Day-Trip Dining Destinations
By Rachel Hutton
Let day-trip dining season begin! Check out these two worth-the-drive restaurants near the Twin Cities—one for Saturday and one for Sunday!—along the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers that offer food as good as their views:
Marine Landing b.o.t.m.
This shady marina/restaurant is located just outside “downtown” Marine on St. Croix, and it’s a little easier to find by water than land. On the patio, diners sit as close to the water as they did in the boats that ferried them over. The new-ish owners serve an awesome pulled pork sandwich, piled with avocado, cilantro, and onion, that has helped put the casual breakfast/lunch joint “back on the map.” Cash only. 10 Elm St., St. Croix, 651-433-4577
Nosh, in Lake City, may be the only restaurant between the Twin Cities and Winona with foie gras on its menu. The fare is American with a Mediterranean bent: house-made charcuterie meets seafood paella. 310 S. Washington St., Lake City, noshrestaurant.com