Feb 062010

Cuisine: American, Bar & Grill, Burgers, Dessert
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: Maplewood, MN  (Sister restaurants include 5-8 Club in Minneapolis and 5-8 Bar & Grill in Champlin)
Address: 2289 Minnehaha Ave S Maplewood, MN 55119 (651) 735-5858

Hours:11a-12a (Kitchen closes at 11p)
Links: 5-8 Website * Google Map


Atmosphere: Located in Maplewood at the corner of McKnight and Minnehaha Ave, 5-8 Tavern & Grill is the sister restaurant to the famous 5-8 Club in South Minneapolis.  The building is divided into two distinct sides, the tavern is to the left when you walk through the front entrance and the dining room to the right.  The dining room  had both tables and booths.  Walls were decorated with a combo of neon lights and 50’s memorabilia.



Menu: Appetizers at the 5-8 Tavern include Nachos Supreme, Jumbo Battered Wings, JoJo Potatoes, Extreme JoJos (with chili and cheddar), Deep Fried Cheese Curds, Chicken Fingers, Quesadilla, Onion Straws, Onion Rings, Buffalo Popcorn Shrimp, Potato Skins, Battered Fried Mushrooms, Mozzarella Sticks, and Summit Pale Ale Cheddar Dip.

Salads offered are the Turkey BLT, Grilled Chicken, Taco Salad, Chef Salad and Tossed Salad.  Soups include Chili and a Soup of the Day

5-8 has several basic sandwiches including Clubhouse, Hot Dog, Chili Cheese Coney Dog, Grilled Cheese, BLT, and Corn Dog.  All served with kettle chips and pickle.

Specialty sandwiches at 5-8 are Pork Tenderloin, Walleye, Chicken Club, Philly, French Dip, Patty Melt, Grilled Chicken, Reuben, Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap.  Served with French Fries.

Roadhouse Classic Sandwiches include Steak sandwich (served on Texas Toast), West Chicken (grilled with BBQ sauce, pepper cheese, and bacon), and BBQ Pork Sandwich. Served with JoJo potatoes.

The 5-8 is famous for its “Juicy Lucy”, a 1/2 lb burger stuffed with melted cheese (choice of American, Swiss, pepper or bleu) and has several other specialty burgers as well.  Specialty burgers include Mushroom Swiss, Bleu Cheese, Santa Fe (guacamole, pepperjack and bacon), Supreme (bacon, pepperjack and bbq sauce), the Speakeasy Burger (Swiss, ranch and bacon), Big Jim (double cheeseburger with 4 cheeses), the Saucy Sally (cheeseburger stuffed with special sauce), California Burger, Montana Jack (Heinz 57, bleu cheese, mayo and onion straws), Pizza Burger (marinara and mozzarella), Roadhouse Burger (bacon cheeseburger with 5-8 sauce), and The GCB (garlic cheeseburger).  All burgers are made with Angus Beef (or substitute any burger with with Veggie or Bison patty (with exception of Juicy Lucy or Saucy Sally).

Dinner Entrees include BBQ Pork Ribs, Walleye Basket, Shrimp Basket, 8oz. Sirloin Steak, BBQ Chicken Dinner, Hamburger Steak, Chicken Delight (melted pepperjack and mushrooms ), and Fajitas.  5-8 also has Genuine Broasted Chicken (cooked under high pressure).

Desserts include Chocolate Supreme Cake, Fried Cheesecake, Grasshopper Pie, and Muddy Paws Cheesecake.

Price guide: Appetizers $5-8  Salads $7  Burgers $4-7  Sandwiches $4-8  Entrees $7-11  Broasted Chicken $8-15  Desserts $3-5

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 2-6pm,

  • $3 Appetizers include 2 mini cheeseburgers, 2 chicken sliders, deluxe fries, beef nachos, onion straws and slider of the day.
  • $2 Appetizers include garlic cheese bread, chips and salsa

Nighttime Happy Hour: Sun-Wed 8:30p-close

  • 1/2 price appetizers
  • 1/2 price taps

Weekly Specials:

Monday- Chef’s Choice $6.99

Tuesday- Hot Beef Sandwich $6.50

Wednesday- Meatloaf $6.50
Thursday- Hot Turkey Sandwich $6.50
Friday- Broiled Walleye $8.99 or  Beer Battered Cod Lunch $6.50 Dinner $8.99
Saturday- Jumbo Shrimp $6.99
Sunday- All-you-can-eat Spaghetti $6.95

What we ordered: My companions and I started with the Deep Fried Mushrooms.  The mushrooms had a thick, crunchy, solid breading that had been fried to a dark golden color.  I thought these were very good but the mushrooms inside the breading had shrunk quite a bit while cooking, leaving a lot more batter than mushroom.  It was served with a mild blue cheese dressing for dipping.


