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Burger Tour Update: Houlihan’s Restaurant

Had the Frito Burger at Holihan’s. Good sized burger- don’t usually cut my burgers in half, but this one I did. Also, it came cooked as ordered, with good amount of pink. This does not happen very often. Guacamole was plentiful, pepperjack, pico and chipotle mayo was a great touch. Would skip the few Fritos next time. Good fries.

Houlihans, being a chain, is ineligible for the Burger Tour. FYI.


Burger Tour Update: 112 Eatery, Minneapolis

Had the 112 eatery cheeseburger. Not bad. Brie cheese, onion infused patty, on an english muffin. 112 eatery is what Bar Lurcat was supposed to taste like. Very similar in taste (probably because the chef moved over there), but the fries were exquisite and the smoked spicy almonds and olive appetizers were appreciated. And the spicy sweet pickles accompanying the burger were damn spicy. Thumbs up for this pompous, overpriced, pretentious broom closet in dwntwn.

Not sure why someone downtown wouldn’t just go to Ike’s.

Burger Tour Update: The Anchor Fish & Chips, Minneapolis

The anchor is known for its fish and chips. But the burger is better. Very juicy and flavorful with a light bun. The irish cheddar is unnecessary and the “chips” could be a little crisper. A definite thumbs up for the anchor bar burger.

The Anchor Bar in Superior, WI, is good too.

Business Books

This is a list of business books that will, according to this Kaufman guy, effectively replace the MBA (which he believes in worthless). I’m posting it here so I have it somewhere. I thought some of you might find this edifying as well.

Here’s a selected portion of Kaufman’s 99 best business books by category.


Accounting Made Easy by Mike Piper

Essentials of Accounting by Robert N. Anthony and Leslie K. Breitner

The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course in Finance by Robert A. Cooke

How to Read a Financial Report by John Tracy


How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

Principles of Statistics by M.G. Bulmer


Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies by Nikos Mourkogiannis

Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chain Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Green to Gold by David Esty and Andrew Winston

Seeing What’s Next by Clayton M. Christensen, Erik A. Roth, and Scott D. Anthony


First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter

Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen

Hiring Smart by Pierre Mornell

The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker


All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin

Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got by Jay Abraham


The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun

Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker


Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

The Knack by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

Bankable Business Plan by Edward Rogoff


Tribes by Seth Godin

Total Leadership by Stewart Friedman

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan by Jayme A. Check et al

The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig

Burger Tour Update: St. Paul’s Blue Door Pub

Had the most overrated juicy lucy in the TC at St. Paul’s Blue Door Pub. The Pub is the size of a broom closet. But the fancy panade they used for the patty and the tilamook cheddar cheese they used did absolutely nothing for the burger. Thumbs down to a poor attempt at a product that can only be done right by Matt’s.

Groveland Tap always had the most underrated Jucy Lucy, for those unwilling to put up with the crowds and long wait times at Matt’s, imho.

Burger Tour Update: The Craftsman

A heavenly burger experience to be had at the Craftsman on Lake St. Had the beef burger with harissa, cheddar, and bacon. The beef was premium grass fed and cooked to perfection, mild white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, and a spread of perfectly flavored harissa–not too hot. The accompanying fries were off the chain–perfectly crisp, thin, and no greasy aftertaste. Only drawback is the homemade chili ketchup–too pungent and hot. All in all, the absolute best burger I’ve ever had.

Burger Tour Update: Chatterbox Pub

Checked out Mushroom Bleu Burger at the Chatterbox. Not bad. The caramelized onions and mushrooms in a reduced red wine sauce added extra flavor. Served on a ciabatta style bun. The best part is the roasted red pepper sour cream–excellent.

Burger Tour Updates

Friends who helped research the original Twin Cities Burger Tour have been continuing their quest to find the best burgers in the Twin Cities. I will be shamelessly copying their reviews (featured on Orlando Ochoada’s facebook page) and publishing them here over the coming weeks.