94: Burgers from Peppers and Fries

Burgers that wouldn't embarrass your dad (no grape jelly)

Burgers that wouldn't embarrass your dad (no grape jelly)

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2016, coming April 20, we're serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Here are the best dishes, drinks, snacks, and sweet treats we encountered over the last year.

Like any good American sandwich, the patrician burger has been subjected to all manner of abuses. Slathered in grape jelly, oreo cookie crumbs, ghost peppers, and worse. We tend to forget what a burger is all about.

A burger is a straightforward thing to take down with a beer and a shot of brown liquor, made with premium meat, cooked to a temperature no higher than medium, and preferably served with a straightforward fry. Is that too much to ask? Not at Peppers and Fries, where an unpretentious neighborhood bar serves excellent but straightforward burgers and burritos. (The owner is heir to famous west side institution Boca Chica, which means killer salsa, too.)

Like any good burger joint, they've got a respectable list of options, but they mostly stay within the realm of decorum: mushroom & Swiss, bacon & blue, and other selections that wouldn't embarrass your dad. But we like it the way a good burger ought to be: American, lettuce, onion, tomato, and a side of mayo. Hold the ketchup. See? They know what they're doing. 

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