Most of us love going to restaurants with unique decor or a huge crowd. But there’s nothing wrong with breaking bread somewhere a little more humble every once in a while. Not every restaurant has to have all the bells and whistles, after all. These 11 unsuspecting restaurants in Minnesota may not be among the world’s most beautiful or well-known restaurants, but their food is nothing short of delicious.
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1. Swedish Inn - Lindstrom
The Swedish Cafe is just one of many cute restaurants in the
unique town of Lindstrom, Minnesota
. But in a town with a Swedish heritage, it sticks out as one of the best. The restaurant has an unassuming exterior and a charmingly simple interior. The hometown aesthetic is completed by friendly staff and delicious food.
Address: 12678 Lake Boulevard, Lindstrom.
2. Trout Scream Cafe - Welch
You won't find much in the tiny community of Welch Minnesota. The main part of town is made up of the Trout Scream Cafe, a charming brick building standing next to what may be the world's cutest post office. It's a great small-town restaurant with a full breakfast and lunch menu - and great prices, too.
Address: 14689 Welch Trail, Welch.
3. Bonnie Rae's Cafe - Rollingstone
Bonnie Rae's Cafe is cuter than most. Even some of the most popular restaurants in Minnesota could learn a thing or two from the charming facade. The restaurant owes its obscurity to its location in the small southern Minnesota town of Rollingstone. But that hasn't stopped them from gaining its fair share of fans. People love Bonnie Rae's for its homestyle food served with a smile.
Address: 108 Main Street, Rollingstone.
4. Copper Lantern Family Restaurant - St. Cloud
Here's a no-frills restaurant that few have heard of - even those who live in St. Cloud. Copper Lantern's location on a busy street may cause some to overlook it, but it is a popular spot for those in the know. The main draw is breakfast, where staples like french toast or pancakes make you feel like you're back at home.
Address: 15 US-10, St. Cloud.
5. Sprouts on 5th - Sandstone
Sandstone is a small town of just under 3,000 people. But because it is home to Banning State Park, many more visit the town to take in its spectacular beauty. So it's not
too much of a surprise that a restaurant like Sprouts on 5th has made its home there. Fresh food made with organic ingredients draw in visitors and locals alike. Address: 421 Commercial Avenue North, Sandstone.
6. Bailey's Courtyard Cafe - Hibbing
When you're in the mood for comfort food, Bailey's Courtyard Cafe is just the place to go. They have a rotating menu of daily specials, so there's always something new to try. Or if you're craving something out-of-this-world amazing, their stuffed hash browns may be the way to go. Yes, they are exactly as good as they sound.
Address: 302 East Howard Street, Hibbing.
7. The Uptowner Cafe on Grand - St. Paul
This restaurant is located on a busy corner in St. Paul, but they've been quietly serving up one of the best breakfasts in the city for over a decade. It's a tiny restaurant with a small-town feel, but the food is so good. The Cajun Breakfast is a personal favorite, but you can't go wrong with anything you order.
Address: 1100 Grand Avenue, St. Paul.
8. Grant House Hotel & Eatery - Rush City
Even if you don't spend the night, the Grant House is a great spot to grab a bit if you're traveling down Highway 61. The restaurant has a historic charm that you just can't get in a lot of restaurants in larger cities. Plus, it is thought to be haunted. If you love good food and creepy stories, the Grant House is your restaurant.
Address: 80 West 4th Street, Rush City.
9. Brass Rail - Grandy
Located about 50 miles north of the Twin Cities along Highway 65, Grandy isn't the easiest restaurant to get to. But the drive is definitely worth the wait. This place is known for having the best roasted chicken in Minnesota, and people drive from miles to get a taste. Even though it's small, Brass Rail is hopping come dinnertime - especially on weekends.
Address: 36868 Highway 65 Northeast, Grandy.
10. The Barn - Brainerd
The Barn has been around for nearly 100 years, so they know a thing or two about making great food. The restaurant may be most known for its Maid-Rite sandwiches, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit. Between the casual atmosphere, great service, and fresh-baked pies, there's no reason
not to check this place out. Address: 711 Washington Street, Brainerd.
11. Wagon Wheel Cafe - Mankato
This classic cafe in downtown Mankato has been serving up great food since 1965. The world has changed a lot since then, but Wagon Wheel Cafe prides itself on its retro feel. The brand-new menu offers your favorite comfort food staples, and the entire restaurant has a friendly feel. Good food with a hint of nostalgia is what you'll find at Wagon Wheel.
Address: 609 South Front Street, Mankato.