It comes in Duluth: tacos, macarons, and of course beer

Construction issues linked to the pandemic have delayed the opening of some anticipated hotspots in Duluth, but the wait is coming to an end. Bountiful tacos, indispensable pastries, and a brewery serving ramen are now within reach. Here’s a sample of what’s on the horizon.

Lake Superior Brewery Co.

In a city overflowing with craft beer and cider, is there room for another entry? defy. Especially when it’s a reimagining of Lake Superior Brewing Co. On the whim of an epidemic, new brewery owners Seth and Sarah Maxim purchased an old fitness center and tanning salon in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood and turned it into a brewing bar with a full restaurant, bar, and (already operating) accommodation next door, dubbed a “brewtel.” Scheduled to open in early July, it’s serving up its own beer a few weeks later.

“During the lockdown we looked at ourselves and thought we were crazy enough, we could do this,” Sarah said.

Both are veterans of the hospitality industry, and Seth learned the brewing industry at Duluth’s Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub. They’ve kept key Lake Superior Brewing recipes — rejoice at the return of Kayak Kolsch and Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout — and plotted some of them. The food will be an elegant fusion, with a mix of pasta dishes, smashed burgers, and wood-fired pizzas.

5324 E. Olaya Street,

hungry hippie taco

Duluth has gone from taco deprived to taco rich. A second location for the popular Hungry Hippie Tacos opened on the Grand Marais in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in late May.

Your go-to fried bread tacos are on the menu, along with burritos, chimichangas, Nashville hot cheese curds, and plenty of local tap beer. Owner Kate Keeble said she doesn’t claim authentic Mexican food, but the Hungry Hippie fan base doesn’t seem to care.

The lighted and airy counter service space contains plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

1810 W Superior Street,

Best duluth bread

Since 2015, brothers Robert Lilligaard and Michael Lilligaard have been operating out of a shoebox-sized bakery in Lincoln Park, collecting a following for almond croissants, macarons, fruit tarts, and challah loaves. The bakery has branched out into subscription boxes and a host of retail locations in the area, and is struggling to meet demand. Next month, they’ll add a second seating and coffee location, downtown in the former space of Blacklist Brewery, which has moved a block down the road. The bakery expects to double its staff and triple its production.

Michael taught himself how to bake, practicing Tartine’s methods at a San Francisco bakery.

“We don’t use specialty flours or butter,” said Robert, who has written the Duluth Grill and OMC Smokehouse books. “We make French and German baked goods using Sam’s Club flour and Land O’Lakes butter, and our $3,000 pickup truck is always about to break down. Because it’s all in technology.”

120 E. High Street,

taco taco taco

A planned summer opening of a relocated restaurant in downtown Duluth has been moved to fall, but Robert Giuliani has a backup plan: a food truck.

Giuliani finished his first restaurant on Superior Street last October when the lease expired. With the construction of his new space complete, a food truck now stands outside, serving street tacos, torta and “dojo.”

What is a dog, you ask?

It’s a “cheap” hot dog stuffed with bacon, flat-roasted until crunchy and topped with cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, and jalapeno pickles.

“You’re going to crush two of them,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani, who has traveled extensively to Mexico to learn the art of street tacos, said Duluth’s taco boom is “exciting.” The Duluthians had a more authentic taco experience, he said, and “everyone went crazy.”

Giuliani’s nephew, Alex Giuliani, owns the recently opened Chachos Taqueria in Canal Park.

Paul’s location in Tacos Tacos Tacos is slated to open as well.

202 Superior Street,

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