Every year Duluth gets more beautiful! I love that City. I'm not much of a Chow while there, as I am with family and as a group we go with tradition. However, I do have some time to myself and can explore a couple of places independantly. Here's summary of this year's trip:
Friday night: Take out. Was tired from PGA , got there at 8:30 pm, SouthPierInn takes deliveries...Went with a salad and chicken wing sampler from Green Mill. Green Mill is one of my more favorite chains - nothing gourment, but wings are alway good. The Jamaican are my fav - super spicy, jerk seasoning...
Saturday night: Grandma's. My least favorite chain, although I heard many have gone under so maybe it's not even a chain anymore. Wehad been on beach all day and kids were starved, so ate eary - 5:00. Started with onion rings. Overcooked. Brother had bowl of chicken wild rice soup - very floury, probably just been made. I had walleye plate - fish was good, once I took off the generic, overcooked breading. Sister's chicken tettrazini was lukewarm. Sides on the kids orders were all mixed up. Not a good meal. We always go here because three of us went to UMD and it brings back great memories, but the food has gotten so terrible we might just have to have a drink on the deck and call it a day next year.
Sunday afternoon: Family gone. I drove up the shore, trying to decide between Scenic Cafe (was there last year - great) and Nokomis. The Cafe was packed so I kept going. Had nice - not great - but nice lunch at Nokomis. The artichoke soup with potato crisp and lox garnishes was wonderful, except for quite a few inedible strings from the artichokes. Could have been more careful with that. The smoked whitefish cake was nice, but had several large bones. Again, could have been more careful. Also, had a 45 minute wait with no water refill before the second dish arrived. Lucky I had a fabulous view and the Sunday paper... Finished with a bibb lettuce salad - loved it - huge, perfect bibb leaves, lots of bacon, great gorganzola cheese, nice light vinaigrette. Would recommend this place with reservations.
Sunday night: There's a new Thai place next to Hell's Kitchen - Thai Krathong. Expensive ($17 for curry) but really really good! Huge shrimp in the Shrimp Yellow Curry - I'd have to say 8-10 count. Tried to special seafood in a light red curry. Again, huge shrimp, nice size scallops and beautiful mussels, with a nicely spiced light red sauce - this was my favorite. Also tried the shrimp app - stuffed with ground pork and deep fried - excellent, but sauces were on the tame side. They have full bar, good beer selection, high quality food, just need to kick up the spices. My guess is that they err on the conservative side for the Minnesota Tourist. That's fine, but they should then tell diners they should ask for the heat. I'll go again and ask for more spice.
Monday morn: packed some smoked whitefish from Russ's, cheese and water and hiked the dunes at the end of the Point.
Another great sojourn to Duluth!
p.s. One bit of sad news - the Bay Front Grocery on Park Point is closed.