6373 Wynne Creek Dr.
Biwabik Minnesota 55708United States
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Timbers Restaurant, overlooking the Giant's Ridge ski runs, serves ale-battered walleye wraps, mango chicken salad, flatbread pizzas and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
If you can't decide what to order in this restaurant decorated in vintage photos of loggers, hockey players and skiers, go with a Minnesota theme. The ale-battered walleye comes nicely crisped with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes and a spicy tartar sauce in an easy-to-eat lunch wrap or on skewers as appetizer for $10. Or get wild rice soup with a grilled cheese sandwich with sliced apple, bacon and a drizzle of honey on top of cheddar for a salty-sweet combo. For visitors craving something more tropical or green, try the salad with grilled chicken, mango, coconut, mixed greens and mango vinaigrette. We tried the pickle slices deep-fried in panko crumbs ($9) and would skip them next time in favor of the onion petals. We also tried the chicken sliders ($9), which were fine but not special. The brisket tacos were kind of fun. The brisket meat, which could have been a little more moist, was pulled so finely that it piled on the tacos like a bad hair day. They came with tasty bacon and corn salsa. Dinners invite you to stay and linger longer with hand-cut ribeye ($22), macadamia-crusted walleye with lobster cream sauce ($21), or seared duck breast with acorn puree, cranberry relish and puffed wild rice. Ask for a table by the windows, and skiers' rhythmic swoosh downhill or sunset repainting the ridge can provide the entertainment.