Duluth Grill: Something for everyone - and it's all good
Fresh and local in a convenient diner-type (three meals a day) restaurant - with attractive prices and a helpful staff! What's not to like at the Duluth Grill, which makes a point of local sourcing of ingredients and food made fresh, from scratch, on-site. The large menu features old favorites and new trends, with selections that range from tofu vegetarian salads to delicious cuts of locally farmed meats. Breakfast is a big deal here, as well; it is served all day, and is really really good. The Duluth Grill has become a favorite for me when I'm passing through, because it is "easy on, easy off" I-35.
Bellisio's: Good Italian food for Duluth
This restaurant is rather "fancy" by Duluth standards, but not excessively so. You'll find great, more authentic Italian dishes here, albeit at a higher price. Their gnocchi is great, as is there rigatoni balsamico. I also like the foccacia bread before meals :)
It is certainly expensive compared to other local eats, especially if you order one of the meat-centerd dishes (rather than the plain old pastas) and wine, but for visitors from larger cities, it won't be much. Definitely recommended for finer dining.
Amazing Grace Cafè: Excessively "progressive", but good sandwiches
This is a pretty cool place located in the basement of the DeWitt-Seitz building, one of the centers of Canal Park tourist activity. It definitely attracts Duluth's more liberal crowd, and some aspects of the atmosphere seem to reflect it, but it is a nice place to stop by and get a good coffee and sandwich.
Favorite Dish: The three-pepper hummus sandwiches are great. Get it like I do on three-cheese bread plus the cheese slice of your choice. About $6.20 but good.
Amazing Grace: Coffee Shop
Amazing Grace is a great hang out that serves the best peanut butter cookies in Duluth, not to mention a mean sandwich. The atmosphere is relaxed and you are able to get a feel for the ‘real Duluth’.
Favorite Dish: Turkey sandwhich with sprouts and a peanut butter cookie
Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe: Bohemian and Proud of It
Amazing Grace is the place to go to drink coffee, eat a good sandwich, read a book or join someone in a game of chess or scrabble. This coffee house is just below street level so you can see people's knees as they walk by. The atmosphere is bohemian and ecclectic, but clean and friendly. Wireless internet access is available for those with the capability. Musicians often play there in the evenings and the rafters are filled with 8x10 glossies of the various groups and individuals who have passed through. In warmer months, you can take your coffee outside to their patio area which has a nice view of the aerial lift bridge and the lake.
Favorite Dish: The sandwiches are wonderful and plentiful. Only get a full sandwich if you are really hungry, you're sharing, or you want to save some for later. I generally have to squish my sandwich down to get it into my mouth, and I've got a big mouth.
Go in early to get fresh baked muffins and scones. They have 'em all day, but they're better fresh. Most days they open at 7am. If you see me there, pull up a chair and challenge me to a game of chess. If you beat me, I'll buy your next coffee.
Grandma's Saloon & Grill: Don't Miss This!
The food was fabulous. There were so many things on the walls to look at and several TVs (each with different show on) that you could watch while you waited for your food.
Favorite Dish: I don't recall the name of the dish I had, but it was like a pizza that was folded in half. It was tasty! I've found myself craving that again ever since.
The Green Mill
The original Green Mill is actually the oldest licensed pub in St Paul, MN, established in the 1930s. In 1975 the restaurant developed their deep dish pizza, and it quickly gained regional fame. Just a few years later they expanded to their second location in Minneapolis. Since 1990 the restaurant has been franchising operations, and they have now expanded to over 30 locations.
We stopped in the Green Mill along Duluth's waterfront area after spending 30 minutes wandering around and watching a ship arrive in port. Wat sat at the bar so we could watch the baseball playoffs on one of their several small, visible, yet unobtrusive TVs in the corners. A quick scan of the menu, and I was almost settled on getting their famous pizza, but dad saw the pan fried walleye, and that sounded just too good to pass up. Both of us ordered this great Great Lakes seafood dish which ran about $18 each. This fish is lightly battered and and served with garlic fried potatoes, and grilled vegetables. A very good meal.
Service at the bar was OK, nothing special.
