Marine on St. Croix destination dining

Brookside Bar & Grill, Olive's, and other must-visit places

Marine Landing's breakfast items include basic plates of eggs, hash browns, and toast, along with malt-infused waffles topped with fresh strawberries. If you're dining during the lunch hour, the dish to order is the pulled pork sandwich, a Southwestern-style pile of shredded meat piled onto Texas toast with fresh cilantro, rings of raw onion, avocado slices, and a spicy chipotle adobo mayonnaise. It's the most unusual thing on the menu, and it's absolutely fantastic.

The restaurant's patio sits mere inches from the water—dangerously close, it would seem. In fact, the building has been flooded many times in its century-long existence and so far has pulled through in every instance. Marine Landing's Facebook page displays photographs from this spring's flood, capturing Kavanagh and Zajac's children canoeing inside the building!

Village Scoop
651.433.3030

St. Croix Chocolate Co. sells gem-like confections
Valerie Jardin
St. Croix Chocolate Co. sells gem-like confections

Location Info

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Marine General Store

101 Judd St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Outstate

Brookside Bar & Grill

140 Judd St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Outstate

Marine Landing, B.O.T.M.

10 Elm St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Outstate

Village Scoop

101 Judd St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Category: Restaurant > Ice Cream

Region: Outstate

Olive's

11 Judd St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Outstate

The Bikery du Nord

41 Judd St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Outstate

St. Croix Chocolate Co.

261 Parker St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Category: Restaurant > Comfort Foods

Region: Outstate

Details

Marine General Store
101 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix
651.433.2445

Brookside Bar & Grill
140 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix
651.433.1112; www.brooksidebarandgrill.com

Marine Landing, b.o.t.m.
10 Elm St., Marine on St. Croix
651.433.4577

Village Scoop
651.433.3030

Olive's
11 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix
651.538.2124

The Bikery du Nord
41 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix
651.433.5801; www.thebikerydunord.com

St. Croix Chocolate Co.
261 Parker St., Marine on St. Croix
651.433.1400, www.stcroixchocolateco.com

Even the Village Scoop's own employees aren't sure if it actually has an address, but fortunately it's easy to locate: Just look for the large ice cream cone and the arrow pointing behind the Marine General Store. The tiny operation typically scoops more than 20 kinds of hard ice cream, including that nostalgic childhood favorite Bubble Gum, into cones, shakes, malts, and sundaes. Because the Scoop is staffed by so many teenagers, it's not open its full hours, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, until school lets out in June.

Olive's
11 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix
651.538.2124

Last summer Jason and Kelley Bailey opened Olive's wood-fired pizzeria, cooking their artisan pies in a brick oven imported from Italy. The dining room has high ceilings and plenty of windows to let the outside in, but there's also a spacious deck attached to the side of the building. The back of the shop's interior is the coziest spot, where diners can watch pizzas slide in and out of the oven, cooked by the heat of burning logs.

The thin-crust artisan pizzas cost about $20 apiece, but they're more than enough to feed two. Toppings include standards like the Italian-style Margherita or the American Supreme topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, olives, peppers, and cheese. Olive's offers pies styled after Greek and Mediterranean regions, but it's hard to resist the Alaskan, made with fresh dill, plump capers, sweet onions, cream cheese, and smoked wild-caught salmon. (If you're having trouble deciding, go halfsies.)

During warm weather, Olive's serves dinner Thursday through Sunday, as well as lunch on the weekends. But even with the restaurant's newly added patio seating, the place tends to fill up fast. While you're waiting for your pizza, try a pint of the local favorite summer beer, Farm Girl Saison from the Stillwater-based Lift Bridge brewery.

The Bikery du Nord
41 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix
651.433.5801; www.thebikerydunord.com

To combine his interests in baking and cycling, in 2008 Belgian native Olivier Vrambout opened the Bikery in Stillwater as a hybrid cycle shop and café. He opened a second outpost, the Bikery du Nord, in downtown Marine on St. Croix last summer. Du Nord combines a coffee shop with bike and Nordic ski sales and service, as well as spin classes and club rides.

The café is decorated with a display of bicycle wheels suspended from the ceiling, and the walls are covered with vintage bicycle ads, bicycle-themed artwork, and jerseys. Vrambout's mother, Maryse, can often be found behind the counter, selling several types of European pastries, including croissants and galettes. Her French accent is as delicious as the dark-chocolate-topped profiteroles (cream puffs) and moliere (a gourmet version of the standard coffeehouse mocha made with rich, not-too-sweet Belgian chocolate ganache).

This summer, Olivier Vrambout is taking his operation mobile with a new Bikery truck that's designed to haul bikes and serve food, including dense, chewy, Liège-style waffles and espresso. The truck is co-sponsored by Cooks of Crocus Hill and Nina's coffee shop, and Vrambout plans to take it to the streets of St. Paul, area bike races, and other events, so check the Bikery's website to track it down.

St. Croix Chocolate Co.
261 Parker St., Marine on St. Croix
651.433.1400, www.stcroixchocolateco.com

The St. Croix Chocolate Shop resides in a converted home on the south end of downtown Marine. Chief chocolatier Robyn Dochterman says she hasn't ever slept at the shop, but, after opening on Father's Day last year, during the height of the town's tourist season, she had to pull a few all-nighters to keep up with demand.

Dochterman turns chocolate from all over the world into elegant truffles, using cream and butter from the nearby Crystal Ball dairy to create the candies' soft, luscious centers. She has about 30 flavors in her repertoire, with at least a dozen selections available in the shop. Some of her truffle flavors are inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, including foraged black raspberries and violets. For the latter she blended the chocolate with crème de violet and candied the flowers to decorate each piece. Dochterman covers the basics, such as chocolate-peanut butter and chocolate-caramel, but she also likes her flavors funky. Via a recent Facebook poll, she asked the shop's fans, "Would you try a chocolate-covered dill pickle if we made them?"

St. Croix's gem-like confections almost look too beautiful to eat, as many are decorated with colored cocoa butter designs that have been painted into molds or screen-printed onto acetate and transferred to the chocolates in the manner of temporary tattoos. Passion fruit-filled truffles look like glass marbles; Mango Habanero squares are topped with a whisper-thin thread of chili pepper.

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1 comments
Marneyryan
Marneyryan

That's a great looking desk you show in your article, but where is it and what is it? We've been often to Marine on the St. Croix and never seen such a place.

 
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