Guest post by Shellina from The Frugal Flambe. She is writing to us all the way from Minneapolis, Minnesota! Enjoy!
There is perhaps no greater classic American meal than a hamburger and fries. There’s something about “meat and potatoes” that perfectly defines our society, and even further, put some ketchup on it and it takes on a whole new realm of culinary awesomeness. As if to prove that point, Joe’s Garage in Minneapolis, Minnesota takes the good ole American burger to new heights. The hubbster and I recently visited there, (on a 50% off coupon from www.livingsocial.com!!!) and we LOVED it. Here’s what we thought:
We started off with the nachos- which were totally different than your regular processed cheese variety. These had a fresh pico-de-gallo salsa on them, sprinkled with crumbled blue cheese, and then adorned with a chipotle-mayonnaise that had me singing their praises.
I ordered the Martini Burger- an amazing feat of culinary genius- ¼ pound burger patty on their homemade bun, slathered with melty blue cheese and sliced green olives. Pungent and aromatic, this burger gave me awesome breath for the rest of our date, (not!), and left me feeling like I had just experienced something really special. Served with a side of their house potato chips, I was totally satisfied at the end.
The hubbster ordered a balsamic and portabella mushroom burger. ¼ pound burger on the homemade bun, of course, but then slathered in cream cheese and topped with a balsamic reduction over perfectly grilled and sliced portabella mushrooms. Admittedly, he felt a little overwhelmed by the end, (who am I kidding- it was too rich to finish!), but he loved it all the same.
The feeling of the place itself was fun- concrete floors, metal ornaments, and an interesting (and cool) art collection- paintings of different man-hole covers from the Minneaplis/St Paul area. It really did have the feel of a garage, just, you know, clean enough to eat in.
Overal restaurant grade: 4 out of 5 stars. The burgers were awesome, perhaps too awesome. They were heavy, rich, and obviously creative- but memorable. The nachos were to die for- and we’ll be back for those!
Don’t have the cash to go to Joe’s, or live too far away to visit? No problem. Here’s our homemade gourmet blue cheese stuffed burger recipe to help quell your blues.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Recipe from www.foodnetwork.com
- 1 lb ground beef
- ½ tbsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- 6 oz blue cheese
- ½ tbsp oregano
- Hamburger buns
- Season beef with cayenne, oregano, and garlic powder.
- Form beef into 4 patties.
- Divide each patty, through the center, into two, and flatter.
- Place blue cheese on one patty half and top with the other patty half. Pinch edges to seal.
- Grill burgers in cast iron pan or on grill to desired degree of doneness.
- Serve on a bun, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and any other fave fixins.
Shellina is a wife, mom, student, and blogger from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She recently started her own food blog devoted to educating families on the emotional and financial benefits of eating at home- The Frugal Flambe. With a new recipe or tip every day, it’s your one-stop-read for encouragement and ideas for feeding your family on a dime.