Cuisine: American, Burgers
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, Kids Menu, On-Site Parking, Patio
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 1811 Selby Ave St. Paul, MN 55104 (651) 493-1865
Links: Blue Door Pub Website * Blue Door Pub Facebook Page * Google Map
Atmosphere: Located on Selby Ave at Fairview, Blue Door Pub is a small neighborhood bar/restaurant known for their Juicy “Blucy” hamburgers. The inside space is divided into two sides; the Pub on one with the bar and a few tables and then there is the dining area with a few tables and three large booths. The room is literally so small that I could not capture it with my fixed 50mm lens, but I was able to get a shot of the famous Blue Door which leads into the kitchen.
Menu: Blue Door Pub has a brand new menu as of today and I have not yet seen it. I will revise this menu (pre 6/5/10) as soon as I get a copy of the new menu. Appetizers include Spam Bites (Breaded, deep fried Spam, cream cheese and pickle), Beer-Battered Green Beans, Hand-Cut Fries, Tator Tots, Chicken Wings, Cheese Curds, and Deep Fried Pickles.
Salads at Blue Door Pub include House Salad, Cobb, Blue Cheese, and Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
Specialty offerings are the Jiffy Burger (peanut butter, mayo, pepper jack, bacon and pickle), The Pub Sandwich (bacon, egg, pepper jack, lettuce and tomato on bread), Chicken Strip Basket and Black Bean Burger.
The Blue Door Pub is well-known for the many varieties they have of “Juicy Blucys”, which are what they call their version of the locally known cheese-stuffed burgers. Options include the Blucy (bleu cheese and garlic), The Luau (stuffed with mozzarella and pineapple, Canadian Bacon on top), The Classic (cheddar cheese), Breakfast Blucy (cheddar, bacon topped with fried egg), Bangkok Blucy (mozzarella soaked in coconut milk and topped with pickled carrots, cucumbers, red onions and ginger), Cajun Blucy (pepperjack and jalapeños), Mushroom Swiss, Bacon Blucy (cheddar and bacon), The Frenchy (swiss and caramelized onions witha side of au jus), and The Merriam Park (bacon, bleu cheese, garlic and topped with red currant jelly). Fries and tator tots are $2 extra.
You can also Build-Your-Own Burger (or chicken!) with a long list of cheese, toppings and sauces.
Kids Menu includes Grilled Cheese, Chicken Strips, Mac & Cheese, 2 Mini Cheeseburgers, PB & J.
Blue Door offers Pie Bites for dessert (homemade cheesecake bites)
Price guide: Appetizers $3.50-8.50 Salads $4-9 Burgers $6.50-8.50 Kids Menu $4-5
What we ordered: This was my first time to the Blue Door Pub and the long list of different stuffed burgers was very intriguing; several of them sounded like something I would try but I ended up going with the Merriam Park Burger. This 1/2 lb of Angus beef was stuffed with bleu cheese, chopped garlic, and bacon. It also comes with red currant jelly which I asked for on the side. It seemed a strange combination but our server made me promise I would try it with the jelly because it was her favorite. I was skeptical at first but with just one bite of the jelly on the burger, I became a believer! I actually ended up eating my entire burger with the jelly! The combination of the sweet with the stronger flavor of the blue cheese was a winner. If you like the salad dressing combo of French/Bleu cheese, you would like this. Even without the jelly it would’ve been an excellent burger. Loved it.
My companion ordered the Bacon Blucy, an Angus burger stuffed with bacon and cheddar. We were surprised to see that the Blue Door Pub did not make any of their stuffed burgers with American cheese, which is what a traditional Juicy-Lucy is made with. That is fine with me since American cheese is the one food in the world that I have an aversion to and just simply cannot stomach, but my companion was disappointed. This Bacon Blucy was still very delicious, with gooey sharp cheddar melted inside with thick cut bacon bites.
Fries can be added on to any burger for an additional charge, or you can get a basket of fries for half-price during Happy hour ($2!). Was very happy when the server pointed that out to us. They were fresh, home cut fries fried to a golden brown with a generous amount of salt.
Service: My visit was on a Saturday in the middle of the afternoon and I was able to get a spot in the parking lot. This was my first visit to the BDP and I wasn’t sure if they had a hostess or not but we were ignored when we walked in, so after standing there for a minute or two, I went and sat myself at the one of the few tables to choose from. It was starting to get busy by the time our burgers came out. The drinks were a little slow to be refilled but the food came out within 15 minutes of ordering. Our server was busy and only stopped to check on us at the end of our meal. We were given our check and when I paid, the original receipt was missing so I asked for another copy. The server came back five minutes later and said she had forgotten to add one of our drinks to the original bill ( a $2 soda) so she presented us with a 2nd bill to pay for that drink. I was a little annoyed since I had already paid for our original bill and didn’t want to have to run my card again for a measly $2. Thought it would’ve been nice to leave that one on the house and just reprint me my original receipt.
Overall Impression: I thought the burger was excellent and I don’t hesitate to say it was best “Juicy Lucy” that I have had around town (however remember I will only eat those that don’t include American cheese so I am biased). The service wasn’t too great but the burgers made up for it.