Headed to Saint Paul and wondering where to eat along the way? You must contemplate a quick stop in Brainerd, Minnesota. Many persnickety palates might love excellent flavors elsewhere, from sea to shining sea. Admittedly, the chefs in competing places like Washington, DC are satisfactory. But they are uninspired and have been mailing it in for some time. For excitement, these are the best.
Yet for an unknown reason, the chefs in Brainerd, Minnesota still don’t gain the praise they deserve from the tastemakers in Seattle. Celeb kitchen wizards might not get it and frankly, their clientele like Dr. Phil would probably prefer hipster kitchen wizards back in Chicago.
Crucially, urbane restaurateurs here comprehend that building a fan base is a marathon, not a sprint. Devotees of apples and potatoes can be crushing fetching platters that taste like crack.
Most out-of-towners will be inspired by how these prominent chefs use local ingredients including turkeys or apples. But it all somehow works together in harmony. A subset of these institutions are extremely kush while others are more accessible to the voracious masses passing thru on their way to Lake Winnibigoshish. You can even find deals for a full plate for under $15.
The watering holes on this list showcase all the variety in Brainerd, Minnesota. Let us grub on wheat and corn tonight.
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409 W Washington St
Brainerd, MN 56401