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Duluth MN--New Scenic Cafe?

Hi there,
Can anyone give me an idea of the price range for dinner entrees at the New Scenic Cafe? I'll be on a business trip in Duluth for a couple of days, and I'm trying to decide whether I can justify going here.

Also, if you have any other suggestions for Duluth, I would appreciate them. I'll be there a couple of nights so I need a couple of ideas. My colleague is vegetarian (but eats seafood), so we need someplace vegetarian-friendly.


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  1. It's been a few years since we've been to New scenic Cafe, but at that time our bill was around $70 for two, inc. 1 app, 2 entrees, 1 desert,1 beer and 1 glass of wine. Hope this helps. Can't help you with other suggestions for Duluth, but hopefully others will chime in.

    1. Here you go: http://www.sceniccafe.com/menus/W07_M...

      I love the New Scenic. As you can see from the menu, they have two different price ranges. Sandwiches are in the $8-10 range and entrees in the $16-22 range. Everything I have had there has always been great. I still swoon with the memory of a particular, heavenly coq au vin I had there a couple of years ago.

      For casual fare or even just a good cup of coffee, I really like At Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe http://www.taransmarketplace.com/home.... It is outside of the touristy parts of Duluth and seems like the kind of place a normal Duluth resident might eat on a regular basis. I think they use all organic ingredients. Also, I think they always have veggie items on the menu and daily specials.

      1. Thanks for the help! I'll definitely head to the New Scenic Cafe when I'm in Duluth.

        And thanks for the Sara's Table suggestion, Cassandra. It sounds awesome! I'll probably make that my second dinner.

        1. Dinner at the Scenic two weeks ago-the tuna Nicoise, lamb shank, and two glasses of lower priced wine-$75.00.No app, no desert. We've been fans of the Scenic for years-this time we felt it was way overpriced. $7.50 for a small serving of South African Sauv. Blanc- about three ounces. Food was great, as usual. DH and i agreed that Nokomis( a little farther up the drive) is a better value than the Scenic is now.

          1. Check out www.sceniccafe.com where you'll find a copy of their menu. There are daily specials as well. A super-creative menu using only the freshest ingredients. Servers are attentive and skilled. Chefs are Duluth's best and brightest. Family oriented as well as a nice date-night out. Extensive beer and wine selections. And don't get me started on the desserts! Decadent espresso chocolate ganache cake is to die for.

            1. Hi- for a more casual meal Sir Benedicts has great sandwiches and you can eat outside in a park overlooking the lake. http://www.sirbenedicts.com They also have veggie sandwiches and good soup. Across the street is the malt shop which is not to be missed. I have also had good meals at Bellisio's if you are interested in more formal dining and a good wine list.

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              1. re: betty74

                We ( DH & I)had lunch recently at New Scenic Cafe and it is pricey. we had 2 salads, 2 glasses of one of their "cheaper"wines , the special of the day Butternut Squash stuffed Ravioli and shared a mixed berry tart. It was $86 plus tip. It was beautifully presented and delicious. It's a splurge place. Atmosphere does not fit the prices. It's very casual, actually rustic .Has a wonderful view of Lake superior.

              2. hell's kitchen (mpls) just opened up a hk in duluth. great breakfasts & lunch, veg-friendly.

                1. We went dogsledding just north of Duluth this past weekend. We dined at the Scenic Cafe on Saturday for lunch. The food was just okay. Definitely not worth the price. We had the seared duck breast which was not seared and the pork tenderloin sandwich which was not very good. It was not seasoned at all. Their potato and onion soup was horrible. It consisted of unseasoned water with pieces of hard potato and big pieces of garlic. We went to Betty's Pies further up the road for dessert. We tried their blueberry pie and Northern Crunch pie. Both were very good. We enjoy fruit pies that are not overly swetened with extra sugar or corn syrup. These had a great fruit taste. The crust in not overly sweetened either and was pleasantly crispy.

                  1. Cheeseguy and I went to the New Scenic Cafe on our honeymoon about a yar ago and had a Taleggio fondue that we still drool over. We also went to the Nokomis Cafe and while the food was good, it wasn't as memorable as the NSC. The thing that I do remember about it is the server told us she couldn't give us her impression of any of the food, because the staff didn't taste any of it-- they had to buy it at the same price as the customers, and the prices were more than she could afford. That tidbit left a bad taste in my mouth.

                    We did eat at Fitger's, and had a wonderful meal in their restaurant-- great fish.