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Favorite restaurants to suggest for our leaf-peeping tour along the St. Croix and Missippi?

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Heading to/from Lacrosse next weekend (from Mpls) for a fall roadtrip. Would love suggestions on favorite restaurants (both lunch and dinner) as many of the posts here are outdated. Other favorite stops (shops, sites, etc) also appreciated!

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  1. Last summer my husband and I ate lunch at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin, WI a few times and loved it. I can't recall a whole lot of detail, just that I had a chicken dish with preserved lemons and olives that was swoontastic. The service was out of this world, too, in a casual sort of way.

    1. +1 Harbor View Cafe. They don't open until 5 pm. No reservations. You have to get in line. Best to get there about an hour before. It's always busy.

      I just read about a vineyard there that looked interesting and beautiful. I don't remember the name. I tore something out of Mpls/St. Paul magazine. I'll look for more specific information tomorrow or you can google it, if interested.

      Stockholm is a lovely place to explore with some nice cafes.

      1. doobee is spreading some misinformation. they have lunch hours and are open midays on sunday

        http://www.harborviewpepin.com/#!hours

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        1. re: zfwp

          Sorry. You're right. I haven't been there for a couple of years.

          If you are going for dinner though, it's wise to get in line about an hour earlier. They have a lot of benches and lawn chairs.

          Here is a link to the Villa Bellezza vineyard I said I would find:

          http://www.villabellezza.com/