Published in Minnesota
January 13, 2022
There are hundreds of great restaurants in Minnesota. It would take years to visit them all – and in that time even more would open up. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 12 proven Minnesota restaurants that you can visit this year, one for each month. These restaurants serve delicious food in comfortable, inviting surroundings. You will find everything from steak and chicken to breakfast and pie – and more. There is a lot to enjoy at these places and you will soon see why when you visit. Read on below to see the full list of bucket list worthy restaurants we recommend trying this year:
In these uncertain times, keep in mind the security and consider adding destinations to your bucket list that you can visit at a later time.
January – Lindey’s Prime Steakhouse
A trip to Lindey’s is a great way to start the year. This old-school place has been around forever, and it’s easy to see why. The relaxed atmosphere is welcoming to everyone and the small menu contains just a few phenomenal items. If you’re a prime rib fan, have a look here to get meat cooked just the way you like it served with a salad and bottomless bread and potatoes. You will not be able to stop thinking about how amazing this meal was.
February – Brigittes Cafe
To get you through Minnesota’s long winter, try a February trip to Brigitte’s Cafe in St. Louis. Cloud area. Here you will find a relaxed dining room that attracts people from all over the world. The friendly staff will make you feel at home and so will the busy dining room. Then you can stock up on your favorite comfort foods: breakfast, sandwiches, burgers and more. This will be one of your favorite places to visit when you are in central Minnesota.
March – Coffee house
Coffee Cottage is a longtime place in the eastern Minnesota community of Harris. For those who know, this is a go-to place for unique homemade food. The menu is full of homemade favorites, from breakfast classics to burgers and sandwiches to roast beef, pork chops and fried chicken for dinners – and more. Every time you stop here, you are guaranteed friendly, fast service and great food. That’s why we recommend taking that road in March!
April – Brass rail
In April, you can take over for the small, unincorporated community in Grandy, Minnesota. Even though it is rural, you may find that many other people have also stopped to enjoy a meal on the Brass Rail. That’s because this restaurant’s award – winning fried chicken is considered some of the best in the state. Plates come with chicken, potatoes and slaw. It’s a winning combination that will definitely keep you full for the rest of the day. Not only that, but it will make you come back again and again.
May – Rapidan Dam Store
While the weather in Minnesota is getting hot, many seasonal restaurants are reopening their doors. In Mankato, the Rapidan Dam Store is a favorite. This little roadside place looks modest. But inside you will find some really tasty meals. The restaurant’s most famous offering is its pies, so be sure to order a slice (or two!) Before you go. If you’re planning a late spring trip to Minneopa Falls, this is a must-stop spot along the way.
June – Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop
When summer starts, you can head over to Stillwater to browse the charming streets of downtown and stroll along St. Croix River. When it’s time to eat, Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop is always a great choice. It is a charming dining room with an old-fashioned vibe. Interesting old signs and art decorate the walls, and the menu is full of American food favorites. There is nothing more delicious than a burger, french fries and a malt from this delicious place.
July – Lakeview Drive Inn
In July, head down to Winona, where you’ll find the oldest drive-in restaurant in the state. This charming place opened in 1938 and is still operating as a family owned and operated restaurant today. Look into a sunny summer day for a burger and fries, curd, a hot dog or a variety of other tasty specials. Do not forget to end your meal with a shake, a banana split or an ice cream. You can not go wrong with anything you get at this landmark restaurant in Winona, Minnesota.
August – Gordy’s Hi-Hat
End the summer with a trip to Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet, Minnesota. Opened in the 1960s, this restaurant retains the classic diner atmosphere inside and out. It’s a great place to stop for a bite on the way to and from the North Shore. The small town atmosphere is combined with the tasty menu full of burgers, chicken, fries and more to create a family-favorite restaurant in northern Minnesota. It is a must-stop place for summer travelers and we guarantee you will love it.
September – Rustic Inn Cafe
As summer approaches, it’s fun to visit cozy places like the Rustic Inn Cafe. This place in Two Harbors is a great choice for those going up the North Shore to see the leaves change. The cozy cabin atmosphere is welcoming – especially when the weather is cool – and the food is fantastic. You can not leave without trying a slice of pie. There are many options on the menu. In September, try giving the apple pie a spin. It will be a perfect, tasteful way to top off your trip to the North Shore. You will feel like coming back again and again!
October – Trestle Inn
Where is it better to be when the leaves change, than in the middle of a national forest? Trestle Inn is a little-known place hidden inside the Superior National Forest. It is relaxed and rustic, with classic comfort food that fills much of the menu. Stop in for a burger, a chicken sandwich, fish or any of the other wonderful menu items. If you’re out on an autumn trip in northern Minnesota, you might want to stop by this hidden restaurant with beautiful surroundings in October.
November – Yarusso Bros. Italian restaurant
Since 1933, Yarusso Bros. has Italian Restaurant served great spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli and more. It’s St. Paul’s oldest family-owned Italian restaurant, and it’s one of the nicest places to go when the weather starts to get cold. Stop in for an inviting meal consisting of pasta, handmade meatballs, chicken parmesan, sandwiches and more. You will find all your favorites here. Stop in for a warm, enjoyable dining experience and leave knowing that you’ve just had some of the most delicious Italian food available.
December – Duluth Grill
Many people visit Duluth during the holiday season. After all, Minnesota’s North Shore is absolutely beautiful under a blanket of snow – especially when dazzling Bentleyville lights up at night. When you are there in December, set aside time to visit Duluth Grill. This award-winning restaurant has excellent food throughout the day. Many people especially love to come for breakfast when you can get mouthwatering biscuits and gravy, omelettes, waffles, eggs benedict and more. There’s a reason this restaurant comes so highly recommended – it’s so good!
What do you think? Are there more you want to add? Tell us in the comments or by filling out our nomination form. And if you’re interested in some of our other suggestions for the year, take a look at our list of hikes you can take in Minnesota each month.
Address: Lindey’s Prime Steak House, 3600 Snelling Ave N, Arden Hills, MN 55112, USA
Address: Brigitte’s Cafe, 42 32nd Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301, USA
Address: Coffee Cottage Restaurant, 43821 Forest Blvd, Harris, MN 55032, USA
Address: The Brass Rail, 36868 MN-65, Grandy, MN 55029, USA
Address: Rapidan Dam Cafe, 54116 Glory Ln, Mankato, MN 56001, USA
Address: Lakeview Drive Inn, 610 E Sarnia St, Winona, MN 55987, USA
Address: Gordy’s Hi-Hat, 415 Sunnyside Dr, Cloquet, MN 55720, USA
Address: Rustic Inn Cafe, 2773 MN-61, Two Harbors, MN 55616, USA
Address: Trestle Inn Restaurant & Saloon, 9459 Co Hwy 7, Finland, MN 55603, USA
Address: Yarusso Bros. Italian Restaurant, 635 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130, USA
Address: Duluth Grill, 118 S 27th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55806, USA