Ask anyone in town where to eat, and after telling you about the great restaurants across the river in Wisconsin, they will probably suggest the casual Jefferson Pub & Grill (58 Center St., 507/452-2718, www.jeffersonpub.com, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, $6–18). The menu spans spicy black-bean burgers, walleye-fillet sandwiches, fajitas, and steaks, and the attached Sidetrack Tap bar has an impressive roster of beers.
There is also really good food—much of it organic, vegetarian, and made with locally grown ingredients—at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse (162 2nd St. W., 507/452-7020, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun., $4–10).
The Acoustic Café (77 Lafayette St., 507/453-0394, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, $3–7) is a busy, but still cozy, coffeehouse that roasts its own beans, some of which are fair trade and organic. They also serve pita and hoagie sandwiches.
Carhops still take your order at the Lakeview Drive-Inn (610 Sarnia St. E., 507/454-3723, 10:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Mar.–Sept., $1–7). They serve sandwiches (including elk and buffalo burgers), ice cream, and homemade root beer. Classic car collectors gather here to show off their wheels.
You’ll no longer find Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winona since Bloedow’s Bakery (451 Broadway St. E., 507/452-3682, 6 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) beat them at their own game.
© Tim Bewer from Moon Minnesota, 3rd Edition