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Restaurants in Grand Marais [Moved from Minneapolis-St. Paul Board]

My partner and I are spending two days this weekend (6/24-26. 2011) in Grand Marais, MN. We haven't been to Chez Jude before. The reviews I have read on Urban Spoon are mixed. I'd appreciate getting any first-hand info about dining there. I am also curious about the Crooked Spoon, which gets rave reviews. We have eaten before at the Angry Trout and intend to eat there again. I would love to hear from those of you have dined at either place. Thanks!

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    1. We ate at Chez Jude about a year ago. We stopped by both for dinner and tea. I can't remember what we had for dinner, but there tea was a nice mid-afternoon break. Not to mention, normal high tea portions are quite small- Chez Jude's was very generous.

      1. I was in Grand Marais last month. The Crooked Spoon was terrific and Chez Jude was nothing special food-wise or service-wise. I'd try the Angry Trout before returning to Chez Jude, and I'd return to the Crooked Spoon in a heartbeat.

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        1. re: tart1

          We ate at The Crooked Spoon at the end of June and the meal was amazing. Probably the best steak I have ever had (and I'm 57 years old). Service was excellent (admittedly, the restaurant was not busy). Did not expect this level of cuisine in Grand Marais. Our meal (the next night) at The Angry Trout was also good...not on the same level as The Crooked Spoon, but then the two restaurants are VERY different in styles, ambiance, etc.

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          Crooked Spoon Cafe
          17 W Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604

          Angry Trout Cafe
          408 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604

        2. No but I have eaten at Sven and Oles pizzeria and also at a cafe in town which name eludes me.
          You can drive up the Gunflint Trail and eat at Justine's which is a restaurant at the Gunflint Lodge. It is gorgeous there and the walley is great! You may see a moose.

          1. I've eaten at probably every restaurant in and around Grand Marais and from Duluth to the Hovland. Chez Jude is one of my favorites though I like most all of them for various reasons and eating experiences. I put together this photo gallery for an RV Rally I hosted in Grand Marais to give participants an idea about the area and the restaurants. You cannot taste the food but this photo gallery shows the plates.

            http://gallery.me.com/davydd#100159

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            1. re: Davydd

              Wow, really love your gallery. North Shore Foodie Porn!!!! I've added a few new restaurants to my "must visit" list. Everytime I think I've been to every decent restaurant on the north shore, another one pops up! Thanks!