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CGriff
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09/08/2017 03:41PM
Getting a chance to try the local fair is one of my favorite things at the end of a trip. A cold beer, fried chees curds, and burger at the Boathouse is my favorite. And breakfast at Brittons before I put in is a must.

What's your favorite pre/post trip meal in Ely?

 
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OldFingers57
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09/08/2017 04:28PM
We always eat at the Boathouse when in Ely. Great burgers and sandwiches.
robandsin
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09/08/2017 05:01PM
Ely Steak House. Bucky Burger and a Newcastle tap. Can't get much better.
mastertangler
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09/08/2017 05:18PM
What's that little breakfast place off the main drag?

We usually stop at Subway when we get out........here's a funny story

We were standing in line when I felt something crawling on my arm.......I plucked it off and said to my tripping partner, "here, have a tick" and casually placed it on his arm. About that time the young gal behind the counter asked my pal what he wanted.......without missing a beat he asks her with a straight face "do you want a tick"?........"it's alive" he adds hopefully.

She was of course flummoxed and it was all I could do to not burst out laughing.
Blatz
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09/08/2017 09:00PM
quote robandsin: "Ely Steak House. Bucky Burger and a Newcastle tap. Can't get much better."
Yea this is the place to go
09/08/2017 10:50PM
Britton's for breakfast on the way in and Ely Steakhouse for bucky burgers on the way out.
overthehill
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09/09/2017 12:27AM
Brittons per-entry. DQ (first postr-trip stop) for a fountain coke). Time in town is spent at Sir G's or SteakHouse
ellahallely
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09/09/2017 08:20AM
Vertin's was. Closed many years ago. The food was good, however the people were great!! It was the social hub of Ely with all the " characters". Fun times.
IceColdGold
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09/09/2017 09:36AM
quote Blatz: "quote robandsin: "Ely Steak House. Bucky Burger and a Newcastle tap. Can't get much better."
Yea this is the place to go"


+1 on the Bucky Burger, then to Northern Expressions Ice Cream shop.
09/09/2017 09:52AM
Morning of starting a trip it's just something light and quick for breakfast.

If we are staying in Ely or I get into Ely in the morning after exiting the bwca it's most definitely Brittons.

For lunch or dinner it's the Ely Steakhouse.
overthehill
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09/10/2017 09:31AM
quote ellahallely: "Vertin's was. Closed many years ago. The food was good, however the people were great!! It was the social hub of Ely with all the " characters". Fun times."

I miss Vertins . Cranberry's too.
drrick
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09/10/2017 12:41PM
Maybe it,s just me but the last 2 visits to boathouse we experienced one moderately rude waiter and the second visit an incompetent waiter and a manager that when made aware of the situation just made the situation worse. The food we did finally get out of the kitchen was very good.
09/10/2017 08:35PM
Britton's is TOO good. Went there early for breakfast in 2013, ate like a hog. Back to the outfitter and straight to EP 33. When we started strapping up our gear everyone just wanted to go back to sleep....;-)
carmike
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09/10/2017 09:39PM
Ely Steakhouse for me. Free pool, too.
schweady
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09/10/2017 09:50PM
Meals:
Britton's - breakfast, but exercise some portion self-control, especially on entry morn
Ely Steak House - our usual go-to both for dinner the night before entry and lunch upon return, Bucky Burger and a Steer Beer
Insula - terrific attention to detail, lots of unique offerings for brunch, lunch, or dinner

Drinks, etc:
Boathouse - decent -- not overly fantastic -- craft beers brewed on-site
Winton Road House - great bar atmosphere for either dress-up or dress-down
Northern Grounds - craft coffee, wine, and beer with the occasional live music
09/10/2017 10:25PM
Surprised nobody has mentioned Grand Ely Lodge. Pretty good food and the view is very nice.
billconner
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09/11/2017 06:17AM
quote drrick: "Maybe it,s just me but the last 2 visits to boathouse we experienced one moderately rude waiter and the second visit an incompetent waiter and a manager that when made aware of the situation just made the situation worse. The food we did finally get out of the kitchen was very good.
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Based on my several visits to Boathouse over past few years I agree. Scratched from my list.
anthonyp007
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09/11/2017 07:04AM
I usually dirtbag it in my truck at the EP the night before a trip so I can't comment on breakfast, but for dinner the last couple of years I've gone to Insula and the food and service has been awesome. The burgers are awesome, especially the one with the Cole slaw in it. The drinks are always nice and strong too.
ParkerMag
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09/11/2017 08:01AM
Stony Ridge burgers on the way out.
09/11/2017 12:38PM
We usually grab a hotel the night before and most of the time it is Lakeland cabins. My trip partner comes up from the cities so we like the space to have all our gear out and repack the bags. While doing so, we have to have Sir-G's pizza and an order of the cheesy bread.

