Duluth/Grand Marais visit in September
Six adults looking to have fun and good food! Nothing high end and stuffy! Casual dress, interested in all types of food! 4 of us from S Florida and 2 from Minneapolis. Any suggestions for great breakfast, lunches that we can't miss and a fun evening place with good eats?
Made the trip, didn't get to many places due to one person making the decisions. However, did make it to the following: Russ Kendalls Smokehouse...if smoked fish is your thing, this is the place to go. Rustic Cafe for pie...I didn't have it but everyone else in the group said the summer berry pie was wonderful, they even put it on their lemon ricotta pancakes the next morning. Coho Cafe...LOVE this little place for lunch. Angry Trout...very authentic with good fish and scenery. The shot of maple syrup on the dessert menu is a hoot! Everyone talked about the Naniboujou Lodge...wish we could have made it there.
We have stayed at Bluefin Bay in Lutsen several times and have really enjoyed it. Great lake views. The restaurants are open to the public and range from fine dining to pub grub. It's real easy to stay in one place and then travel up and down the North Shore. We've never stayed at Naniboujou Lodge but we have had several nice lunches there and have spent hours just sitting along the shore there.
In Duluth Canal Park I do like the Lake Ave Cafe.Its casual as has great food.As you head north out of town you can take the scenic drive along the lake to Two harbors or the 4 lane Hwy .Take the scenic route and have lunch or dinner at either the Scenic cafe or a couple miles north stop at Nokomis restaurant.Both have great food.Scenic is the more casual of the 2.Keep going north and make sure to stop at the historic Russ Kendalls smokehouse.Grab some sugar smoke lake trout for 10 bucks a lb or some salmon for 15.I like the trout better.The salmon spread is great too.
At Two Harbors i dine at the Vanilla Bean cafe,B-fast,lunch,dinner.
From Two Harbors to Grand Marais the Rustic cafe is great.Get some pie to go too.
In Tofte,stop at the Coho cafe for great pastries,coffee,light lunch.
Grand Marais- my favorites are The Angry Trout and The Pie shop.Angry Trout is lunch and dinner only and the Pie Shop covers all the meals..The best pie Ive ever had comes from the pie shop.The Gunflint tavern is great for craft beer on tap,wines,and food that is good,but not great.They usually have some nightly musical artists playing.My sisters place is great for burgers,fries,etc.
Skip Chez Jude as she sold the place a couple yrs ago I heard,so I havent been back because of negative reviews.The Worlds best donuts are average donuts.Cute building,but fair donuts.If you really want the worlds best donuts,you'll have to go to Cleveland to JF Glaze or Presti's.
Ive heard great things of Naniboujou lodge but have never been there myself.If you want to explore the Boundary waters on the Gunflint trail,I always stop at the Trail Center lodge restaurant about 25 miles or so up the trail.Good food,nice bar and deck out back.
The local fish you'll want to have on your trip is either the bluefin herring or Lake trout.