On days like today, all I want is homey, lived-in, cozy places that I can hide from the cold but while being able to bask in its beauty. In short, it’s pretty out there, but I’d rather be inside eating. Winter means bright brunches and dim lit dinners, so you can expect to see plenty of that as the season rounds out. That brings me to my next #mnbucketlist stop, the Lake Ave Restaurant and Bar in Duluth. Opened in 1991 in Canal Park, in the Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace, Lake Ave more than fits the bill. Homey, check! Cozy, that too! Lived in, yep! Not to mention the great, locally-sourced food! Granted, the outdoor patio is beautiful and should be used, but I’ll stick to the indoors. Casual with a very strong Lake Superior, Midwestern vibe, Lake is known for their service and ever-changing menu. Adding creative and hospitable to the list. I personally loved the local artwork and Morning Schooner (espresso-hazelnut vodka, pineapple juice and cream). Not a brunch person, that’s cool – they also have a late night menu! Have you ever been?