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“Good Food-Great Atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rapid River Logging Camp

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Rapid River Logging Camp
15073 County 18, Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 732-3444
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Ranked #9 of 39 Restaurants in Park Rapids
Cuisines: American, Family Fare
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Green Valley, Arizona
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“Good Food-Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This restaurant is open for breakfast from 7:30 to noon then closes for an hour and reopens for dinner from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM. It is about a 20 minute ride from downtown Park Rapids and at the end of a dirt driveway with huge trees forming a canopy that leads to the dirt parking lot which is really a muddy mess when it rains hard as it did the day I was there. They DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS!!! I was there for the dinner.

Guests are seated at wooden tables with red and white checkered tablecloths, long wooden benches and tin plates and cups. A beverage is included in the price, but a tip is extra. Guests are allowed to select one meat-pulled pork, barbecued ribs, roast beef, ham or baked chicken. Chicken comes with a delicious dressing. Sides are served family style and include baked beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni salad, cole slaw, relish tray, hot roll with butter and jam and a Logger's Donut for dessert. Only the donut can be taken off the premises. If you finish one meat and are still hungry you may order another. Sides are all you can eat. The platters are hot-almost too hot because my chicken stuck to the platter and in spite of the warning from the server I grabbed the platter to try to yank the chicken free and singed my finger.

The food was good, not great. I enjoyed the chicken, but the roast beef I received seemed stewed with no juice left. The donuts are homemade and served warm when I was there.

What I liked most was the atmosphere with logging memorabilia adorning the walls and silly sayings like "Smokers and Chewers will please spit on each other and not on the stove or floor" posted throughout the dining area.

There is a gift shop that you come to first and is where you purchase your ticket before going back outside to the dining room. I thought the dinner price was a little high, but the unique atmosphere was worth something. It was fun to try it, but I have no desire to rush back there again soon. There are no windows so there is no scenery to look out on.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oak Grove, Minnesota
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The breakfast is awesome! You will definitely eat more than you should, because it's all so good. I've been going here for the past 40 years and will continue until it closes. I would really like to see them do something with the grounds. Nothing has changed since I was a kid and everything has become dilapidated and run down.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Roseville, Minnesota
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“Great food and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This has great food and a interesting decor. They have eggs, ham, sausages, prunes(yummy),pancakes, hashbrowns,juice, coffee and milk. They are all good. The only problem with the fried eggs is they don't make them meduim. They have logging tools and fun signs on the walls. The grounds are very nice. There are tools and machines and a old logging cabin to see. There are very scenic trails to walk on in the woods and along the Rapid River. I would highly suggest going to the logging camp!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Anderson, Indiana
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“This is not just a restaurant, it is an experience! The BEST food you'll ever eat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

When you come here, you better come hungry! The Logging Camp is a historical eatery in Park Rapids that actually was a real logging camp 100+ years ago and it is remarkably unchanged from that time. The showcase of the Logging Camp is the restaurant – but there is so much more here to offer which I will detail below.

There are only two meals offered here: Breakfast and Dinner. All the meals are served family style and are brought to your log table on massive metal platters just like they did back in the day! For breakfast you get coffee, milk, and juice with ALL YOU CAN EAT homemade pancakes with REAL maple syrup, ham, sausage, eggs, hash browns, and “logger raisins”. The eggs are REAL too, they are not powdered and they are probably the best eggs I have ever had to be honest. Their pancakes are also so fluffy; oh my they are so good! On our last trip we came in for breakfast only and it was amazing as always but we have also had dinner here.

Dinner is Thanksgiving.

That is the best way to describe it in terms of the mounds of food you get. Dinner is also all you can eat and you get roast beef, pork roast, chicken and dressing, ham, and BBQ ribs. THEN you also get mashed potatoes, macaroni salad, cole slaw, baked beans, onions and radishes, cornbread, dinner rolls, and their FAMOUS homemade logger’s doughnuts. The best way to go about this is to get a large group of people with you (6-10) so everyone can order a different meat and side so you can try it all. You will feel like you need to be wheeled out of there because it is so good you will be stuffed when you leave. Their chicken and dressing is the best I have ever had, and they have this blueberry jam/spread/custard for the cornbread that is the most glorious substance you could ever put on bread. I buy a small tub of this from the kitchen each year to take back home to Indiana so I can savor it until next year. This is not a restaurant, it is an experience! Just so you know, dinner is very *rich* Thanksgiving type food - the kind where you will be in a food coma and need a nap afterwards ha ha!

Just an FYI about the restaurant: The Logging Camp is located in the original log building and it is basically unchanged. Because of this, if it is cold in the morning (common for Minnesota) you need to wear a coat because you will be VERY cold until/unless the place fills up. Also, if you want breakfast, you really need to be here when they open at 7:30-8:00 because even on a weekday this place fills up fast!

The grounds of the Logging Camp are also a fabulous historical experience! They have the old shacks, blacksmith cabin, and logging equipment to look at as well as a river and TRAILS you can walk. They have chickens, ducks, and turkeys that roam the grounds as well and they are very fun. You can even see remnants of the old mill located in the river. It is all very cool and you can easily spend an hour+ walking the grounds. They also have a very nice little gift shop in the front.

This is a place where you visit as a family, and you will end up talking about it for years to come!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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