Our first night in Grand Marais I finally gave in and visited Sven & Ole’s Pizza. That completed my tour of nearly 25 eateries over the past couple of years in town save for the Dairy Queen and Subway.
Sven & Ole’s has an order counter where you take a number and then have your pizza delivered to your table when ready. If you want a beer you have to go up to the mezzanine Pickled Herring Club and get it yourself. The interior is a typical north words motif complete with tin ceiling, old signs, skis, snowshoes, lumberjacking tools and the obligatory deer or moose heads on the walls.
The pizza surprisingly was not that bad. We opted for a generous 12″ size Uffda Zah comprising of the common ingredients of Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers and onions.
They had a similar wild rice version, but Nancy talked me out of it. Wild rice pizza would be had later anyway.
Did I say Pickled Herring Club? I guess pickled herring is Scandinavian. [:)] The mezzanine bar is kind of an intimate place to enjoy a beer.
I have made the strip around lake superior several times. I overnighted in Ste. St. Marie at the Objibway hotel right on the locks and had a great white fish. I spent a couple of nights in Thunder Bay and also at the places Davy D stopped. I saw several moose that were road kills and I almost hit two black bears crossing the highway at a very good clip.
That was one of my more favorite drives. I also stopped at the amethest mines where I found some very large species.
I will be in Brainerd, MN for the NHRA races for the next few days where I will enjoy walleye many different ways. The Black Bear restaurant which is just a few miles south of the track has always been one of my favorites.
Minnesota is one of my favorite states.
Paul E. Smith
I’m glad to see the New Scenic Cafe still doing well. I last went there in 2000 when my wife spent 2 weeks in Duluth for training and I went up for the weekend. I just remeber the great use of produce and how fresh everyting tasted.
Great report and I’m glad to see you’re doing well after your CABG (I work for a heart hospital so I’m always interested in outcomes).
Since my fourth trip this year to the North Shore I personally had the good fortune to meet with both NancyPalooza and wanderingjew just before they embarked on roadfood tours of the North Shore themselves. So, the area has been well tread this year with their recent trip reports here…
What else could I add? We had compared notes and they added new and fresh slants on the area. Still, I had an agenda for my fifth trip of the year to the North Shore, Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail. My wife and I were hosting the Northern Minnesota BSG Social in Grand Marais. BSG stands for BEE Social Group, or a very loosely organized group of Class B RV camper van owners that agree to get together at a campground on a given date. I was challenged by the group last April in Kerrville, Texas to come up with a place in Minnesota. I stated at the time, since most socials had taken place in the warmer climes (Moab UT, Pagosa Springs CO, Lafayette LA, Niobrara NE) that I doubt anyone would come. As it turned out 18 RVs from 12 states did come. It did turn a little cold and they may all be happy to return again to the warmth of Tombstone, Arizona the next social in April. [:)]
Our trip from the Twin Cities to Grand Marais was a circuitous trip by first heading south to La Crosse, WI to visit the grandsons and make the next leg to the Brat Challenge in Pewaukee where I posted my photos of that event.
We then headed onto the North Shore via Northern Wisconsin camping at a national forest campground near Eagle River, WI, a north woods lake area I vacationed numerous times back in the 50s with my family driving non-stop from Indianapolis overnight to arrive on a Saturday afternoon. That area has fond memories.
We had breakfast at Faye’s Dinky Diner in Eagle River. The diner has three booths and 8 stools. Now that’s dinky, but there was nothing dinky about the food. I had this Philly Skillet of shaved prime rib, onion, green peppers and melted swiss cheese topped with two eggs over easy.
I had reported on Faye’s Dinky Diner from another trip about their pork tenderloin sandwich. Sad to say I did not see it in their new menu. [:(]
We headed on to the Minnesota North Shore in a downpour of rain and arrived two days earlier than we had planned in Grand Marais in hopes of finding better weather. We did managed to drive through and out of the rain.
Cousin Johnny and I wanted to eat at HellBurgers when we were in Duluth a few months ago, but, frankly, we just ran out of room. Doesn’t sound like we missed to much. Beautiful photographs, especially of the moose and the sunrise.
Be careful what you ask Marlene. I made a 6 week trip out west last fall in your territory that I never wrote up. There was lots of hiking in it. [;)]
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
We arrived in Grand Marais in early May when many restaurants were re-opening after a winter hibernation. Many close or go on reduced hours during the winter. Chez Jude, Angry Trout, The Pie Place, Crooked Spoon, Sydney’s, Wild Onion and World’s Best Donuts are among them. The Angry Trout was open. Since we were in Grand Marais the first weekend of May we encountered no problem getting seated there or anywhere else. In fact in a campground with 300 campsites we were only one of four campers in the whole campground. There was a reason for that. It can still get rather cold overnight. [:)]
The Angry Trout recently expanded its seating to the side with an addition in front of the reception counter. Oddly, they still have but one restroom you must go outside to get to. This is a view of the heavy timber frame interior dining room.
