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Crooked Spoon Cafe

17 W. Wisconsin St.
Grand Marais  Minnesota  55604
United States
(218) 387-2779
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Midwest Living Review

Lisa Meyers McClintick
The crooked spoon theme hints at this downtown restaurant's unexpected riffs on fresh, seasonal meals.

The menu at this cozy wood-floored restaurant changes with the seasons, and most dishes contain interesting details and accents. For instance, the gourmet BLT ($9.25) adds a kick of cucumber curry mayo. Pork tenderloin rubbed with coffee and ancho chile arrives glazed with bourbon and molasses, and muffaletta sandwiches heap together olives, eggplant salad and roasted red peppers.

In the heart of the downtown district, Crooked Spoon hums with locals and tourists taking a break from shopping or a road trip through this quaint harbor community. Crooked triangular vases filled with bamboo sit at each table. For lunch, try sandwiches, salads or creative soups—think startling but yummy flavor combinations like apple, onion and blue cheese. (We recommend skipping the dry popcorn side dish and upgrading to fries or jicama slaw.) A generous wine selection complements dinner entrees like grass-fed hangar steak and fresh Lake Superior fish, most in the $17 to $20 range.

Finish with yummy vegan bittersweet chocolate and peanut butter tart on a crushed peanut crust ($5.95), or perhaps the bananas Foster brulee with vanilla bean ice cream ($7.95)

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