Recession Dining Tips: Duluth Restaurant Specials


While we hate to join the broader media in pandering to this whole “recession” scare, it is beginning to feel real for many people. But that doesn’t mean we can’t lighten the mood a bit. SO, let’s get over it, let Wall Street go through the meat grinder for a while, and do what’s necessary to support ourselves and our communities by patronizing locally owned businesses.

We did a little sniffing around for you and found some of the better Duluth restaurants offering great deals. These are  places that most would consider too expensive, but aren’t if you choose wisely. What better way to forget the barrage of bad news every day than by filling your belly with great food and wine at prices we can all stomach. Best of all, you’re helping support local restaurants who appreciate your business.

Be sure to call ahead as prices and specials may have changed since this article was published. Also, if you happen to have money and take advantage of this post, please be kind and at least tip well.

Sundays at Restaurant 301

Every Sunday Chef Bob offers a completely creative 3-course tasting menu for just $15 per person. The menu is created that day using whatever is fresh. The cooks often utilize the highest quality goods in the kitchen for this menu. It’s their time to shine and it’s a steal. Top it all off with half price wine. You must be open-minded as this is a set tasting and you eat what the Chef’s have prepared. We assume that 301 is happy to adjust for allergies when possible.

The gist:

  • Sundays
  • 3 Courses for $15
  • 1/2 price wine

Call ahead (218) 336-2705
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Daily at The Boathouse Restaurant

This place is basically tied for best grub in the area and they offer their food at extremely fair prices given the quality. The boathouse has two offers that can save you significant dough, please the palette and fill your belly. They offer a four course meal from a special menu (see the website below). Additionally, you can order small plates from $6-$14 each and pair that with great deals on wine.

The gist:

  • Served Daily
  • 4 Courses for $22
  • Small plates $6-$14

Call ahead (715) 399-0076
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Sunday, Monday, Friday at Midi

Midi offers a variety of  foods in the spirit of the Mediterranean and even a few options with a German tilt. They have a wide variety of specials throughout the week for kids and adults. Try their Friday Fish Fry at $9.95. It’s not the traditional all you can eat but still a great deal. Sundays Midi caters specifically to local families offering a true family style experince “that’s large portions for the table to share” at $16 per person. Mondays they offer free food off the kids menu for  little ones 10 and under.

The gist:

  • Sunday, locals family style $16 per person
  • Monday, Kids 10 & under free
  • Friday,  Fish N’ Chips $9.95

Call ahead (218) 727-4880
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Other Random Deals Found Lately

Thusday Night Out at Beaner’s

  • 1/2 price bottled beer, taps & wine with purchase of sandwich.

Wednesdays at The Scenic Cafe

  • 1/2 price wine by the bottle & glass.

Daily at Burrito Union

  • Order the small burrito in taco salad form, tasty and big. We left with a bill  under $9.

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2 Responses to “Recession Dining Tips: Duluth Restaurant Specials”
  1. Cheffy says:

    Here’s an update on the Small Plate Menu at the Boathouse (mentioned above). Sounds amazing :). Go Kirk!!!

    Sauteed lobster, shrimp, and scallops in orange,cognac, and crayfish sauce with asparagus, shaved fennel, and tomato, on mixed greens tossed with saffron vinaigrette $8

    Mexican-style turkey poached with onions and cilantro, served with squash, chocolate and nut mole sauce, sunflower sprouts, and banana with lime zest $7

    Wood fire grilled 5oz. Angus beef tenderloin studded with calamata olives and thyme, served with potato fries cooked in beef tallow, arugula and squash salad, ancho and citrus balsamic syrup, and remoulade dipping sauce. $14

  2. Craig says:

    Quarter Tacos at Norms are super good and cheap!

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