Restaurants Posts

Lunch at JJ Astor rocks

Our office ate lunch today at JJ Astor. I tried the walleye with harrisa and basil slaw. So Yummy! And with a perfect Duluth day like today, the view was, of course, amazing! Check them out in the former Top of the Harbor space at the Radisson.

Canal Park Brewing Company

Plans for a brewpub in Canal Park are moving forward, targeting summer 2011 to open.

Canal Park Brewing Co.
300 Canal Park Drive
Former Duluth Spring Co. plant
Next to Canal Park Lodge

Overheard at Beijing Restaurant

Old Woman #1: “Do you have waffles?”
Counter Clerk: “No. We’re a Chinese restaurant.”
Old Woman #1: (loudly to friend, apparently hard of hearing) “They don’t have waffles.”
Old Woman #2: “Ask them if they have pancakes.”
Old Woman #1: “Do you have pancakes?”
Counter Clerk: “No. We only have Chinese food.”
Old Woman #1: (loudly) “No. They only have Chinese food.”
Old Woman #2: “Ask them if they have Chinese pancakes.”

Looks like Maya is expanding

Any news on when it’s opening?

Romano’s is Jacqui’s

What’s with the cute little curtains at Romano’s Grocery?

Romano’s, 231 E. Superior St., has been transformed into Jacqui’s Deli, Grocery and Gifts. Homemade soups and sandwiches is the focus.

It opened June 16.

G.B. Schneider & Co. open in West Duluth

G.B. Schneider Co. opened on Tuesday in the Denfeld Retail Center. It’s in the space formerly occupied by Grandma’s Grand Ave. Cafe. The focus is on comfort foods: ravioli, pot roast, meatloaf, etc.

Karl Spring interviews Alex Giuliani at Clyde Iron Works Restaurant

This video has been removed from YouTube.

Clyde Park Historical Timeline


The Clyde Iron Works restaurant and event center at Clyde Park is now open at 29th Ave. W. & Michigan St. in Duluth’s Friendly West End. Here’s a little Clyde historical timeline.

Eat Downtown: Duluth Restaurant Week

Eat Downtown: Duluth Restaurant Week

Duluth’s Downtown Waterfront is richly diverse in the types and styles of authentic food. For seven scrumptious days, May 10 – 16, 2010, residents and visitors of Duluth can take advantage of multi-course fixed-price menus at participating downtown waterfront restaurants.  Lunches are available for $10 and dinner is $20.  This is a perfect culinary showcase for our unique and distinctive downtown waterfront restaurants.

Trinity of Spring: Complete

I have it on good authority that A & Dubs is now open, completing the Trinity of Spring. This is A & Dubs 62nd year in business.

Duluth Salad Bars in 2010

So since everyone did me right on the cake question on my birthday, now I want to know: Other than Old Country Buffet, is there a restaurant in town that has a salad bar? I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

Mexico Lindo soft opening at Fitger’s

The news of Mexico Lindo’s soft opening leaked out in the comments to an old post on this site, but I missed that. I was out and about, though, and saw from Superior Street that someone was eating at a window seat.

It was mighty busy in there for a sort-of-unannounced opening, but there was plenty of staff on hand to deal with it. Predictably, a few things were spilled and confusion with how to place orders on the computer was noticeable, but all in all things went very well. The food was great. The Lindos Special ($11.25) could feed three people.

Trinity of Spring: 2010 Edition

PortLand Malt Shoppe has been open about two weeks.
Gordy’s Hi-Hat has been open about three weeks.
A & Dubs is still boarded up.

As you all know, it is not officially spring until the full trinity of seasonal favorites is open. Anyone with an inside track on when A & Dubs will open, please report. The number listed in the phone book “has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” Don’t worry, I think it is normal for A & Dubs’ phone to be disconnected out of season. It usually opens in mid-May.

Of related interest:
* Hacienda del Sol will open its outdoor courtyard on April 14.
* West Duluth Diary Queen is open.

The Duluth Photography Institute Public Event

There will be a public promotional event for the DPI at Valentini’s Restaurant on Monday, March 29th at 6:00pm. FREE with appetizers, a cash bar, and entertainment by singer/guitarist Emma Rustan. Please RSVP to the Facebook event, calling the DPI 218.393.2468, or by emailing [email protected]. Go to for more info on the DPI.

Hope to see you all there!

Earth Hour 2010

Designed: Chelsey L

Earth Hour will be coming back to the Duluth area this March! From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 27 the World Wildlife Fund asks individuals and businesses to turn off their lights for the hour. Nearly one billion people from 87 countries participated in Earth Hour last year!