DULUTH – It’s been more than a month since Minnesotans last waited for a table at their favorite restaurants.
Gov. Tim Walz banned in-person dining starting March 17, one of his earliest efforts aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The state’s stay-at-home order currently extends through May 18, but the governor has already warned that eateries and stores may very well have to adapt operations for more than a year due to public concerns about the coronavirus.
Walz recently signed a bill allowing beer and wine sales with takeout orders, spurring some joints to get creative with their delivery specials. Craft brewers that rely heavily on their taprooms for revenue are pivoting to push growler and crowler sales. Across the country, restaurants and bars scrambled to figure out how to survive amid a health crisis that’s hit their industry in some of the hardest ways.
In Duluth, the Black Woods Group furloughed more than 400 employees from its various restaurants last month while simultaneously launching its own delivery service.
“We kind of taught ourselves overnight how to do it independently,” said Ben Thoen, director of operations for group, which also owns Duluth’s Tavern on the Hill.
While some restaurants have closed to mitigate losses or because they can’t afford to stay open, those still up and running are desperate for the patronage of Duluth customers, who likewise may be searching for new options. Phones, apps and websites are being deployed to take orders, and a few places might even take Venmo tips.
Here’s a list of 50 Duluth-area restaurants and breweries offering some form of takeout or delivery, adjusting to the new norms of an industry that was flipped on its head by this public health crisis. Find more options at duluthloveslocal.com/curbside-delivery.
Anchor Bar & Grill
Once featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” this Superior fixture is still serving its full no-nonsense menu of burgers and fries. The Wisconsin joint is also serving beer to go. Curbside from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
413 Tower Ave., Superior, Wis., 715-394-9747, anchorbarandgrill.com
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Though sales are down at Duluth’s largest brewery, Bent Paddle is still producing cans for liquor stores and restaurants. Growlers and crowlers are also available for sale at the Lincoln Park taproom, where customers can bring a non-perishable food donation and receive a BOGO coupon for a pint once regular business resumes. Curbside from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
1912 W. Michigan St., 218-279-2722, bentpaddlebrewing.com
Blacklist Brewing Co.
All of the beer and seltzers on tap at this downtown drinking spot can be ordered online for pickup from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. For more inclined to last-minute beverage decisions, Blacklist’s storefront garage door is also open for curbside pickup from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays.
120 E. Superior St., 218-606-1610, blacklistbeer.com
Black Woods Grill & Bar
The Proctor and Two Harbors locations of the locally owned chain are temporarily closed, but customers can still order scratch-made soups, slow-cooked potpies and other homemade dishes from its Duluth restaurant. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
2525 London Road, 218-724-1612, www.blackwoods.com
Since 1936, Duluth’s dairy institution has been churning out ice cream that’s now sold across the Midwest. Order some to-go with your breakfast, lunch or dinner at Bridgeman’s only restaurant, which has been featuring daily specials on social media. Curbside and delivery from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
2202 Mountain Shadow Dr., 218-727-0196, duluthbridgemans.com
Bulldog Pizza & Grill
Pick up a pie, a take-and-bake kit or comfort food like lasagna and calzone (check social media for daily specials). Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
101 Mount Royal Shopping Cir., 218-728-3663, bulldogpizzaandgrill.com
Since the governor closed schools, this Mexican joint has been offering free lunches to children who may rely on their schools for meals. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily.
1332 E. 4th St., 218-728-4414, burritounion.com
Canal Park Brewing Company
The restaurant scaled back its hours due to a drop in business, but it’s still offering free kid’s meals to those in need from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Order appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and salads along with some local brews, which customers can have delivered to their homes if they order ahead. Curbside and delivery from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
300 Canal Park Dr., 218-464-4790, canalparkbrewery.com
Corktown Deli and Brews
After closing for about a month, owner Tom Hanson reopened three of his restaurants, much to the delight of many locals. This lunchtime favorite, with fresh gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups, has also been stocked with some essential grocery items and paper goods for those looking to make a one-stop shopping trip. Curbside from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.
