I love bleu cheese. Adore it. Worship it. I’ll put it on anything. Eat it right out of the package. I’ve put it on salads, pizzas, and melted it in omelets, put it on burgers and in burgers. I’ve even made Ju(i)cy Lucys out of them at home. Heck, I even made two beautiful 1/2 pound Ju(i)cy Lucys stuffed with bleu cheese the night before my second visit to a tiny little restaurant which prides itself in its bleu cheese stuffed burgers.
I’ve been to The Blue Door Pub once before for lunch. After all the rave reviews the place has received all over town, I was extremely disappointed on that visit to receive a tasteless burger with even more tasteless bleu cheese and very little of the expected oozing cheese of a Ju(i)cy Lucy. Figuring it was a lunchtime fluke and being that I was there by myself and had nothing else to base a review on I waited until someone else could come with me to give me another burger to try and round out the experience.
After my very recent visit to The Nook I was talking to Ben of We Got Served (and Fed) and he mentioned that he much prefers the burgers at BDP to those at The Nook. Figuring that this would be a great opportunity to give it another chance, The Wife and I loaded up The Rooster and headed back to St. Paul to try The Blue Door Pub again.
We arrived just after 5 PM on a Saturday night and only had a 5 minute wait. We were seated at a large booth and our drink orders were promptly taken. Eventually our server returned and we placed orders for The Blucy, described as, “Our flagship burger! We stuff bleu cheese and finely chopped garlic into a half-pound of Angus beef,” for $6.50. The Wife ordered The Frenchy listed as, “Think French Dip – Swiss cheese and caramelized onions on the inside, even more cheese on top, and served with a side of au jus.” for $7.00. The Blue Door Pub offers tater tots or fries for $2 more or $3 for beer battered green beans. The Wife went with fries, ordered tots for The Rooster’s meal, and I grabbed the green beans.
Shortly thereafter our orders arrived without the same fanfare the Nookie Supremes did. In fact, the burgers looked anemic and sad. The bun was dry and boring. The fries and tots looked frozen even though they weren’t. The only shining spot at this point were the fried green beans which were bright and lightly breaded.
I tore into a green bean after taking some pretty awful photos. The vegetable itself was crispy while the breading was minimal but provided just enough to remind you that you weren’t eating something overly healthy. The ranch which accompanied it was nothing special but overall I really liked the beans.
The Wife’s Frenchy was good. The cheeses were nice, the onions weren’t overly apparent but probably added something, and the aus jus could have been better but overall the burger was a fairly tasty one and one we’d both order again. Her fries were good, not as good as The Nook’s but edible. The Rooster’s tots, adored by Ben, were nothing special at all. In fact, Cub’s knock-off frozen tater tots would have been about the same here.
While The Wife’s burger was decent, my burger was an absolute and utter disaster. The bun, as I mentioned above was boring. While I don’t normally pay a lot of attention to buns, in this case there was little else to talk about so I had to come up with something. The burger came with some plain old pickle rounds on the bottom which were the only positive point of the burger. The meat itself was tasteless and overcooked (as is required by the Ju(i)cy Lucy) and I really believed I could get a much better slab of meat anywhere in town–even from the day-old meat bin at the grocery store. The crown jewel of the Ju(i)cy Lucy experience is the cheese-filled center. Unfortunately The Blue Door Pub failed on both fronts here:
- 1. The cheese was absolutely non-existent. When I bit in I didn’t taste anything. I looked, looked some more and bit in again. Nothing. I peeled the patties apart and noticed a very thin layer of what appeared to be melted cheese. If there was bleu cheese in there at one point it either leaked out on the grill or evaporated.
2. The flavor of what was there was just as boring and pedestrian as my first visit. Listen. If you want to pride yourself on bleu cheese stuffed burgers, you better have bleu cheese in there and it better taste outstanding. None of this, “one step above mozzarella,” cheese. It better be sharp, aggressive and tasty. Unfortunately The Blue Door Pub fails to meet those requirements by a mile.
What I had at The Blue Door Pub was a plain and overcooked hamburger with a pickle on the bottom. It was even more disappointing that my first visit and this visit solidifies my beliefs that (1) The Blue Door Pub is only popular because it’s small and people for some reason think that a line out the door means it’s good and (2) people wouldn’t know good bleu cheese if it slapped them in the face.
While The Wife’s burger was good and the green beans were tasty, I have absolutely no desire to return to The Blue Door Pub when I could get their supposed signature burger at McDonald’s for far less money. Seriously, close up shop right nor or reevaluate your priorities. You’re doing a really poor job and it seems it’s only getting poorer.
Have you been to the BDP? If so what did you think? What do you order when you go there? If you actually like it, do you know what good bleu cheese tastes like? Have you noticed your bleu cheese center to be missing as mine was? Whatever you have to say about The Blue Door Pub in St. Paul go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Blue Door Pub
1811 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
Monday to Sunday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
See all the pictures from The Blue Door Pub on Flickr here.