Angry Trout Cafe
One of the North Shore's great restaurants has come out of its annual winter slumber and continues to focus on just-caught Lake Superior fish. The wild rice salad and housemade sodas are a must, and the dockside setting — with a top-notch patio — can't be beat. Great service, too. Lunch and dinner daily.
408 W. Hwy. 61, Grand Marais, Minn., 1-218-387-1265, angrytroutcafe.com
Aroma Pie Shoppe
One of the reasons to make the Root River State Trail a biking habit — along with the exceptional scenery — is this first-rate source for lovingly made pies. The ever-changing roster includes apple, rhubarb, pecan, blueberry custard, cherry, peach, banana cream and more, at affordable prices. Opening for the summer on Memorial Day weekend.
618 Main St., Whalan, Minn., 1-507-467-2623
Harbor View Cafe
A Lake Pepin dining destination for more than 40 years. The chalkboard menu changes frequently and usually features a dozen or so entrees, all served with soup or salad. The kitchen has always had a flair for desserts. Lunch and dinner, Thursday through Sunday; Monday service begins Memorial Day.
314 1st St., Pepin, Wis., 1-715-442-3893, harborviewpepin.com