Eating in Duluth [Moved from Minneapolis-St. Paul Board]
I am spending the weekend in Duluth, MN and I am very un-familar with the dining scene there. I am looking for a couple different places since we will be there 2 nights. Looking for maybe a nicer restaurant and some more causual ones, but the food must be good.
This will probably get moved to the general Midwest board in with Detroit and Cleveland, but: you can not go wrong with Nokomis, about 14 miles up the shore towards Canada. Great combination of ingredients and a view of the Lake. Try the brunch menu on Sunday at Pizza Luce' very flavorful and some different things. The Duluth Grill takes good honest food and adds local and organic spin basic items prepared well including breakfast all day.
Also mentioned by others: at Sara's table, Belisio's, The New Scenic Cafe, Fitger's Brew Pub, Lake Avenue Cafe, or for a sandwich to go definitely try the Northern Waters Smokehouse.
If it clears up as it is supposed to, the reviling restaurant at the Radisson can be worth the view for dessert or a drink- skip the food - a nice bird's eye view of the zenith city of the unsalted sea
If you enjoy smoked fish, I cannot recommend Northern Waters Smokehaus highly enough. Bring a cooler...you'll want to haul some home.
I never even really try to delve into "dining" in Duluth (heck, we usually picnic with smoked fish!), but I've always been pretty happy with Fitger's Brew Pub. It's noisy and can be rather crowded, but the wild-rice burger is quite delicious, and the beers can be surprising. If you're bringing a cooler for that smoked fish, get a couple of growlers from Fitger's to go with.
Northern Waters Smokehaus
394 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802