Minnesota December 28, 2017
8 Minnesota Restaurants That Are So Much More Than Amazing Places To Eat
Minnesota is full of great restaurants that come complete with a delicious menu, a fun atmosphere, and inviting service. But sometimes, that’s just not enough. Every once in a while, it’s nice to sit down to dinner at a place that goes above and beyond to provide guests with just a little something extra. Whether it’s a store or a farm or a Ferris shell, these Minnesota restaurants are so much more than amazing places to eat.
1. Tutti Fruitti Kitchen & Market Farm - Sauk Centre
Tutti Fruitti is well known among locals as a delicious place to get a homestyle meal. Its welcoming atmosphere and amazing food are the talk of the town, but this little restaurant offers even more than that. Being located on a working farm, it also offers up garden-fresh produce so you can make your own tasty meals at home.
Address: 38914 County Road 186
2. The Hairy Mosquito Trading Company - Milaca
The Hairy Mosquito is mostly known for its interesting array of home and craft items. Guests will find antiques as well as handmade goods for the home. And if you love to DIY, you'll find raw materials like barn wood that will help take your project to the next level. But few people know that this trading post also has an ice cream shop. Stop in to the retro diner-style shop for a scoop of your favorite flavor.
Address: 21287 Highway 169, Milaca.
3. Rock Creek Cafe - Rock Creek
This unassuming cafe is actually attached to a gas station. But don't let that stop you from grabbing a bite. After you're done fueling up and grabbing whatever you need for the road, pop over to the restaurant for a hearty meal. This place is always full of locals, so it's a great spot to immerse yourself in a small-town atmosphere.
Address: 5737 Highway 70, Rock Creek.
4. Betty Danger's Country Club - Minneapolis
Betty Danger's may be the quirkiest restaurant in all of Minnesota. Beyond the restaurant itself, the outside is home to both a mini golf course and a Ferris wheel that overlooks Minneapolis. If you're looking for a dining experience that is completely out of the ordinary, look no further than Betty Danger's.
Address: 2501 Marshall Street Northeast, Minneapolis.
5. JJ Astor Restaurant & Lounge - Duluth
JJ Astor doesn't have a gift shop, attached bakery, or Ferris wheel. But it does offer something that no other restaurant in Minnesota has: an incredible view of Duluth. High above the city, this rotating restaurant gives a panoramic view of downtown Duluth with the iconic Lift Bridge over Lake Superior in the distance. It's one of Minnesota's most unique places, and it's so much more than just a restaurant.
Address: 505 W Superior Street, Duluth.
6. Tobies Restaurant and Bakery - Hinckley
Given its convenient location, Tobies Restaurant has long been a favorite of people traveling up and down I-35. But for those who don't have time to stop for a full meal, there is also a bakery on site. You can pop in for your favorite baked muffins, donuts, and famous Tobies caramel rolls. It's the perfect thing to make your long drive seem a little shorter.
Address: 404 Fire Monument Road, Hinckley.
7. Lockport Marketplace - Lutsen
In Lutsen, Minnesota, Lockport Marketplace is a one-stop shop for both a hearty meal and a little something to remember your trip by. From souvenir T-shirts to candles to travel essentials, the store attached to this charming restaurant is full of interesting treasures that you won't be able to resist.
Address: 5364 Highway 61, Lutsen.
8. General Store of Minnetonka - Minnetonka
At first glance, General Store of Minnetonka is filled to the brim with just about everything you could ask for. There is a huge variety of Minnesota-made goodies, as well as plenty of home decor items to add to your decorating shopping list. But also tucked into this store is a tasty restaurant that specializes in from-scratch recipes using only fresh ingredients. Whether stopping in for breakfast or lunch, you'll love the selection of soups, sandwiches, desserts, and more. It's the perfect way to take a break in between shopping!
Address: 14401 Highway 7, Minnetonka.
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below. And when you’re done, check out our article about
10 old restaurants in Minnesota that have stood the test of time.