Sure, we have plenty of tasty restaurants right here in Rochester, but what about the restaurants that we love that are just a little bit "out of the way"?

I'd been hearing people rave about NOSH in Lake City for months now, so this inspired me to examine what other hidden gems of a restaurant there are in southeast Minnesota. According to recent statistics, 78% of guests find restaurants to try based on recommendations from their friends.

So, you could say "I bought it!" when this recommendation was made to me.

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Take a look at the tastiest hidden gems all throughout southeast Minnesota that we're so willing to leave Rochester for.



  • 1

    NOSH Restaurant

    Located in gorgeous Lake City, this restaurant actually has two levels worth of amazing food.

    NOSH boasts about their use local products in their food too,

    The western Mediterranean influenced American cuisine focuses on the bounty of the farming community of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.


    The menu is ultimately determined by the seasonally availability of produce and meats provided by the local farmers.


    Breads are baked fresh daily on the premises as well as ice creams and sausages. Creating these offerings in-house ensures the freshest possible food is offered daily."
  • 2

    Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine

    This restaurant is a little closer to home. It's technically right here in Rochester, but some may have to drive a bit to it.

    Casablanca celebrates Italian cuisine, but you can find almost any European dish on the menu. They explain, "Chef Bojji will take you on a tour through Europe without a Passport!" AND THEY ARE RIGHT!

    Be sure to sip some wine while you're there!
  • 3

    Harbor View Cafe

    A personal touch is always welcomed, and Harbor View Cafe in Wisconsin certainly adds just that to their restaurant.

    This is the "personal touch" I'm talking about.

    Yep! That's a hand written menu! I've heard the sauteed chicken breasts with chipotle sauce is to die for.

    Harbor View Cafe FB
  • 4

    Estelle's Eatery & Bar

    You'll find Estelle's Eatery & Bar in Harmony, Minnesota - it's worth the drive! Check out their Chef who can make salads exciting!

    If you're looking for work, they are hiring right now. Stop in either way today!

    Estelle's Eatery & Bar FB
  • 5

    King's Bar & Grill

    If you don't know Miesville, Minnesota - you're probably not alone. King's Bar & Grill is easier to find if you remember that it's an awesome country side bar smack between Hastings and Red Wing.

    One word when it comes to what to order from their menu: BURGERS.