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Things To Do In Walker Expanded Restaurant Edition

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

Some comments shared disappointment there were not more restaurants listed on our prior guide of restaurants in Walker. This post is an attempt to remedy that. While it won’t be comprehensive, we plan on making this guide as close, as possible in the time we have available. Walker and the immediate area around Leech Lake are filled with amazing restaurants and we wouldn’t want anyone to go hungry, so read this post in preparation for those days when your stomach is grumbling and there is no waiting for a meal at home. We all know that special type of hunger that creeps up and pounces after a long day out on Leech Lake, be prepared for it and review the Walker Restaurant list.

 

  • Benson’s Eating and Drinking Emporium  is a Walker favorite the perfect place to quench your thirst and enjoy an amazing pizza. With its late hours, gluten free options, delicious sandwiches and one of a kind pizza’s, Benson’s is perfect for large groups looking for casual dining and great service after a day on the water.
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  • The Alpha Cafe A newcomer that just recently opened in Walker the Alpha Cafe is set inside a historic Walker home and focuses on local and organic fare. If you are a vegan or vegetarian this will be the perfect option for you. Best known for their amazing hot dogs and brats topped with local ingredients, and hearty and delicious breakfast options.

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  • The Boulders: Known for its delicious and diverse array of dinner entrees the boulder will provide you with a wealth of truly delicious options. From Crab Crusted Grouper, Gorgonzola Ribeye, Penne Jambalaya, Walleye, and much more. The Boulder is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike so be sure you make a reservation if you plan a meal at prime times. Prepare yourself for difficult choices when choosing what to order, there are so many great options, you will want to try them all. Casual dinner and delightful entrees.
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  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant: If you are looking for a truly filling breakfast or a Homestyle meal this is the place for you! Known for their large breakfast dishes that will fill your plate and you up. If you’re looking for Homestyle Broasted chicken and mashed potatoes or meatloaf, Jimmy’s is not to be missed. Be sure to bring your appetite, and eat  like a Lumber Jack. Minnesota Home cooking from their kitchen to your table.
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  • Cafe Zona Rosa Felling like a taste of the southwest while you enjoy the comfort of the lakes of the Northwoods? Cafe Zona Rosa is perfect for those seeking a little bit of spice. A favorite of locals, be sure to try the sizzling fajitas and the large burritos. Known for its large portions, taco bar, festive atmosphere, and unbeatable chips.

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  • The Piggy: Kansas style BBQ made to perfection, in Leech Lake Minnesota. With BBQ briskets, ribs, pulled pork and more, the piggy focuses on one genre of food and strives to achieve perfection. Expect long waits on most occasions and don’t be surprised if they sell out of food before closing. Once you sit down though, and take your first bite you will find the wait more than worth the while. Melt in your mouth BBQ, made in Minnesota.
Pulled pork dinner
  •  The Lucky Moose  This bar and grill provides a truly northwoods feel and is sure to please with an amazing variety of appetizers and a large bar. Some customer favorites include their delicious Walleye cakes, juicy burgers, and the one of a kind chipotle Bloody Mary’s. Perfect for both large and small groups.
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  • 502 Restaurant: Dine in style, on the shores of Leech Lake. Best known for their wild rice bread and “award winning” Black Angus prime rib, enjoy a night out you won’t soon forget. While you’re there enjoy drinks (and a happy hour) from the area’s largest bar, where you’re sure to find your drink of choice. Lakeside dining, drinks, and deliciousness.

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  • The Village Square Looking for that perfect combination of hot and cold? Does ice cream and pizza fit the bill? If the answer is yes, look no further than the village square. Whether it is their delicious morning coffee, delightful sandwiches, ice cream to cool off, or a pizza to finish the day (or a breakfast pizza to begin it!).
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  • The Outdoorsman Cafe The epitome of the small town northwoods diner, where locals start out the day with delicious eggs and hash-browns, a thick blueberry pancake, or just a cup of dark coffee and a homemade caramel roll. This is the small town diner you see on TV shows and the movies.

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  • Bayside Bar & Grill  If burgers and beer are what you seek look no further, Bayside has a large local tap selection and almost as many burger and sandwich options.

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It’s not comprehensive, but we hope there are enough amazing dining options here to ensure you can find the perfect atmosphere and the perfect meal. From southwestern cuisine, organic and vegan fare, to delicious pizza’s, small town diners, award winning BBQ, and much more. There are a huge number of restaurants in Walker compared to its size. After a long day on Leech Lake your options are varied and always sure to be delicious.

If you haven’t planned your Leech Lake vacation yet, find the perfect resort now. If you already have… See you on the water!

 

 

 

Things To Do In Walker MN – Summer Edition

Monday, June 12th, 2017

It’s summer and there are so many things to do in Walker Minnesota, whether it’s enjoying a day out on Leech Lake, exploring all the delightful shops of downtown Walker, or catching a quick bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. Get the absolute most out of your next vacation, with our summer guide to things to do in Walker, MN. In this post we will aggregate all our past invidual guides into one post so it’s easier than ever to find the activities you are interested in.

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On The Water

  • Fishing – Walker sits on the shores of Leech Lake, Minnesota’s third largest. With some of the best fishing in the state, whether you are a first time fisher or an expert the experienced is not to be missed. Whether you are looking for that prize muskie or just looking to catch a ton of pan-fish to fill the freezer, the lake is large enough that everyone can have a fishing experience that matches their skill level.
  • Boating  - Most lakes never seem to have the space to fully take advantage of all the amazing performance aspects of the modern boat or wave runner. With over 160 square miles of pristine water, boating options don’t get much better than in the Walker area.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing - With innumerable small inlets, among the many secluded bays there is some amazing kayaking and canoeing to be done. Whether you want to explore one of the small inlets that are inaccessible to other craft or drift through  the large field like growths of wild rice under the sun. With so much water, there is always an adventure to be had.
  • Water-sports – Large and open doesn’t mean windy and wavy, with all the areas protected bays calm water are easy to come by. Spend the day water skiing, wake boarding, or tubing.

