots I have ever ordered at a restaurant that came out of a bag in the freezer. The Lucy again was amazing. The best part about this burger was the crusty char on the outer of the burger itself. This baby had to of been fried on a cook-top with butter or some sort of oil to give it the nice crispy crust. The perfect amount of (good quality) American Cheese on the inside ran plentiful throughout. This woman will also customize this giant Lucy with any kind of cheese you ask, but American is the standard here. As you can see from the picture above, I did my best with this thing, but could only make my way through about half of it. I wish I could have kept going as this is in the top five "Juicy Lucy's" you will ever come across.
If you find yourself with nothing to do on a rainy day, take a nice short one hour road trip down south and check this crap-hole of a bar out, you will not be disappointed, just don't run the other way scared when you walk in.