Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, World’s Best Donuts is a must-visit during any trip to Grand Marais. Opened by Merieta Altrichter in 1969, the place is today run by her granddaughters, Stacey and Dee. Over its long history, World’s Best Donuts has received glowing recommendations from the likes of Minnesota Monthly and The New York Times. Guests will find regular plain, sugared and cinnamon sugared donuts alongside chocolate dipped and jelly-filled varieties. There are also plenty of other treats bound to tempt a sweet tooth, from apple turnovers to vanilla Bavarian cream-filled long johns.
Serving handcrafted American fare cooked up by chef-owner and Pennsylvania native Ed Straub, Harbor House Grille is one of Grand Marais’ year-round restaurants — and a popular one at that. Fresh and seasonal is the focus at Harbor House Grille. While its menu changes frequently, guests can expect dishes such as casual sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas. Also served are tempting entrées like duck confit in a cherry reduction or slow-cooked BBQ baby back ribs. Add to that indulgent, innovative desserts like crème brûlée with Minnesota maple syrup and caramelized bacon plus plenty of wine and Minnesota brewed beers. Then, you have a first-rate Grand Marais dining experience.
Harbor House Grille, 411 West Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN, USA, +1 218 387 1889
One of Grand Marais’ livelier spots, Gun Flint Tavern hosts live music at least three times a week. As the winner of three titles in the 2015 Northern Wilds Reader’s Choice Awards (Best Music Venue, Best Ethnic Fare and Best Beer Selection), it comes highly recommended too. Choose from sandwiches, pizzas and pasta or some of that award-winning ethnic food. The menu also features Mexican-inspired fare like pork quesadilla and dishes like Nova Scotia fisherman’s stew. Be sure to try a selection or two from Gun Flint Tavern’s extensive beer list. They’ve recently introduced their very own house-made brew, the Sawtooth Mountain Pale Ale, to the list.