Places To Eat In Walker

Among the many things to do in Walker, after a long day outside under the sun, dining tops the list. Few want to come back to their cabin after a day on the trails or water and have to prepare a meal, that’s why Walker’s many restaurants are always busy and always offer the best food. If you are on the search for great food in Walker, be sure to check out our dining guide, where we give a quick rundown of the top rated restaurants in the area.

Bike Trails In Walker

With the states longest bike trail running directly through Walker be sure to bring your bikes. The Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails offer many miles of paved bike way that passes beneath canopy’s of green trees. If you are not sure what you will need to make your walker bike trip a success, check out our Walker biking guide.

Hiking

Walker sits right next to the Chippewa national forest, which offers miles of wooded hiking trails where you can experience nature in an environment as natural as any in Minnesota. Take a peak at our Hiking guide for more information.

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Shopping In Walker

Of the many things to do in Walker, shopping is still one of the most popular, with small boutiques carrying trendy clothing or kitchenware, to novelties, and outdoor gear among many other great shopping options. Walker offers stores unique to the area that you won’t find anywhere else. Let us help you plan your next shopping trip with the Walker shopping guide.

From shopping to boating, indoors and outdoors, there are so many things to do in Walker that you are certain to find an activity everyone in the family will enjoy. The summer always passes faster than we would like so be certain to plan your trip before the leaves change and the water cools.

Walker MN – Things To Do In The Winter

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Looking for things to do in Walker, MN during the winter months? From ice fishing, to shopping, to snowmobiling, skiing and more, Walker offers the perfect winter escape. After weeks at a time indoors a short trip and some time in a new place can help renew and refresh you after months traveling from home to work and back, trying to avoid winter. In this post we will explore all Walker has to offer, so you can get out and have a good time this winter.

 

Skiing and Snowshoeing In Walker MN

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Looking to get outside and away from the city, to enjoy a little bit of nature this winter. Walker offers several great options for skiing and snowshoeing that allow you to traverse or glide through unspoiled national forest and recreation areas.

  • Shingobee Recreation Area – With 12 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing with flat and lightly sloped areas for beginners, as well as some steeper terrain and sharp corners for experts, skiers of all ages will enjoy a day a Shingobee. It also offers access to the North Country Scenic Trail as well, so if 12 km isn’t enough you can transition over to the North Country Scenic Trail System. Shingobee also offers an amazing sledding park with a chalet for families looking to enjoy the winter weather, and many opportunities to explore the forest on Snowshoes.
  • The North Country Trial – This trail offers the perfect opportunity to snowshoe the forest and explore nature with no bugs and no mud! It is also widely used by XC skiers who in enjoy un-groomed back-country skiing through the dense forests of the area.

Snowmobiling in Walker MN

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  • Leech Lake is so large (Minnesota’s third largest in fact) it offers a snowmobiling opportunity in itself with miles of perfectly flat terrain and often thick snow-cover, with easy access from Walker.
  • Heartland State Trail – This extremely well maintained trail system offers access to Hundreds of miles of other state trails and leads from Walker to Park Rapids. It offers sharp and rolling terrain which makes it a wonderful ride on snowmobiles.
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail - With 115 miles of groomed trail, a wide variety of terrain and very few road crossings, this trail offers snowmobile enthusiasts the ability to travel from Walker to Bemidji and beyond.

Winter Shopping In Walker MN

Enjoy a day in Walkers close nit downtown exploring the wide variety of shopping options, from local clothing, to northwoods decorations, outdoor gear and more.

  • Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. – Offering a eclectic collection of northwoods furnishings, Leech Lake and Walker, MN branded clothing, and an astonishing selection of MN grown wild rice and other local products you are sure to find something unique here.
  • Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters – Love the outdoors, Reeds has a huge variety of outdoor supplies from ice fishing equipment, hunting gear, and winter sports supplies.
  • 513 Mainstream – Offering specialty men and women’s clothing this local boutique offers unique and fashionable clothing.
  • Lundgrigans Clothing - In operation since 1937 they offer a wide array of fashionable and outdoor oriented clothing options.

Ice Fishing In Walker MN


Everyone’s favorite winter activity in Walker is ice fishing on Leech Lake, recently named one of North Americas Top 10 ice fishing destinations. With great options for winter lodging that include ice fishing guides and ice houses as part of your stay, ice fishing was never more fun or comfortable. Stay in a heated and furnished ice house while you fish one of the US’s top ice fishing lakes. With easy lake access to Walker and it’s many shops and restaurants.

Restaurants In Walker MN

Walker has many great restaurants to enjoy after spending a long day on the ice or trials. From amazing BBQ to Steak, and more here are Walkers top three restaurants (Based on TripAdvisor  ratings).

  • The Boulders – Known for their great steaks and seafood options, they are know for their entrees and have a large and diverse menu.
  • The Piggy BBQ – Written about in the New York Times, they offer some of the best BBQ in the state.
  • Jimmy’s Family Restaurant – Known for their delicious breakfast’s and large portions start your morning off here.
Winter may bring the cold, and limit your outdoor activity options but their are so many things to do in Walker MN you are sure to have a great time. So get your ski’s, snowshoes, sleds or ice fishing gear and get to Walker. It’s time to ditch that Winter melancholy and enjoy an amazing winter on the ice or trails in Walker MN.