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Things we like: A Northwoods Salad in Silver Bay

Silver Bay's Northwoods Family Grille dishes a jam-packed salad with lovely green spring mix, dangerously delicious candied pecans, craisins, poppy seed dressing and Parmesan cheese.

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This dish from Silver Bay's Northwoods Family Grille doubles as a meal and dessert July 12, 2021. The Northwoods Salad comes with Parmesan cheese, greens, Craisins, candied pecans and poppyseed dressing. Add smoked chicken or smoked salmon for a few extra bucks. (Melinda Lavine / mlavine@duluthnews.com)
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I stopped by Northwoods Family Grille in Silver Bay after a recent hike up north .

The restaurant’s many Grill Wars honors adorn its menu — the apple bacon cheddar burger, the Hawaiian burger, and the maple bacon bourbon burger to name a few.

Against my better judgment, I opted to go for something lighter, and instead ordered their Northwoods Salad.

It’s jam-packed with lovely green spring mix, dangerously delicious candied pecans, craisins, poppy seed dressing and Parmesan cheese.

You can add smoked chicken or smoked salmon for a few extra bucks. I ordered the latter, which sat in abundance on the salad, tasting of quality richness.

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The fresh-tasting Parmesan flakes added a grounding dry flavor to the lively sweetness of this dish that doubles as an entree and dessert.

The pecans were heavy on the candied, with a thick and rough exterior and a perfect crunch, a warm sweetness compared to the bright punch of the craisins.

The salad as a whole is a fun combination that I wouldn’t have thought up myself.

Bright, filling, one to enjoy till the last bite.

Located in a strip mall near a family dentist, the license bureau and a fitness center, the restaurant has a modern-rustic design with many pictures of the North Shore. There’s brick and stained wood palettes with a dash of street art in a spray painted logo.

Lantern-inspired pendant lights hang over booths.

As I walked out, I saw their Grill Wars trophies gracing the entryway.

“Next time,” I muttered under my breath.

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Northwoods Family Grille

6 Shopping Center Road, Silver Bay

218-353-6060

northwoodsfamilygrille.com

Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346, mlavine@duluthnews.com.
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