Brooke visited a favorite college burger joint for this week’s burger blog – The Original Malt Shop in Roseville, Minnesota.
Within my first semester at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, I was introduced to the glorious gem known as The Original Malt Shop (previously Snuffy’s). This old-fashioned restaurant is quite popular among St. Paul campus natives for its malts and burgers! Needless to say, it quickly became a favorite of mine. When some friends from school were in town this week, I knew it was just the place for the burger blog! (And I was really craving a malt…)
The Old School Vibes.
Snuffy’s exudes old-school vibes with its red-and-white-striped wallpaper, red chairs and classic menu. A good burger, fries and malt will never get old.
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Speaking of the menu, The Original Malt Shop has a burger menu that’s got something for everyone. Fourteen burger options and thirty-two malt flavors won’t leave anyone disappointed. I’ve tried my fair share of items on the menu, but I genuinely enjoy a cheeseburger and a Dynamic Duo malt. My friend Lauren happens to share my love of the Dynamic Duo malt: oreo and brownie mixed in strawberry ice cream (pictured on the left). Alexis chose July’s special, the Turtle malt: caramel, nuts and chocolate in vanilla ice cream (pictured on the right).
That’s enough rambling about malts – let’s talk about the beef! I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed by a burger here. Like I said, I’ve visited The Original Malt Shop an embarrassingly large number of times… (College can be stressful, okay?)
For the sake of the burger blog, I decided to try a burger I’ve seen at numerous places but never had the gumption to try – the PB & B burger. The Original Malt Shop’s version came with fries and was composed of a 1/3 pound beef patty, peanut butter and bacon and served on a pretzel bun.
While maybe a tad too sticky with all the peanut butter, I can honestly say I enjoyed the bacon and PB burger combo. The flavors don’t clash but seemed to complement each other relatively well.
Would I order the PB & B burger again? Honestly, probably not, because I’ve got a go-to at The Original Malt Shop already. It’s a cheeseburger on a Hawaiian bun, and you can’t betray your go-to meal at a favorite restaurant. (I’m pretty sure that’s a golden rule or something.)
Alexis chose a bacon cheeseburger with provolone cheese. A perk of The Original Malt Shop – they allow you to choose from six different cheese types and six different bun options to really personalize your burger!
Lauren opted for a cheddar cheeseburger with just ketchup and chose onion rings for a side. I may have stolen one or two, and let me tell ya, these onion rings are good. I don’t know about you, but I think a good onion ring should be crispy and that onion should stay put in the breading when you take a bite.
The Bottom Line.
The Original Malt Shop is fantastic. I may be a tiny bit biased, since it is in close proximity (within five minutes) of my college campus and the prices are relatively friendly to a college budget. But truthfully, the burgers at The Original Malt Shop are classic and delicious. Plus, the malts make a phenomenal dessert to go along with the burgers!
If you’re in the St. Paul/Roseville area, I’d highly recommend checking out The Original Malt Shop. With the Minnesota State Fair fast approaching, this might be just the place to avoid some lines, save a few bucks and grab a quick lunch before making your way into the fair! Just an idea though – I also totally understand that fair food is an amazingly delicious temptation that can only be enjoyed in St. Paul for 12 days every summer.
Anyways, the Original Malt Shop is always here waiting for you to stop in and check it out! Stay tuned for Becky’s burger find next week!
Burgers and blessings,