Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Best New Burger in Downtown Minneapolis...Where You'd LEAST Expect It


What’s got prime beef, applewood-smoked bacon, fried onions, blue/jack cheese, tomato jam, Bibb lettuce, and a pretzel bun? Downtown Minneapolis’s best new burger, the BLT Jam Burger served at at...Macy's Oak Grill!

Really? The Oak Grill? If you haven’t been to the clubby, wood-paneled 12th floor restaurant since Grandma treated you to popovers and pot pies a decade ago, Macy’s new signature burger, courtesy of the company’s executive chef, Tim Scott, is reason to go.

The burger’s not cheap, at $11.95, but it’s an expert marriage of two great tastes—burger + BLT sandwich—with every detail carefully thought through. Scott starts with a solid foundation of juicy beef patty on a soft, chewy pretzel bun. Then he loads it with toppings that seem to hit every possible flavor/texture option: rich, pungent cheese; salty crunch of bacon and fried onions; concentrated, sweet tomato; plus fresh crispness from the lettuce to cut through all that umami. The French fries in the cute paper cone are a worthy partner, served with ketchup or truffle-kissed mustard aioli.

The BLT Jam Burger is not available in the adjacent Skyroom, but it is served at Macy’s River Room in St. Paul and the Lakeshore Grills at Southdale and Ridgedale—it will be offered at both Lakeshores as a Buy One Get One free promotion on June 17 (if you're looking for a place to treat Dad for Father's Day, this would be my pick!). Chef Scott has several more new Macy’s burgers in development to debut later this summer, so stay tuned...

In the meantime, even if you don’t like burgers, here are a couple more reasons to put The Oak Grill on your radar: #1: Frango Mint chocolate ice cream pie and #2: a hip-but-modestly priced cocktail list tied to the current Brasil-themed flower show (Wild Hibiscus Mojito? St. Germain and sparkling wine? Yes, please!).

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Stout-Marinated Grilled Tri-Tip Recipe

Treat dad or any lucky guest to flavorful, juicy beef with a splash of beer in the mix with this recipe from meat expert Bruce Aidells

6 Foods to Pack for the Cabin

Don't head north to the cabin without these delicious necessities

The Driscoll’s Difference

Driscoll’s goes to great lengths to ensure every clamshell on the shelves is packed with only the most flavorful, deliciously ripe berries.

Meet the Joy Makers

Meet the Joy Makers

Back to School Prep! Bento boxes are Easy Breakfasts that can be Prepped Ahead

The strategy for conquering the crazy weekday mornings is the all important prep.

Top 6 Frozen Drinks in the Twin Cities

Find the best spiked slushees and frozen rosé here

Summer Events for Food Lovers

From quirky small town get-togethers to “The Great Minnesota Get-Together,” make sure not to miss these summer events celebrating delicious food.

Rosé All Summer

Start by raising a glass to National Rosé Day, but keep it up all summer with one of the most food-friendly wines—plus whip up icy frosé

Review: Red Sauce Rebellion in Excelsior

Excelsior's newest Water Street restaurant brings familiar Italian flavors with a well-executed red sauce
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags