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
Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake: Sandwhiches and Beer
This small restaurant is locally owned and serves fresh sandwhiches, soaps, nachos and popcorn. They have a huge selection of beers, juices and pop. Sir Ben's serves of two happy hours a day and is located on Lake Superior. It is a local's favorite!
Favorite Dish: Turkey sandwhich, provolone cheese and fresh sprouts with orange cream soda.
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.
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
Blackwoods - COngdon: Best Place to Eat in Duluth!
Blackwoods is a local chain. There is a resturant in Proctor, Two Harbors and Duluth, but the Duluth location is the very best. They have amazing food, and if you like chicken you should definately try their roasted chicken. Yum! Everything from the pasta to burgers to salads to sandwiches are pleasing meals - basically you can't go wrong. The atmosphere is great. The shop is decorated in dark mahagony like wood with high cielings and views of beautiful Lake Superior. The resturant is always busy, as is the bar which is usually filled with young locals.
Starvin' Marvin's: You Won't Leave Starvin' Marvin's Hungry
Starvin' Mavin's serves more of that good old home cooking. Don't let the outside scare you away, the food is great and they have daily lunch and dinner specials. The price is reasonable and the servings are generous. And be sure to try some of their homemade pie before you waddle out!
Favorite Dish: Everything is good from their hot beef sandwiches to their pie!
Top of the Harbor: See the City from the Top of the Harbor!
The Top of the Harbor is a revolving restaurant on the 16th floor of the Radisson Hotel. It makes a complete turn every 72 minutes and has a great view of the city, harbor and the lake.
Favorite Dish: We have eaten both breakfast and lunch here and everything has been good. The prices are reasonable too considering the view and ambience.
Taste of Saigon: Didn't know Saigon was in China??
Okay, this place promotes itself as a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, but when I was there, they didn't have any Vietnamese food at all! The waiter told us they really serve mostly Chinese American food. It wasn't bad, but it also wasn't anything special.
Favorite Dish: I had some egg drop soup and a Curried Chicken dish that wasn't bad.
Scenic Cafe: My favorite
This is by far my favorite restaurant in Duluth. The last time I was in town I went here twice in a five hour period! The menu is a world fusion sort of experience, but there is definitely an emphasis on local, northern Minnesota ingredients (i.e. bison, fresh lake fish and wild rasberries are often on the menu). The interior is pine-panelled and has a warm feeling and the staff are usually attentive and knowledgeable. Hours are from 11am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday
Favorite Dish: You'll find a thoughtful wine and beer menu to complement the delicious food. The menu changes often, but if it's available, I can heartily recommend the pecan coated trout sandwich or the buccatini pasta w/ mussels. For dessert, if on the menu, try the goat cheese tart with three types of berries pictured here.
The Dewitt Seitz Building: Many options for eating & close to the harbor
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.
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Fitger's Brewhouse: Fitger's Brewhouse
Favorite Dish: A micro-brewery located in the Historic Fitger's Brewery complex. They offer twelve taps at the bar with no fewer than seven of their own creation. They also have better than average pub food including homemade soups to keep you warm if you're here in the winter. However, don't expect to get a taste of the original Fitger's Beer. They stopped making that in 1972!
Coney Island: Coney Island
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.
As places to eat goes I would...
As places to eat goes I would have to say Grandma's Bar & Grill or Grandma's Sports Bar if you want a fun place to eat. These two are down in Canal Park.
In the sports bar they have a court in the middle of all the tables, if you want to play volleyball or basketball while you wait for your food.
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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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.