There is nothing better than a home-cooked meal. But sometimes, there’s no time to travel to get one or make one yourself. That’s where the many small-town family kitchens across Minnesota come in. These spots may not be critically acclaimed, but in atmosphere and food offerings, they offer the taste of home you crave.
1. Herman's Bakery & Deli - Cambridge
Herman's is much more than a bakery. This spot also sells sandwiches, soups, and more to east-central Minnesotans who are in the know about this tasty spot. It's especially popular with locals, but the restaurant has been known to serve a traveler or two in its long history. The restaurant is a great place to get a sandwich, but do be sure to grab a homemade donut on your way out.
Address: 130 South Main Street, Cambridge.
2. Swedish Inn Family Restaurant - Lindstrom
Lindstrom is a town with a Swedish heritage, so it only makes sense that a Swedish restaurant would crop up within its borders. This cozy spot has a friendly atmosphere that'll make you feel right at home. Their menu offers many favorites, with many guests preferring a hearty breakfast.
Address: 12678 Lake Boulevard, Lindstrom.
3. Happy's Drive-In - Onamia
Happy's is a family-owned restaurant that serves fantastic food. This cute spot is a nice place to stop as you travel north on Highway 169. After you polish off your meal, you can grab a hand-dipped ice cream cone to enjoy in the car.
Address: 11373 Stevens Road, Onamia.
4. Chisago House Restaurant - Taylors Falls
The Chisago House offers well-priced comfort food from its cute location in Taylors Falls. They offer up daily specials, all-day breakfast, and a weekend buffet. No matter when you go, you're guaranteed a tasty meal that will remind you of home.
Address: 361 Bench Street, Taylors Falls.
5. Jimmy's Family Restaurant - Walker
Up in northern Minnesota, this restaurant is a step up from diner fare. This beautiful restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with comfortable booths and lovely tables. In addition, the staff is all smiles as they serve your delicious food. Anything you order is bound to be good, but the breakfast is particularly tasty.
Address: 371 North Park Street Northwest, Walker.
6. Svoboda's Spotlite Family Restaurant - Garrison
Like many other small-town restaurants, this family kitchen is notable for its all-day breakfast. Guests have the choice between several classic options, including bacon and eggs or biscuits and gravy. It breakfast isn't quite what you're after, Svoboda's also offers many great sandwiches.
Address: 9563 Madison Street, Garrison.
7. Countryside Restaurant - Long Prairie
This little diner is just what you need if you're after a homestyle meal. They serve breakfast all day, but there are many other menu offerings as well. The chicken dinner, served with mashed potatoes and a dinner roll, is a hit among local patrons. They also offer up some tasty dessert options that will satisfy your sweet tooth after a savory meal.
Address: 10 Lake Street South, Long Prairie.
8. Roadside Restaurant - Aitkin
This homey spot is the ideal place to stop if you're feeling a little road-weary. The friendly staff will set you up with a homestyle meal that will fill you up. The breakfast is great, and many also love their broasted chicken. Big portions, low prices, and a family feel await.
Address: 306 2nd Street Northeast, Aitkin.
9. Del's Cafe - St. Charles
Here's a little cafe that will make you feel right at home as soon as you walk in the door. This is your typical small-town spot, with many locals stopping in for breakfast or lunch. If you crave a filling meal in a busy atmosphere, stop at Del's.
Address: 1012 Whitewater Avenue, St. Charles.
10. Farm Market Cafe - Onamia
This Onamia restaurant specializes in seasonal, local foods that will bring fresh flavor no matter what you order. They serve up made-from-scratch American fare, including a rotating selection of homemade breads every day. Whether you order a full breakfast or a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup, you're in for a treat.
Address: 108 Wall Street South, Onamia.
11. Tarsilla's - Stewartville
This southern Minnesota restaurant is an ideal place to get a taste of life in small-town Minnesota. The cozy atmosphere combined with the friendly service makes for a great experience. Couple that with the delicious, menu offerings, and you've got a winner.
Address: 112 North Main Street, Stewartville.
Have you ever visited any of these family kitchens? Do you know of any other great family kitchens? Let us know in the comments below!