Brew Ales & Eats

111 Veterans Memorial Pkwy
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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What a nice surprise! Great selection of beer and nice eclectic menu. Everything was fresh and tasty with healthy serving portions. Service was great too! Not good for large groups as the space and tables are small.
Really great place. Very cool decor: lots of wood, very comfortable setting. For food, we only had an appetizer. We ordered the Poutine and it was amazing! Seriously fantastic! My only reason for not giving 5 stars is because I sort of felt like the beer selection was one dimensional. Lots of Pale Ales. Would have liked to see an amber or a lager. Don't get me wrong, they have a lot of interesting beers, I just felt like there wasn't a ton of variety. Having said that, Brew does have a full bar, so you have lots of options. A couple of people at our table tried the berry mojito and it was great.
Our first time in Detroit Lakes and we needed a place to eat. This place seemed to have the best rating so we went. Could not have been happier with our choice. The bar and inside seating area was packed but there was an empty table under the canopy outside. the night was cool but there was a fire in the fireplace. We had a real nice visit from the mother of the owner and invited another couple to join us at our table that was close to the fire. I had the Goat cheese and chicken quesadilla, that was very good, and my wife had the Reuben, which was also very good. Others at the tables around us said there meals were excellent. We really enjoyed our meal and the company. If we're ever back this way we'll surely stop again.

(218) 844-5932

American (New), Bars, Sandwiches

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Bleacher’s Bar & Grill

25807 County Hwy 22
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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Came here with my family for dinner and we weren't disappointed. When we got there it was very busy but we got are table fast. Are waiter was nice and took are order very quickly. I got the bleacher burger and it was amazing. The fries and onion rings were also very good. I would defiantly go there again.
It's expensive, the burger wasn't good, and they have the gall to charge almost $10 for a burger served with horrible chips. Will not return.
We went there over Memorial Day weekend and it was a pleasant surprise. After trying a few of the other local hotspots and finding them too busy, we pulled up to Bleachers. I read a few reviews as I always do and it looked like it recently had new ownership. The one fairly negative review about the dog seems like someone who will never be happy and maybe didn't realize she's at the lake...on a patio...and at a sports bar... Anyway, the atmosphere is good, lots of TVs , high top tables, patio seating and some longer tables to fit larger groups. We were quickly addressed by the wait staff who were extremely friendly. The menu is full of great burgers and sandwiches, perfect for a hang over or just some good old fashioned indulgence. My mom is gluten free and they were happy accommodate her as well. We ordered a variety of burgers and sandwiches, all of which came with some great fries. The new owner stopped by a few times to ensure that all of the food and drinks were good. He's an extremely nice guy who you can see wants to turn Bleachers into a lakeside staple. All in all, this place meets all expectations I had prior to going and I will definitely be back!

(218) 844-6820

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The Social Cup

415 Washington Ave N
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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Very good espresso and espresso drinks. Very clean and nice decor.Very friendly wait staff.

(218) 844-2633

Coffee & Tea

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Dairy Queen-Mall

Washington Square Mall
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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What a pleasant surprise. I have been to many a Dairy Queen, but this one was fast, friendly and affordable. Located inside of a mall, I was expecting a bit busier atmosphere, but there was no wait. Rather quick service, friendly staff, and cozy environment if you are one to enjoy reading. There is no restaurant music playing throughout the store. Also, if you are looking for combo meal deals, this one was scarce outside of their chicken strip basket. Definitely reccomend this eatery. I would come back. Cleanliness: On point! Staff: Friendly Food: Very Fresh Atmosphere: Enjoyable Ice Cream: Killer.

