4.5 out of 5.0 stars

Quite possibly known to have the premiere bocce ball setup in the Twin Cities, this is the place to be for all things bocce!  What else do they have to offer?  They’ve got a scratch kitchen kicking out some great chicken sandwiches, killer nachos and some pretty fantastic burgers!

The first thing you can’t help but notice when you grab this burger for your first bite, is how soft and bouncy it is.  The egg bun from Hilltop Hearth is lightly toasted and feels so good in my hands.

Now, what I am about to tell you makes me extremely happy.  If you follow me, you know my main burger disappointment is lack of seasoning on the beef patty.  I am a firm believer in liberally seasoning the beef with salt.  It flavors the meat and also helps to create that great crust that we look for as we cook the patty.  When I took my first bite, I knew it was my night.  My tastebuds were doing the happy dance, as the delicious, salty beef hit my tongue.  Oh, it wasn’t overly salted, it was perfectly salted!  Thank you, Chef Tyler!  The 6oz. @stockyards 100% angus beef blend of chuck, brisket & sirloin, was juicy and perfectly cooked to my desired pink temp.  They tested a few different beef brand options and Stockyards had the moisture, fat retention and beefy flavor they are very happy with.  Also, being part of the Elevage Restaurants, they can minimize beef costs, which they pass on to us.  They can offer their premium beef burgers for $15 instead of say, $18 that an independant restaurant might need to charge.

Smoked cheddar is their choice of cheese.  Delicious, sweet & savory bacon jam is spread on the top bun.  On the bottom bun they add a couple of thin slices of tomatoes, a leaf of lettuce and some super tasty special sauce that will ooze out from below the patty.  There are also a few slices of pickled jalapeños.  Don’t be afraid of the heat, it’s just a little kick.  I really enjoyed this burger.  I can’t wait to get back and build one exactly the way I want it.  By having great beef and a great bun, any one of their burgers are going to be great.  Wednesday nights could be fun making your own Juicy Lucy.  I definitely think a stop will be worth your time!  More on my website!

Pub Fries – Good.

The Dirty Bird – Very good!

Pulled Pork Nachos – Very good!