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What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

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What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

We're making our annual trip to the North Shore next week. We usually rent a cottage on Lake Superior for a few days, and we've always included a nice dinner out at Chez Jude in Grand Marais. The quality at this restaurant was down a bit recently, so I'm not surprised to see it's closed, but what can replace it? Looking for atmosphere, gourmet food, nice service.

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Minneapolis...
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1. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Have you been to Crooked Spoon. I have been twice now and it definitely fits your list of requests. Attentive, friendly but not always looking over your shoulder. Very good food. Small place with a cozy atmosphere. I think it's the closest thing to gourmet you'll find in GM

Burnsville, MN
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2. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

I second the Crooked Spoon recommendation.

minneapolis, mn
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3. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Crooked spoon

Minnesota
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4. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Crooked Spoon, Naniboujou is also a great place with a unique/quaint atmosphere, and the Pie Place.

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5. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Crooked spoon as well but I believe chez jude reopened under a new name and has good reviews in the community so far

Minnesota
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6. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Harbor House Grill has opened in the Chez Jude location.

Minneapolis...
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7. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Naniboujou is great for breakfast and check out the Angry Trout Café for lunch or dinner.

Sioux Falls
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8. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

The new - Harbor House Grill - is wonderful, new owners, new Chef, same location as formerly Chez Jude. We ate there last week and had a great meal.

minneapolis
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9. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Yep... Crooked Spoon is awesome... I also love Gunflint Tavern, but it's a tad more casual. They do have a rooftop patio though!

Midwest
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10. Re: What is a good substitute for Chez Jude?

Now it's 2014, and we're heading back to the North Shore once again. Thanks for all the advice. We'll definitely give the new Harbor House in Chez Jude's old location a try. And we'll try the Crooked Spoon too. Just read a great review of Crooked Spoon in the Duluth Tribune, and now I absolutely have to try thei"poor man's caviar "(roe from the herring in Lake Superior.) Actually, their entire menu looks amazing.

Edited: 2:38 pm, September 03, 2014
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