illustration by michael hoeweler
Just beyond the high-school baseball field where this Hall of Famer and Minnesota Twins manager took some of his earliest home run swings sits St. Paul’s Casper’s & Runyon’s Nook: home of the Paul Molitor burger that has achieved equally iconic status. This is a Juicy Lucy-style burger, a perfectly seasoned, ground-chuck patty stuffed with pepper jack cheese. Always served with some of Minnesota’s best, fresh-cut fries—which the Nook blanches overnight in a water/vinegar mix to take out some of the starch. That makes them crispy on the outside but creamy on the inside.