Northern Lights

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Hwy 61, Beaver Bay, MN, USA

Northern Lights Beaver Bay Reviews

alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
244 reviews
Typical Minnesotan Food Aug 11, 2005
Northern Lights is the best restaurant between Two Harbors and Tofte, located in Beaver Bay along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

The prices are reasonable with most meals between $10-$20 and there is a "catch of the day" offered. The menu offers many local foods such as Maple Plank Walleye and wild rice bread with cranberries. There are also Scandinavian foods, such as Torsk (boiled cod) with baby red potatoes. My favorites are the Torsk and the Cranberry Chicken - a delicious herbed chicken breast on the wild rice and cranberry bread with gouda cheese. Mmmm. There is a bar and outdoor seating over looking Lake Superior, as well as a small gift shop. They also have Trivial Persuit cards to keep you entertained while waiting for your meal.

The restaurant is right along the bike bath only a couple miles north of Split Rock State Park. Pop in for some ice cream after a day of hiking or biking. Photographs of the area line the walls (and are for sale). The photos are taken by a local resident with connections to the restaurant.

Please note that it is 5 stars for the area - not your typical 5 star restaurant in a big city. It is not fancy, so no need to dress up. All of the towns along the North Shore of Lake Superior are small and you'll be hard pressed to find a chain restaurant up here. Since it is a touristy area, especially in summer, the prices can be a little higher. Be careful when you go, because they have reduced hours in the off-season, closing around 8 pm.

I stopped here again in July 2009 and found the service to be extremely SLOW. The food was still delicious, but took forever to come out. Our server never came back after she gave us our food. To be fair, the main waitress is one of the owners and is fantastic. We had some college student with a summer job.
Northern Lights from the bike trail
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bkretzer says:
Great review! Lots of tips for the uninitiated (me)!
Posted on: Apr 06, 2008
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