Renee Steve



Matt's Bar
3500 Cedar Avenue
Minneapolis

(612) 722-7072
Website


Date of Review
March 5, 2004

good
Good

Entree Price:
$5-$10

Our Total Bill:
$17.15


Type:
Bar and Grill

Reservations:
None

Attire:
Casual

Parking:
street

Crumber:
No

WWGB:
No

Pepper:
None
Renee's Side Steve's Side

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich $4.50 (shared)
  • Jucy Lucy (shared) $4.15
  • French Fries (full order) (shared) $3.00


I must say I was bit disappointed with Matt's Bar. I have heard so much about it that I expected something more. Either I expected it to be a real dive, it was a dive, but not a real one or I expected the jucy lucy to be so amazing that I would fall off my chair.

We ended up ordering a chicken and jucy lucy and splitting them both along with the fries. I am not sure why we have not thought about this before, we usually get a taste of each others, but not a whole 1/2. I am not sure if this will become a practice, but maybe. The chicken was surprisingly good. I expected very little from it, but if I went back, I would order it instead of a jucy lucy. The jucy lucy was just not all it was said to be it is two hamburgers with the cheese on the inside rather than the top. I say big deal. I know, I just don't get it. So I will just leave it at that. Doing some research after we went, we found some people who really do care, so check them out. The fries were good, but not great.

I think if you work in the area or play sports in the area it is a great place to go for a beer and maybe some food, but other than that, I am not sure I get it all the hype.


Mattís Bar is your no-frills type of place. They serve a decent sandwich and fries with cold beer at a reasonable price and voila, they become legendary. The decor is surprisingly bright and non-smoky for what appears to be a dive bar when you first walk in. But then you notice that all of the upholstery on the booths and barstools is in good shape, everything looks well kept, and you wonder if youíre in a parallel universe in south Minneapolis.

I was pleasantly surprised with the Jucy Lucy at Mattís Bar that Renee and I split. Compared to the 5-8 Club, you donít get your choice of cheese and itís not quite the two quarter-pound patties. But that can be overlooked when they arenít trying to be gourmet and they deliver the food hot to the table right away. I thought the Jucy Lucy was a good, basic burger. It was nothing fancy, but I could see craving one a few months down the road.

This isnít fast food, as evidenced by the price of a basic cheeseburger, but they do serve the Jucy Lucy wrapped in waxed paper. The server gently reminded me that the cheese would be very hot, so we ate the French fries first. We split a full order of the fries, which were good, though I would suggest splitting a half order for lesser appetites.

We also split the grilled chicken sandwich that was equally good. With Mattís Bar, you must remember that the wait time can be long at peak times, and itís not always worth the drive or the wait. But when the wait is short, itís good, and definitely worth trying given their celebrity status. As their motto says, "Fear the Cheese!"

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