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The Bonzai Burger includes pepperjack cheese, Jalapenos and a side of habanero mustard. Consider it armed and dangerous.

Week No. 9 • The Busted Nut

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Consider yourself lucky you didn't drop by my office Thursday afternoon: I would have burned your eyebrows off with my breath.

This capability was no doubt induced by the fact that I ate the Bonzai Burger at The Busted Nut for lunch. I was nuts for doing so.

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OK. It wasn't really that hot, but if you consider black pepper to be spicy, don't go near this blend of pepperjack cheese, Jalapenos and habanero mustard.

I got mine with waffle fries for $8.75.

There were a couple other fun burger options on the menu, including the Black and Bleu Burger. It has black olives and bleu cheese on it. It's $7.50 with kettle chips.

The Rialto includes BBQ sauce, swiss cheese and an onion ring. It is $7.99.

Don't miss

The third Thursday of the month is Ladies Night Out at The Busted Nut. The next one is Oct. 16.

There is a wine-tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There are $5 martinis, and $5 manicures or massages are available from Lilypad Day Spa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. And Brie's Unique Boutique has a styleshow at 7 p.m.

If live music is your thing, The Busted Nut has live music most Saturday nights.

Don't like burgers?

The Busted Nut has a couple intriguing October specials. They have pan fried sunfish, served with veggies and hashbrowns for $11.99.

German rope sausage and sauerkraut is sauteed in Schell's Oktoberfest beer and served with potato salad for $9.99.

On Tuesdays, chili dogs are on special for $3.

There are $1.75 tacos on Wednesdays, 50 cent wings on Thursdays and an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays for $9.95.

Ribs are on special on Saturdays. A half-rack, fries and coleslaw are $13.99.

The Busted Nut

The Busted Nut opened in 2004.

Tatia Mills and Phil Nelson are the owners.

Please keep in mind they are closed Mondays.

As the name would imply, peanuts are a big theme at the restaurant. Patrons are given a basket, and you can just throw the shells on the floor.

"We wanted to do something unique," Nelson said. "We had been to a couple different peanut bars when we were on vacation. Everyone had popcorn, or chips and salsa. We just decided to do peanuts."

What Christina says

Regina Medical Center dietician Christina Gapp looked over The Busted Nut's menu and had this to say about healthful options there:

"Hello. It's lunch break at work and time is money. You are thinking about eating close by. Have you seen the menu at The Busted Nut? They open at 11 a.m. You can download a printable menu at http://thebustednut.com/

If you find yourself in search of a traditional sandwich for lunch, the following tips will help you build a better sandwich:

• Order sandwiches made on whole-wheat bread or in a wrap;

• Ask for less meat (two to four ounces should be plenty, depending on your individual calorie needs);

• Ask for vegetable toppings like lettuce and skip the starchy side;

• Try the grilled vegetable sandwich...ask for mayo on the side;

• Consider the 1/2 sandwich with a salad option, with dressing on the side; and

• Soup or chili in a mug served with salad is a great alternative when you can't decide on a sandwich.

"Usually, I stay away from the burger topic on purpose, but a traditional sandwich for some is actually a burger. All burgers at the Busted Nut are from 100% sirloin. That means the beef is lean. Actual serving size recommended is 1/4 pound, though. Most burgers likely provide double the protein and fat recommended. With that in mind, consider a vegetarian choice (beans, grain, fruit and veggies) at dinner that evening."

As always, if you have ideas, comments or suggestions about this piece, please let me know. My phone number is 651-437-6153 and my e-mail address is crichardson@hastings stargazette.com.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
(651) 319-4500
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