La Barista


More often than not, my weekends consist of either bucket listing trips or studying while keeping a cup of hot coffee nearby. With our next coffee stop, I just happened to be doing both! A weekend away with an out-of-towner and my Mom in Detroit Lakes landed me at La Barista. Located in the Old Washington Square Mall, it was way more than quick coffee stop, although you can do that, too! They serve salads, wraps, paninis and much more, like a restaurant, and they are also part boutique. A bit of a one-stop-shop. While I did promise caffeinated locales, I went for the frozen lemonade this time instead!

Zorbaz

ZorbazIn the interest of taking a break, and finding food that doesn’t come from a cabin fridge, I give you Zorbaz on the bucket list. Zorbaz is a Minnesota lakeside staple. They are in Detroit Lakes, Little Pine Lake, Pelican Lake, Ottertail Lake, Cross Lake, Gull Lake, Pokegama Lake, Big Sandy, Green Lake, Alexandria and my favorite, Park Rapids. If you love a backwoods on the lake bar filled with live music, pizza and Mexican food, you’ll be right at home at Zhateau Zorbaz. They are great because they are open late when nowhere else in the area is. Side note: I have a soft spot for their sauerkraut and green olive pizza, judge me all you want.