Hearty, Warm, Delicious Chili

A sampling of the Thursday soup buffet at Timberjack in Pequot Lakes, including a cup of their homemade chili.

After a day of snowmobiling, ice fishing or skating on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, nothing tastes better than a hearty bowl of chili. Since we know you'll work up an appetite on your outdoor adventures, we're laying out some of the best places around the Whitefish Chain to pick up a bowl of chili (and maybe something else to go with it, too!).

Timberjack Smokehouse: 

Located in Pequot Lakes, Timberjack is known for their homemade soups. Pick up a bowl of hearty chili here and you'll be warmed through. You'll find that the chefs at Timberjack are experienced soup-makers and chili is no exception.

Stop by Timberjack on a Thursday and experience their soup buffet, which has 6-8 different homemade soups on a buffet line with a variety of delicious toppings. You'll want to try every single soup.

Timberjack is also known for their steak and their Saturday prime rib, smoked by Timberjack. The sight of a rack of their ribs will make your mouth water.

Find Timberjack on the west side of Patriot Avenue (formerly Highway 371) south of the stoplights in Pequot Lakes.

Bites Grill and Bar: 

If you're in the Pine River area on the northwest side of the Whitefish Chain, you'll want to stop in at Bites for a bowl of homemade chili topped with cheddar cheese and onions.

Bites is named for their small bites, which blend tapas and appetizers with Minnesota comfort food. If you're looking for more than just chili, round out your meal with the pot roast bites or the walleye bites. You won't be disappointed.

Bites also runs delicious lunch specials through the week that are always priced right. Don't leave without trying one of owner Wendy's delicious homemade desserts- she's known for them for  a reason!

You'll find Bites on Highway 371 on the west side, south of the stoplights in Pine River.

Pine Peaks: 

Though they're known for their breakfast, Pine Peaks in Crosslake also makes delicious dinners and a homemade chili. Have it as a side to any of their delicious sandwiches and burgers, or make a trip to the soup and salad bar for some warm chili rounded out with some cool, crisp salad.

While you're there, take a minute to browse Pine Peaks Gifts and Apparel, the lodge's gift shop. It's filled with fun, unique items.

Pine Peaks is right in town in Crosslake, on the main road (County Road 66) just north of the Holiday and across from the campground.

After visiting any of these Whitefish Chain restaurants, you'll be warmed to the core. Have a bowl of chili and you'll be ready to head back out into the winter wonderland for more seasonal fun.

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