🙂 = Cute little eatery in the heart of quaint Downtown Duluth. Casual, low-key atmosphere. Quick service. Good beverage options (assorted coffee drinks for parents and juice boxes for little ones). Parents will feel comfortable eating here with their kids, but also have the option to order to go.
🙁 = In terms of service, this eatery is somewhat do-it-yourself (get your own napkins, grab your own drinks from the cooler, etc.). Do not come here expecting a regular sit-down meal with full service.
Notes: There is some construction taking place right in front of the restaurant, but don’t let it scare you away! There is ample parking behind and around the restaurant, and the sidewalk is still open.
We have been around long enough to know that Valentine’s Day is really about eating lots of sweets. So for the last two stops on our Romance Tour, we decided to try a couple of eateries that specialize in serving yummy sweet treats.
Our first stop was Crave Pie Studio in historic Downtown Duluth. We arrived around 10:45 AM on a Saturday morning, when the area was still relatively empty. When we walked in, we were enthralled by the display of assorted mini (5″) pies. We were especially drawn to the spread of cute little chocolate pies (because what’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate?!). Mommy and Daddy weren’t quite ready for us to indulge in chocolate so early in the day, so we ordered the Apple-Pear Pie, Southwest Chicken & Vegetable Quiche, and Chicken Pot Pie. Crave Pie Studio’s assortment of quiche. This photo was taken by a 3-year-old – we are getting better at our craft!
We have nothing but good things to say about these pies. Each pie (especially the Chicken Pot Pie) was stuffed with fresh-tasting ingredients. The chicken pot pie had loads of white meat smothered with a tastefully seasoned, creamy filling. The crust of each pie was perfect – buttery, flaky, crispy on the outside with terrific flavor in each bite – but our favorite crust belonged to the Apple-Pear pie. In addition to being flaky and buttery, it had a nice caramelized sugar crunch to it that tasted like candy.
Chicken Pot Pie tip: Ask them to heat it up for a few extra minutes to make sure the filling gets warm enough.
Overall, we loved Crave Pie Studio. If your valentine pines for pie, we recommend getting her a sweet treat from here. Crave Pie Studio is offering a Valentine’s Day special that will include selections like The Chocolate Lovers Variety Pack or Cherry Pie with heart cutouts. Follow them on Instagram (@cravepie) or visit their website for more details.