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Duluth-area Thanksgiving Takeout Guide 2020

OMC Smokehouse turkey – Photo by Rolf Hagberg

The pandemic will quash many extended family and group gatherings this Thanksgiving. Opting out of cooking entirely and ordering takeout is a totally reasonable option for the smoldering dumpster fire that’s left of 2020.

A bevy of Twin Ports restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals to go, so no one has to miss out on a full turkey dinner with all the traditional trimmings. Below is Perfect Duluth Day’s list of options to soothe the cumulative stress induced by the past nine months with some savory comfort food.

Try to muster up some gratitude. Whatever you do, leave room for pie.

Schrodinger’s Beer: A Refutation of Quantum Physics from the Duluth Bar Scene

Latest Richardson brothers podcast episode. Full text below the jump.

R.I.P. Mike’s Western Cafe

In an Oct. 7 Facebook post, Mike and Deb Pracher announced the closing of their family restaurant at 2803 W. Superior St. in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District.

“With heavy hearts, we will be closing the doors of Mike’s Western Cafe after 38 years of business,” they wrote. “Thank you so much for your support over the years. We have met so many people, made lots of great friendships and made MANY lasting memories. We appreciate all of you more than you know. Thank you for everything.”

Mike Pracher told Fox-21 he was 23 years old when he bought the restaurant. He said the COVID-19 pandemic led to its demise. “I thought it was going to be a week, two, or three,” Pracher said. “It’s already been six months and I just can’t wait it out.”

Pracher also told Fox 21 he might someday open a restaurant in Carlton County.

Inching out…

I stopped by Blue Rock Coffee & Wine, kind of. It recently opened by the Miller Hill Mall, and I am enchanted by the idea of a wine bar. We haven’t had one in Duluth since the Minnesota Wine Exchange closed, unless I suppose you count the Spirit Room over in Superior. A wine bar feels like a place to taste, not to drink, if that distinction makes sense, and I’d love to have one in Duluth.

So I cruised through the drive through, having salivated over the menu, but being full from a full lunch. I ordered a peach iced tea, which tasted like actual tea, instead of a tea mix. That bodes well, as do the photos of the food.

Am I forgetting other places built for tasting wine, instead of drinking? Vikre is built for tasting gin, not for drinking it, if that helps.

Mama Roots: A Vegan Food Truck for the Twin Ports

Many restaurants are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic since dining in has been prohibited. In this time of uncertainty, two bold young women are prepping to launch a vegan food truck the likes of which the Twin Ports has never seen.

If all goes as planned, Mama Roots will start popping up in parking lots with its big blue school bus in late June. The mobile restaurant will serve up plant-based, globally inspired cuisine.

Duluth’s Lark o’ the Lake Café won’t reopen

2016 photo by Lissa Maki

Representatives of Lark o’ the Lake Café announced on Facebook yesterday that their eatery in the Greysolon Plaza will not reopen. It has been closed since mid-March, when Minnesota restaurants were ordered to cease dine-in service as part of the Stay-at-home Order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Menu: Wasabi Japanese Cuisine

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day continues to showcase local take-out and delivery dining options with “The Menu.”

Wasabi Japanese Cuisine is available for take-out through its drive-through window. Orders can be placed ahead of time by calling 715-718-8033 or through wasabisushisuperior.com.

Current Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays: noon to 9:30 p.m.

The Menu: New Scenic Café

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day continues to showcase local take-out and delivery dining options with “The Menu.”

New Scenic Café is available for both curbside pickup and deliveries. Orders can be placed at newsceniccafe.com/store. The meal kit service, “Mise en Place Marketplace,” offers a variety of options for delivery within a 30-mile radius of the center of Duluth. In addition to prepared meals, grocery store items will begin to appear in the online store as the service is continued.

Pick-up and Delivery Days:
Delivery and pickup for meal kits and other foods is available on Mondays and Fridays only.

Orders placed Sunday through Wednesday are delivered on Friday from noon to 5 p.m. or are available for pickup on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

Orders placed on Thursday through Saturday are delivered on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. or are available for pickup on Monday from noon to 2 p.m.

The Menu: Pizza Lucé

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day continues to showcase local take-out and delivery dining options with “The Menu.”

Pizza Lucé is available for both curb-side pickup and deliveries. There is no fee for having an order delivered. Orders can be placed by calling 218-727-7400. Vegan and gluten-free menu options are available. The menu can be viewed at pizzaluce.com/menu.

Current Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
*Some weekend days may include earlier start times for breakfast specials. See their Facebook page for updates.

The Menu: Foster’s Sports Bar & Grill

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day is back with another episode of the “Daily Menu.” Each day, we showcase another local take-out option.

Foster’s Sports Bar & Grill is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for pickup and delivery. Orders can be made by calling 218-727-7002. Daily specials and limited menu items can be found on their Facebook page.

Daily Menu: Gannucci’s Italian Market

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day is back with another episode of the “Daily Menu.” Each day, we showcase another local take-out option.

Gannucci’s Italian Market is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for take-out and curbside pick-up. Orders can be made by calling 218-624-2286 and can be paid over the phone. To have orders delivered to their car, customers can give a description of their vehicle.

Fire in Grand Marais: Crooked Spoon Cafe engulfed


A fire broke out in downtown Grand Marais during the noon hour at the Crooked Spoon Cafe, 17 W. Wisconsin St. The blaze spread to two adjoining gift shops, Picnic and Pine and White Pine North. All three buildings were destroyed.

Daily Menu: Gronk’s Bar & Grill

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day is back with another episode of the “Daily Menu.” Each day, we showcase another local take-out option.

Gronks Bar & Grill is available for pickup daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m by calling 715-398-0333. Delivery is available for those within a five-mile radius of the restaurant between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Their full menu can be viewed here. Today’s Easter special is below:

Daily Menu: Bridgeman’s Restaurant

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day is back with another episode of the “Daily Menu.” Each day, we showcase another local take-out option.

Bridgeman’s Restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for curbside pickup and delivery with Food Dudes. Use the code “April2020” through the month of April when ordering online to wave the delivery fee. Pick-up orders can be made by calling 218-727-0196. The restaurant is closed on Easter Sunday.

Daily Menu: Cedar Lounge

As we continue staying safe with our social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day is back with another episode of the “Daily Menu.” Each day, we showcase another local take-out option.

Cedar Lounge is open from noon to 6 p.m. daily for takeout of Earth Rider Brewery six packs, crowlers, kegs, merchandise and snacks. The bartender services customers from across a six-foot table with self-serve payment. The touch screen is sanitized after every use. In addition to continuing to serve beer and snacks, Cedar Lounge is holding virtual music performances and events on its Facebook Page. For more information or to arrange a pick-up order, call 715-394-7391.

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