No matter which direction you travel in Minnesota, you’re never far from a delicious dining experience. From nationally recognized restaurants in the Twin Cities to small mom-and-pop diners in small-town Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is filled with excellent dining options. Next time you want an amazing meal without all the rigmarole of going to a fancy restaurant, check out these 10 scrumptious, no frills restaurants in Minnesota.
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1. Kaffe Stuga - Harris
Harris is a small town in east-central Minnesota. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for with this cozy family-owned restaurant. Housed in a nondescript red building right off of Highway 61, this no-frills restaurant serves up comfort food in a cozy setting. From tasty sandwiches to flavorful pies, you'll find what you're looking for here - and then some.
Address: 43821 Forest Boulevard, Harris.
2. Effie Cafe - Effie
Effie is a
tiny town of just over 100 people. But you can sure get an amazing meal there. The Effie Cafe draws people from all over with its great prices, amazing service, and delicious food. The menu is full of classics like walleye dinner and homestyle breakfasts. Next time you're passing through in northern Minnesota, make a detour to stop in. You'll be welcomed like a local. Address: 100 Highway 1, Effie.
3. Judy's Cafe - Two Harbor
Judy's Cafe is a tiny spot in Two Harbors that has drawn locals for years. It's a great place to get a good breakfast, and you'll never go wrong with anything you order. Their homestyle American fare is about as no-frills as you can get, and it's done absolutely perfectly.
Address: 623 7th Avenue, Two Harbors.
4. The Little Oven - St. Paul
The Little Oven is a low-key, no-frills establishment that serves up delicious pasta and pizza. Their huge portions will impress you - but not as much as the prices will. But don't think you can only eat there for lunch or dinner. The Little Oven even has a breakfast menu!
Address: 1786 Minnehaha Avenue East, St. Paul.
5. The Crooked Spoon Cafe - Grand Marais
Way up in Grand Marais, the Crooked Spoon Cafe is a staple for anyone who loves amazing food at affordable prices. While the restaurant comes complete with a rooftop dining area, the atmosphere is casual and low-key. And the menu is incredible. From salmon to polenta to burgers and fries, it's is full of interesting items that will please just about anyone.
Address: 17 West Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais.
6. The Uptowner Cafe on Grand - St. Paul
The Uptowner Cafe on Grand may be small, but it draws a crowd. On any given weekend morning, you may have to wait a bit to grab a table. But when you do, you're guaranteed great service and an amazing meal. Burgers and sandwiches are on the menu, but the reason to go is to fill up on a great breakfast. The menu is full of classics and specialties. You really can't go wrong at this no-frills restaurant.
Address: 1100 Grand Avenue, St. Paul.
7. Pedal Pushers Cafe - Lanesboro
In the tiny town of Lanesboro, Pedal Pushers Cafe is a cute restaurant that draws in locals and tourists alike. Why? Because its menu caters to those who love classic diner fare. From burgers and fries to fish and chips, everyone who visits will find something to satisfy them. And best of all, the food is made with fresh, flavorful ingredients. What's not to love?
Address: 121 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro.
8. Lange's Cafe - Pipestone
Lange's Cafe is a 24/7 restaurant that has been around since 1956. In fact, they have never locked their doors. The restaurant still has the '50s charm it had when it first opened - and it serves up tasty classics to match. The menu may be no-frills, but the service certainly isn't. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure customers leave happy. One thing that will help? Order a slice of pie before you leave!
Address: 110 8th Avenue Southeast, Pipestone.
9. Brass Rail - Grandy
Grandy is a teeny-tiny town outside of Cambridge, Minnesota. It is not known for much, but it does have one claim to fame: the broasted chicken served up at Brass Rail. This little restaurant is unassuming on the inside and out, but its award-winning chicken draws crowds from miles around. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.
Address: 36868 Highway 65 Northeast, Grandy.
10. Lemon Wolf Cafe - Beaver Bay
Lemon Wolf Cafe is the perfect restaurant to go to if you want some flavorful comfort food. The menu in this tiny restaurant is full of delicious options, and you can't go wrong no matter what you choose. While this restaurant is pretty no-frills, you will get generous portions and excellent service - all for a reasonable price.
Address: 711 East West Towne Road, Beaver Bay.
Ever been to any of these restaurants? Know of any more no-frills restaurants we should know about? Tell us all about them in the comments below!