On the way back home, more than likely Subway.
TominMpls
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09/11/2017 01:40PM
Pop-tarts in the car the morning we go in.

On the way out, first stop is at the Front Porch Café, then we look around Ely for a bit before hitting up Ely Steakhouse.
09/11/2017 06:37PM
Hands down, Insula!
muddyfeet
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09/11/2017 07:07PM
quote anthonyp007: "I usually dirtbag it in my truck at the EP the night before a trip so I can't comment on breakfast... "

We've discussed this before that's my usual entry too. A couple day-old doughnuts from super america and a banana and it's time to GO. :)

but man, if you take the time Brittons breakfast is a different league.
Boathouse has always served me well on the way out, but for better or worse I love the character of small local microbrews. I don't feel unwelcome going in there with that post-trip dishevelment, either. Their IPA's are a little too sweet and malty, but the blueberry blonde is a fav, and the darker ones can be good too. Definitely look forward to a good beer after a trip.
Chocolate moose used to have good pastas and breakfasts, but I think their menu has gotten smaller and smaller. Can always find good pie, though.
CGriff
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09/11/2017 07:24PM
Planning to try Insula the night before in a few weeks, I've read lots of good things.
schweady
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09/11/2017 09:38PM
quote CGriff: "Planning to try Insula the night before in a few weeks, I've read lots of good things. "
Insula is my wife's no-brainer choice, identical to the way the guys on our men's trip feel about the Steak House. I win both ways.
Bigbriwi
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09/11/2017 10:13PM
We went to Stoney Ridge for a burger last week for a burger and it was a awesome burger. But it's not cheap!
Blatz
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09/12/2017 07:29AM
I noticed the Winton Road House was mentioned. The best place to have a beer and have great conversation with some of the locals. My wife and I seek out places like that because we love talking to the regulars.
schweady
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09/12/2017 10:52AM
quote Blatz: "I noticed the Winton Road House was mentioned. The best place to have a beer and have great conversation with some of the locals. My wife and I seek out places like that because we love talking to the regulars. "
My wife and I happened upon it during an Ely Winter Fest a few years back. Nothing like suiting up and sitting outside at their ice bar at 15 below, enjoying servings from their Shot Luge. Good food, some surprisingly unique platings available. Need to go back there some Wednesday night and hear Pat Surface play.
Stumpy
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09/12/2017 11:24AM
Well, I miss the Sportsman's Cafe.... But getting modern,, Chocolate Moose was it, but they've slipped the last couple years.
Really like the Rockwood now.
pastorjsackett
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09/12/2017 07:54PM
We usually head out too early to stay in town for breakfast. Last time we did it was Brittons and it was great.

Always Sir G's on the way out for pizza fries and pizza. And cold beer. Sometimes we done the DQ too and that's just fine as well!
QueticoMike
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09/13/2017 10:49AM
quote Blatz: "quote robandsin: "Ely Steak House. Bucky Burger and a Newcastle tap. Can't get much better."
Yea this is the place to go"


+1
flopnfolds
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09/13/2017 11:27AM
The Good 'ol Days Bar and Grill in Tower! Across from the Zups.
Porkeater
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09/13/2017 12:09PM
+1 for Sir G's Pizza
Guest Paddler
 
09/14/2017 02:43PM
Lucky 7, never a wait and no tip necessary!
CGriff
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09/14/2017 05:13PM
What about a cup a joe, any favorite coffee joints in Ely?
schweady
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09/15/2017 02:15PM
quote CGriff: "What about a cup a joe, any favorite coffee joints in Ely? "
1st - Northern Grounds
2nd - Front Porch
mr.barley
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09/15/2017 07:52PM
I don't know if anybody remembers the Minglewood, but I had one of the best breakfasts ever there years ago. Too bad they're gone now.
CGriff
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09/15/2017 07:54PM
quote schweady: "quote CGriff: "What about a cup a joe, any favorite coffee joints in Ely? "
1st - Northern Grounds
2nd - Front Porch
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I've heard good things about Northern Grounds. I'll be picking up some grounds for the french press there.
 
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