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Let's settle this: Who makes the best Juicy Lucy in Minnesota?

Plenty of Minnesota burger joints make Juicy Lucys that have their own devotees. Now 20 nominees want your vote for the title of best in the state.

As far as we know there's only one iconic Minnesota food that normally comes with a warning about not getting scalded by molten cheese.

Of course we're speaking of the Juicy Lucy, the cheeseburger that carries its cheese inside the burger.

Debating where to find Minnesota's best Lucy is a time-honored tradition that certainly won't stop just because of a new poll. Nonetheless, USA Today's 10Best is giving readers a chance to vote for their favorite Juicy Lucy.

Actually, 10Best has taken the liberty of narrowing the choices down to 20 nominees. You can cast a vote here once per day until the balloting stops at 11 a.m. on April 10.

A Minnesota original

10Best, which organized the competition along with Sandwich America and the Food Channel, notes that two Minneapolis spots – the 5-8 Club and Matt's Bar – each claim to have invented the Juicy Lucy.

But the popularity of this burger spread quickly and now many places have their own fans who think their preferred place makes the best ones.

You can see how the voting is shaping up on the leaderboard. Here's the list of nominees in the order of the standings on Wednesday evening:

  1. Casper & Runyon's Nook – St. Paul
  2. Matt's Bar – Minneapolis
  3. Peppers and Fries – Minneapolis
  4. Crooked Pint Ale House – multiple locations
  5. The Breeze Inn – Duluth
  6. Jersey's Bar and Grill – Inver Grove Heights
  7. B-52 Burgers and Brew – Inver Grove Heights
  8. Groveland Tap – St. Paul
  9. Blue Door Pub – St. Paul
  10. Uncle Franky's – Minneapolis
  11. 5-8 Club – Minneapolis
  12. Hell's Kitchen – Minneapolis
  13. Buffalo Tap – Savage
  14. Bennett's Chop and Railhouse – St. Paul
  15. Burger Moe's – St. Paul
  16. Newt's – Rochester
  17. The Cardinal Restaurant and Bar – Minneapolis
  18. Grumpy's Bar and Grill – Minneapolis
  19. Ray J's American Grill – Minneapolis
  20. Cadillac Ranch – Bloomington

As you can see, the nominees are dominated by Twin Cities establishments. But the inclusion of Duluth's Breeze Inn and Newt's in Rochester keeps it from being a metro-only competition.

10Best chose an iconic sandwich for every state and is in the middle of having readers vote on the best of each.

Their most recent batch of winners includes the best salmon sandwich in Washington state and the best reindeer sandwich in Alaska.

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