My companions also ordered some of the Potato Skins which were covered with melted cheddar and Monterey jack, bacon, green onions and sour cream on the side.  I did not eat these but my companions liked them.


For my entree I ordered a Swiss cheese Juicy Lucy with bacon ( because bacon makes every burger even better).  The burger was made with two 1/4 lb patties pressed together with cheese melted in the middle.  It was extremely hot so I cut it in half as seen below (served whole).  There was a substantial amount of cheese escaping the pocket of meat but it sure was great tasting! There was a thin layer of pickles under the patty.  I liked it a lot but honestly didn’t have that different of an experience than I would with a traditional bacon and swiss burger.  The french fries were an “add on” to the burger for an additional charge.  Tasty but basic shoe-string fries


One of my companions ordered the American Cheese Juicy Lucy with mushrooms in a basket with Onion Rings.  The Juicy Lucy was indeed hot and juicy, loaded with melted cheese.  The onion rings were fried to a crispy dark golden brown and were just the right thickness for my liking

Another companion ordered an American cheese Juicy Lucy with Bacon and Swiss melted on top, also in a basket with onion rings and a small side of coleslaw.


Service: This was my first time at this location of the 5-8 and the restaurant was pretty busy, being a Friday night.  I have to admit I was a little confused when I first arrived because there was no hostess stand or a sign anywhere inviting guests to find a seat and there didn’t seem to be anyone handy to ask.  My companions and I took the liberty of seating ourselves in a booth and were greeted shortly after by one of the wait staff.  Our server was very friendly and also had a great sense of humor.  The food was prepared in a reasonable amount of time considering how busy it was.
Overall Impression: If you haven’t ever had a Juicy Lucy before, what are you waiting for? The 5-8 is a great place to try the famous creation and they have four different varieties of cheese so there is something for everyone.  They also have a variety of other sandwiches and entrees on the menu with very reasonable prices, especially considering the large portion sizes.  My only suggestion is that 5-8 should have malts on their menu because what could go better with a burger basket than a nice creamy ice cream malt or shake?!
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  12 Responses to “5-8 Tavern & Grill ~ Maplewood, MN”

  1. Love your restaurant. Your servers are efficient and personable. We do miss your monthly coupons though. Do you think they’ll ever come back? My pocketbook would appreciate it too and we would be able to visit more often. And if your unable to comply, then would you see what you could do about bringing us some warmer weather. You guys are great. Thanks.

  2. […] 5-8 Tavern & Grill  ~ The eastern sister to the 5-8 Club in Minneapolis, home of the original Juicy Lucy, has a variety of Juicy Lucy’s as well.  This 1/2 lb burger comes with choice of stuffed American, Swiss, pepperjack or bleu cheese.  Burgers are served in a  basket with JoJo potatoes or you can upgrade to onion rings.  The quality of beef is excellent but the burger is so big and substantial that the cheese just doesn’t get hot enough to become truly molten, it is more gooey. And there is a LOT of it.  I personally prefer the un-stuffed burgers at 5-8  but they are known for having  many faithful Juicy Lucy followers. […]

