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Americaís Best Burger Places


492 Hamline Avenue South

Saint Paul, MN

(651) 698-4347

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  • Try: burgers and fries ∑ juicy nookie ∑ fresh cut fries ∑ Paul Molitor ∑ juicy lucy

The lifelong friendship between Ted Casper and Mike Runyon came into fruition because of the lasting friendship between their fathers, Tom Casper and Pete Runyon, who graduated together in the class of 1969. Ted and Mike have known each other since they were in diapers.

On October 1, 2000 the duo had the opportunity to buy The Nook from Chuck Mitsch.  They seized on it. Chuck purchased Mickey's Nook, as it was then known, in 1997 from Mickey Braunsen, who owned the establishment from 1967 to 1997.

The Nook started out for them as a little hole-in-the-wall, 3.2 bar that wasn't very busy. Nevertheless, with Tom's guidance, Mickey's cooking help and the hard work of Ted and Mike--not to mention thanks to the many Nook regulars and local patrons--they found a place on the map. It's now known for some of the best burgers in Minnesota, featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

In December of 2006, Ted and Mike decided they needed more than the 12 tables and 15 bar spots that The Nook allows and bought Shamrocks.  Ted and Mike are very fortunate to have a loyal customer following and hope to satisfy their customers' burger appetite for many years to come!

We can write you a novel about how much we love The Nook, but we'll keep this as short as we can. The burgers are not only original and creative; they do them perfectly.  Every burger we've tried has been juicy, flavorful, and tender.

We love their vinegar soak they do to the fresh cut fries, which gives them that extra crispiness and flavor no one has.

The service staff is not only quick to hop on anything you want or need, but they do it with a smile on their face and actually seem like they like their jobs.  I honestly can't begin to fathom how anyone could say this isn't the best place in the state for burgers.

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