Restaurant Features: Cash Only
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 3500 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612) 722-7072
Atmosphere: Matt’s Bar is located in South Minneapolis on Cedar Ave at 35th St, in the same stand-alone building that has been its home since 1954. The space is open and boxy with booths along one side and the bar on the other, with tables in between. The dark paneled walls and lack of windows definitely made it feel more like a bar than a restaurant. There also is no kitchen, just a flat-top grill behind the bar. Neon lights and beer signs brightened up the place a bit.
Menu: Appetizers include French Fries.
Burgers and Sandwiches include Jucy Lucy, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Grilled Cheese, Dbl Cheeseburger, Ham & Cheese, Chicken Sandwich.
Price guide: $3-6
What we ordered: This was my first visit to Matt’s Bar and the burger was an obvious choice for me (sans American Cheese). Served in wrapped paper, these burgers aren’t very big but they sure are good! Matt’s offers fried onions with the burgers so I gave it a go. Good stuff, albeit a little greasy.
My companion ordered a couple of Jucy Lucys, each of which is about 1/3 lb. The inside was molten American cheese that could burn your face in .2 seconds if you aren’t careful! The patty was served atop pickle rounds.
We also shared a Basket of Fries, crispy shoestrings.
Service: Our visit was at mid-afternoon on a weekday and it was completely full with a few waiting. We bellied up to the bar for about five minutes before a booth became available. We placed our order within ten minutes of sitting and the food arrived less than ten minutes after that. We were presented with a bill at the end of the meal, which we paid at the bar on the way out. Cash only!
Overall Impression: We thought the burgers at Matt’s were really good, the Jucy Lucy even ranks in the top 4 for TCRB Editor Picks: Best Jucy Lucys (coming soon!)