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Inver Grove Heights, MN

Inver Grove Heights, MN

I need to stop watching Food Network and the Travel Channel! Decided to try one of the spots featured on Food Paradise. The episode was about “burgers”. This particular restaurant was the B52 Burger and Brew in Inver Grove Heights. Unbeknownst to us the menu that was found on the Food Paradise link was an old one and my husband had set his sights on the Bison Burger. Here is how the lunch went:

The restaurant is undergoing some renovations to their patio. The wait staff seemed to all be dressed in their workout clothes. Quite sloppy if you ask me. With that said it was quite dark inside with very few patrons yet it took almost 20 minutes for our food to arrive.  Strike 1. The food arrived luke warm. Normally when you get a burger and fries it is really hot and takes a few minutes to cool down enough to take a nice bite. That wasn’t the case here. Strike 2.

B52 menu

I ordered the Caprese Burger with waffle fries, not being told that the waffle fries were extra. The burger included tomato, basil, mozzarella, and a balsamic reduction sauce. Not impressed. To reiterate it was luke warm and there was no flavor. It didn’t taste like there was anything but a burger and a bun. This for $7.59 plus the $.99 for the fries.

Caprese burger

My husband first asked about the Bison Burger since we didn’t see it on the menu. “Oh, we haven’t had that for a couple of years. The information must need to be updated”.  Strike 3. We probably should have gone at this time, but his next choice was the John Wayne burger and he chose the garlic fries. His arrived in the luke warm condition with the fries drowning in garlic oil and an extra $.99 for the dipping sauce, which he was not told would be extra. The burger came with bacon, cheddar, BBQ sauce and a jumbo onion ring for $7.59.

John Wayne Burger

All in all it was a huge disappointment considering this restaurant was featured on a show called “Food Paradise”. It could loosely be called food but it was certainly no paradise.



Burnsville, MN

Burnsville, MN

About 9 months ago we attempted to have lunch at JL Beers in Burnsville, MN. After 20 minutes of no service we left and went to Lucky 13, also in Burnsville and enjoyed our lunch immensely. Fast forward to a second attempt at lunch at JL Beers. We actually had service, though not the most personable, so here is our take on the food:

JL Beers really only offers burgers, fries and beer. They do have few odds and ends on the menu for those not wanting a burger, but for the most part your choices are limited


I ordered the Totally Slawsome Burger made with coleslaw, bacon and BBQ sauce for $6.79. Decided to add a side of fries with jalapeno cheddar for $3.79. It wasn’t a long wait for either because there were not that many people dining. The burger was a burger, the slaw was actually nice and crunchy and the BBQ sauce came out of a bottle! The fries had NO jalapeno cheddar anywhere near them. They were just your basic salted string fries. I guess the server should have written down the order!


My husband had looked at the menu prior to going so he knew he wanted the Mt. Mushmore burger and loaded fries. $6.79 and $5.49 respectively and a tall glass of lemonade that actually was a cold bottle of lemonade that you poured in a glass yourself! He was not keen on the teriyaki sauce used on the burger that also had sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese nor was he impressed with the loaded fries. The idea of loaded fries is to have a tater tot or jojo size fry loaded down with the goods. Something hefty to take the weight, but, again, it was shoestring fries that got buried.

Mt Mushmore

As a side note the server offered the couple next to us a sample of whatever beer they wanted to try before they ordered. Not us! The table behind us and the couple next to us each got a souvenir postcards to take home. Not us! Take away from this experience is we probably won’t give it another try.