This one was a pleasant departure for us. We met for lunch at this classic burger and malt joint. You walk in and see the grill and the original 50’s (40’s?) Seating. The line is constant but the wait is not too long. Doug tells us that this is a place his parents would frequent when dating! (more…)

Some comments on the place.

Jt’s is a legend on the south side of St. Paul (it’s actually called West St. Paul but trust us, it’s south). It’s what places like Mcdonalds would have been if they didn’t need to serve billions and billions of hamburgers. Great burgers in the white castle style but with the Lion’s Tap place appeal. Not much seating at the cafeteria-style booths and tables but we easily found the non-smoking booth and had a quick burger. This must be a great place to get a burger or six in warmer weather. We initially had planned to spend the full evening here but due to the lack of brew and lack of seating we had a few burgers as an aperitif before heading to Red’s Savoy again for a savory pizza.

Some comments on the help

These people are remarkably friendly. We saw many locals stop by to pick up some burgers to go and we were pleased to see that they have a burger delivery service. A happy place with a simple mission, keep it real but not too raw.

The food, the food.

Simple burgers and supporting fried food. Very good and very cheap. Makes you wish that this place were on your way home from work!

Other things we think you should know.

This place is small. Looks like a tiny rambler from the 50’s. Look for it on the east side of the road with a clearly 50’s style rocket-post and star near the road. After eating you might get the temptation to find the last drive-in picture show in town. Note- no beer here.


The few bikers assembled on the back steps greeted us and asked how we were doing. After answering the other questions about name, quest, and color we were allowed to pass.  Looked like a classic neighborhood bar with some space to dance, play pool, and bang away at the pinball games. The music was loud but well selected and the bar was understaffed but more about that later. Did we mention the odd powder on the bathroom floor? The place seemed like might be a bit rough later at night but we left in good shape. (more…)

NOTE: This place is closed. We’ll let you know if we hear it’s open again.

Trevor found this place and we are SO glad. A neighborhood spot that had a busy take-out counter in the front and some tables in back. As soon as we sat down we knew we were in s great place.

A-J himself took care of us. A great gregarious guy with good humor and a great outlook. Enjoyed our time here very much.

Outstanding chicken, ribs and fixings. The usual fare for a ribs joint but even though we covered the menu not one meal missed the mark! Great food and plenty of it.

The take-out window was really busy, expect a crowd as people head home from work. The rush did not delay our food at all, simply push by the commuters and find a table.

You know about this place. Neighborhood joint with their own jucy lucy (note spelling), pictures of beer and paper dinnerware. Seems to us that those three items are the holy trinity of all fine eating establishments. Matt’s is the usual crowded small place with every age range and a fair number of solos just sitting around reading or writing or doing homework. Well worth the stop. (more…)


This is a throwback to the “best steak house” chain that was popular in this region through the eighties. I believe various members of a Greek family owned them all with a “soup nazi” meets ma kettle attitude about how restaurants should be run. The bridge best steakhouse at the u was a rare treat for a college commuter on his way to the car after a long day of classes and labs. (more…)