All you could wish for in the wilderness. This place has everything, great food, friendly and down to earth people. Besides a wonderful place to eat located on a beautiful lake. They also have a quaint store, sell gasoline, and operate a small motel across the street. We found this business by chance but we will be sure to make it a regular stop whenever we are in the area, a shear delight.
Favorite Dish: The Portabella Mushroom sandwich was outstanding. It was sauteed in garlic butter and served similar to a BLT. A perfect blend of flavors and textures. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. My wife also loved the grilled salmon cooked just the way she liked it.
Great burgers and not just your average burgers ;) Chicken-fried, Hawaiian, Bull Moose, Twin Sister, North Shore Burger, the PBJ and quite a few more strange and original burgers. They also serve hotdogs- with alot of variety and fun recipies, chicken, and "The World's Smallest Sundae". 'Haystack' type onion rings, and good soups.
Atmosphere- lets just say its filled with local paraphanalia! You could easily spend a full hour just trying to see everything. And- if you're up *with* your sister, get your picture taken for the wall :) The restaurant is run by two sisters- they also run the Trail Center/Black Bear Bar & Grill up the Gunflint Trail.
Favorite Dish: Hrm... I usually go for the Chicken Strip basket with PLENTY of Honey-Jalapeno sauce, the North Shore burger, the Hawaiian, or a bacon-cheese.
Good varied selection & some locally grown items with a very good selection of tap beers. Located in the old Grand Marais State bank. No one can steal the beer.
Favorite Dish: It varies and you likely can't go wrong with the many and changing selections that we have tried.
You can tell when summer's here, because Jackson's Dairy Queen Brazier opens. Every high school kid in town seems to have gotten there first job here. This far from the big cities, makes a fast food place a treat. Pick up some burgers and wander down to the harbor. Enjoy a warm meal on a cool evening with the seagulls and other people spending a quiet evening in town.
Favorite Dish: The ice cream, what else! It's never too cold in the summer for ice cream.
Fun for the kids. The hangout for the high school. Great salads and good pizza. Very simple, very open, extremely bright and pizza to boot. It's where you'll meet friends, whom you hadn't planned on meeting. Best of all, it's great for the kids. Very relaxed.
Favorite Dish: Pizza, subs, salads, burgers, fries. Upstairs, the Pickle Herring Club has a full bar and specializes in the North Shore's largest domestic and import beer selections. Non-Smoking.
The Blue Water Cafe has been in Grand Marais for as long as there has been a town. It's an icon, it's someplace everyone goes at sometime. I guess, it's my favorite. Not just because the food is good and the place has character. But mostly because, I still see the picture from Church.
The Community Church (on 3rd Ave? - don't ask the locals the street names, we never learned them, it's the street the goes directly up hill from the harbor, just past the 'Y' intersection (2 blocks east of the Gunflint Trail)). Anyways, there is a pictures in the church, to the preachers left (congregations right) of Jesus and the 12 at the last supper. If you look, you'll recognize that they're in the Blue Water Cafe! Yup, Jesus is in town, just like he's in everytown where his gentle mercy is needed. So, when I go to the Bluewater, I think of Jesus and his ever presence.
Well, it's not the best reason to go someplace to eat. But it's mine. You'll enyoy the food and the company even if you've never seen the picture. Smoking Allowed.
Small, local and not outstanding. The best that can be said is the food is good and you'll not be bothered by a lot of tourist waiting for a seat. It's real local without being snotty about it. You'll find it friendly and comfortable. Breakfast and lunch served 5am to 2pm. Smoking Allowed.
The restaurant has a north shore decor consisting of a large stone fireplace, wagon wheel chandeliers, mounted fish and animal trophies, and a great view of Lake Superior. It's the view that really makes the meal. The shoreline is undeveloped as you approach Cascade River SP and there is a wayside on the lakeshore. Just past the wayside and over a small bridge, the restaurant appears. The wind off the lake may be inviting or it may be driving icy nails through your coat, but once you enter the restaurant, the warmth and odors surround you in a coccoon. You'll enjoy watching the white caps and the branches blowing. If it's a warm evening (many are in the summer), you may want to walk up the trail to the Cascade or stroll along the shore after dinner. You'll have hours of sunlight in the late summer.
Favorite Dish: The consists of a wide variety of breakfast options, soups, salads and sandwiches, and several steak, poultry, fish and pasta dinner selections. We always went for dinner. The fish is fresh and the beef was cooked to my liking.
Another dining option in Grand Marais is "The Angry Trout." My friend and former student Trish says this is the "poshest" place in town. I didn't get a chance to eat here - maybe my next time through. (But they are only open in summers.)
For all your coffeehouse needs in Grand Marais. Take a hit of espresso before heading out to battle with those fish! Or check your latest VT comments by hooking up to the internet on your laptop - they have wireless access here. The Java Moose has a nice coffee patio, for those days when it isn't raining and it isn't bitterly cold.
I'd just arrived in Grand Marais and was strolling down the main street of town when I suddenly heard my name being called out from a passing pick-up truck: "Yooperprof!" It was a former student of mine who was passing the summer working at a nearby inn. Although Grand Marais is 360 miles from my home town of Marquette MI, it's very much part of the same Lake Superior world. So I asked Trish to recommend a place for dinner, and the first place she named was the Gunflint Tavern. Trish did not let me down! At the Gunflint they do an excellent job of matching interesting dishes from around the world with the best regional beers from Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. If you are spending some time in Grand Marais, or just passing through on the way to the Boundary Waters or Isle Royale, you won't be disappointed here.
If you are looking for a Supper Club atmosphere and family dining, you can't go wrong with the Harbor Light. They have a full cocktail lounge and an adjoining restaurant
with a wide-ranging menu of steaks, seafood and chops. Not dirt cheap, but not particularily pricey either. Service was friendly and efficient every time I have been there.
Although the menu is varied and family-style, the main hallmark at My Sister's Place has to be their many unique burgers. Honer's Jalapeno Burger and about 25 other interesting combinations make for memorable dining in an atmosphere filled with rustic stools (made from logs) and
walls filled with northwoods memorabilia that could teach the chains "how it SHOULD be done." It's a persistant atmosphere that
screams "northwoods" at every opportunity.
They also feature good hot wings and plenty of other outstanding choices.
It actually IS run by two sisters so if you come with yours, ask to have your photo added to their wall collection. Prices are extremely reasonable and service is good. Be prepared for fairly long waits if you come during peak dining hours as the place is a popular local hangout.
Favorite Dish: Every meal I've had was very good. Nothing is really fancy....just good home style food.
Devil Track Landing is part of Devil Track Lodge & Vacation Homes. It used to be known as the "Skyport" as Devil Track Lake is 7 miles long as used by those planes with pontoons to land/take off from.
'The Landing' is a very nice and quiet place on most nights, its a popular place for locals to have get-togethers for special events.
Favorite Dish: Cashew Crusted Walleye, Taco Salads on Mexican night, and just about any of the burgers.
If you want Lake Superior fish, this is the place to dine. Its also right next to the Dockside Fish Market if you wanted to bring some home.
Favorite Dish: (not going to pick! - picked 'satisfied' because I had to choose something - just giving info on the places)