Burger Hunter: 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