by Brian Moen, East-Lake.net• August 25, 2008 •
On Saturday night, Tricia and I went to the Common Roots Cafe for dinner to try the newest competetor to the Juicy Lucy universe. The Rootsy Lucy is made with Thousand Hills beefstuffed with 12 month aged cheddar on foccacia with heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and aioli. I’ll have to try it again soon, but I’d have to say this was the best Juicy Lucy I’ve had, both because of the quality of the beef, but also because the cheese didn’t burn my mouth. It was quality cheese and for the most part, it stayed in the burger.
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Common Roots: We make everything on our menu from scratch, and we strive to use as many local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients as possible. Our menu changes constantly, allowing us to make frequent use of local ingredients. In 2007, 80% of our food and beverage purchases were local, organic, or fair-trade! For drinks, I had the newest Surly beer, Surly Hell: a Munich Helles, and a beer that I could easily see becoming a top seller for Surly. It was very easy to drink and a perfect beer for a late summer evening. The beer selection is all local (mainly Surly, but also Brau Bros and Point), and the wine selection is all fair trade or local (yes, we make wine here!). I’d highly recommend stopping in for a Rootsy Lucy before it’s gone!