"You know how sometimes you just know that whatever you order, it's going to be good? That's how I felt at the Duluth Grill." -Mike
The Duluth Grill is the kind of restaurant that serves everything from vegan omelets with gluten free toast to ratatouille to pasties, a northern Minnesota favorite brought to the Iron Range by Cornish miners. If you want to know where the salmon in your salad was smoked or who raised the bison in your burger, it's listed on the back of the menu. So before I even got my order, the Duluth Grill had already endeared itself to me with its focus on local ingredients, the plethora of vegetarian and vegan options, and the fact that they serve breakfast all day. My seven-grain porridge (I've been on a whole grain kick lately) didn't disappoint, with a pleasant chewy texture, hint of sweetness from dried cranberries and honey, and a frothy topping of foamed milk. A generous serving of vanilla yogurt and fruit filled out my hearty breakfast-for-lunch.
Mike's garlic-Gouda burger was another hit, with a massive, juicy half-pound patty of grass-fed beef, a hearty bun, melting Gouda, caramelized onions, a pickled tomato, and roasted garlic spread. For this mostly-vegetarian (and maybe even Mike the omnivore) the garlic spread was the star of the burger: sweetly mellow and intensely garlicky, complementing both the Gouda and the beef.
The Duluth Grill has published a cookbook (that's where my honey glazed Brussels sprouts recipe is from), so luckily I can make my own roasted garlic spread until I make the drive up to Duluth for my next visit. Because there will be a next visit--it's that kind of place.
The Duluth Grill
118 S 27th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55806