Eat Like a Local!

Photo Credit: Manger Restaurant

Ziggy’s Live Music, Bar, and Restaurant
320 2nd Street
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-9975
This casual but lively establishment features live daily music (typically local talent) and keeps patrons returning often!  Both the relaxed atmosphere and the appetizing food such as tacos, smashed burgers, and pulled pork are certain to satisfy along with a tasty beverage! Ziggy’s offers catering, a party room, and even comedy talents on stage! Be sure to check out their website for current events.

175 Second Street South
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 808-8025
With a sister location in Stillwater, Lolos in Hudson offers small plates, burgers, upgraded tacos, several fine sticky rice bowls, and dinner entrees that are sure to impress.  All are made with a little twist that makes Lolos a repeat destination - oh, and the craft cocktails are picture worthy!

320 Fifth Avenue
Bayport, MN 55003
(651) 324-9313
While unassuming on the outside, Manger is quite big on French flavors within its’ menu with such items as Moules Mariniére and Escargot to Champagne salad and Waygu beef with frites. The wine bar helps to complete the French flavor. Pizzas, a tasting menu and wine pairings help to make your visit complete!

402 South Main Street 
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 571-3501
With a nod to the lumberjacks who felled the trees during Stillwater’s early years, Fellers offers both indoor and outdoor dining weather permitting. While its menu offers a hunter’s and gatherer’s theme with such examples as Forager’s crostini for starters, Pheasant meatballs, and Bison Ribeye, one is bound to be impressed with the upscale menu and industrial feel to its dining room. In the same building as the Lora hotel.  Fellers has an extensive wine menu and offers occasional live music.

11455 20th St N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
(651) 505-9050
Located in the new Royal Golf Club, this restaurant is named after famed Arnold Palmer who designed the golf course where Arnie’s is located. Arnie’s menu is teed up with mouthwatering small plates to start your dining experience with firecracker shrimp and sesame-crusted Ahi tuna as examples to salads, rice bowls, and entrees such as beer battered walleye sandwiches and juicy prime rib to fill your belly.

Hazelwood Food & Drink
9240 Hudson Rd
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 419-8000
With 3 locations on the western side of the cities, the Woodbury Hazelwood location is a recent addition to the eastern side of the cities and is sure to pep up the palates of their patrons! Anyone for brie cheese curds with lingonberry ketchup to start with? Why not follow that with a woodfire pizza, chopped salad, or healthy bowl option? With rotisserie chicken, prime rib, and surf & turf, Hazelwood Food and Drink does it all and with flair!

Post American Eatery
225 Locust St
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 377-4699
Making use of the historical post office building adds an element of fun to this Hudson restaurant.  Post American Eatery serves up delicious soups, salads, and flatbreads are offered to entrees of steak, salmon and pasta. One will surely find repeat customers without the lines “return to sender” or “postage due” at this fab restaurant!

Phil’s Tara Hideaway
15021 60th St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-9850
Popular over the years, The Tara has been serving fresh and refined dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine in a homey setting. From Grilled Octopus and Rotisserie Sliced Gyros as a sample of their starters, Tara’s has a variety of steak, chops and seafood options. Composed dishes such as Seared Duck & Potato Gnocchi or Penne Adriatica will have you quickly coming back to try the other veritable options!

232 Main St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 571-0111
As part of the newer Crosby Hotel in the northern part of Stillwater, the Crosby has a farm-to-table restaurant that offers locally sourced meat and fish. Brisket Tacos and a Salmon Salad are examples of Crosby's lunch offerings, and Braised Lamb Shanks, Smoked Salmon, and cast iron Wagyu beef are dinner options along with a variety of craft cocktails and wines.

Agave Kitchen 
501 2nd Street
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 381-0099
With southwestern menu offerings, fans love the famed nachos and service. Cowboy Corn Bites and Southwest Onion Petals are flavor highlights along with the Mayan salad, Jumbo Shrimp Skewers, and Tequila Lime Chicken which have customers turning into repeat guests.

Devil’s Advocate
14200 60th Street N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-1462
Claiming that the devil is in the details, the Devil’s Advocate has a sister location in Minneapolis. The lunch and dinner menu highlights range from the Swordfish Salad to Umami Pizza to Stuffed Meatballs. It surely would not be considered sinning to check out Devil's Advocate brunch.

