McCormick’s Pub

A little background

Known as a place to have great food and great times, McCormick’s Pub in Wayzata, MN is a local favorite for a casual spot to meet.  McCormick’s is known for their burgers.  In 2013, their grass-fed burger, served with short ribs, made stole the third spot on the Twin Cities Burger Tour.  Too bad I didn’t know about this before my husband and I made an impromptu stop for a bite and a pint.

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 My thoughts

Let me tell you, I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of McCormick’s Pub.  When we arrived after work, the place was busy, but the friendly staff was able to grab us a table for two.  Thanks!  If you haven’t checked this place out, you should just to look at the decor.  Their walls are adorned with everything Irish and it will definitely keep your eyes busy while you wait for your order.

Since I had no idea they had one of the best burgers in town, you might be wondering what I decided to go with for this visit.  Here’s what I got.

McCormick's Lobster Roll in Wayzata, Minnesota

I went with McCormick’s Lobster Roll Sandwich.  Hey, I was in a seafood kind of mood!  I was so excited when the waitress brought it out.  Just look at how awesome this is!  How a dish is presented definitely contributes to to overall experience of a visit.  It helped in this case.  While my meal looked great, I regretfully have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of McCormick’s Lobster Roll.  The biggest turn off was the lobster itself.  I thought it was a little rubbery, which inevitably, required a lot more chewing to get it down.  Additionally, I was expecting a little more out of the bread.  It was a basic bread roll.  No special ingredients, no special baking process.  This is not a bad thing!  Personally, I would have liked to see some special seasonings baked into the bread that would complement the lobster and the dressing in the sandwich.

I will probably pay another visit to McCormick’s Pub.  I do believe that every place has their good and bad days.  Next time, I’m getting the burger.

For a full view of their menu, check out the link below:
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Burger Jones – Uptown

A little background

Burger Jones is a classic, but trendy burger joint located close to Lake Calhoun in Uptown.  They specialize in creating a unique menu of Angus beef burgers finished with a unique blend of toppings.  For those who are not big fans of meat (myself included) they can whip up a mean veggie burger as well.  Along with amazing burgers, Burger Jones has killer waffle fries that are a must.  To wash it all down, order up a drink.  They have everything from a wide selection of craft beers to specialty cocktails.

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 My thoughts

My fiance is a meat kind of guy so he instantly loved it.  His burger of choice was the “White Trash”.  Yep, that’s the actual name and you’ll have a chuckle when you see the names of other burgers.  The “White Trash” was just about one of the most artery-clogging, heart-attack-waiting-to-happen burgers that I have ever seen…I had to have a bite!  (see image below)  Not only were the cheese curds, literally, prepared to perfection in all their cheesy goodness, but the chicken-fried bacon just made the burger.  It was that good and after talking with a college friend of mine, who also happens to live around Lake Calhoun, she agreed that the “White Trash” is what you must order on your first trip to Burger Jones.  Got a real appetite?  It comes in a double wide size.

The White Trash Burger via Burger Jones.

Now for those of your who would rather not eat meat or if you just want to be adventurous, let’s get to the veggie burger (seen below).  Personally, there’s nothing better than a good veggie burger.  They have so much flavor due to the ingredients used to make them and they can be paired with nearly any topping.  The Southwest Salsa veggie burger was topped with, wait for it, chunky garden salsa, pepperjack cheese, avocado mayo, and fresh alfalfa sprouts.  Could it get any better?  Not only did they have all of my favorite toppings, but they put it on a veggie burger!  I just about died and it tastes as good as it sounds.

Southwest Salsa Veggie Burger via Burger Jones.

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