Castle Danger, MN – Rustic Inn

Everyone talks about the Rustic Inn for its fabulous pies and bountiful breakfasts. Minnesota Monthly called it “one of the secrets of Superior” – a must stop if you are touring in the Lake Superior area.

But it’s also the place for great home-cooking with a creative flair throughout the rest of the day, and a delightful dinner destination for Duluthian diners desiring a date-night “out of town. (wow, that’s an alliteration!).

Minnesota Burger Reporter KawikaMedia checked it out the other night and eschewed the burger offerings (1/2 pound topped with Danish Blue and crispy onions, or a 1/2 smothered with sauteed mushrooms and onions, with a house sauce and melted cheddar and swiss) for the “award winning meatloaf”, which by our reckoning, is still in the burger category. The menu description of the loaf states that it is a combination of beef, Italian sausage, and wild rice, with mash and house gravy. KawikaMedia’s description was “it is out of this f@#$in world!

He started with the house Salad w/ julienned asian ginger and asian cucumber with croutons, bacon, on a heart of romaine. Said it was “the best I have ever had. House beer-battered onion rings were shared and were described as “absolutely delicious.”

Dessert was one of the highly-touted pies, pecan was his choice, not as good as he used to get at home, but good none-the-less. Entrees run around $15. The establishment’s website seems to be kaput, but the breakfast menu is posted online here.

Castle Danger is located about 35 miles from downtown Duluth on Hwy 61, just a short distance shy of the scenic Split Rock Lighthouse (first picture below), if you are around during daylight.


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