Smokey Treats BBQ
131 Carmichael Road
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 222-1299
Originally started as a food truck, Smokey Treats has found quickly expanded in our community! They recently moved from River Falls to Hudson, opening a brand-new sit-down restaurant with all of the same great barbeque flavors. Smokey Treats specializes in Fusion BBQ, combining global flavors with fresh local ingredients and adding their unique spin. 

Azul Tequila Bar & Grill 
2421 Hanely Road, Suite 100
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 531-2914
From the Chori Queso Fundido to the Chimichango, Azul is about as authentic as it gets for Mexican food.  Fair prices and great service accompany the delicious cuisine dishes.  Look for Azul’s margarita specials and don’t forget to try the unforgettable Mexican fried ice cream!

Machete Cocina Mexicana
803 Bielenberg Dr.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 478-7511
This family-owned restaurant strives to offer its unique flair to its dishes with Elote, a Birria Pizza, a wide variety of tacos, Shrimp Plantain Salad, and more.  Oh, and don’t forget to try their namesake - their Machete is a 21-inch long handmade corn quesadilla filled with up to 3 meats or veggies.

Nacho Mama’s
312 Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-9544
With a hint of Caribbean flavor, Nacho Mama’s has both traditional and Mexican modern dishes on their menu. Fried Avocado and Sweet Potato Wedges, El Chapo Salad, and pulled pork BBQ burrito are some of the menu items that vie for the attention that their tasty margaritas get.

The New Woodbury Cafe
803 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 209-8081
From pancake heaven to serving Crab Cake Benedict, The New Woodbury Cafe is sure to start your day off right with delicious offerings putting you in pancake heaven to more specialized options that include Crab Cake Benedict and sandwich options like the El Cubano. Note that the hours of this cafe are 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM Monday - Saturday and 7 A.M.- 3:00 PM Sunday.

Oasis Cafe 
806 Main Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-0928
With origins as a service station in 1957, the Oasis Cafe has come a long way from originally servicing cars. The restaurant serves breakfast options including Huevos Rancheros, house-made Corned Beef Hash, Scrambler dishes and more. A variety of burgers (Oasis won the best burger in the valley in 2013), poutine, and meatloaf make up part of the lunch and dinner menus to which craft beers and cocktails are served. The restaurant is notched into the rocky bluffs as you enter Stillwater.

Not Justa Cafe 
177 Third Street North
Bayport, MN 55003
(651) 275-8900
With locations in New Richmond, WI, Somerset, WI, Stillwater, MN, and additional sister businesses in catering and bars, this popular local franchise is a hit with the public! Could it be the huge portions, scratch cooking, and delicious down-home cooking that make a large portion of their clientele repeat customers? From skillet breakfasts (aka “Messes”) to burgers with hand-cut fries, one is sure to get a belly full of delicious food.

Angelina’s Kitchen 
2170 Eagle Creek Lane
Woodbury, MN 55129
This Italian eatery uses from-scratch dishes to complete its menu. With bragging rights as a 2022 “Best Of” Finalist and 2021 winner in the Woodbury Magazine, has Italian culinary roots in the NY Bronx area, and has been a hit. Serving classics such as Penne a la Vodka and Spaghetti Bolognese, Angelina’s offers paninis, wraps, and subs, complete with wine and dessert options to accompany their Italian offerings.

1750 Weir Drive, #15
Woodbury, MN 55125
(612) 289-2001
This family-owned restaurant offers an extensive menu selection and is known for its generous portions, friendly service, and good food. From familiar Italian dishes, panini, and pizzas to true Italian tiramisu and spumoni among other popular dessert choices, Andiamo offers something for everyone.

Little Italy
523 2nd Street 
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 808-8576
A recent culinary addition to Hudson, Little Italy is fast finding new fans with a menu that includes delicious toasted ravioli, grinders, antipasto platters, and more. With a smaller menu, Little Italy specializes in making the food memorable  - in a way that makes you want to return time and again, and make sure to grab a yummy cannoli!

Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly:
Wild Hare 
218 N. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
(615) 342-0109
This stylish newer restaurant’s food is a fusion of both dive and organic dishes which are scratch-made and healthier aspects.  While onion rings find a place on the menu, for example,, it’s made gluten-free and fried in rice bran oil.  Check out the other delicious options that won’t leave you feeling guilty, and Wild Hare’s craft drinks are enticing!

1047 Pearson Drive
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 744-7474
The ProteinHouse wants you to eat with a purpose by making foods that fuel your body both physically and mentally. They want to make healthy food available quickly morning, noon, and night. High-protein burgers, a variety of house wraps, protein shakes, and delicious bowls are available to fill you up while keeping you healthy.

Duc’s Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant
783 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 735-1044
From warming soups to noodles to savor, Ducs offers favorites such as Sweet & Sour Pork, Szechuan Beef and Kung Pao Chicken all served with fried or steamed rice and your choice of egg roll or cream cheese puffs. Ducs has been a mainstay in Woodbury for years and continues to offer its customers authentic Asian flavors.

Kingdom Buffet
2312 Crest View Drive
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 377-0300
What can fill the hankering for Asian food better than a Homemade Egg Roll or Mongolian Beef Stir Fry or even better - the ever memorable Peanut Butter Chicken?
Kingdom Buffet works hard to keep their customers happy by offering quick service, fair prices and a smile that accompanies each of their classic dishes.

Thai Basil Restaurant and Bar
1180 Frontage Road W.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-4033
If you are looking for authentic Thai cuisine prepared daily using their exclusive recipes, then Thai Basil is a must-try food destination. They are vegan-friendly using local ingredients when possible and serve hearty portions such as Seafood Sam Rodt, Pad Thai and delectable Thai salads. Why not add a beer, wine or cocktail to accentuate your Thai Basil experience?

India Palace Grill
8362 Tamarack Village 
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 731-6300
Along with several locations around the Twin Cities, India Palace Grill gives their customers a true sense of Indian food with such dishes as Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandori, several Biryanyi dishes and more. Add a choice of several choices of Naan bread or Roti and Homemade Mango Ice Cream and you are sure to have an authentic Indian experience.

Fresh India Grocery & Eatery
441 Commerce Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129
(651) 314-3320
This newly opened eatery offers customizable, authentic Indian dishes based on the seasons.  Aromatic dishes are available as dine-in or take-out options and include appetizers, dosas, several Biryani selections, pastries and more. Eating with your eyes is an additional flavor enhancer here!

San Pedro Cafe 
426 2nd St. 
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-4003
A casual popular spot to find fresh Caribbean flavors like Jerk chicken and Key Lime Pie. From the Hammock Breakfast Burrito to Wood Fire Pizzas to pasta salads that each start with a mango vinaigrette, San Pedro covers a lot of satisfying food territory!

Date Night:
Domaćin Wine Bar 
102 Second St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-1352
It’s hard not to get more romantic than a quiet meal at the Domacin with a memorable meal of Duck Breast served with a squash purée, Salmon with BBQ sauce and grilled pineapple, or an Orecchiette veal bolognese. Small plates such as Duck Confit Flatbread or a Mezze Platter are sure to be a tastebud hit, and of course, Domacin has an extensive wine selection to make your dining experience complete!

Bennett's Chop & Railhouse
517 2nd Street
Hudson, WI 54016
(651) 228-1408
With its sister location in St. Paul, Bennett’s is newly opened in Hudson and gives you a casual steakhouse atmosphere with top-of-the-line cuts of meat. From the famous Juicy Lucy to a Lobster Roll, Creole Meatloaf, Chicken Kiev, and a Tomahawk Ribeye, Bennett’s offers a full upscale dining experience complete with fresh desserts. Make certain to check out their specials online!

The Velveteen Speakeasy
123 2nd Street N. 
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-2571
This gem exudes ambiance! While considered a cocktail bar, the Velveteen Speakeasy does offer small plates to accompany those stylish libations. There are several starters such as Puff Pastry Jalapeño Poppers, Stuffed Mushrooms, or crostini. Also offered are tacos and a couple of delectable main dish options and even delicious dessert options!

Local Tip: "Manger, in French, means "to eat" and the word, in English, gives a nod to the farm-to-table focus of the restaurant." - Mike and Nicole, owners of Manger Restaurant