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Must-Eat Bites in the Park Rapids Lakes Area: Part Two

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When you visit the Park Rapids Lakes Area, there’s no shortage of good eats, from comfort foods that hit the spot to refined desserts to die for. So, how do you narrow it down? We asked; Park Rapids fans on Facebook answered! Here are a few of their favorites.


Note: This is part two. Check out part one for more suggestions!


batter-1239026_640Dorset Chic’n Coop Restaurant and Bar

Located just outside Park Rapids in tiny Dorset (population 22), this place is comfort food – turned up a notch. Dorset Chic’n Coop Restaurant and Bar opened last year in the space formerly known as the Dorset Cafe. Though “chic’n” may be in the name, Sandra O. says the real winner on the menu is the Sizzler Steak, served with hash browns. “I eat there every time I’m up north,” Sandra says.


Royal Bar

Sometimes, you just need a really great burger. Royal Bar is the place. Josh A. call it, “An absolute must whenever I’m in Park Rapids.” With generous servings and a relaxed atmosphere (along with crispy crinkle-cut fries), you’ll know what you’re getting here. Predictability is good when it’s tasty.


Rocky’s Pizza

This pizza joint is a small-town favorite with a crispy crust that’s just thick enough to hold the toppings. Choose a special like barbeque chicken, or create your own! With eclectic decor and a kid-friendly menu, it’s a classic. “Our must stop every year while vacationing at Brookside!” says Mark and Lisa B.


bread-1686990_640Necce’s Italian Ristorante

“Great apps for happy hour,” says Jennifer V. Necce’s is a finer dining experience in the Northwoods; the place for a full, authentic Italian menu and an ample wine selection. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation – it’s a popular dinner destination. Don’t forget dessert; the carrot cake is amazing, Jennifer says.


3rd Street Market

Off of Main Avenue and Third Street in Park Rapids, this mainstay started out simply as a food co-op. While the retail part of 3rd Street Market still thrives, it’s well-known as a tasty lunch spot, with homemade soups and sandwiches. Pro tip: Try the pie, says Tanya B. They’re made fresh in a variety of flavors – including pumpkin, chocolate turtle, and banana cream.


Minnesoda Fountain

Do you miss the classic ice cream parlors of the 1950s? Look no further than Minnesoda Fountain, with a checkerboard floor, retro chrome stools, and ice cream that lives up to the name. The sweet treat is a must-stop for Chris E., but they also serve up sub sandwiches, homemade soup, and burgers.



For a full list of dining options in the Park Rapids Lakes Area, visit our website. Happy eating!




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