Uncle Loui's: A True Diner
Uncle Louie’s is a great breakfast dive that you see in the movies. The French toast is a must. Join the locals and ditch the ritzy, over priced Black Bear breakfast buffet and get a seat at Louie’s. The weekends this place is packed. Credit cards are not excepted.
Favorite Dish: Omelet, hash browns and french toast (it is dipped in pancake batter)
Anchor Bar and Grill: Best Burger!
Very busy bar that serves food. You will eat elbow to elbow with local workers/tourists/lunch crowd/lounge lizards. You will not have enough time to look at everything on the walls and ceilings before your lunch arrives. The building is nothing to look at. Just an old bar building in the docks area of Superior. Worth a trip. We waited about 20 minutes for our food but the place was full at 11:45 AM on a Thursday. Don't go unless you are hungry.
Favorite Dish: All the burgers are unique. The four of us all had a great burger/fries. Towels on the table are there for a purpose, because you can't eat the burger without slobbering. Yes they are that juicy!
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Italian Village: As Authentic as you will get in Duluth
The Italian Village is the place to go for curred Italian meats, cheeses and pasta. Lunch is served, dinner is not. Menu consits of sandwiches and a few pasta dishes. Just a great place to eat, the atmosphere is fun and local.
Favorite Dish: Sandwhich and the many, many meats
Amazing Grace Cafe: Look at the patio and KEEP WALKING!
We went on a "busy" Sunday morning, so waiting a while for food would not have been a big deal. However, our waitress was not in a rush, took a cigarette break BEFORE taking our order, and did not seem at all interested in the fact that people were getting up and leaving the patio. I had to go inside to get a refill on coffee & also to track down some cream, as she was unable to remember that part of the order. After our food arrived (which was good, not worth the wait, but tasty), we were on our own for the remainder of the meal. I had to go inside & ask the manager for our bill. He "apologized" for everything taking so long & reinforced the "we were slammed in here today" mindset, but COME ON! By this time, the place was not busy & it was completely unnecessary to have for guests to have to find their server. Total time for breakfast = almost 2 hours. Give me a break! Don't be fooled by the patio tables... the hippie mindset is in full force here. I suspect the only reason this place is still in business is due to it's location & fresh (unsuspecting) tourists that it lures in.
Grandma's Sports Garden Bar and Grill: Grandma's great food
The portions are large and filling. Family friendly atmosphere for all ages. There is room for large parties that include TVs and Games.
Favorite Dish: The Herb Crusted Chicken Salad. The salad has a thin pizza crust as the bowl for the salad it made my top salad that i have ever had. Every time i go back i get that salad.
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Taste of Saigon: don't go there looking for vietnamese food
My man and I were visiting Duluth last week for family Christmas celebrations, and we were so excited to try the Taste of Saigon restaurant as we really love Vietnamese food.
We were pretty disappointed to see no items on the menu that were actually Vietnamese in origin or even inspiration. They only seem to offer Chinese food. We asked the waiter if they at least had pho or vermicelli bowls (the most basic dishes, found ANYWHERE that claims to serve Vietnamese food) and he said, no, they didn't have any authentic dishes. So why the big signs that read "Vietnamese food" on the window? False adverstising, plain and simple. The Chinese food is fine, but don't be fooled, this is not a Vietnamese restaurant.
Jade Fountain: Jade Fountain
The Jade Fountain is one of Duluth's many Chinese(-American) eateries. The quality of the food here might be a little bit above that of most...it's one of our favorites for take-out, but they do have a very nice standard table service restaurant.
India Palace: Saag Paneer and Chicken Makhani in Duluth?
This is definitely one of Duluth's best restaurants, if not THE BEST. I've been to their lunch buffet on several occasions and must say it is excellent! For only about $8.50 you get access to a number of excellent Indian curries (the saag paneer and chicken-based dishes are wonderful!) , rice, and bread (good naan or roti), plus chutneys and a "dessert". I most strongly recommend this restaurant to visitors for lunch (weekdays 11 -2 only, unfortunately). Dinner is very good, too, but the entrees are expensive compared to the buffet - anywhere from $12 to $20 (Indian Palace Special), plus extra for naan or papadams (free at the buffet) and dessert (also at the buffet).
The ambience is pretty good, and they try hard to create an "Indian" atmosphere in one of Duluth's old downtown buildings. Service is nothing to celebrate, but adequate.
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