Hollingsworth says: End your day with a French Pear
LATE BREAKFAST Hell's Kitchen, 310 Lake Ave. S., 727-1620. Sometimes it's hard to find breakfast in Duluth after 10 a.m., but Hell's Kitchen in Canal Park serves breakfast all day. It also serves lemon ricotta hotcakes so good you want to plant y...
Hell's Kitchen, 310 Lake Ave. S., 727-1620.
Sometimes it's hard to find breakfast in Duluth after 10 a.m., but Hell's Kitchen in Canal Park serves breakfast all day. It also serves lemon ricotta hotcakes so good you want to plant your face in them. At $9.25 for three, they're a little pricey, but they come with berries and pure maple syrup -- worth it. This is a good place to have your parents take you, and pay.
r For other options: Uncle Louis Cafe, 520 E. Fourth St., 727-4518, is good when you had one beer too many the night before, and it's cheap. Get the eggs. Chester Creek Cafe, 1902 E. Eighth St., 724-6811, is near two campuses, and the owners are big on organic and local ingredients.
Lakewalk, along Lake Superior near Canal Park.
The Lakewalk is one of the best places in Duluth to walk, run or bike, March through November, depending on your tolerance for cold. It has excellent views of Lake Superior from every vantage point. It's also where some of the city's good-looking men can be found working out, so seek out a date if you don't mind red-faced introductions.
r Fitger's Brewery Complex, 600 E. Superior St., 722-8826, is a great place to shop downtown if you're looking for outdoors gear or some amazing sales at United Colors of Benetton. For inexpensive, vintage finds, try Vintage Duluth, 205 E. Superior St., 722-1917.
Whole Foods Co-op, 610 E. Fourth St., 728-0884
For a grocery store off the beaten path, Whole Foods has plenty of yummy organic and vegetarian food for when you can't shove another piece of greasy spoon mess into your mouth. There's a fantastic deli and eat-in area, and the cheese, bread and frozen food selections are pretty awesome.
r Elysium Salon and Day Spa, 2230 London Road, 724-7232, can be pricey, but the shampoo you get with your haircut feels like a scalp massage. Nice. And the stylists are fun at BAM Style, 1607 Woodland Ave., 728-5107.
DINNER AND BEER
Brewhouse Brewery & Grille, 600 E. Superior St. 726-1392
Duluth has lots of great local restaurants. The Brewhouse falls nicely into students' price range and puts out the best heaping serving of beer-battered fries you will ever find. The burgers, [which the fries come with], sandwiches and quesadillas are all good, but be sure to get the fries. Some dishes come with corn chips, so you may need to substitute. Meals mostly cost between $9 and $11. The brewpub's beers probably will make you rethink that case of Bud Light in your fridge. Try the Wildfire. You can pick up growlers to take home.
r Burrito Union, 1332 E. Fourth St., 728-4414, offers delicious nachos in a college neighborhood. And Lake Avenue Cafe, 394 S. Lake Ave., 722-2355, is a great spot for a date.
(21 and older)
Red Star Lounge, 600 E. Superior St. 723-7827.
For students who want more from their night than beer pong, Red Star usually has a DJ, and the drinks offered actually require thought. Try the French Pear ($7), the Lychee ($5) or the Starblue ($9). During happy hours Tuesday through Thursday, Red Star has some lower-priced specialty drinks. The cave-like atmosphere, although with flattering light, is a nice place to get comfy in a corner banquette or dance without too much embarrassment.
r Dubh Linn Pub & Billiards, 109 W. Superior St., 727-1559, an Irish bar with a shuffle board, appears to be a favorite newer "college bar." But the Reef Bar, 2002 London Road, 724-9845, is still a college standard, offering lots of live music and plenty of bar games, and it's close to the campuses. If you're younger than 21, try the live music and coziness of Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave., 624-5957.