  3. Well, first off I must say to the poster on may of 2011. Get there early. That was my initial fear heading there for lunch was how long would we have to wait. Not only was there no wait on a Sunday at noon, but there were no shortage of seats. I was shocked and would soon find out why. Now on a rating system I would say 2 stars and that is only because of the food. The food would get a 4 to 5 on its own. Waitress/?manager? was horrendous. Horrendous to the point that for the first time in my life I left no tip. When we sat down my parents were already there, so they asked for drinks for my wife my son and myself. I simply wanted a water. My wife and sons drinks came 5 minutes later, and waitress admits she forgot and said she would be right back. Ten minutes later I was able to flag down another waitress and asked her if she could grab the wter I had been waiting 15 minutes for. Finally another five minutes later my waitress comes by with a tray full of drinks for the next table (they got there water in 2 minutes lol), and sets my drink down says nothign and walks away. We were comptetely ignored until our food came, and before any of us had even taken a bite she asked how our food was….. hmmmm…….At the end of the meal she drops off comment cards with the bill, and when we asked if she could split the bill, I began to write on the comment card about how good the food was. She returns shortly with the split bill and proceeds to snidely ask me if I am complaining about my water. I wasnt up until then. Now I figured I would ask to speak with a manager. This is where it becomes dramatic. I go to the bar and ask for a manager and withign seconds my waitress is back at my table (15 mins for a water but seconds to defend herself”, where she tells me there is no manager on duty. (interesting way to run a business I think to myself no manager on duty) I then asked her who I could speak with and she tells me there is a head line cook, but that I cant speak to him. Then she attacks. Tries to tell me I have no right to complain because i insulted the other waitress. First of all lady I politely asked the other waitress for water, that you forgot twice, and second of all; how dare you speak to me as a customer that way when you screwed up. I demanded at this point to speak to any form of supervisor that was on duty, and instead I was told I needed to pay my bill immediately and get out before the cops were called. I paid my bill, and I will be in contact with as high up as I can to see that this horrible excuse is dealt with. Upon leaving I spoke with a regular who informed me that my coward waitress was actually thye manager on duty! What a perfect ending to my Lunch. So if you do happen to go to the 5-8 in Maplewood watch out for Lisa not only can she not handle more than 2 tables at once, but she is extremely rude. I would like to end this by stating I have been in restaurant management for almost 10 years including running a number of diners, and I understand how some customers can be, but to be treated like that, I will never return to the 5-8- I guess I should try that Matts everyone raves about!

  4. I have to say that I enjoy the Califorina Burger that is all I order but I have to say that I should switch it up to try new and different things. But the staff is just wonderfull…What a great place to eat. The Maplewood location is the best in the world.. What a great place to call your supper time or just anytime that u want to get a bit to eat or even want to get a little buzzz then go to the 5 and 8 and see what it’s all about….Well I will be trying differen things.. But wait I did enjoy the NACHOS they are the best when u are waiting for your meals.. I think I might just have to apply their to be the waitress…

  5. Arrive early if you want a seat, otherwise you will be standing outside in a line. We went about 4:30 on a Saturday and waited about 20 minutes to get a seat. Once seated service was great and fast. Food was okay… I got the veggie burger, probably my first mistake when going to a burger place but i would go back.

  6. I have been to this 5-8 location once, but have made it to the Mpls. location many times, off 58th and Cedar! Love the Onion Straws, battered mushrooms, and the blue cheese filled Juicy Lucy!

  7. I had the roadhouse burger and a cup of coleslaw with a tall beer on tap…she came by to ask if i needed anything else and I had to shake off the haze of pure bliss….(roadhouse-special sauce, cheese, bacon, onion rings, pickles)

  8. Just ate their again on monday night Best burgers ever!!

  9. Great place for after work beers and really good burgers. lots of parking and plenty of seating even on a busy night.

  10. I wouldn’t get the juicy lucy here again, but I would most definitely get the Saucy Sally variation! The sauce inside is so tasty-a sweet tangy flavor- and when heated it’s so marvelous! Fries not very good though, stay away from those.

  11. If you were disappointed at the 5-8 club, try Matt’s bar on Cedar & 35th in Minneapolis. They have the same famed Jucys, but with a bit less cheese and grease … aka the perfect balanced Jucy Lucy. (Even the Travel Channel agrees, Matts beat out the 5-8 in a throwdown battle!)

    Plus, all Matt’s does is burgers, fries, beer and pop. They’re a perfect little dive bar that hasn’t changed a bit with popularity or demand. Perfection.

  12. I had the jucy lucy at the 5-8 in Champlin. Nothing great and was extremely disappointed overall after hearing so much hype over it for so many years. We would never go back, but I will try the JL some place else next time.

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