My podcast co-host Mike and I have decided to embark on a Burger Tour of the Twin Cities in a quest to find the best burger in the area. Expect reviews and rankings during our journey. Our first submission is below.
The first stop of the tour was a relatively new burger joint called Buster’s on 28th.
Located in South Minneapolis near the Hiawatha line, Buster’s is a cozy yet spacious (seating-wise) neighborhood bar. They’ve got corner TVs, a laid-back atmosphere and, at least in our experience, a cool, friendly wait staff.
But really, this is all that matters: Buster’s has the best beer list in the Twin Cities.
Yep, I just went there: the best beer list. They’ve got a couple dozen microbrews on tap, including the full Surly lineup, Fulton’s, Bell’s, Magic Hat, Cain & Abel, Double Crooked Tree and many more.Not to mention the almost 100 bottled beers from all over the world. It is truly a beer snob’s heaven. Further hurrahs: you can get a flight of samples.
While the beer selection was far and away its best attribute, Buster’s is also renowned for their burger. It’s a straight-up classic offering; no funky toppings or quirky ingredients. The patty is thick and nicely charred, and though we both enjoyed our burgers, we were turned off mainly by the fact that diced onions were cooked into the patties. As you can guess, those onions: not subtle. Onion haters should steer clear of Buster’s.
Another minor criticism was with the bun, which was a bit too big in relation to the already substantial patty. Furthermore, the place rations their ketchup, serving it to you in a tiny cup rather than giving you the whole bottle. NO. We are fervent ration-haters and dock points off any restaurant that trades in such a dastardly strategy.
Thankfully, our generous day buzz and decent burger helped ease the sting of said rationing. We had a grand time at Buster’s and will surely be making a return visit.
Venue: A // Burger: B