Gordy’s Hi-Hat

Food & Drink

Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet is an up north, must-stop kind of place. Family-run since it opened, Gordy’s has become the go-to for gingham paper-wrapped burgers and festive, perfectly balanced malts and shakes. Step right up to the raised counter to place your order for fresh hamburgers, home-made onion rings, and fresh hand-dipped fish. Open seasonally […]

July 9, 2019

Sammy Perrella’s Pizza and Restaurant

Food & Drink

Up next on the #mnbucketlist is Sammy Perrella’s Pizza and Restaurant, a decades-old regional pizza chain. Sammy’s is one of my favorite places for pizza, specifically the one in Brooklyn Park. Say what you will about chain restaurants – Sammy’s is the place for authentic Italian cooking. Started 61 years ago as a small café […]

January 21, 2017

Bent Spoon Bistro

Food & Drink

Sometimes, I think if I could just find a diner like Mickey’s that has the same atmosphere but more space, out of the Twin Cities, oh! and that has mismatch salt shakers, I would be in heaven. Well ladies and gentlemen, I found that place. Since it just celebrated its anniversary, it seemed fitting to […]

May 6, 2015

Avenue Coffee House

Food & Drink

Next up on the #mnbucketlist is the Avenue Coffee House on Avenue C in Cloquet, Minnesota. It’s one of my favorite little stops up north. It’s located in the #old Chief movie theater. The Ave has a little bistro that serves up soup, panini’s and salad along with more indulgent options like ice cream and […]

March 11, 2015

Fauley Park

Parks & Geology

Driving to Cloquet along Highway 33, you’ll find Fauley Park, tucked away near the old Main Street. Fauley Park features a Duluth and a Northeastern Railroad Steam Locomotive No 16 and a railway car. Of all the surviving D&NE engines, No 16 remains closest to its old stomping grounds. The furthest away from her home […]

February 19, 2015