If you're vegetarian and want to eat out around the Whitefish Chain, never fear. You'll find delicious fresh options as well as tasty comfort foods that meet (but don't "meat") your dietary needs.
Before we get into the totally meatless options, if you eat fish and seafood you'll have no problems. Most restaurants have a few fish and seafood options, or check out our post on where to get delicious walleye dinners and enjoy a local favorite that's prized by fishermen and loved by just about everyone.
In the Whitefish Chain Area, breakfast is an easy win for vegetarians, as just about any breakfast stop is happy to accommodate with meatless meals of waffles, pancakes, omelettes and more.
If you're out for breakfast or lunch, try the Hungry Loon in Pequot Lakes. The Hungry Loon specializes in breakfast favorites and sandwiches and soups for lunch. Try the breakfast burrito without meat or the fritter french toast. The cranberry wild rice toast has rave reviews. For lunch the veggie wrap is delicious and so is the grilled cheese.
Lunch is also good at Lakes Latte, where you can get a delicious breakfast sandwich made just how you want it (served all day) or a tasty veggie wrap.
Rafferty's Pizza has a veggie pizza that is loved by vegetarians and carnivores alike. The pizza starts with a garlic ranch sauce and is baked with a wide variety of veggies, including zucchini, tomatoes, onions, red and yellow peppers, spinach and more before being topped with green onions and an oregano-Parmesan blend. Rafferty's has locations in both Crosslake and Nisswa.
The new Main Street Ale House in Nisswa has a wild rice burger that local vegetarians are giving the thumbs-up. It's a vegetarian wild rice patty topped with caramelized onions, swiss cheese, wild mushrooms and homemade steak sauce. Other veg-friendly options include some delicious salads and, in the appetizers, baked provolone with Italian salsa and a French baguette. If you eat fish and seafood, the shrimp tacos have great reviews, as does the peel and eat shrimp bucket and crab cakes.
Though it's a little longer drive from the Whitefish Chain, the Iron Range Eatery in Crosby has fantastic options and is known for taking requests and their willingness to alter menu items. Try the black bean southwest burger with roasted corn, ancho and chipotle peppers or the southwest veggie tacos. Their pizzas are great, too, and very off the beaten path: there's a pear and gorgonzola pizza, a strawberry balsamic chevre and a "fungi formaggi"- and you can't go wrong with any of them. If you eat fish, the tuna noodle "hot dish" is a winner.
Prairie Bay in Baxter shares the same owners as the Iron Range Eatery and has just as many (if not more) vegetarian options. At either stop we recommend trying the mini donut platter for dessert!
While meat is no doubt a popular choice on the Whitefish Chain, vegetarians still have options. The area's great restaurants are generally happy to comply with your dietary needs.