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