Lake Getaways Without The Crowds
Lake Vermilion trip guide: Where to eat
Burntside Lodge Fine dining meets stunning scenery along Burntside Lake, where well-heeled guests dine on seasonally inspired dishes like pan-seared duck breast with a blueberry miso glaze and sake-marinated fruit (218/365-3894; burntside.com).
Italian Bakery A longtime family-owned bakery turns honey, butter, eggs, walnuts and brown sugar into amazing multilayered potica (pronounced po-TEE-sah). Fans also can order it online (877/747-3464; potica.com).
Mary's Morsels and Catering Adorable teddy bears and hanging plants outside give a homey feel to this bistro, which specializes in Iron Range favorites like pasties and sarmas (218/744-3323).
Montana Cafe It's the only sit-down restaurant in Cook, and luckily this little cash- or check-only cafe has good diner food, prices and service (218/666-2074).
Vermilion Club Burgers, wings, 24-inch pizzas and cold beer define a slightly seedy sports bar along the lake; hot, chewy, rich popovers accompany delicious barbecue ribs (218/753-6277).
Pictured: Bacon and blue cheese flavor the spinach salad at Burntside Lodge.