Photo courtesy of Yelp.com

Earlier this year CityPages came out with a blog that named Minnesota the “Most Hipster State in the U.S.” So it seems only logical that when a Minnesotan wants to open up a bar in NYC, he would choose the city’s own hipster Mecca, Williamsburg.

A good friend of mine (and born-and-bred Minnesotan) recently packed up and moved to Williamsburg and in a desperate attempt to get me to make the long trek from Astoria, she lured me with the possibility of a blog post. Oh Jenna, you know how to get me.

Burnside bar on Grand Street (between Union Ave and Lorimer St) is an unassuming, cozy little watering hole. There’s no signage out front so you really have to be a local and in the know, which, fortunately, Jenna is, having been there multiple times since opening.

The bar offers everything a little hipster heart could want, from obscure Midwestern brews like Leinenkugel’s, to beers in a can that your grandfather drank in the 1960s and have all of a sudden become trendy again. But my favorite part of the bar is, yep, you guessed it…the food. There are two items on the menu: a Juicy Lucy and fried cheese curds, and really, what more could you want?

A Juicy Lucy is a burger stuffed with cheese. Yep, an inside-out cheeseburger. The Lucys at Burnside are packed with American cheese and topped with a spicy mayo and tangy, crunchy pickles. Absolutely amazing and certainly inspiration enough to head out to Minnesota.

The cheese curds are gooey balls of fried goodness and a perfect accompaniment. I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to fried cheese curds, so I was in pure bloated bliss, but Jenna, more of a connoisseur, admits to having had better in her home state. Just a little FYI for all you cheese curd fanatics out there.

On a cold November evening I highly recommend high-tailing it out to the ‘Burg for a taste of Minnesota.

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