This is a follow up to the original review I wrote of The Nook in April 2009
Cuisine: American, Burgers
Restaurant Features: Bar, Bowling Alley
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116 651) 698-4347
Links: The Nook Website * The Nook on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: The Nook has recently reopened after being closed for several months due to a damaging fire in Dec 2010. The renovations look great! The kitchen was moved to the very back of the long and narrow restaurant and the unisex bathroom is right in the middle. A single line of tables run along the wall to the back of the kitchen and is more comfortable than it was before. The Nook must have been able to save a lot of the memorabilia that had been hanging on the walls before the fire, because it all seemed to be the same.
There is a nice, shiny wooden bar when you first walk in that seats six. There is also a bowling alley downstairs.
Appetizers at the Nook include Jalapeno Poppers, French Fries, Runyon Rings, Cheese Curds, Mozzarella Sticks, Mini Tacos, Mini Corn Dogs, Leprechaun Legs (fried green beans!), Nokie Wings with your choice of eight original sauces, Boneless Wings, Chicken Drummies, Chicken Tenders.
Pizza offerings include Deluxe, Sausage, Pepperoni, and Double Cheese.
The salad choices at the Nook are Dinner Salad, Garden Salad with Chicken, Caesar, and Buffalo Chicken.
Sandwich offerings include the Reuben, Bourbon Bacon Chicken, Charbroiled Chicken Breast, Charbroiled Chicken Club, BBQ Chicken, Buffalo-style Charbroiled Chicken, Chicken Tender Melt, Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, Half Pound BLT, Battered Cod, Salmon Burger, and Grilled Shamrock’s Cheese. All sandwiches come with fresh cut fries and pickle.
Burgers are what the Nook is known for! With many to choose from such as The Mickey’s Original, Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Patty Melt, California, Pepperjack Burger, Swiss Mushroom Burger, Bourbon Bacon Burger, Alumni Burger (Worcestershire sauce enhanced), Casburger, Nookie Supreme (Double Decker cheeseburgers with special sauce), Juicy Nookie (stuffed cheeseburger), Paul Molitor Burger (stuffed with pepperjack), Matt Birk Burger (two patties with pepperjack), Lodge Burger, Bleu Cheeseburger, Burger of the Month, and Garden Burger. All burgers come with fresh cut fries or sub for onion rings just $1.50 extra.
Dinner Entrees come with coleslaw, garlic toast and French fries and include 7 oz Filet Mignon, a Surf and Turf Combo, Steak Sandwich, 8 oz. Ribeye, Fish & Chips, Fried Shrimp, Fried Chicken Wings, and Pork Chops.
Price guide: Appetizers $ 6-8 Sandwiches & Burgers $6-8 Salad $4-7
Weekly Specials: Sunday- Kids eat free from Kids’ Menu One child per adult.
Monday- Dollar Burgers from 8:30-10:00 (smaller burgers)
Tuesday-Bourbon Bacon Burger with fries $5.50
Wednesday- Ribeye and the Works $9.95
Thursday- Breaded Pork Tenderloin $5.95
Friday- Fried Shrimp or Fish Fry $9.95
Saturday- 4pm to close 10oz. BBQ Pork Chop Dinner
What we ordered: My companion and I split a Strawberry Malt. It was good, but not the best malt I have had at The Nook. It was made with plenty of malt powder the way I like, but this malt in particular tasted like it was made with strawberry syrup. It wasn’t very thick and the strawberry was finely blended. Most malts I have gotten there are thicker and have bigger chunks of strawberry. It was still very tasty.
I have tried several different burgers at The Nook, but this Bleu Cheese burger is my favorite. This stacked burger has a layer of bleu cheese crumbles on the bottom bun topped by the juicy beef patty then sauteed mushrooms and fried onions (optional). I love the combo of flavors and textures. This is one of my favorite burgers anywhere, the beef has amazing flavor even if it is a little greasy. I also love the fresh cut fries that come standard with the burger at no up-charge, making it one of the best valued burger baskets around these days. All this for $7.95. I don’t know who can beat that!
One of my companions ordered the Juicy Nookie Burger. Twin Cities classic, two patties formed around a center of molten cheese. My companion loves this burger and thinks The Nook has the best one he has personally tried thus far.
Another companion ordered the Nookie Supreme. This enormous layered cheeseburger has an extra bottom bun and cheeseburger patty. The buns are extremely soft and fresh even after being toasted.
Service: Our visit was at 3pm on a weekday which is the perfect time to go if you don’t want to wait. We got a table right away and our server was on top of it. Drinks were refilled quickly and the food was ready within 15 minutes.
Overall Impression: The Nook really does have some of the best burgers around town, if you haven’t been yet, I urge you to go! Prices are great and so is the food and service.