Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner: Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
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.
Grandma's Bar and Grill
Basic American reataurant but the building used to be a brothel at one time and the place itself is like a museum of old adversitements and antiques. They've had this kind of ambiance before TGI Fridays did.
Favorite Dish: They make a pretty good pizza.
Grandma's: Grandma's Cookin!
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!
Pizza Luce: Pizza with Attitude
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.
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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.
Whole Foods Co-op: Vegetarian Deli
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.
India Palace: Pass the Chicken Masala...
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.
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Thai Krathong: Thai Buffet
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.
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Hacienda del Sol: Margaritas under the Stars
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.
Chester Creek Cafe (At Sara's Table): Ethernet Ready Cafe
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.
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)
Black Woods Grill and Bar: Black Woods Proctor
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.
Grandma's Saloon and Grill: From Wild Oats to Wild Rice
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.
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Sarah's Table: Oraganic and Fresh
Sarah’s Table serves all organic food and the specials are different each night. The food is fresh and healthy. Soups are great for winter, coffee is also tasty (I don’t even care for coffee). It is a bit expensive, but a cozy experience. In the summer enjoy dinner on their porch.
The Pickwick Restaurant: Proudly not keeping up with the present
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!
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