Famous ooey-gooey cheese-filled burger part of Dayton restaurant’s overhauled menu

A downtown restaurant has added Minneapolis’ second biggest contribution to American culture — behind Prince —to its new menu.

416 Diner owner Guy Fragmin says the ooey-gooey Juicy Lucy was the first menu item new chef Tristen Fultz suggested for the menu.

“(The burger) is stuffed with Gouda and topped with Gouda,” Fragmin said. “We are using the Gouda to spice (things) up a little bit.”

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Served on a toasted bun, the $11 burger is topped with diced red onions, lettuce and tomato.

Like the late singer Prince, the Juicy Lucy was born in Minneapolis.

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Credit: 416 Diner

Credit: 416 Diner


Exactly where and when the burger was invented is among the nation’s most contentious food fights.

Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club in South Minneapolis both claim to have invented the sandwich.

416 Diner, 416 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, is one of a few places to serve up a Juicy Lucy in the Dayton area.

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Cheese oozes out out of the burger when it is cut (or when you take a bite).

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Credit: 416 Diner

Credit: 416 Diner

The sandwich is one of a half dozen new menu items at the restaurant, which opened about two years ago at the former site of 5th Street Wine and Deli.

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416 Diner's take on the Patty Melt, a customer favorite, is now on the regular menu for $10. It had been served as a special previously.

Also new is the Bacon C.C.R. ($10), a hoagie described as bacon and marinated chicken with Swiss and cheddar cheese; a candied bacon salad with seasonal fruit; The Landwich, chicken, bacon and pepperoni topped with feta, ranch, lettuce, tomato and red onion and The Full Monte.

“It is amazing. It is like lunch and dessert wrapped in one,” Fragmin said of The Full Monte, the 416 Diner’s take on the Monte Cristo sandwich.

“Sliced ham and turkey with Swiss between French toast with brown sugar cream and our house made jam.”

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What: 416 Diner

Address: 416 E. Fifth St. in Dayton's Oregon District

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Saturday and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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