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“First experience was not a good one” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crooked Spoon Cafe

Crooked Spoon Cafe
Ranked #2 of 34 Restaurants in Grand Marais
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“First experience was not a good one”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

After taking a local's recommendation on the best restaurant in Grand Marais, we stopped at the Crooked Spoon. Once a server spotted us standing by the crowded front door area (a very small space to stand and wait), we were told it would be about 30 minutes. We had the option to leave and come back or stay. Two stools opened up at a counter in the back, so we took a seat there which was noted by the server. We sat there for 10-15 minutes and no one (not anyone!) offered to get us something to drink while we waited. No one was tending to people seated at the counter except two gals next to us were served an appetizer. We were told by their server that only appetizers and a drink could be ordered at the counter. Since no one paid any attention to us whatsoever, even after speaking to two servers since we had arrived, we decided to go elsewhere.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank suesuemj
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Huge Portions of Very Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Our party had the pastrami sandwich, the BLT, a burger and a salad. Everyone was very pleased and we took home leftovers. I liked the rosemary popcorn as an alternative to chips or fries with the sandwiches. We got there about 20 minutes to noon and this small restaurant quickly filled up behind us on a Friday afternoon and there were people waiting for a table when we left. Get there early to ensure you get a table!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MaryLeizinger
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Chicago
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Memorable creative food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Love love this place ! We have eaten at top resturaunts around the world and the crooked spoon rates up there. We had lamb shank with roasted potatoes and acorn squash - rich, balanced and savory - diver sea scallops with blue crab anad sweet pea risotto - crispy char and cooked to perfection. The crab cake appetizer was wonderful with the spicy jicama slaw. Capped off the meal with a piece of carrot cake. We did have to wait for 45 minutes but sat at the bar and had an appetizer. We enjoyed our anniversary dinner and a celebration feast after being out on the boundary waters for 4 days. We headed back the next day for lunch which was tasty. Enjoyed the grilled chicken sandwich and pork tenderloin. Tried the chicken white bean chilli for an appetizer and again had to end the meal with carrot cake before our drive home to Chicago. What a delightful spot for fresh creative food. The service is friendly and a bit slow but what rush are you really in while on vacation. Met some folks on the street and recommended they go for lunch. We ran into them at lunch and they raved about the crime brûlée and crab cake. Please go you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GardenDelight
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Eagle, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very nice menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Very good food. I wish I could go back today. Keep it up guys. The owners are very nice. The service was outstanding and location was very nice as well.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Uli40
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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122 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“GREAT BURGER!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

My husband and I stopped by the Crooked Spoon Cafe for lunch while visiting Grand Marais. We had an absolutely wonderful burger there. The place was packed when we got there at 2:30. I can understand why. Good food and excellent service.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CardanW
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