(218) 847-8154

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Jimmy John’s

147 Veteran's Memorial Pkwy
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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(218) 844-7800

Sandwiches

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Zorbaz on the Lake

402 W Lake Dr
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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Really fun atmosphere. Great bartenders. I always assume places like this are going to be all flash and no substance, but the food was actually really great as well! We tried the pizzas, which were awesome; the nachos, also very good; and my wife had a burrito which she said was also really, really good. Looked like everybody in this place was having a good time. We will definitely be back the next time we visit DL.
Second Visit... I decided to take a pizza to go this time as it was a wicked packed Sunday evening and I just wanted to get home after tubing. The pizza was ready by the time I was quoted on the phone, which is great. The woman who answered the phone was very friendly. The bartender who took care of my transaction was also very polite as well. The pizza was ten times better this time as well. There was literally no resemblence to the pizza I got in my first review. The sauce was sweeter and more fresh. The cheese was much much more unique tasting and fresh. The crust was thinner, softer and better, bordering on too thin but still alright. I'll likely try Zorbaz the next time I go tubing in DL to break the review tie.
I ordered the Taco Pizza and it was okay but not as good as many others I have had. The bartender takes your order and he was a surly fellow not what you want in a service business. The chips and salsa again are nothing to shout about and I have had better salsa in a jar. I don't understand the hype about this place and unless I stopped for a beer after a day at the beach I wouldn't revisit this place.

(218) 847-5305

Mexican, Pizza, Bars

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La Barista

Washington Square MA,808 Washington Ave
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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I really enjoyed what La Barista's game here. I walked in craving a good cup of dark roast (which I enjoyed) then caved in for a breakfast wrap & I am not disappointed. Many shops around DL are more historic, but La Barista rides that fine line between modern & boutique. Definitely coming back when the family only brews Foldgers at the cabin!
Coffee shop with sandwiches (panini or wrap), soups, salads and smoothies. Breakfast stuff too. Not familiar with all of Detroit Lakes restaurants, but this beats Perkins and Country Kitchen! I had the seasonal Blackberry Spinach Balsamic salad with chevre and toasted pecans. Terrific! Had a chocolate chip scone too. I was thinking a coffee shop would have lots of baked goods and treats, but all I saw were two types of scones on the counter. Didn't notice anything on the chalkboard menu either. The scone was pretty flavorless. (I will admit to being a baked good snob...) One in our group ordered a mango smoothie and loved it! Something the on-line menu or chalkboard menu doesn't mention is that they do offer gluten free bread options for any of their sandwiches. One in our group ordered the veggie panini on the gluten free bread and had a fruit cup instead of chips. It wasn't anything special, but did the trick.
One star is pushing it! Came in for a late lunch and still waited over 40 min for a COLD Caesar Chicken Wrap! Really?!? Service sucked - unfriendly and disappointed. Will NEVER recommend this to anyone. When food finally arrived - wrong order. No apologies. Annoyed!!

Coffee & Tea, Wine Bars

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Lakeside Tavern

200 W Lake Dr
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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The best part about this place is the outdoor patio directly across the street from Lake Detroit. It's a fun bar and a very casual environment. I would have given it five stars, except they don't serve food late enough. I tried to go here once for dinner pretty late, and the waitress said we could order food, but then reneged. All in all, I will definitely be going back for drinks next time I am in town.
I can only imagine this place in summer! Right across from the lake, great deck and killer view. Even in winter it was fun and we were watching all the ppl ice fishing on the frozen water. 2 for 1 big ass steins of beer, kitchy type atmosphere, down to earth locals and hella fine waitstaff, Hi Kayla ;) Came here after a failed day on the slopes and to kick back. Beers were great, food was more on the mehh side but hey, its bar food. Onion rings were good but the chili tasted like Hormel out of a can. No ample cheese or extra spices to liven it up. The wings were oh so typical too but I guess my friends and I have truly been spoiled with trying varieties of amazing wings over the past year. Either way it wouldnt stop me from coming back and trying something else. The ambiance and vibe alone is so welcoming and chill that I've already started mental planning my return summer trip !
We are traveling in our RV with our dog and thought this would be a nice place to stop for lunch and walk the pup, but no it wasn't. No dogs, cats or alcohol allowed in and public place... period. I get it.... sometimes. So we left the pup in the RV and went in for a bite. I ordered the Taco salad and it was terrible, old stinky lettuce, really bad. The reason I'm giving this 2 stars is that it looked like the burgers were pretty good, so maybe it's just the greens? My final pet peeve is the use of plastic throw away containers for salsa and salad dressings. If you must wash dishes why not have containers for the dressings that go in the dishwasher? Seems wasteful to me. Is it just me? At least there was a view of the lake. The politics about pets are over the top.

