Minnesota October 09, 2017
The Tiny Town In Minnesota With The Most Scrumdiddilyumptious Restaurants
If you’re a food lover in Minnesota, you probably know that some of our best restaurants are a little off the beaten track. Sure, the Twin Cities have a slew of incredible, well-known restaurants. But there is something about a small-town dining experience that makes it taste just a little better. We found one tiny town in southeastern Minnesota that has some fantastic restaurants. It may be a bit of a drive, but you won’t be sorry once you have your first bite.
Rushford, Minnesota, has a population of just 1,731 people.
The town is located in southeastern Minnesota, about 25 miles south of Winona. The gorgeous beauty of this hilly region is made even greater by the Root River, which winds its way through the town. Though small, Rushford's restaurants generate quite a buzz.
First up is Stumpy's Restaurant and Bar, located at 122 West Jessie Street in Rushford.
Stumpy's has an unassuming exterior, but don't that stop you from giving it a go. You'll be impressed with the fantastic service, hometown atmosphere, and generous servings. there is a new special every day, such as burger Mondays or broasted chicken on Sundays. As an added bonus, if you arrive in Rushford early enough, you can even stop in at Stumpy's for a hearty breakfast.
Next on the list is Il Luigi Italian Restaurant, located in a historic building at 100 West Jessie Street.
A stop at Il Luigi has twofold benefits. First, you get to take in the history of one of Rushford's historic buildings. Second, your meal will be prepared by a chef who has tons of knowledge and experience creating Italian cuisine. Whether you choose pasta, fish, or a simple salad, you will love the fresh flavors. If you're looking for great Italian food with small-town prices, this is your place.
If pizza is more your style, stop in at Creamery Pizza and Ice Cream. It's at 407 South Mill Street.
Like Il Luigi, the Creamery is housed in a historic building, this one built in 1915. The stone building and historic details make this a truly charming stop during your day in Rushford. After you take in the quaint surroundings, it's time for pizza. All of the pizzas at the Creamery are hand-tossed and can be topped with your choice between nearly two dozen different toppings. After pizza, grab an ice cream on your way out. In the summer months, there are over 30 options. In fall and winter, there is a more modest - but still large -variety, with 15 flavors on offer. With this much variety, you're sure to find something you love.
Next time you're up for adventure, head over to Rushford.
With several great restaurants, this small town has some of the tastiest food in all of Minnesota. If you want to make a day of it, check out Rushford's historic train depot, or check out the nearby Mystery and Niagara caves.
That’s it! Have you ever been to Rushford? Do you have any other favorite tiny towns with great restaurants? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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