Cheeseburger challenge

The boys are on a quest to find Minnesota’s best cheeseburger. These children have high standards when it comes to cheeseburgers–taste, size and uniqueness matter.

Current rankings (Minneapolis/Minnesota based)

  1. Tongue in Cheek
  2. Icehouse
  3. Good Life Cafe
  4. Lion’s Tap

Best burgers in our travels

  1. Umami burger, Garbo’s Grill (Key West, Florida)
  2. The original, Cabbage Key Restaurant (Cabbage Key, Florida)
  3. Kopp’s Frozen Custard (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  4. In N Out burger (Palm Desert, California)
  5. Gott’s Roadhouse (formerly Taylor’s Refresher, San Francisco, California)
  6. Bubba’s (Kauai)

On our list to try in MN:

  • Fika
  • Matt’s Bar
  • 5-8 Club

The boys were impressed with everything at Tongue in Cheek. We started with a flight of the one bite teasers, all were fantastic but the salmon was my fav. The pork buns were the fav dish of the night overall. Both boys housed their burgers, simply prepared with cheddar, aioli, pickles and an egg. Responsibly sourced meat made us feel good too! (Dad also enjoyed his flight of cocktails, a 6 taste of flavor from sweet to umami).


Lion’s Tap is a standard stop when we’re out in Eden Prairie. The place does burgers and fries, that’s it. Nothing fancy here, just well-seasoned patties and the basic accessories. I love that we can get in and out fast, and it’s a great value!


Check out Icehouse, a chic urban spot in South Minneapolis. On a Friday night, we were definitely unique, the only family in the restaurant, I think. The boys enjoyed the live music. This burger was rated one of the Twin Cities best in 2015, so we added it to the list. The boys thought the burger was good, but really it was the truffle bordelaise that made it great. Footnote: bearnaise remains sauce champion in their minds.

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The Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids. OK, so not likely you may “drop in” since this was the result of a bad day of weather at the cabin for us. It turned into a highlight of the week!

Alec had the Beer Cheese Pretzel burger. The pretzel bun was fantastic, with a smokey gouda cheese sauce (not too goopy, not too salty) and crumbled bacon and jalapenos for a bit of heat. Maple aoili? Seriously fantastic. Av had the Cheesy Californian. The brioche bun made this burger stand out above the “average” burger.

Photo Aug 19, 1 10 28 PM (1)
Beer cheese pretzel burger at the Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids, MN

Cheesy Californian burger at the Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids, MN
Cheesy Californian burger at the Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids, MN

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One thought on “Cheeseburger challenge

  1. Ha ha! This is great. 🙂 For me, Umami burger is amazing (we have them in LA too). If you make it to Santa Monica, check out A Votre Sante’s burger on San Vicente Blvd, or Swinger’s burger on Broadway and Lincoln. Both great. Blessings, Debbie

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