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Certificate of Excellence2018 - 2019 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$10 - $20
CUISINES
American, Cafe
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Menu

SANDWICHES
Served with pub chips and a pickle. Substitute side salad or battered fries for $2.00 or sweet potato fries for $2.50. Substitute gluten-free bread for $1.75 or vegan black bean burger for $1.75.
Smørrebrød
Honey smoked salmon, goat cheese & caramelized onion spread, mixed greens - served open-face on rye with pickled vegetables (GFV upon request)
USD 13
Turkey Avocado Club
Smoked turkey, guacamole, herbed cream cheese, roasted red pepper, lettuce and thick cut pepper bacon on white, wheat or rye bread. (VV, GFV, or Vegan upon request)
USD 10.75
Southern-Style Rachel
Smoked turkey breast, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread (GFV upon request)
USD 10.5
Sweet Basil Chicken
Grilled chicken breast, parmesan crust, sliced almonds, sweet basil aioli, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. (GFV upon request)
USD 10.75
Pulled Pork & Apple
Braised pulled pork, warm apple chutney, Swiss cheese, and whiskey BBQ sauce on ciabatta (GFV upon request)
USD 10.5
Wild Bison Philly
Wild rice bison meatballs, sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms, smoked gouda cheese sauce on a French roll
USD 12.25
Reuben
Corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread (GFV upon request)
USD 10.5
B.L.T.
Thick cut pepper bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo on ciabatta bread. (GFV upon request)
USD 10.25
Walleye B.L.T.
Crisp fried Red Lake walleye brings a Minnesota twist to this classic served on ciabatta bread with homemade tartar
USD 14
BURGERS
1/3 lb. patty served with pub chips and a pickle. Substitute side salad or battered fries for $2.00 or sweet potato fries for $2.50. Substitute gluten-free bread for $1.75 or vegan black bean burger for $1.75.
Artichoke Bacon
Beef patty, artichoke dip, roasted red peppers, pepper bacon and lettuce on a parmesan crusted brioche bun (GFV upon request)
USD 12
Beer Cheese Pretzel
Beef patty, Summit beer cheese, bacon-jalapeno crumble, and maple aioli on a pretzel bun
USD 12
Cheesy Californian
Beef patty, cheddar jack, caramelized onion aioli, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun (GFV upon request)
USD 10
Add bacon USD 2
Cucumber Beet
Black bean patty, refrigerator pickles, Swiss, fried beet chips and caramelized onion aioli on a brioche bun (V, GFV or Vegan upon request)
USD 12
Thai PB Burger
Beef patty, spicy Thai peanut butter, fresh basil, refrigerator pickles and malted red cabbage on a brioche bun
USD 12
Salmon Burger
Salmon patty with hoisin-sriracha aioli, pico de gallo, and lettuce on a brioche bun (GFV upon request)
USD 12
MISCELLANY
The Falefse
Local lefse, sweet potato falafel, mushrooms, onions, yogurt sauce, side salad with sweet basil dressing (V)
USD 12
Wild Rice Hotdish
Carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, wild rice, parmesan cream sauce, toasted almonds - and a side salad with cranberry balsamic vinaigrette and bread (V, GFV upon request)
USD 13
Gouda Bacon Mac & Cheese
Smoked gouda, pepper bacon, herbs, parmesan - and a side salad with cranberry balsamic vinaigrette and bread (VV upon request)
USD 13
Walleye Tacos
Flour tortillas, Summit beer battered fried Red Lake walleye, pico de gallo, cilantro-lime sour cream, malted red cabbage, cheddar jack, and lettuce with tortilla chips
USD 12.5
Add side salsa USD 0.5
APPETIZERS
Soft Pretzels with Gouda
House made, hand-rolled pretzel rounds, smoked gouda cheese dip (V)
USD 10
Flatbread
Crispy flatbread with gourmet toppings. Ask us for today's selection.
USD 9
Jumbo Chicken Wings
10 wings - (traditional or boneless) with dry rub, buffalo, whiskey BBQ, sweet chili, hoisin BBQ, or Thai peanut butter sauce with ranch or bleu cheese
USD 14
Famous Fry Basket
Battered French fries with house fry sauce or sweet potato fries with maple aioli (V)
Battered Fries USD 5
Sweet Potato Fries USD 6
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Spicy jalapenos, roasted green chilies, three cheeses, and brown sugar with tortilla chips (V, GFV upon request)
USD 10
Chips & Dips
Smoked gouda cheese dip, salsa, and guacamole with tortilla chips (V, GFV or Vegan upon request)
USD 8.5
Baked Artichoke Dip
Artichokes, dill, garlic, and three cheeses with tortilla chips (V, GFV upon request)
USD 10
Cheese Plate
Artisan cheese served with house garnishes and warm bread (V)
USD 10
SALADS & SOUPS
All salads are V, GFV with no bread. Add smoked salmon $6.00 grilled chicken $3.00
Walnut Cranberry
Mixed greens, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries and bleu cheese crumbles with cranberry balsamic vinaigrette and bread
USD 11
Lemon Truffle Greek
Mixed Greens, feta, cucumbers, kalamata olives, tomatoes and red onion with lemon-truffle vinaigrette
USD 12
Mandarin Beet
Mixed greens, mandarin oranges, roasted beets and shaved Parmesan with citrus vinaigrette
USD 10
Simply Green Salad
Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and choice of dressing
USD 8
Tomato Basil Bisque
A house made blend of tomatoes, fresh basil and cream. (V, GF with no crackers)
Cup USD 3.5
Bowl USD 4.5
Bread USD 1.5
Soup of the Day
Ask us for today's selection
Cup USD 4
Bowl USD 5
Bread USD 1.5
Half-Sandwich & Soup
Choose turkey melt, bacon-ranch chicken salad, or BLT with a cup of tomato basil or our soup of the day (GFV upon request)
USD 8.75
DINNER
Available at 4pm. Add dinner salad $3.00. Split plate $2.00.
Grilled Sirloin
8 oz. grilled sirloin steak, house steak sauce, fresh vegetables and roasted fingerling potatoes (GF)
USD 24.5
Wild Bison Meatloaf
Wild rice bison meatloaf, rosemary demi-glace, fresh vegetables and roasted fingerling potatoes
USD 17
Chicken Pappardelle
Chicken, prosciutto, Brussels sprouts, shallots, garlic, caramelized onions, and pappardelle noodles tossed in a white wine cream sauce with garlic bread
USD 17
Mushroom Kale Gnocchi
Potato gnocchi, wild mushrooms, purple kale, and parmesan in a white wine sauce with garlic bread (V)
USD 17
Walleye and Chips
10 ounces fried Red Lake walleye in a Summit beer batter, tartar, lemon, French fries, red cabbage coleslaw
USD 17.5
Vegetable Risotto
Creamy risotto, fresh seasonal vegetables and garlic bread - ask us for today's selection (V, GFV or Vegan upon request)
USD 15
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I cannot say enough great things about this place! The service was excellent, the food was outstanding. Our family of four were all happy with our meals. Also, the staff wore masks, the tables were over 6’ apart and they had hand sanitizer available. They...More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful food. We just happened to pick this place for our late lunch. They were abiding by pandemic recommendations. Very clean, servers wore masks, condiments on the side instead of stuff on the tables. All very much appreciated. Oh, and best Moscow Mule I've every...More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Good_Life_Cafe, General Manager at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for choosing to dine at Good Life! We are so happy you had a great experience with us and please stop by again, soon! - Molly, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I decided to give this restaurant a try and we were so happy we did just that. We sat outside under canvas tents and they had they tables cleaned before we could sit and all staff work face masks. We felt very...More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Good_Life_Cafe, General Manager at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful message! We're so happy you decided to spend your evening with us at Good Life. Please come again soon! - Molly, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The servers are so happy to be working there and love interacting with you. So it's a very friendly environment. The food is amazing every time. We eat multiple meals there any time we are in Park Rapids.

