You'll want to ask for a table with a view of the lake in this traditional restaurant north of downtown. The dining room feels as if it hasn't been changed since the 1920s. Nor has the menu changed all that much. It's kind of a formal place, with well-dressed and efficient waitstaff who make you feel as if you are privileged to join in the traditions here.
Favorite Dish: Good whitefish!
I stopped for Lunch and was very impressed.
The portions were large and you have your choice of "spicyness" on many dishes. A large menu and nobody walks away hungry.
Prices for lunch were mostly under $12 for enough good food to make you need a walk afterwards.
The Dewitt-Seitz is an old warehouse building that has been converted into a warren of shops, galleries and restaurants.
I had a good lunch here at the charming "Lake Avenue Cafe." It's a cheerful little place with "a globally influenced menu prepared with fresh ingredients." (That's from their business card.) Lots of vegetarian options, asian and latin american dishes a-plenty as well.
Anyone can attend the Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the door or they can be included when you register to run the race.
Buy your tickets at the door. If you pre-pay for your tickets you have to stand in line forever! The price doesn't go up at the door, but after you buy your tickets, you can go right into the area to get your meal.
Tickets are $10 per person.
You are served a plate with a small caesar salad, bread, a cookie and spaghetti with either meat or veggie sauce. There are plenty of servers and each line moved very quickly. After you finish your first plate, you have to go to a special "seconds" line. There you can request to only have what you want on your plate.
There is quite a bit of seating, but many people take full advantage of the all-you-can-eat aspect of the meal and the tables don't clear out as fast as they might otherwise. During regular meal hours (12-1 and 5-7) expect longer lines and less seating.
The dinner runs from 11am-8pm on the Friday before the race.
The Black Woods Restaurants are kind of a must for visits to northern Minnesota. There are locations in Duluth, Proctor and Two Harbors. Personally, I liked the Duluth location the best. They are most famous for their steaks and seafood, but also offer pasta and sandwiches. The decor is rustic minnesota and the dining rooms are quite pleasant.
Favorite Dish: I had the fried walleye, which was delicious. It is lightly battered and comes with your choice of potato. Their Irish chives mash is amazing, I highly recommend it! I also really like their pastas, specifically their Pasta Santino, which is a creme sauce and seafood on fettucini.
Fiesty Italian immigrant Rosa Brochi opened her first "Boarding House"(brothel) to the lonely sailors in the Great Lakes Port of Duluth in 1869. "Grandma," as she became affectionately known to the young women in her tutelage took very special care of her patrons, making sure they were always satisfied and comfortable. Her reputation became legendary. Word of her shrewd business sense and humanitaian works spread and other "Boarding Houses" were opened, in the great north woods, the Red River Valley, and along the banks of the Mississippi. Then Grandma Rosa returned to Europe in 1944, to assist in the war effort. She was never heard from again.
Two generations later Rosa's grandson, Mickey, adopted her commitment to customer satisfaction. In 1976 he opened Grandma's Saloon and Grill in the very same building where Rosa operated her first boarding house. The offerings are not the same today, but the good food, great service and lively atmosphere have made it a Duluth institution. No trip to Duluth would be complete without enjoying one of life's indulgences - a satisfying meal - at Grandma's. We promise you won't go away hungry.
Favorite Dish: Being in Minnesota, where the wild rice grows, we thought it only fitting to try one of the house specialties, Wild Cajun Chicken: Sauteed chicken breast medallions, andouille sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, and red onions, tossed with a spicy Cajun cream sauce and Minnesota long grain wild rice - all for only $12.99. It was absolutely sumptous.
Mashed Potato Pizza anyone?
Dreadlocks, tatoos, and a great menu. This is a must-see place in downtown Duluth. The atmosphere is bohemian chic with a rotating art show every month. There is live music almost every night. During the day it is a pleasant place for a business meeting or to bring the family. They also have a fairly traditional breakfast menu with the addition of cold pizza by the slice.
Favorite Dish: Their pizza is great and varied (even exotic), but check out their other entrees. Especially if they have a fish special of the day. The other night I had ahi ahi with a side of wasabi mashed potatoes. It was amazing.
This is also a very vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurant with vegan desserts and entrees.
This new restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite place for meetings because of its broad tables, great light, good coffee, and limited but wonderful menu. And, important for travelers, there are ethernet ports at almost every booth so if you have your laptop and a cable, plug in and log on.
In the back they have a fine selection of used books that you can thumb through while you sit and eat or buy if you so choose.
The high ceilings, natural wood work, and broad windows create an inviting atmosphere.
Vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast is great here and I love the Hippy Farm Breakfast - a bed of grilled veggies with two poached eggs topped with almond slivers accompanied by a couple hunks of homemade toast.
Mmmm.... Duluth's famous "Grandma's" is another must to eat at. Right by the famous bridge in canal park, you can eat delicious home cookin in this fun restaurant! They also sponser the Duluth Marathon, now called Grandmas Marathon! Anyways, a great place to eat some great food!
Favorite Dish: Chicken wild rice soup! or the famous chili!
Thai Krathong is a pleasant lunch place which caters to the business class. The buffet is plentiful and makes an effort to be vegetarian friendly.
With the buffet and drink, expect to spend about $12 per person.
Favorite Dish: Get the pad thai! And don't forget the lime juice and crushed peanuts.
The Best Egg Rolls Ever. Also the best seafood and noodles-- try the "House Special" or for spicy try the General Taos Chicken. It's all so good and so reasonable. Lisa the waitress has been there forever and is so nice and always remembers you. Jenny the owner is one of the best cooks ever and is so kind and always handing out extra food and tea. This place doesn't look like much, actually it's a real dive from the outside but DONT miss out on the food. I crave this food even though I never get to visit Duluth (I've moved to Alaska). They do take out and delivery also.
Favorite Dish: General Tao's Chicken- medium
House Special - seafood and noodles
egg rolls and cream cheese wantons are the best... I'm drooling right now.
If you are in Duluth in the summer (which occurs on a Thursday this year, I think) you need to go to Hacienda del Sol. It will be swamped if it's in the evening, but hold out for a table on the patio. It's worth it. This is a favorite place of locals who simply call it "The Hass."
Favorite Dish: The food is good to mediocre, to tell the truth, but the atmosphere is festive and the margaritas are just fine. Primarily it is a great place to relax with friends.
India Palace is quickly becoming a staple of Duluth. It has won numerous awards - local, regional, and statewide.
If you go for the buffet and get a fruit lassi or a hot cup of chai, expect to pay about $12 per person.
Favorite Dish: They have a buffet every weekday and it's excellent. The food is fresh and hot and while it is not extensive, it is more than adequate.
What's a vegetarian to do in meat and potatoes Duluth?
Well, never fear! Head to the Whole Foods Co-op. While not a sit-down restaurant, they have a great organic produce selection, a terrific bulk foods section, and a dandy deli with all sorts of take out fare.
Grab a box lunch and head across the street to lovely Chester Park and sit by the falls.
Favorite Dish: Florentine ("Flo") burger with chips and a pickle is dandy. Pick up some Evening in Morroco dip for the chips, it's yummy. Get a bottle of Reed's Gingerale from the cooler and you've got lunch.
Favorite Dish: While many prefer to get their cones at the Portland Malt Shoppe (near Fitgers, convenient to Lake Walk) I direct you here for local color and old-fashioned malts. That's right, the kind where you get the silver thing for second-helpings and you're really, really full when you're done.