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American Burger Bar feels almost too classy a place in which to eat with your hands. Located in the longtime home of Gallivan's in downtown St. Paul, which was most recently Matty B's, the Burger Bar is a more upscale sibling of the owners' American Burger Emporium in Woodbury. The kitchen takes a chef-driven approach, and Rino Baglio, the former head of Pazzaluna's kitchen, turns out burgers that sound as luxurious as their surrounds. One called the Experience, for example, consists of Kobe beef layered with foie gras and black truffle. For the budget-conscious, American Burger Bar has burger-fry combos for less than $10, but a few of the gourmet selections cost nearly $20-a price at which diners might rather trade up for a fine-dining entree.
Went here for Friday night date night and my husband and I had a great meal. There was a band playing who started at 6:30. We didn't enjoy that because we actually like to be able to talk to each other on date night, but our server was great and she moved us into the library so we could hear one another. The burgers are generous in portion size and they have tater tots. Love tots! My husband asked for some honey-mustard sauce to go with his entree and the server went back into the kitchen and mixed some up for him! Service was great and I liked the food. If there hadn't been the annoying band, the place would have been great.
If you think a burger's just a ground-beef patty slapped between bun halves, you probably don't live in Minnesota. Here we take our burgers as seriously as Easterners do their pastrami and Southerners do their barbecue. We can probably blame this... More »
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