Date of visit: May 2020
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Good_Life_Cafe, General Manager at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the wonderful review, Curtis, and for dining at Good Life when you visit Park Rapids! We are so happy you have a wonderful experience when visiting. - Molly, Owner

Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

Unique menu, updated decor with an urban vibe! Food & service always exceptional. Small town cafe with excellent food!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Good_Life_Cafe, General Manager at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review, Peg! Happy to hear you had a great experience with us at Goof Life. Please dine with us again, soon. - Molly, Owner

Reviewed November 27, 2019

The "Good Life" is appropriate! Nice menu selections and very tasteful food! Good service. We will come again!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Good_Life_Cafe, General Manager at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Rose. Happy to hear you had a great experience with us. Stop by again, soon! - Molly, Owner

Reviewed October 23, 2019 via mobile

I really want to give this place a 5 rating. They have a great atmosphere, unique menu, fresh food and great plating. But we had very poor service. I get weekends are busy but we actually considered leaving while waiting for our food. Our server...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Good_Life_Cafe, Owner at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2019

Hello - I'm so sorry for your long wait over the MEA weekend! We were significantly busier with school being out than I anticipated (normally a good thing!) but unfortunately it left our staff stretched both in the dining room and kitchen. I'm very sorry...More

Reviewed September 10, 2019

Two of us dined here on a Sunday lunch. There were plethora of menu items and the two we chose were hot, hardy and healthy...and there was enough to take some home for Monday!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Good_Life_Cafe, Owner at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to review the Good Life. So happy to hear you had a good experience and we hope you dine with us again soon!

Reviewed September 10, 2019

The restaurant is located on the main street in Park Rapids. We were there for lunch and we had to wait 10 minutes for a table, but no problem. The decor was contemporary, very tastefully done. The restaurant was not only busy, but noisy. We...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Good_Life_Cafe, Owner at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2019

Thanks for the review and we appreciate your feedback!

Reviewed September 8, 2019

Have been in the Park Rapids area for years and this was our first time to stop in. It won't be our last. Nice inviting decor, a nice menu selection and we had great service. Bison meatloaf and walleye tacos were very good. Wife loved...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Good_Life_Cafe, Owner at The Good Life Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2019

Thanks for leaving such a wonderful review, Daryl! Happy to hear you and your wife had a great experience with us at the Good Life. Stop by again, soon!

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1SassyLassy
January 5, 2017|
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Response from Molly L |
Hello! We opened in 2009, so unfortunately we weren't the restaurant you ate at. The roll sounds delicious though. I have a feeling it may have been at Antlers Restaurant, which was on Main Street and had huge rolls - but... More
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wwjjaa68
July 11, 2015|
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Response from Good_Life_Cafe | Property representative |
Yes, we are open year round. Generally our summer hours (Memorial through Labor Day weekends) are Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Winter hours are Tue-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. Kindly call for more exact hours closer... More
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wwjjaa68
July 11, 2015|
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Response from Jane M | Reviewed this property |
Open year round. Same hours I think
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