Touring around Lake Superior is amazing, you’ll find stunning scenery and rich culture and heritage on both sides of Lake Superior. There are many unique stories, histories, and people on this route, including the food. To give you a taste of what to expect, we’ve provided you with what we feel is a snippet of the famous foods found around Lake Superior. Bon appetite!

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First and foremost, the best apple fritters on Lake Superior can be found at The Voyageurs’ Lodge overlooking beautiful Batchawana Bay in Ontario. This family-owned and operated deli and coffee shop serves these tasty, deep-fried apple-packed donuts from early spring to early fall. In the summer of 2020, the Voyageurs’ Lodge sold more than 40,000 apple fritters! So, enjoy a coffee and an apple fritter on the outdoor patio overlooking the bay.

Persian Thunder Bay Ontario
Photo credit: Andrew Dobson

Additionally, treat yourself to a Persian when visiting Thunder Bay. It’s a delicious oval-shaped deep-fried cinnamon bun-type pastry with pink berry icing. Created in the 1940s by the founder of Bennett’s Bakery, this is a must-eat dish if you are in the city. You can purchase Persians at Bennett’s Bakery – The Persian Man.

Roys Pasties Houghton Michigan
Pasties from Roy’s Pasties & Bakery.

Moreover, pasties are traditional Cornish pastries made from dough, beef, potatoes, onion and turnips. When Cornish miners settled in Michigan, this dish recipe went with them. Today, the pasty is celebrated by descendants of those settlers, and the Michigan pasty is still filled with beef and root vegetables. However, Yooper pasties are filled with diced vegetables rather than sliced. On the route, be sure to stop at Roy’s Pasties & Bakery in Houghton, Michigan.

Patsy's Bar and Grill cheese curds
‘Green Bay Packages curds.’ Photo credit: Patsy’s Bar & Grill

Of course, a cheese curd requires no explanation. What makes Wisconsin’s cheese curds so tasty? Wisconsin is the dairy state with the most stringent state standards of cheesemaking and dairy product quality in the United States! Consequently, Wisconsin cheese curds are known to be springy and squeaky! Whether fried or right out of the package, curds are just plain good. Enjoy Wisconsin Cheese Curds at Patsy’s Bar & Grill as an appetizer.

Grandma's Saloon Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Photo credit: Grandma’s Saloon & Grill Canal Park

Lastly, wild rice (Manoomin in Ojibwe) is an ancient grain harvested by humans for at least 2,000 years in the Great Lakes region. Natural wild rice grows in abundance in Minnesota. Click this link from the University of Minnesota to learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of wild rice to the Ojibwe People. Today, wild rice is harvested and a nutritious ingredient used in many dishes. For instance, enjoy another of Minnesota’s most famous foods Chicken Wild Rice Soup. Taste a steaming bowl or cup of at Grandma’s Saloon and Grill – Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota

Discover More Famous Foods on Lake Superior

Touring around Lake Superior, you’ll encounter even more famous foods on Lake Superior that capture the essence of the region’s rich culinary traditions. From the fresh, local ingredients to the historical recipes brought by early settlers, the famous foods on Lake Superior offer a unique and delicious journey for every traveller.

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