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Cuisine Type: American comfort food

Established: 1980

Reservations: Optional

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 11?25

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Bison burger

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

It's hard to find a restaurant more worthy of the term "farm-to-table" than Eichten's Market & Cafe. The earliest version of the eatery?a cheese market and deli?opened in the late '80s to provide customers with direct access to the products produced on the Eichten family farm.

Originally dairy farmers, Joe and Mary Eichten expanded their operation in the mid 1970s, when word spread that The University of Minnesota was looking for local farmers to create European-style cheese. The Eichtens answered the call and whipped up their first wheel of Dutch gouda cheese, which still sits in a display on the family farm when it isn't busy doing its chores. Today, the farm churns out approximately 15 varieties of gouda, plus 12 varieties of gouda spreads, and Mary?s own tilsit cheese.

In the late '80s, the couple added healthy, low-fat bison to their product line, and in the early 2000s, after realizing the big demand for specialty food products, they remodeled their store and opened a full restaurant. There, guests can pair wine and beer with Eichten Farms' gourmet cheese boards, gouda fondue, and a number of fresh, bison entrees, including bison chili and burgers.

16440 Lake Blvd. (Highway 8)
Center City,
MN
US

Although horses are the star athletes of Running Aces Harness Park, summer sulky races and simulcast wagering are only two parts of the park's business. The park's warm Vegas-style card room evokes the high-rolling excitement of the Strip with live rounds of blackjack, pai gow, and Texas Hold 'Em held 24/7. The card room also hosts daily poker tournaments with numerous buy-in levels, letting players show off their best card know-how without requiring a big investment.

After trying their luck, many players eat celebratory meals at The Winner's Circle, taking advantage of daily specials including Friday's all-you-can-eat fish fry, Saturday's all-you-can-eat prime rib, and Sunday's brunch. In addition to gaming, Running Aces hosts family-friendly entertainment with monthly comedy shows, hypnotist demonstrations, and seasonal events.

15201 Zurich St NE
Forest Lake,
MN
US

Wintergreens Bar provides a sanctuary for fairway-weary golfers of all skill levels, who can improve their game in indoor comfort on four virtual-golf machines. Featuring 30 different courses displayed in all their verdant glory, clubbers can practice their swing without the hassle of defending hats from dive-bombing birds or shoes from swarms of sand-trap-dwelling crustaceans. Players can create digital divots using clubs borrowed from Wintergreens, or the iron they always carry in case of rumbles between their argyle gang and plaid rivals. A game-ameliorating sampler tray brings onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and toasted ravioli to the stomachs of ravenous golfers, and a pitcher of beer provides a convenient excuse to propose toasts to high scorers.

306 Credit Union Dr
Isanti,
MN
US

It started with a single store, opened in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964. But Dick Kempe's pizza proved too tasty for one outpost, and Chanticlear Pizza eventually spread to 14 locations in the following years. And although Dick no longer owns the pizzerias, his uncompromising standards for quality pies remain in place. Fresh dough is mixed up and hand-tossed daily. Vegetables are chopped each morning. Instead of adding sugar to their sauce, the chefs rely on the tomatoes' natural, charm school-perfected sweetness. And the from-scratch foundation is always topped with house-shredded, 100% Wisconsin mozzarella cheese.

Once the dough and sauce are ready, Chanticlear Pizza's chefs continue the process by loading them with meats and veggies. The selection of toppings range from shrimp and bacon pieces to a secret-recipe pickle blend. A splash of spicy, bourbon-tinged molasses or chunky salsa can add additional pizzazz to pizzas. Beyond circular eats, polygonal dishes as pastas, calzones, and sides of buffalo wings and garlic toast populate the menu.

404 Whiskey Rd NW
Isanti,
MN
US