It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
This 1956 fish-stand-turned-cafe is known for its fun, diner-style atmosphere and its fantastic pies. Locally caught trout and walleye constitute worthy preludes to dessert; 218/834-3367 or bettyspies.com.
Crabby Bill’s in Canal Park, Duluth
an old boat is now a takeout spot with fresh fish and addictive mini doughnuts; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dockside Fish Market, Grand Marais
Dockside specializes in fresh and smoked local fish. The vibe is kicked-back and casual, but menu items such as the Lake Superior gold caviar and gourmet desserts can make it feel almost like fine dining; 218/387- 2906 or docksidefishmarket.com.