THE EATBEAT: Grazing is an adventure in the Bemidji area
Summer is not complete for me without a visit to Bemidji. And a visit to the Bemidji area offers adventures in eating in the land of the lakes and pine trees.
• Raphael’s Bakery Cafe, 319 Minnesota Ave., Bemidji, (218) 759-2015.
Raphael’s is an obligatory stop during my annual summer visit to Bemidji. As a bakery and cafe, the place is large and inviting with the world’s largest cookie jar collection displayed in the front windows.
Some customers do breakfast at Raphael’s because of its inviting bakery and cafe ambience. For years, I have enjoyed stopping for lunch at this place on trips to the land of Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox. It is a tradition and a place where you are likely to run into other people you know with Grand Forks backgrounds.
Raphael’s usually is full to overflowing by noon. The sandwiches have a homemade quality about them with freshly baked bread. There is a hearty, homemade soup. Nothing too fancy. Just good food.