Nestled inside the Incline Station Bowling Center, the newly remodeled Spot Sports Bar & Grill, offers typical bar food: burgers, pizza, sandwiches, (menu below) and a host of deep-fried stuff.
Why is it called “Incline Station?” No, it’s not because you might be inclined (chortle)to go there, but rather, it sits on the space that was formerly occupied by a funicular that transported Duluthians to the top of the hills rising above Lake Superior. It was built in the 1890s and finally scrapped in 1939 as outmoded, but also to use the scrap metal for the war effort. Here’s a great photo of the incline from the Minnesota Historical Society.
Minnesota Burger Reporter Kawikamedia and his burger posse stopped in at the Incline to try the burgers today, and came away mostly satisfied.
Kawika ordered the “Original Incline” burger, 1/2 hand formed patty adorned with Canadian Bacon and cheddar. Duluthians love Canadian Bacon, since oft times they consider themselves as “Southern Canadians” anyway (but no drawl).
He liked the fact it was “char-broiled” as was the bun, but said the meat was a little dry. Sometimes that can come from overcooking, sometimes because the chef buys very lean beef.
Fries were more than acceptable, price of the plate, 8.75, which is probably one of the pricier burgers in the Zenith City. (BTW, Kawika is a marvelous photographer, i you like to purchase photos of ships, lake scenes, or scenics of Hawaii, DM us on twitterand we’ll hook you up).