Food & Drink

The St. Croix River—local businesses, homes and even this magazine are all built around the great body of water. It’s no surprise that any spot offering a vantage point of the Valley’s crowning glory would be popular among residents and visitors alike.

Lift Bridge Brewery | Stillwater | Opened 2008 (taproom added 2010)

Good conversation doesn’t always pair well with a hearty meal, as a full mouth quickly becomes a silent one. This pause in pronunciation is a welcome one if the food is delectable enough to create its own story.

Kathleen Eddy uses Valley Bookseller as a platform. The Stillwater bookstore famously makes savvy, up-to-date recommendations to its customers.

To make sure guests didn’t have to wait for a table at San Pedro Cafe, owner Pete Foster implemented a no-wait app that allowed customers to add their name to a list without having to come into the restaurant ahead of time.

When he got to the military, Stillwater native Adam Dince was a self-described hot mess. “Those movies where the overweight guy gets to boot camp, and they pick on him? That was me,” he says. He got his high school diploma because the military wasn’t accepting GEDs.

Chef and owner Jeffrey Lundmark has a long history of working in kitchens, dating back to his childhood when he’d bike to work at a burger and taco stand in his hometown of St. Croix Falls, Wis.

Nancy “Nan” Hansen enjoyed gardening; she tended a crop of tomatoes in her yard. In 1970, her tomatoes yielded a bumper crop and she decided to create her own bloody Mary.

Few things are as timeless as a Wisconsin supper club, though perhaps red velvet is one of them. The two come together at St. Croix Falls’ Dalles House Supper Club Restaurant and Lounge; co-owner Sonya Fry took over the restaurant on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border in fall 2005.

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