Better not to rely on the Force to find Marine Landing. If you plan to arrive by land, start at downtown Marine on St. Croix and follow these directions: Head down Oak Street, make a left on Second, then a right on Elm. Park next to the dry-docked pontoons adjacent to the garage and walk down the hill. From the middle of the 19th century until the mid-1950s, the secluded, leafy site you'll come upon served as a ferry crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Now it's a restaurant attached to a small marina, where sea dogs refuel their boats and their stomachs. Marine Landing is open only during the summer, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, Wednesdays through Sundays. On Fridays the restaurant serves barbecue rib dinners. If you're dining during lunch, 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. Just be sure to sit on the restaurant's patio, which sits mere inches from the water.
Wed-Fri, Sat-Sun 8am-2pm, Fri 5pm-8pm
Lunch, No Alcohol, Outdoor Dining, Reservations Not Accepted