Saint Paul, Minnesota
August 15, 2005
On Snelling Avenue, in a sort of no-man's land between University and Grand, lies a little place called the Malt Shop. As you can tell just from the name, the Malt Shop is a no-frills, '50s-style burger place.
The decor at this restaurant is just what you'd expect: wood paneling, red vinyl booths, a formica counter, and a jukebox. The waitstaff is what you'd expect too: knowledgeable, but don't try to waste their time!
The hamburgers at the Malt Shop are big and filling, and you get a huge portion of french fries with your order. There are a choice of typical burger toppings, from a couple of types of cheese to ketchup, pickles, and onions. You also have a choice of burger sizes, ranging from 1/4 pound to a half pound monster.
If you're looking for a tasty Minnesota treat, this is one of the only places you can get fried cheese curds outside of the state fair. The Malt Shop does offer healthier options, too, like salads, soups, and grilled chicken sandwiches.
The only disappointing thing about the Malt Shop is... well, the malts. Sure, they are yummy, and you do have a variety of about 30 flavors to sip on. But, if you want to mix two flavors, it gets more expensive, and you don't get much more than a glass full of goodness. If you want a less expensive, larger, equally yummy malt or shake, head to one of the Snuffy's locations.
From journal Eating up the Twin Cities