Midwest Living Review
Duluth's rich past comes to life in this near-centennial establishment overlooking the Big Lake. From the massive wood doors that usher you in, to the authentic wood paneling and historic fireplace, to the tables worn with nearly 100 years of use, there is nothing inauthentic at the Pickwick, including the food. Menu items, which range from traditional American fare to dishes honoring the region's strong cultural ties (think walleye, whitefish and pickled herring), are made from scratch daily. The smoked whitefish appetizer is a new favorite. The two burgers we tried -- a hickory burger with cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, pickles, onions, lettuce and tomato; and a deep-fried pepperjack burger, a battered and fried burger stuffed with pepperjack cheese -- were delicious. The toppings were fresh, the cheese melty but not oily, the bacon crisp. Sides, including broiled tomatoes topped with freshly grated parmesan, added a layer of creativity you don't often see in Duluth. (Fries are also available, if you prefer.) Both burgers came to around $10. Tourists and locals vie for the limited tables providing a million-dollar view of Lake Superior. Dinner prices are high for the area but that doesn't stop this place from being packed on the weekends. Those looking to save a few bucks and not wait for seating should take advantage of cheaper lunch prices and specials. The Pickwick was in the same family for generations. In 2010, that family sold it, leaving many Duluthians on edge about what would become of this historic landmark. Today, it is clear the new owners are moving the restaurant forward while respecting the strong traditions that make this place unique.