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Things We Like: Hungry Hippie's frybread taco

Grand Marais taco spot brings a mix of build-your-owns as a side hustle to operation's farm and hostel

Hungry Hippie Tacos in Grand Marais offers a mix of goodies and many build-your-owns. This frybread taco is built with ale and chili smoked brisket, jalapenos, chipotle sour cream, lettuce and cheese. Melinda Lavine / Duluth News Tribune
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A line of hungries extended out the door, and some folks left in search of faster fare than at Hungry Hippie Tacos in Grand Marais.

We stuck it out, interpreting the line as a good sign.

I took in the decor of bull skulls and horseshoes; the walls striped in turquoise, brown and lime green; the sombreros on the ceiling. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” played overhead, as I scanned the menu’s Nashville hot cheese curds, the chimichanga and the apple smoked pork build-your-own.

It was 20 minutes to the front of the line — plenty of time to people-watch and read a bit about Hungry Hippie’s farm / hostel / taco operation.

It was faster moving after we ordered, and our food came out in little paper trays with bits of shredded lettuce congregating on the bottom.


The fry bread was flaky, squishy and crunchy in all the right places. The ale- and chili-smoked brisket was smoky, and the chipotle sour cream flavorful, plentiful and worthy of smuggling in your purse.

While it bordered on almost not enough food, the northern frybread build-your-own was a fine lunch for $7-$8. If you dig a light, bustling and upbeat experience, it may be worth the wait.

And if you’re not headed up north soon, stay tuned. Hungry Hippie Tacos plans to open a Duluth location in 2022 .

Hungry Hippie Tacos

15 W. Highway 61, Grand Marais

(218) 387-3382

Melinda Lavine (she/her) is an award-winning features reporter at the Duluth News Tribune, where she has worked since 2014.

She has been a features-focused, multidisciplinary journalist for 10 years, 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 to Duluth in June 2014 to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346,
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