Last year we tried to get into the Nook on randolph avenue in st. paul only to be amazed at the long line outside the door. it was featured on an episode of diners, drive-ins, and dives and the already popular site became even busier. the narrow restaurant most likely seats about 48 with another 18 standing in the aisle waiting for seats. if you decide to go, poke your head inside the door and let the bartender add your name to the whiteboard wait list on the wall.
Our wait was about 30 minutes and worth every second. We all ordered the nookie supreme iteration of the juicy lucy and each of us felt that it was the best in town! we washed it down with hamms and stella and enjoyed every fat enhanced minute of it. service was perfectly slow allowing us to take in the ambiance which included heavy coverage of barbra streisand who ate at the nook after her last concert in town. she too recommended the juicy.
Mixed crowd plenty of flannel and plenty of ties. As we were waiting to pay a group of rather prepily dressed private college couples stopped by. something for everyone at this place! even the bathrooms were appropriately rustic.
OK, SO THE CATEGORIES:
SOME COMMENTS ON THE PLACE
Street parking. busy place. In warm weather the line is down the sidewalk. In winter people are seen entering and leaving saying something like “let’s take plan B”. There are many fine plan b’s in the area should you need one. We recommend the St. Clair Broiler or Sweeney’s.
SOME COMMENTS ON THE HELP
The help was very efficient and pleasant. we were hoping for the classic older woman with the curt attitude and cynical humor. not available here.
THE FOOD, THE FOOD
It’s all about the burgers. many to select from and they really are the best. The fries were fine but during our long wait we were near the kitchen and saw the onion rings slide out of a frozen bag. Did we mention that they have Hamms on tap. It still tastes like it did in the days of yor. Yet we ordered it.
It just felt right. upbeat, lively, walls filled with photos and stuff.