1906 W. Superior St., 218-606-1607, corktowndeli.com
Dubh Linn Brew Pub
In-person dining closed in Minnesota on St. Patrick’s Day, but Dubh Linn did the Irish holiday carryout style. They’re still offering fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherds pie and other pub faire curbside from 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
109 W. Superior St., 218-727-1559, dubhlinnpub.com
The little window on the side of the historic building that now serves as Duluth Cider’s taproom was “designed for social distancing,” the cidery’s website quips. Customers can walk up to buy growlers and crowlers to go, or get free delivery for orders more than $30. Curbside from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Order ahead for deliveries, which go out from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
2307 W. Superior St., 218-464-1111, duluthcider.com
Another one of Hanson’s recently reopened neighborhood spots that’s serving breakfast (skillets, omelets, biscuits and gravy) and lunch (melts, tacos and bowls). Curbside from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
118 S. 27th Ave. West, 218-726-1150, duluthgrill.com
Duluth’s Best Bread
The business’ new subscription service for a monthly box of bread sold out earlier this year, but it’s opened up some more slots for those desiring deliveries during these times of quarantine. There’s also curbside pickup from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
2632 W. 3rd St., 218-590-5966, duluthsbestbread.com
Earth Rider Brewery
The Superior taproom’s long list of beers can be purchased in six packs, crowlers and kegs. Curbside from noon-6 p.m. daily.
1617 N. 3rd St., Superior, 715-394-7391, earthrider.beer
Marcy Wojick, director of operations for Just Take Action (the parent company of Fitger’s Brewhouse, Burrito Union and a handful of other Duluth joints), said last month that staffing was cut significantly and sales at the brewhouse were down 85% of what they usually are. “But our customers have been so nice, so positive — it’s just nice to see faces right now,” she said. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily. Customers can also order beer deliveries, which will be made from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. on Thursdays.
600 E. Superior St., 218-279-2739, fitgersbrewhouse.com
Gannucci’s Italian Market
Now offering its pizzas, pastas and sandwiches for lunch and dinner, this West Duluth staple is taking orders by phone. Curbside from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
301 N. Central Ave., 218-624-2286, facebook.com/gannuccis
GB Schneider & Co.
In West Duluth, this mainstay is offering a daily lunch special, along with its full menu of made-from-scratch meals. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
4602 Grand Ave., 218-491-7878, gbschneider.com
A longtime favorite for locals and visitors alike, Gordy’s Hi-Hat opened for its 60th season last month. The Cloquet establishment suggests ordering ahead for CarHop service of its classic burgers, fresh-battered fish, onion rings and malts. Curbside from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
415 Sunnyside Dr., Cloquet, 218-879-6125, gordys-hihat.com
Grandma’s Saloon & Grill
This iconic Duluth establishment temporarily closed its Canal Park location, but Grandma’s is running a limited menu from its Miller Hill and Virginia hubs. Affiliated Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant, Little Angie’s Cantina and the Sports Garden have been shut down for the time being as well. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2202 Maple Grove Road, 218-722-9313; 1302 S. 12th St., Virginia, 218-749-1960, www.grandmasrestaurants.com
The Canal Park brewery gave about $15,000 in free beer to healthcare workers and first responders on Mondays in April. Crowlers are available curbside from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
325 S. Lake Ave., 218-606-1666, hoopsbrewing.com
Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar
This Canal Park joint has cut back options for takeout, but there’s still plenty of diverse dishes on a regularly updating menu. Lake Avenue is only open two days a week for the time being, so e-mail or call orders in ahead of time. Curbside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
394 S. Lake Ave., 218-722-2355, www.lakeaveduluth.com
Who doesn’t need a little love (and ice cream) during these times of stress? The Lincoln Park shop is selling pints and treats curbside from noon-7 p.m. daily.
1908 W. Superior St., 218-576-5639, lovecreamery.com
Haven’t had the chance to check out the Banh Mi-Za yet? Duluth’s newest pizza place has curbside and delivery from noon-8 p.m. daily.
