The Jucy Lucy has gotten traction mainly because of the cable channel TV shows like DD&D and possibly the internet. They have been around in the Twin Cities for years but not many had paid that much attention to them in that they could be found in only a few bar/grills. I think the rest of the country simply called them stuffed burgers. A couple of years ago I doubt many, including Twin Citians, could have named another eatery other than Matt’s, 5-8 Club and the Nook serving them. Now they are expanding to other eateries getting in on the action. I even noticed SuperTarget (a Twin Cities based company) was selling pre-made Juicy Lucy patties for grilling in its meat market.
Of the three, I think the Nook is the best and the Nook is in no way “up-scale” by any definition. There is nothing in the ingredients beyond low price bar food, a little mysticism and tricks of the mind to make them unique. The Nook does get their buns fresh from a nearby bakery but that is about it. Most unique? McGarry’s Irish Pub in Maple Plain, a western Twin Cities suburban town on the cusp of rural farm country. Their version is a lamb burger with goat cheese.