Where to Eat Along Lake Superior’s North Shore, MN

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Hey there, foodies! If you think the North Shore of Minnesota is all about stunning landscapes and outdoor adventures, think again. This region is also a haven for culinary enthusiasts, boasting a vibrant food scene that celebrates local flavors and ingredients. From cozy cafes to upscale dining establishments, here are some must-visit places to eat along Lake Superior’s North Shore that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

  1. The Angry Trout Cafe (Grand Marais): Nestled along the picturesque harbor of Grand Marais, The Angry Trout Cafe is a beloved institution known for its commitment to sustainable seafood and farm-to-table cuisine. Feast on fresh-caught Lake Superior fish, seasonal salads, and hearty sandwiches while enjoying panoramic views of the lake from the outdoor patio.
  2. Ledge Rock Grille (Two Harbors): For a dining experience that combines elegance with rustic charm, look no further than Ledge Rock Grille in Two Harbors. Set within the historic Larsmont Cottages resort, this upscale eatery specializes in contemporary American cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in dishes like cedar-planked salmon, bison ribeye, and wild mushroom risotto, paired with a selection from their extensive wine list.
  3. The Rustic Inn Cafe (Castle Danger): Craving comfort food with a side of North Shore charm? Head to The Rustic Inn Cafe in Castle Danger, where you’ll find hearty breakfasts, juicy burgers, and mouthwatering pies that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Be sure to try their famous walleye sandwich, made with locally caught fish and served on a toasted bun with all the fixings.
  4. Dockside Fish Market (Grand Marais): For a taste of the freshest seafood in town, make a beeline for Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais. Located right on the harbor, this family-owned market offers a wide selection of freshly caught fish and shellfish, as well as house-smoked salmon, fish tacos, and seafood chowder. Pick up some provisions for a picnic by the lake or enjoy a meal on their outdoor patio overlooking the water.
  5. Betty’s Pies (Two Harbors): No visit to the North Shore would be complete without a stop at Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors. This iconic roadside diner has been serving up sweet and savory pies since 1956, with flavors ranging from classic apple and cherry to North Shore wild blueberry and Northwoods rhubarb. Whether you’re in the mood for a slice of pie or a hearty bowl of homemade soup, Betty’s Pies is sure to hit the spot.
  6. Vanilla Bean Cafe (Two Harbors): Start your day off right with a visit to the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Two Harbors, where you’ll find freshly brewed coffee, decadent pastries, and hearty breakfast fare made with locally sourced ingredients. Savor a fluffy omelet, indulge in a stack of pancakes, or fuel up with a breakfast sandwich before hitting the trails or exploring the shoreline.
  7. Northern Waters Smokehaus (Duluth): Craving something savory and smoky? Look no further than Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth, where you’ll find an array of artisanal smoked fish, meats, and cheeses that will take your taste buds on a flavor-packed journey. Try their signature smoked salmon, house-cured ham, or smoked whitefish spread, served up on freshly baked bread or crackers.

So there you have it—seven must-visit eateries along Lake Superior’s North Shore that are sure to delight your palate and leave you craving more. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh-caught fish, homemade pies, or gourmet cuisine, the North Shore has something to satisfy every craving. So grab a fork, pull up a chair, and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure you won’t soon forget!

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