(218) 847-1891

Bars, Burgers, Pizza

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The Fireside

1462 E Shore Dr
Detroit Lakes, 56501
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Stopped in here on the way to see Three Dog Night at Shooting Star Casino. When I walked in I was blown away by its beauty. It's a huge, gorgeous restaurant perched on Big Detroit Lake. Screened in outdoor patio is beautiful with old canoes as bookshelves and a gorgeous bar. Quite breathtaking to say the least. I see some here complaining about the price of the food. Yes, it's not bar food, you're going to pay steak and seafood dinner prices but I felt they were very reasonable. Huge wine list. Unfortunately we had a lousy experience. Our server who was super nice, got slammed by a huge group in another room and could barely get back to our table to get us more drinks and take our order. She basically ignored us all night. My husband had to walk in the bar and order drinks himself, and also walk into the dining room and inform the hostess we were ready to order. I think we sat for 1 1/2 hours before she took our dinner order. My beef isn't so much with her, but the DOOFUS "manager" on duty who had to have seen us rubber necking for close to 2 hours and did nothing! What exactly are your job duties dumb ass? Also, all the other servers on the patio area had to notice our empty glasses and the fact that we were the first seated and the only ones not eating or drinking! Why they couldn't have told the manager to check on us, or for our server to head over was disappointing. He never once walked by our table to check on us or the other guests. He just hung in main dining room and that was it . Very poor management skills. I ended up taking my walleye to go because it was getting close to show time and after writing a check for over $125.00 - somebody should have apologized and recognized the poor service we received but I guess they didn't care.
Great hamburgers and view, excellent wait staff!
This place was okay, but was completely overpriced and underwhelming. Let me begin with the decor. We sat on the patio, which was lovely. It looked out on the water and was very comfortable. However, from there things went a bit downhill. The waitress was quite unfriendly, and didn't seem to have tried anything on the menu. Everything we asked about she said she had never had. That's your job! Jeez. It took at least 30 minutes to get our appetizer, which was decent. The dinners came out maybe 45 minutes later, and were generally okay. I had coconut shrimp, which were quite tasty, but were $26 for 5 measly shrimp. I thought the side dishes of creamed spinach, creamed corn, and Szechwan green beans were delicious, but didn't make up for the very high price. My mother's chicken pasta was not well received at all. The waitress had recommended it, having never tried it of course, because "we sell a lot of it." I'm not really sure why. My father had the mushroom ravioli, which was tasty, but was a tiny portion, especially given the very high price. I also thought they were extremely unconscientious. I ordered the green beans with no cashews because my sister has a nut allergy. When my sister ordered the cheesecake, the waitress did not bother to point out that the cheesecake was peanut butter. I mean, really. Put a little effort in. I think The Fireside gets away with average food at outrageous prices because there are very few nice restaurants in the area. It's really a shame.

(218) 847-8192

American (New), Steakhouses

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Miguel’s Tacos

Highway 10 E
Detroit Lakes, 56501
Reviews:
Sweet. Delicious. Tacos. 5 Star rating says it all. No matter what you order - you cannot go wrong.
Not saying this place is bad, but it's just not great. Ironically we had been to Taco John's (my favorite fast food Mexican restaurant with 57 years of experience behind this opinion) the previous day. We split a Burrito Supreme, two tacos and a tostada. We then ended up at Miguel's Tacos on the second day of our road trip, and because of the rave reviews on TA, we knew we had to stop and enjoy. We ordered the same food items and decided: the burrito supreme (they call it the "Excel" at Miguel Taco's), was not the supreme but indeed the mediocre. The tacos were comparable in quality and flavor but they were smaller, and the tomatoes were "pink/white"....ick. I also vastly prefer the salsas at Taco John's. The "super spicy" salsa at Miguel Taco's is actually a buffalo sauce, and the other two salsas just weren't as good. The tostada was what wasted them. The refried beans were much too salty, it had zero tomatoes, much too much cheese and the shell was soggy/chewy. Taco Johns continues to trump the Mexican fast food market in my opinion and Miguel Tacos just is not a contender.
Even whiter than Taco Bell. Bland food and small portions. Place was clean and ingredients were fresh but not much else going for it.

(218) 847-1276

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