Matt’s Bar

Hamburgers | Tavern
One of the best

The house specialty, a Jucy Lucy (Matt’s spelling), is served with a warning. “Don’t burn your tongue,” the waitress says when she sets down the paper-wrapped cheeseburger. Good advice, because the glistening, crisp-edged patty of beef fully envelops a large pocket of molten cheese. When teeth cut through the meat, cheese flows like hot lava. Potential burn notwithstanding, it is a fun concept that Matt’s claims to have invented and is now served at several Twin City eateries.

The burger itself is an old-fashioned sort: plenty fatty with good crunch to its outsides, cooked enough that degree of doneness is not an issue. Combined with cheese, either inside, Jucy Lucy style, or in a more traditional way, on top, it delivers wicked satisfaction very different from a high-end hamburger.

Despite having gained some media fame for its unique invention, Matt’s remains a dark corner bar with a menu limited to burgers and French fries. Seating is at booths and tables and on a few stools at the counter. Cash only.

What to Eat
Matt’s Bar, Jucy Lucy
Jucy Lucy
A Jucy Lucy waiting to be bitten. Grilled onions are a welcome option.
Matt’s Bar, Cheeseburger
With its cheese on top instead of inside the meat, a regular cheeseburger lacks the drama of a Jucy Lucy, but does allow full appreciation of the crisp-edged, deliciously unctuous beef patty.
Matt’s Bar, French Fries
French Fries
A full order of French fries is huge. The fries are fine, but no reason to divert appetite away from burgers.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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