Ever get a burger topped with cold cheese? The meal is ruined.
Enter the Juicy Lucy, a burger where the cheese is encased in the meat itself — essentially a molten core of awesome wrapped in beef. The idea sprang up in Minneapolis, and has been slowly expanding south.
Here are three local places where you can find the greatest invention since cheese was first added to a burger.
Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop
Find it: 597 Market St., West Des Moines
About the Lucy: Wellman’s makes its burgers with a combo of ground beef and ground pork. $10.99.
Trophy’s Sports Bar & Grill
Find it: 2701 Douglas Ave.
About the Lucy: A massive half-pound burger that oozes cheese with each bite. $9.49.
Mickey’s Irish Pub
Find it: 1800 N.W. 86th St., Clive
About the Lucy: Two regular patties are merged into one around your choice of cheese. $8.50. For an even better deal, get a burger basket with fries for $5 on Thursdays.