This one's a bit of a trek, over the bridge in Superior, Wisconsin (a 10-minute drive), but worth it for the aggressive, spicy beers to wash down hand-tossed pizzas.
Foodies travel from far and near to New Scenic Cafe, eight miles beyond Duluth on Old Hwy 61. There, in a humble wood-paneled room, they fork into rustic salmon with creamed leeks or a slice of triple berry pie, ser…
To continue the nautical theme, tour this mighty 610ft Great Lakes freighter.
One of the country's few freshwater aquariums; the highlights here include the daily stingray feedings at 2pm, and the otter tanks.
The Amazing Grace serves sandwiches in a hippyish café with folk music some evenings.
The Taste of Saigon cooks Vietnamese meals, including vegetarian dishes like mock duck.
Earthy and pinewood-boothed, Chester Creek plates omelets, tempeh Reubens, Thai tofu curry, and fish and meat dishes. It's in the university area, about 2 miles from downtown.
It cooks great brunches and gourmet pizzas (vegan and gluten-free versions too). It's also plugged into the local music scene and hosts bands. Fully licensed.
It's a classic for sandwiches and pizza, plus beer at the attached Pickled Herring Pub. Go ahead: ask about the lutefisk pizza.
Ecofriendly Angry Trout Cafe grills fresh-plucked lake fish in a converted fishing shanty.