Places to Eat


We know everyone needs to eat, even on vacation. Looking for where to get groceries or what restaurants may be near? This page is for you. First, all cabins at Birch Forest Lodge include kitchens. These kitchens have a refrigerator, an oven, a microwave, a toaster and a coffee maker. Not to mention they all are stocked with dishes, pots and pans, silverware, glassware and so forth. Oh yeah, did we mention you also have a barbecue and a picnic table? If you want to bring food and cook, no problem. Don’t want to cook, no problem, scroll down to see local restaurants we’ve tried out and can recommend. A general idea of the menu as well as distance from the lodge is included in each overview.

You may not want to drive 10 hours with groceries. No problem, here are places that can help you with groceries.

  • Pelican Bay Foods-located in Orr. Small, locally run grocery store that we all really appreciate-especially when we realize we ran out or forgot something. Located 7 miles away by car and just across the lake by boat (yes there is a dock and you can go by boat).
  • Zup’s-located in Cook. 3 times the size of Pelican Bay Foods and part of a small Northern Minnesota chain. Their freshly made sausages and bratwursts are amazing! Located 26 miles away. If you are coming from the south, you will pass Zup’s as you travel through cook.
  • Super One Foods-located 53 miles away in Virginia. Very large grocery store. Excellent selection and generally close enough for milk and eggs to be fine for the hour drive. Don’t get ice cream here in the summer-it will melt by the time you reach the lodge!
  • Also, please keep in mind that we sell ice cream treats, soda pop, candy, frozen pizzas and individually wrapped steaks in the lodge.

Local Restaurants

The Dam Supper Club-Located on the corner where you turn off highway 53 is the Dam Supper Club. Commonly known as “The Dam” or “The Dam Restaurant”, this small town restaurant is named after the dam it sits next to. Open 6 days a week (closed Mondays), The Dam, offers breakfast lunch and dinner as well as a full bar. Dinner options include Walleye, steaks, pork chops and pastas as well as sandwiches and burgers. The dinner options come with a soup and salad bar.

Northland Lodge-Located about 1.5 miles west of us is an old lodge with it’s original 1926 dining room. Lulu Fry the owner and operator of Northland Lodge is also known as a wonderful cook. There she serves “homestyle” meals on a nearly nightly basis. Each evening Lulu offers one entry (pork chops, ribs, walleye, chicken, prime rib, etc) and an assortment of side dishes. While the food is very good, the setting is also quite unique and an experience in itself. Reservations are needed at least 24 hours in advance.

T. Pattenn Cafe-Located in Orr, the cafe offers travelers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The specialty at Pattenn’s is their doughnuts. Each morning they make an assortment of fresh, large, delicious pastries. Carmel Rolls, Blueberry Twists, Apple Fritters and my favorite-peanut butter twists! Who can resist a tasty homemade doughnut for breakfast? Not me. Keep in mind that you need to pay in cash at the T. Pattenn Cafe.