Following suggestions from numerous people on this site and from the Minnesota Monthly Burger Kings list, Kim and I headed down to King’s Place in Miesville, MN before a long hike (2+ miles plus creek wading and hill climbing) to check on a geocache of mine in Dakota County’s Miesville Ravine Park.
We arrived before noon and sat at the end of the bar so that I could get shots of the grill and rest of the restaurant. While I was writing about the menu I was asked by an older gentleman behind the bar if I was planning on opening a restaurant. Everyone on staff was busy prepping food or making drinks. I did see someone quickly scarfing down a meal and heading straight back to work.
I took forever looking over the menu. It’s honestly really difficult to pick a single burger from among what seems like a never ending list of tasty sounding murder patties. After asking the waitress what she liked best, I agreed with her and went with the Bases Loaded which is described as bacon, cheddar, swiss and pepper cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, and salsa for $5.00. The Bases Loaded is one of their most expensive burgers which range in price from $2.75 to $5.00 for the original size but you can make them 1/2 lb for $2.50 more. Kim almost immediately decided on their Knight burger which is topped with bacon, cheese, mushrooms, onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo for $4.35. The house specialty is the King Burger which is proudly displayed as being priced at less than $6 even if you get a side of fries. If you’re not a tasty murder type, they have a variety of other items available including chicken dishes between $6 and and $6.75, a variety of standard sandwiches priced from $5 to $6.25, salads in the $7 range, and some pizza for less than $7. An excellent bar food menu that’s extremely reasonably priced. In addition to the burgers we also ordered some sides. Kim went with their seasoned fries and sour cream for $2.95 and I chose the battered green beans served with ranch for $5.75 after Kim suggested them to me knowing I’d probably like them more than she ever would.
I ordered a Hamm’s (which I had never tried before) and sat at the bar taking photos and watching them grill burgers with heavy iron keeping them on the grill, much like Junior’s Grill, while toasting the buns as the fryer did its thing. Our order was up in less than 10 minutes and arrived at the bar quite simply with the towering burgers speared with a toothpick to keep them together and were set alongside baskets of our fried choices. My “Bases Loaded” was fucking excellent. The jalapenjos were spicy and the rest of the burger near perfect. While they didn’t ask how I wanted it done it was just under medium and just a bit above what I’d consider medium-rare. While not how I’d normally like my burger done, it was so messy with the salsa and sour cream that it ended up fine for me today. Kim’s Knight burger was also tasty but I thought mine was far better. She didn’t bother to taste mine so she can’t say but when I asked how it compared to Bucky’s Diner, House of Coates, and Juniors she said she wasn’t sure about Bucky’s but it was much better than House of Coates (I completely agree), and if it was just a bit bigger (perhaps if she upgraded to the 1/2 lb?) it would have been better than Junior’s too. She did say that it was well worth the trip and one she’d be more than willing to make again. I am in full agreement! I have a feeling we’re going to drag Josh out here on one of those chilly fall days for some beer and burgers.
The sides were good with my battered green beans and ranch taking the top place of any fried side I’ve ever had, including my favorite fried green tomatoes at the State Fair! Kim’s waffle fries with seasoned sour cream was good (the seasoning was great even with the green beans) but it was no match for the green beans. While I was eating them, one of the guys behind the bar asked what I thought and I said they were great. He said that when they first came up he wasn’t quite sure how he would like them but he seemed to agree that they were pretty fucking tasty. While my first words were “green beans” (honest truth), Kim is not normally a fan but these she was happy to scarf up!
When King’s Place was rated one of the best burgers in the state, they weren’t kidding. Overall, King’s Place comes highly recommended from both Kim and I (as well as plenty of others on the site) and I can promise you that we will be back, braving the longish drive, for more. It’s good enough that I suggest that you go out of your way to get down there and try them. Even though we have eaten burgers elsewhere, this place has it all: a wide ranging menu including 30+ burgers, a full bar, and a staff of friendly people who make you feel right at home even though you are clearly not from anywhere near Miesville. Yum!
14460 240th St E
Hastings, MN 55033
Tues – Thurs, and Sunday: 11 AM – 10 PM
Fri – Sat: 11 AM – 11 PM
See all the photos from King’s Place on Flickr here.