Burgers are at the heart of America, and nearly every neighborhood seems to have its favorite burger joint… sometimes the smaller the better.

The Nook, located near the corner of Hamline and Randolph bordering St. Paul's Highland Park and Macalaster Groveland neighborhoods, is one such neighborhood hole-in-the-wall. Known for its burgers and fries it also has its own version of the Jucy Lucy, the Juicy Nookie… which Barbra Streisand claimed to be the best Juicy Lucy she ever had.


Although The Nook has been there since 1938, it wasn't until after lifelong friends Ted Casper and Mike Runyon bought it in 2000 that it has been earning numerous awards, as you can see from the memorabilia lining its walls. 

Nook-menu1 We don't live in the neighborhood, but have tried stopping a number of times only to decide to come back later because of the long wait. We finally scored a table a few weeks ago on a beautiful fall afternoon and were not disappointed. I am a purist at heart and although their menu is filled with creative choices I ordered a classic California burger and fries… deliciously satisfying!

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - EmailSt. Paul Highland Park and Mac Groveland Realtor


About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

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Real Estate Hanoi

Having the best burger means that it is one of the best place to hang out with your friends and family.


I just love burgers and fries. I consider this combination my daily vitamins. Thanks for sharing your experience. By the way, I found an iPad application for food lovers like us. It’s really fun to have this. Till next time. Enjoy the food!