Ways to Enjoy the Local Food Scene
We have lots of choices here and where to eat and drink is no exception. Fine dining, gourmet coffee, dockside dining, grab-n-go, and sweet treats. If you’re not in the mood to leave the lake, no problem. Take out or catering options mean you don’t have to!
Vacation coffee just tastes better. There’s no to-do list following your morning cup. Instead, you can take your time sipping, relaxing, and enjoying the start to your day. Or if you need to get a little work done, bring your laptop and take advantage of fast wi-fi. You’ll find iced coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, and even teas at local coffee shops around Brainerd, Nisswa, Pequot, and Crosslake!
Many of our local establishments have chefs that are consistently creating new and flavorful dishes. You’ll find unique twists on old favorites or contemporary plates that haven’t been seen before. Looking for something to try? Pan fried, blackened, or on a sandwich, walleye is classic Minnesota dish! During the busy summer and fall seasons reservations are strongly recommended.
If you’re looking for authentic Italian, check out Maucieri’s in Crosslake. A true family restaurant. The sauce, or gravy as they like to call it, is a family secret recipe passed down from Italy.
Norway Ridge Supper Club has 73 years of family traditions. Many of the original recipes are still used today.
Bar Harbor Supper Club’s history dates back to 1937 when it started as a liquor and gambling nightspot. A rebuild and a few remodels later, this iconic hot spot features high quality food on the shores of Gull Lake!
Sometimes you just need grab a quick meal when you’re on the run to your next adventure. Burgers, fries, subs, soups, and pizza are just some of the quick bites you can find. What if you’re on the water? No problem. On some of our bigger chains of lakes you’ll find dockside food service. Grab food to go while watching the sun going down is the perfect end to a good day.
Vacations are supposed to be low stress. We have catering businesses that will you work with you to create and deliver the perfect meal for a special occasion or a low-key extended family gathering. Giving you more time to enjoy time at the lake.
Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer evening?! Or maybe some handmade chocolates (drool). You’ll also find some sweet pie that is almost too pretty to eat—almost. From homemade baked goods, oodles of ice cream, or even eclectic candy, you’ll feel like a kid again!
The Quirky Meat Raffle
It’s a Minnesota thing. You’ll find meat raffles at bars and fraternal clubs from Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, and Crosslake. What is a meat raffle? Well, it’s charitable gambling (proceeds go to any number of organizations) with a side of meat. Head to a local watering hole, buy raffle tickets, and wait to hear if your number is called. There are usually several rounds and chances to win various meats and sometimes seafood
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