420 W. Superior St., 218-481-7167, luluspizzaduluth.com
McKenzie’s Bar & Grill
McKenzie’s is offering rotating deals on their burgers, wraps, sandwiches and appetizers. Curbside from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
5094 Miller Trunk Hwy., Hermantown, 218-729-1900, mckenziesbar.com
Northern Waters Smokehaus
Beloved by locals and tourists alike, this small deli-style joint in Canal Park is continuing to cure the smoked fish and meat that makes it sandwiches something to talk about (think: Cajun smoked salmon and curry-rubbed lamb). Northern Waters takes mail orders for people throughout the country craving some Lake Superior smoked trout, but they also offer curbside from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and delivery from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
394 S. Lake Ave., 218-724-7307, northernwaterssmokehaus.com
Oasis Del Norte Food Truck
The taco truck came out of hibernation in late April, serving authentic Mexican options inspired by the recipes from the mother of owner Eduardo Sandoval. Look on social media to see when and where it’s out and about.
The popular barbecue joint just reopened. But a few weeks earlier, a group started a fundraiser promising a cookbook with recipes for OMC’s rubs, sauces and more in exchange for support for businesses in the Lincoln Park craft district affected by the pandemic. Curbside from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. daily.
1909 W. Superior St., 218-606-1611, omcsmokehouse.com
Perk Place Coffeehouse & Bakery
Choose from a large menu of sandwiches, soups, baked goodies and craft coffee drinks. Curbside and delivery from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
1336 W. Arrowhead Rd., 218-730-7375, perkplaceduluth.com
Positively 3rd Street Bakery
This hub for all baked goodies also started giving away free lunch packs (two fresh loaves of bread and a pound of granola) for those in need with kids home from school. About half of the bakery’s business comes from accounts with wholesalers around the state, some of whom are restaurants and coffee shops that closed their doors to stop the virus’ spread — so “things have slowed down quite significantly,” co-owner Koda Fultz said. The Duluth storefront is open for pickup (though they ask that only four people be in the small shop at a time) from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends.
1202 E. 3rd St., 218-724-8619, 3rdstbakery.com
Pier B Resort Hotel recently opened its kitchen, offering its regular starters and entrees (salads, sandwiches, pastas and more!), as well as a rotating menu of family-style dishes that feed four to six people. Curbside from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
800 W. Railroad St., 218-336-3430, pierbresort.com/food-drink/the-silos
Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake
Order salads, sandwiches and other pub grub from the English tavern-style joint near Duluth’s hospitals. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
805 E. Superior St., 218-728-1192, sirbens.com
Tavern on the Hill
The normally hopping hot spot near the University of Minnesota Duluth is still offering its full menu, which includes burgers, salads, tacos and more. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
1102 Woodland Ave., 218-724-0010, www.tavernduluth.com
The Breeze Inn
Homemade soups? Juicy Lucy’s? Sounds like Minnesota comfort food. Curbside from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and noon-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
5168 Jean Duluth Road, 218-525-2883, thebreezeinn.com
The Juice Pharm
After moving to a new location downtown, this fruit-filled joint is offering juices, smoothies and açai bowls to go (the rest of their regular food menu will return at a later date). Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.
208 E. 1st St., 218-522-4545, www.juice-pharm.com
The King of Creams
Grab a burger or a Philly cheesesteak with a side of fries and a malt. This Central Hillside neighborhood diner said on social media that the governor’s order is giving them some time to work on the opening of its new Hermantown location, which was slated to open this spring. The regular spot is still open for business, though, with curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-7 p.m. Sundays.
502 E. 4th St., 218-725-9000, thekingofcreams.com
The Rambler Food Truck
The Rambler is rolling around earlier than usual this spring to feed people during this coronavirus crisis. The food truck has been offering free meals to those who can’t afford them, and owner Jonathan Reznick is also helping donate lunches to health care workers throughout Duluth. Follow The Rambler on social media to keep track of where it’s at.
The Social House
This relatively new Hermantown spot is offering its signature BBQ Brisket Benedict to go (as well as the rest of its breakfast and lunch menu). Curbside from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
4897 Miller Trunk Hwy., Hermantown, 218-727-8519, thesocialhousemn.com
Thirsty Pagan Brewing
The Superior brewery is offering a pizza and beer special — a 16-inch pie with a growler fill for $35. Curbside and delivery from noon-8 p.m. daily.
