When my husband and I first moved to Duluth we heard about this great diner in West Duluth called the Duluth Grill. This was before the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives spotlight hit. We tried it out and it was fantastic! And the prices were comparable with chain restaurants like Perkins. I'd never had sweet potato fries before and they were delicious; not greasy, perfectly flavored, and the dipping sauce was amazing. In the summer and fall they use produce grown in their own on-site garden that you can see from the windows of the restaurant. We were in love with this place and we took all our visitors there for lunch or dinner. But the last time we were there, gone were the sweet potato fries! Now they just have chunks of sweet potato which are mushy and... well they're not fries. And the bison burger was dry and came on a dry bun with just a piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato. My husband got the grown-up mac & cheese, which was delicious, though. I know they emphasize local produce and meat, and try to be as healthy as possible—and that's great—but here in Duluth it's next to impossible to get locally grown anything for more than 3 months out of the year. When local isn't available I think they need to accept that and make great food with non-local sources, rather than skimping on flavor and ingredients. Duluth Grill, you have a special place in my heart and I will try again, mainly because your strawberry pie is so delicious, but there's only so much bad food I'm willing to pay for. Bring back the great food!
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