Here in Minnesota, it’s Twin Cities restaurant that get most of the attention. People flock to Minneapolis and St. Paul from all across the state to get a taste of the many renowned restaurants in the area. But there are plenty of great places to eat outside the Twin Cities. If you venture into the country, you’ll find more than a few delicious restaurants that are worth the trip. Here are 10 of our favorites:
1. Jumpin' Jacks - North Branch
This little bar and restaurant on the outskirts of North Branch, Minnesota, is a great option for those looking for a casual night out. Grab a drink and order one of the classic American dinner options. There's something for everyone, and no one will leave disappointed.
Address: 27796 Jodrell Street Northeast, North Branch.
2. Nicoll's Cafe - Pine City
If you're looking for a delicious breakfast, look no further than Nicoll's Cafe. It's right in the middle of Pine City, a small town about 70 miles north of the Twin Cities. Your stop will include great service, delicious food, and a friendly atmosphere. Nicoll's does not accept cards, so be sure to bring cash.
Address: 255 Main Street South, Pine City.
3. Tutti Fruitti Market Farm - Sauk Centre
It doesn't get much more country than Tutti Fruitti Market Farm in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Why? Because this little restaurant is located right on a family farm. Stop in for a delicious breakfast made from fresh ingredients. You can eve walk away with fresh produce or baked goods to use in your own kitchen!
Address: 38914 County Road 186, Sauk Centre.
4. Peg's Countryside Cafe - Hamel
This is one adorable restaurant that you don't want to miss. From the moment you first set eyes on the charming exterior, you'll feel right at home. And when you get inside, you'll discover classic comfort foods that'll bring you back in time. Whether you have a hearty breakfast or a filling dinner, you will not leave Peg's hungry.
Address: 842 Highway 55, Hamel.
5. Molly's Cafe - Silver Lake
Everything on the menu at this little Silver Lake restaurant is good. From breakfast to dinner, the flavors will remind you of your favorite home-cooked meals. Among the favorite items is the Molly Melt, but we would also recommend breakfast!
Address: 808 Highway 7, Silver Lake.
6. Kathy's Place - Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart, Minnesota, is a tiny town with a population of less than 600 people. But those who do live there sing praises of Kathy's Place, a charming cafe that has the tastiest food around. Stop in for a sandwich and a chat with the friendly staff. You will not be disappointed.
Address: 101 Maple Street, Sacred Heart.
7. Nellie's Cafe - Walnut Grove
This charming cafe comes with a fun story. It's named after the character Nellie Oleson from the beloved television show "Little House On The Prairie." Aside from the photos of the actress that cover the walls, there is one other thing that will strike you: the tasty food. Next time you're in Walnut Grove, stop in for an unforgettable breakfast.
Address: 550 US-14, Walnut Grove.
8. Kaffe Stuga - Harris
Kaffe Stuga is a long-standing Harris restaurant that has been family owned since its entire history. The restaurant draws guests from miles around for its amazing home-cooked food and welcoming atmosphere. If you're ever passing through on Highway 61, don't hesitate to stop!
Address: 6810 Sunrise Road, Harris.
9. Wilbert Cafe - Cotton
Cotton, Minnesota, is a tiny unincorporated community in northern Minnesota. They may not have a huge population, but they sure have good food. The Wilbert Cafe is a great example of tasty small-town food. With generous portions and great prices - not to mention delicious tastes - you'd be a fool not to stop.
Address: 9105 Highway 53, Cotton.
10. Diner's Chicken Shack - Emily
Here's a country restaurant known for its delicious burgers and amazing broasted chicken. Served in a charming setting in small-town Minnesota, there's only one thing that could make it better: the fantastic prices. Stop in to Diner's Chicken Shack in Emily soon. You won't be disappointed.
Address: 40124 State Highway 6, Emily.
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants? Which was your favorite? Do you have any others to add?