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South of the Border Cafe

American, Diner
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4 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-1505
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
Good hot food!

Arrived later in the day, the staff suggested we try the fish/special of the day which was very good! I feel this is a place that locals visit often as the staff knew people by their names.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
Libertyville, Iowa
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minneapolis, mn
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want something fancy, to be fawned over, or you need your Latte to have just the perfect consistency.....stay away. If you want a good breakfast, served quickly with polite service.....stop by. You won't find any Mexican food (the border referred to is the Canadian border) but the breakfasts are quite good, plentiful, and affordable. We've gone here for... More 

Thank naturguy
Libertyville, Iowa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Arrived later in the day, the staff suggested we try the fish/special of the day which was very good! I feel this is a place that locals visit often as the staff knew people by their names.

Thank pullinclan4
Grand Marais, Minnesota
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Stop and enjoy an excellent breakfast that is home cooking at its best. The breakfast potatoes are delicious and not greasy. The pancakes are the size of the plate so one is usually sufficient for me. Friendly service, great coffee, and a favorite for locals and tourists alike!

Thank CWiger
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Good breakfast, great service. Small cafe, with bench seating. Herring and eggs available in season (my husband loves it, not me..) Restaurant serves both breakfast and lunch - open early in the morning, not open for dinner. Not a "fancy" restaurant, but definitely family friendly. Would recommend a stop if you are in the area!

Thank VJ7250
Lincoln, Illinois
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

The last morning in Grand Marais we stopped for breakfast and I wished I had discovered this restaurant earlier. The portions were huge. I had two eggs, 4 slices of bacon, fried potatoes and 2 slices of wheat toast. I could have substituted a pancake for the toast. When the overhard eggs arrived, they were hot and cooked just like... More 

Thank RCS1974
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Average breakfast. Service was good but the tables were dirty- had a film of dirt. If you want a basic egg breakfast, then this is ok.

Thank Golfnut722
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Usually, my husband and I can tolerate terrible coffee (knowing that there is better coffee nearby) IF the food accompanying the coffee is good. Food was only average and the coffee was dishwater. Not a destination for us in the future. That said, at least our waitress was funny and friendly, joking about the weather. We tipped her well, but... More 

Thank lewrdm
Duluth, Minnesota
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I, along with another married couple, were staying at Lutsen for a wedding. We went up to Grand Marais to grab breakfast. We first stopped at an enjoyable Farmer's Market across the street and purchased some local fare. As we entered SOB, all of the tables were full so we waited in the small entry way for... More 

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Waverly, Iowa
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Don't expect elegance or fancy food at South of the Border, but if you're looking for solid, down-home eats with warm service and a reasonable price, this is the place. First off, this is not a Mexican restaurant--that's across the highway at Hughie's Tacos. South of the Border is an American-style breakfast/lunch cafe (hours 5-2), run by what appears to... More 

Thank Elizabeth B
Saint Paul
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The door slams shut every time someone enters or exits. The food is cheap and cheap tasting. the hash browns had almost no flavor. We doctored them up with salt, pepper and catsup but that only made them edible. My daughter said her pancake was okay but that is hardly a stellar review.

Thank diane_StPaul

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Grand Marais
  • Phone Number: (218) 387-1505

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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