Bulldog NE 3/1/2014

While, as its name implies, it is technically a NE locale, it actually sits on a corner right on Hennepin Ave, pretty close to St. Anthony Main.  This whole area has become quite a hot spot for good eats.  This place is no exception.  The burgers at Bulldog NE are probably my favorite gourmet burgers in town.  For a city known as the birthplace of the Juicy Lucy (thanks Matt’s Bar – that’s right, I’m in their camp, and I refuse to give credit to 5-8 Club), I think that’s saying something.

Venue

Keeping with the industrial feel of a converted warehouse, this place is characterized by high ceilings, exposed conduit, and brick.  It’s a bit loud, but a very friendly environment.  I’d say it’s a step up from your typical burger and beer joint.

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Food&Drink

I’ve had many of the burgers on this menu, but this time opted for the Stuffed Pretzel Burger with togarashi fries and a side of wasabi mayo.  My favorite type of bun for a burger is a pretzel bun, so I had to try this one.  The white cheddar stuffing was an awesome touch, too.  Below is a list of the burgers I’ve had that are currently on their menu (their list changes occasionally).

  • Togarashi – Togarashi spice, japanese coleslaw and wasabi mayo.
  • Chimay – Chimay beer cheese, Chimay beer mayo, red onion, romaine on a Brioche bun.
  • Stuffed Pretzel – Bacon and Wagyu blend with lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic aioli on a white cheddar-stuffed pretzel bun.
  • Junk – Bacon, sauteed mushroom, lettuce, onion, tomato, roasted garlic aioli with choice of cheese.
  • Tillamook – Smokey cheddar and Fischer Farm’s bacon.
  • LaFrieda – 8 oz blend of short rib and 100% Black Angus beef directly from Pat LaFrieda’s butcher shop, 4 year-aged cheddar, panko-crusted red onion rings and sesame seed bun. We recommend rare to med-rare.

Their beer list is excellent, as well.  There are some craft brews as well as a healthy list of Belgian imports on tap.  I chose the Blanche de Bruxelles, which was a lovely Belgian Wit.

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Price

At $12 for most of their burgers, the price is definitely worth it.  However, I’d strongly recommend upgrading for a few dollars to their seasoned fries with sauces.  If you’re on a budget, you can get a hot dog for $6.

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