This dream come true I'm referring to is Brunson's Pub, located in the Railroad Island neighborhood of St. Paul on Payne Ave. A beautiful old school brownstone that has been refurbished was formerly known as Schwietz's Saloon and a staple in the community for many years. Thomas and his wife wanted to bring another staple back to the neighborhood and I think they nailed it with Brunson's.
I happen to be great friends with Thomas' cousin, Erik, who had been bugging me to check Brunson's out and I sure am glad I finally made it. It's not a very large menu (actually the perfect size), which will change with the season and created by their culinary mastermind, Chef Beavers. It's the burgers on the menu that I want to talk about and it's the burgers that will keep you going back for more and more.
My wife went for their Classic Double, 2 CAB patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, fancy sauce on a milk bun. Sounds like a typical burger you can find anywhere, right!? On the contrary! This perfectly prepared burger, was just that - perfection! Perfectly seasoned, perfectly prepared, morsels of meat falling off and a perfectly grilled bun. I want another one now, just sitting here writing about it!
The burger I decided to go with was just as insanely amazing and perfect! The Schwietz Burger, 1 beef patty, 1 sausage patty, Swiss cheese, onion, kraut, ale mustard on a pretzel bun. I asked for the kraut to be on the side and added just enough for flavor and again, just a perfectly made and prepared burger. I hate kraut and I devoured my burger. Wait, you didn't think I was going to forget about the meat combo, did you? That's right, 1 beef patty and 1 sausage patty were used in the creation of the Schwietz and if you don't get this burger, you're simply missing out!
One of the best things that I love about places like Brunson's, is when a chef knows how to use their creativity and create things in house that you can't buy from a store. Their ketchup and sauces are exactly that - custom creations that others just can't complete with and man was that ketchup good.
We can't forget about our little guy. He wanted Mac n' Cheese and this was no box made Mac found almost EVERYWHERE. No, this was house made Mac that this dad was enjoying just as much as his little buddy was, if not a little more. Our little buddy wanted to eat more of mommy's burger because of how delish it was.
I've had so many burgers from all over Minnesota and this was easily my new favorite place to get two of the most amazing burgers. If you want see how they ranked in my Top 10 T.C. Burgers, head over to - I'm A Meateater! (Best T.C. Burgers). Can't wait to go back to enjoy some more delicious food, made by one very talented chef and his team! George Lucas would love this place!
956 Payne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55130