Hotels and Restaurants
There aren’t a lot of options in Hibbing itself. The very nicest is the Mitchell-Tappan House (2125 4th Ave. E., 218/262-3862 or 888/662-3862, www.mitchell-tappanhouse.com, $75), a large, bright, and friendly bed-and-breakfast in an 1897 home originally built for the superintendent of the Oliver Iron Mining Company. (It was moved here from the old town.) One of the five antiques-filled guestrooms has a private bath, and the others share two. The attic rooms have a separate sitting area and make a good family suite; children are welcome.
South of town is the very serviceable Super 8 (1411 40th St. E., 218/263-8982 or 800/800-8000, www.super8.com/Hibbing, $64). Otherwise, you’re limited to some rundown rooming houses in town.
More than just a Dylan shrine, Zimmy’s (531 E. Howard St., 218/262-6145, www.zimmys.com, 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Fri.–Sat., $5–17) serves the best food in town. The wide-ranging selection includes burgers and pizza, but Caribbean chicken and garlic steak set it apart from the competition.
Bach Yen (2510 1st Ave., 218/263-3647, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., closed Sun., $7–13) is one of the best Chinese restaurants outside of the Twin Cities.
It’s just a hole in the wall bar, but many locals swear by the hamburgers at Tuffy’s (2314 1st Ave., 218/262-1021, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, $3–6).
Visit Sunrise Bakery (1813 3rd Ave. E., 218/263-4985, 6 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–noon Sat., closed Sun.) for pasties, potica, porketta, ravioli, and other tastes of the Iron Range. This Hibbing tradition, opened in 1913, also makes deli sandwiches, and most of their food is surprisingly cheap.
© Tim Bewer from Moon Minnesota, 3rd Edition