Restaurant Awards

The North Shore’s Favorite Restaurants 

Northern Wilds readers know where to satisfy their wide-ranging appetites. This year, around 600 people voted in our annual 2017 Reader’s Choice Restaurant Awards. Thank you to everyone who participated and to the restaurants who promoted the contest to their customers. 

Who has the Best?

Appetizers
1st: Cascade Restaurant
2nd: Grandma Ray’s
3rd: Gun Flint Tavern

Steak
1st: Harbor House
2nd: Crooked Spoon
3rd: Ely Steakhouse

Burger
1st: My Sister’s Place
2nd: Cascade Restaurant
3rd: Northwoods Family Grill

Fish
1st: Angry Trout
2nd: Dockside Fish Market
3rd: Lemon Wolf

Pizza
1st: Sven & Ole’s
2nd: Sydney’s
3rd: My Sister’s Place

Soup
1st: Cook County Whole Foods Co-op
2nd: Crooked Spoon
3rd: Cascade Restaurant

Salad
1st: Angry Trout
2nd: Lemon Wolf
3rd: Crooked Spoon

Breakfast
1st: Cascade Restaurant
2nd: Blue Water Cafe
3rd: Vanilla Bean

Baked Goods
1st: World’s Best Donuts
2nd: Coho Cafe
3rd: Louise’s Place

Sweets
1st: Gunflint Mercantile
2nd: Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
3rd: Harbor House

Coffee
1st: Java Moose
2nd: Fika
3rd: TIE: Cedar Coffee Company & Vanilla Bean

Wine
1st: North Shore Winery
2nd: Lutsen Resort
3rd: Crooked Spoon

Cocktails
1st: Gun Flint Tavern
2nd: Grandma Ray’s
3rd: Black Water Lounge

Beer Selection
1st: Gun Flint Tavern
2nd: Voyageur Brewery
3rd: Boathouse Brew Pub & Restaurant

Regional Craft Beer
1st: Voyageur Brewery
2nd: Castle Danger Brewery
3rd: Gun Flint Tavern

Happy Hour
1st: Cascade Restaurant
2nd: Raven Rock at Skyport Lodge
3rd: Gun Flint Tavern

Music Venue
1st: Papa Charlie’s
2nd: Gun Flint Tavern
3rd: Grandma Ray’s

Fine Dining
1st: Crooked Spoon
2nd: Lutsen Resort
3rd: New Scenic Cafe

Artistic Flare from the Chef
1st: Crooked Spoon
2nd: New Scenic Cafe
3rd: Harbor House

Use of Regional Ingredients
1st: Angry Trout
2nd: Duluth Grille
3rd: Insula

Ethnic Fare
1st: Hughie’s
2nd: Gun Flint Tavern
3rd: TIE: Va Bene Caffe & Northern Lights Roadhouse

Northwoods Character
1st: Trail Center
2nd: Cascade Restaurant
3rd: Lemon Wolf

View
1st: Angry Trout
2nd: Sydney’s
3rd: Bluefin Grille

Worth the Drive
1st: Trail Center
2nd: Cascade Restaurant
3rd: TIE: Lemon Wolf & Vanilla Bean

Kid-friendly Menu
1st: Dairy Queen
2nd: Sven & Ole’s
3rd: My Sister’s Place

Vegetarian-friendly Menu
1st: Duluth Grille
2nd: Cascade Restaurant
3rd: Gun Flint Tavern

Server or Bartender
1st: Sara Tate at Blue Water Cafe
2nd: Flavia Alvarez at Cascade Restaurant
3rd: Shem Falter at Moguls

Speedy Service
1st: Hughie’s
2nd: Cascade Restaurant
3rd: Blue Water Cafe

Take-out
1st: Hughie’s
2nd: Sven & Ole’s
3rd: My Sister’s Place