The Nook, in downtown St. Paul, is a burger joint famous for its Juicy Lucy (renamed the Juicy Nookie on the menu), a cheese-stuffed burger that was rated #1 in Minnesota by USA Today. It’s a hole-in-the-wall eatery with great food and the feel of an Irish pub with plenty of good beers on tap, including Summit EPA and Guinness.
Kids eat free
On Sunday nights, the Nook offers free kids meals from 4-9 p.m., and during football season it is packed with a mixture of families, college students and sports fans. For more family fun Ran-Ham Bowling, an old-school six-lane alley next door, offers free bowling for kids on Sundays from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., and serves food from the Nook.
More than just burgers
Officially named, Caspers and Runyon’s Nook, after Ted Casper and Mike Runyon who bought the restaurant in 1997, the Nook has been on many “Bests” lists. It was also featured on the Food Network’s series Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
In addition to its famous burgers, which are made from a Butchers Cut Ground Black Angus Chuck, the restaurant features chicken and pork tenderloin sandwiches, Phillys, Chicago ‘Red Hot’ and Coney dogs, ruebens, pizza and beer-battered Walleye. Also delicious are the Leprechaun Leg appetizers (fried green beans).
So if you’re looking for a great burger, fresh food, and a casual pub environment, the Nook is a great find for locals and tourists on their way through St. Paul.