Winona, in the northern state of Minnesota, is a small city found in the beautiful area of protected natural landscape known as the Bluffs. As a result, the area is popular with wildlife fans and those looking for picturesque woodland and lakeside hiking trails. The city itself is historic, with the entire downtown area a protected Historic District. Check out The Culture Trip’s recommendations for Winona’s best restaurants.
Blue Heron Coffeehouse
Blue Heron Coffeehouse emphasizes community spirit and great food. The perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, or simply a cup of coffee, this café offers delicious lighter bites, including sandwiches, salads, and soup. It focuses on locally sourced produce and offers local artists and musicians the opportunity to showcase their work. The food changes seasonally, and everything is prepared fresh. The interior is modern and bright and is popular with students from the nearby university.
Address: 162 W 2nd St, Winona, MN, USA, +1 507 452 7020
For those looking for an alternative to the classic burgers or pizzas, Little Thailand uses fresh ingredients to create authentic Thai dishes. The restaurant makes use of Thai flavors such as coconut milk, lemon grass, and ginger — there is no sign of dishes being watered down to suit Western palates, and the spice level is not for the faint-hearted. The restaurant offers the option of either eating in or taking it to go, and with very few other options in the area with a similar cuisine, Little Thailand is a must-visit.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-7:30pm; Sat 11am-7pm
Watch out for: Spicy flavors
Rocco’s Pub & Pizza
With two locations across Winona (one at each end of town), Rocco’s Pizza is one of the city’s best known pizza joints. It first opened back in 1958 and is still family owned; the dough is homemade, and the sauce is still the original recipe introduced by Rocco himself. The restaurant offers take-out as well as the option to eat in, and diners can create their own pizza from a selection of toppings. A great spot for tasty Chicago-style pizzas.
Address: Multiple Locations in Winona, MN, USA
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