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Pat's Tap

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REVIEW

Charlie Schwandt knows his way around a hamburger.

The chef at Pat's Tap, the latest leading light in restaurateur Kim Bartmann's ever-expanding constellation of hipster establishments, makes them the anchor of his beer-centric menu, and it would be understandable to never sway away from them. So here's my advice: Visit, often, get the burgers out of your system -- that may take a while, they're that good -- and then move on to other (and frequently delicious) corners of his menu.

But first, those burgers. Schwandt isn't satisfied with the status quo. Instead, he formulates a thick 50/50 grind of bacon and ground beef, drops it on the grill and then coaxes out a ridiculously juicy finish. If the results didn't lead to a Lipitor-sponsored intervention, I'd happily make it a daily habit.

Or he blankets an expertly seasoned all-beef version with a thick, salty slab of frozen Cheddar and lets the grill give it a gorgeous caramelized sheen; Bartmann proudly, yet jokingly, refers to it as an "umami bomb," but the description fits. Most turkey burgers taste like the bland, heart-healthier second-best substitutes that they usually are, but not here; Schwandt treats his like a carefully constructed meatloaf. Even the meatless version, a robust blend of black beans and beets, is superb.

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Pat's Tap
3510 Nicollet Av. S
Minneapolis, MN
612-822-8216

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