With all of the amazing restaurants in Minnesota, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole world of food out there waiting to be tried. But it would do us all some good to remember that just because you don’t know about something doesn’t make it any less good. In fact, sometimes the best things in life are a little off the beaten track. Each with delicious food and a unique atmosphere, these 11 little known restaurants in Minnesota prove just that.
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1. Stello's Trackside Bar - Braham
Stello's Trackside Bar is an unassuming spot on the highway between Braham and Cambridge. On the surface, it may look like a typical small town bar. But if you take a chance on this place, you'll discover a menu with an astounding selection of burgers. Whether you want one topped with gorgonzola or peanut butter, you will find it here - plus much, much more.
Address: 1067 Highway 107, Braham.
2. Ding Dong Cafe - Sauk Centre
This charming little restaurant in Sauk Centre serves up big flavor. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day, so you're sure to get your fix no matter what you're craving. Plus, because this place is so popular with locals, you'll get a real feel for small town life when you stop in for a scrumptious meal.
Address: 526 Elm Street South, Sauk Centre.
3. Chubby's Sports Bar & Grill - Pine City
Pine City is a small town, but Chubby's Bar & Grill located right on Main Street is a real draw. A menu full of tasty options, plus good drinks and a great atmosphere, make this an excellent stop next time you're in the neighborhood.
Address: 515 8th Avenue Southeast, Pine City.
4. Cassidy's Restaurant - Hinckley
This Hinckley restaurant has been around for so long that it's practically an institution. They're known for their homestyle food served in a cozy cabin-like atmosphere. One unique feature is the salad and bread bar featuring fresh veggies and a large variety of breads. It's the perfect stop for lunch when you're passing through on I-35.
Address: 327 Fire Monument Road, Hinckley.
5. Amy's Country Cafe - Sandstone
Amy's Country Cafe lives up to its name. It's nestled in a tiny building on Main Street in Sandstone, a small town about 90 miles north of the Twin Cities. But just because it's in a small town doesn't mean they skimp on flavors. Amy's Country Cafe dishes up delicious food on the regular. Try a burger, classic wild rice soup, or a sugary dessert. Either way, you've got to try this place out.
Address: 420 Main Street, Sandstone.
6. The Barn - Brainerd
Those in the know might prefer to keep The Barn a secret. This restaurant has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner since 1926. The old-fashioned feel and homemade taste have helped this Brainerd establishment make it for the long haul. They're especially known for their amazing pies.
Address: 711 Washington Street, Brainerd.
7. Suzette's Restaurant - Jordan
From the outside, Suzette's Restaurant looks like a classic diner. But on the inside, they serve up elevated French and Italian fare created by the talented chef. And when you finish off your dinner, you should be sure to top it off with one of Suzette's delectable desserts. Doesn't this bread pudding look amazing?
20251 Johnson Memorial Drive, Jordan.
8. Branding Iron Supper Club - Preston
Perched high on a hill with a beautiful view, the Branding Iron in Preston is one of Minnesota's best little known restaurants. With a history that dates back to 1970, they serve up classics to weary travelers and locals alike. Regulars rave about the BBQ pork ribs. One bite, and you will too.
Address: 1100 Circle Heights Drive, Preston.
9. Britton's Cafe - Ely
One of Minnesota's greatest small towns got even greater when Britton's Cafe opened up. This place is known for its amazing breakfasts with generous portions. Whether you're on your way into or out of the Boundary Waters, Britton's is the place to stop for your morning coffee and more.
Address: 5 East Chapman Street, Ely.
10. Red Onion - Belgrade
Red Onion is an old-fashioned drive-in restaurant where customers come for the nostalgia but stay for the
amazing food. Expect classic drive-in dishes like burgers and fries, cheese curds, and malts. Red Onion is also known for its unique ice cream creations, like this chocolate-dipped, caramel-infused ice cream sandwich. Don't walk - run. Address: 610 Wells Street, Belgrade.
11. The Whistling Bird - Belgrade
Minnesota is about as far from the Caribbean as you can get. And yet, this little restaurant in Northern Minnesota seems to pull it off. With a brightly painted interior, stepping inside is like leaving the country. The menu includes tropical classics like Jamaican jerk chicken and fish tacos. Round out your meal with a fruity cocktail. Seriously, one trip to The Whistling Bird will have you forgetting all about the coming snow.
Address: 101 North Broadway Avenue, Gilbert.