Nancy did not make the trip with me the previous year when I took the course building the brick oven at the North House Folk School so she was getting reacquainted with the Angry Trout after a two year absence. Her choice was this Lake Trout Salad.
I opted for the Grilled Herring Sandwich
The Angry Trout serves sustainable harvested, organic and locally produced foods. They take great pride in supporting the local community as do many of the other restaurants in Grand Marais. There seems to be an ethic of community support in the area perhaps a throwback to a previous era in America where communities had to be more self-sustaining due to isolation and remoteness. The harsh winters also obviously to me help to encourage that.
The next morning we woke up to this sunrise over the city harbor. Our campsite was right across from the city beach so we could enjoy this view.
We walked into town to seek out breakfast. I estimate there are nearly 25 eateries within an easy walk from the campground from which to choose. The four full breakfast places are The Pie Place, the Wild Onion, Blue Water Cafe and South of the Border. The Wild Onion had not opened up for the season yet. Nor had the World’s Best Donuts if a donut and coffee was all one wanted. South of the Border Cafe was our choice this day. The name eludes an Hispanic connotation and one would normally think Mexico. But wait! On second thought we were “south of the border” from Canada just 40 miles away.
As you can see, breakfast was basic fare. I’ve been told South of the Border is the locals favorite or obviously the favorite of the person who told me that. I take it to mean less touristy. The waitress did fill us with local gossip along with our bottomless coffee cups.
As I mentioned, this was an exploratory trip for the possibility of hosting an RV social. At least that was my excuse for eating our meals about town and not out of our completely stocked RV with kitchen. [;)] We talked to the campground people, set a date, and they agreed to block out some campsites for our group. That mission was accomplished.
Now time for lunch. After all, as host, I am now going to have to be the “official advisor” about the restaurants around town. Love that role. [:D] How about Hughies Taco House? This was a recommendation by,29,517221.001001001001001001001001001002001001001003001007001001001001001001,22,25721,184.108.40.206
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Wow, thank you for the tour, everything looks good. Nice food and
TJ I think Dale got a plate where somebody was trying to stretch a supply. 🙂
That’s it! I’m asking for my money back!! [:(!]
Lesley’s pies are *gorgeous.*
Davydd, GM is on the short list for our August trip this year and you might have just tipped the scales. Lovely!
The Coho Cafe is part of Bluefin Bay resort, we’ve stayed there a number of times but only ate at Coho once. We try to try someplace new every meal. The cove there is exceptionally pretty.
That went right over my head because the Coho Cafe is disconnected with Bluefin Bay Resort by at least a block east, has a different exterior color motif of tan vs powder blue, and I knew the Bluefin Grille at the resort also served breakfast. I’ve never stayed at Bluefin Bay and now that I have an RV probably never will now even though I know several people who have and like it. If we do a winter trip and stay in a resort it would most likely be the Gunflint Lodge again.
What a life!
What was on the bruschetta? It looks great.
Tell the truth. You guys without the ladies around were thinking maybe the pictures were naughty?
Saturday afternoon a lot of us went on a pub crawl. That meant The Gunflint Tavern and My Sister’s Place. Our first stop was the Gunflint Tavern. We all walked into town from the campground. The men had one single minded intention. The women were going to shop but it seems the Gunflint Tavern was a priority for all.
What I like about the Gunflint Tavern is it is one of the few places outside of the Twin Cities that serves Surly brews, a craft brewery in the Twin Cities that features Furious, Bender, Coffee Bender and Cynic brews. They are indeed Surly and becoming one of my favorites.
But the main attraction was not the beer but the more healthful “salad” for a few. [;)]
There were some more serious luncheon eats in this Bruschetta appetizer.
…and this Grilled Walleye sandwich.
Our next stop was My Sister’s Place sans the women to drink more beer out of a Mason jar this time. The women did go shopping.
Those red plaid shirts and jackets are not hung there by the customers. It is part of the decor along with animal skins tacked to the ceiling and the usual north woods kitsch on the walls. Under previous ownership if sisters came in to the bar and got their pictures taken the owner tacked them up on the wall at the bar. We went looking the pictures and found them on the women’s restroom door hidden around the corner. I’m not sure if that is a message or not.
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