1615 Winter St., Superior, Wis., 715-394-2500, thirstypaganbrewing.com
Grab one of the many grilled sandwiches on this family-owned favorite downtown, which features selections with Brie, Gorgonzola and a host of other options for cheese lovers. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
220 W. Superior St., 218-722-0915, toastysduluth.com
Uncle Loui’s Cafe
Duluth’s “breakfast all day” joint scaled back its hours with in-person dining on a hiatus, but Uncle Loui’s is still serving its full menu of omelets, pancakes, French toast and more. Curbside from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.
520 E. 4th St., 218-727-4518, unclelouiscafe.com
Ursa Minor Brewing
Look to Lincoln Park for a tried-and-true pizza-beer combo. Ursa Minor will run their wood-fired pies and brews out to your car, and they’ll even deliver crowlers to homes in a handful of Duluth ZIP codes (check which ones online). Curbside from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
2415 W. Superior St., 218-481-7886, ursaminorbrewing.com
Va Bene Caffe
The little lakeside Italian eatery is boxing up its homemade pasta and panini. Curbside from noon-8 p.m. daily.
734 E. Superior St., 218-722-1518, vabenecaffe.com
Vanilla Bean Restaurant
Imagine brunch from the comfort of your couch — pick up pancakes, crêpes, eggs Benedict or a non-breakfast option from either this Duluth restaurant (the Two Harbors location is temporarily closed). Curbside and delivery from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
1608 Woodland Ave., 218-249-1957, thevanillabean.com
Early on in the pandemic, the Canal Park distillery put its alcohol to work in the fight against COVID-19 by producing hand sanitizer. Vikre is also offering a rotating selection of cocktail kits, allowing wannabe mixologists the chance to craft some of their tasty drinks at home. Curbside from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
525 S. Lake Ave., 218-481-7401, vikredistillery.com
Another taste of Italy in the Northland — pick up a Neopolitan-style pizza to eat at your kitchen table. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
307 Canal Park Dr., 218-727-2226, vittapizza.com
Wild State Cider
The cidery in the Lincoln Park neighborhood just had its first birthday in quarantine, but patrons have been able to help celebrate by picking up growlers and crowlers to go. Fans of Wild State outside the Duluth area should keep an eye on the business’ social media for occasional door-to-door deliveries in other parts of Minnesota, like the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. Curbside and delivery from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-3 p.m. Sundays.
2515 W. Superior St., 218-606-1151, wildstatecider.com
Wussow’s Concert Cafe
Using croissants from Duluth’s Best Bread and a slew of ingredients from local menus, the West Duluth coffee shop has a rotating daily menu of sandwiches, sweets and other specials. Curbside pickup at the makeshift drive-through window from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekends.
324 N. Central Ave., 218-624-5957, wussows.com
Yellow Bike Coffee
The Hermantown shop’s drive-through is still open for business, serving coffee, scones, cookies and lunches. Owner Shannon Cornelius is also helping The Rambler’s Reznick drop off goodies for health care workers and emergency responders around town. Curbside and delivery from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays.
5094 Miller Trunk Hwy., Hermantown, 218-206-7047, yellowbike.coffee
To satisfy your Japanese cravings, grab sushi or an authentic noodle dish from the Woodland location. Zen House’s downtown location in the skywalk is closed for now. Curbside and delivery from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturdays.
4023 Woodland Ave., 218-722-9365, zenhouseduluth.com
7 West TapHouse
Pick from a wide-ranging burger menu, or go for the pizza. Lots of good pub food options. The downtown Duluth location recently closed for renovations, but the Miller Hill Mall and Superior spots are all offering 15% discounts to health care workers and emergency responders. Curbside and delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. The Superior taphouse is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
2510 Maple Grove Road, 218-464-1879; 1319 Tower Ave., Superior, Wis., 715-718-0302, 7westtaphouse.com