Burger Hunter

Burger Hunter: Shortstop Bar & Grill

Shortstop Bar & Grill

Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do in an entire Lenten season and documents his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.

Some call it the “763”. Others have coined it “Bachmann Country”. But really, it’s just simple ol’ Anoka County—and a large beastly burger dwells in the backwoods out there, way out in Coon Rapids. The Shortstop Bar & Grill is an iconic burger bar with a legendary past. Traditionally a “set-up” bar where you bring your own bottle and only pay for the mixer, the Shortstop now brings the people in with Jack and Coke’s and burgers. Now to this beast between two buns. The burger is big. It’s more than a half pound and makes others look like lightweights in comparison. A thick patty would be an understatement. The grind is likely traditional, but the mix has to be around 70/30 to explain this trip to flavor town. The bun is fresh and the fried onions are cooked on the same flattop as the burgers. Add the crispy bacon to set the stage for a standard issue Shortstop burger. Tots or crinkle cut on the side. Now, you want to make history? Try not taking a nap after this quest… Impossible. So if you’re big game hunting and looking for an All American Burger this Goliath sums it up. It’s so 763… Go crush one!

Scorecard: Flavor: 8.7 Presentation: 5 Originality: 5

Shortstop Bar & Grill, 421 Northdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids; shortstopbar.com


Burger Hunter: BLVD Kitchen and Bar

burger hunter

Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do in an entire Lenten season and documents his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.

Come at me bro from the west metro! This week’s burger hails from Minnetonka where the yuccies (hipster/yuppie) swell like ducks on a pond. BLVD Kitchen and Bar is quite urbane and plays host to foodies that are ready for the big leagues. Let’s get to the true grit. The burger holds its head high—and folks, it should. The bun is soft and . . . almost inviting? The meat is full of flavor and very juicy. They know medium. Don’t sleep on the white cheddar cause it’s amazing partnered with the applewood bacon. A true two-fister that deserves a happy dance. Big ups on the build. Everything appropriately proportionate. Chef had to of been an architect in a former life. Go for the drive, stay for the burgers.

Scorecard: Flavor: 8.4   Presentation: 7   Originality: 6

BLVD Kitchen & Bar, 11544 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka; blvdkitchen.com


Burger Hunter: Annie’s Parlour

Annie's Burger

Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do in a month, documenting his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.

As Arlo Guthrie said “you can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant” but does the same go for Annie’s Parlour in Dinkytown? Frankly it doesn’t matter, you’re going there for burgers and malts, plain and simple. Actually, Tasty & Old Timey! A burger’s best friend is always the french fries but Annie has another BFF—don’t skip on the creamy deliciousness inside the tin cup, the malt. The bun is grilled and offers a light buttery/flaky taste. The cheese is melted American that traps the bacon to the burger. The meat is seasoned nicely and has that diner quality crispy outer while the inside remains juicy and full of smiles. A damn good burger. Who doesn’t love burgers and malts!

Scorecard: Flavor: 7.5   Presentation: 5   Originality: 5

Annie’s Parlour, 313 14th Ave SE, MPLS