Duluth: Home to Minnesota’s Other “Other Place”
Posted by Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker / March 26, 2014 Comment
article about a bar in Hector, Minnesota, called The Other Place. Allow me to begin my story where Erik’s left off. Nestled in a converted bowling alley in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood is a little dive bar also called “The Other Place,” though it is affectionately referred to as “The OP” by the locals. One great thing about the OP: they do breakfast. Duluth is like a crossover town between The Range and The Twin Cities. It has a thriving culture in Canal Park and the Downtown area is finally starting to come back around (kind of). Duluth is pretty evenly split between two types of people: those who chase the Twin Cities lifestyle, and those who are more comfortable living the small town country life. For the latter group, the types who spend nearly all day every day outside and hard at work, a bar needs to be many things. It needs to serve up a good drink at any time of the day. It needs to have a Friday night fish fry. It needs to host bands on the weekends. And most of all, it needs to serve breakfast. The OP teams up with Twig Bakery and Café (a place that is famous in its own right) to serve any type of breakfast you could possibly want. They’ve got omelets, breakfast burritos, pancakes, French toast, Eggs Benedict, the list goes on. Oh, and I should mention, on weekends, The OP serves breakfast all day. This is a very smart move on their part, as bars usually end their breakfast around 11 am. Many patrons can’t quite rouse themselves out of their hangovers before 11 o’clock on a weekend, so the all day extension gives people ample time to get their act together and bring their money to Woodland. If breakfast isn’t really your thing, The OP also has your typical burgers, wings, wraps, and beers. It’s bar food, and to be perfectly honest, it’s pretty hit or miss. I’ve heard nothing but praise about The OP and their food, but in my experience the lunch and dinner menu has been mostly average. I don’t have any real complaints about the food, but I haven’t eaten anything there that has really stuck with me. So if I were you, I’d go to the OP for the breakfast. They’ve got that down. The OP is also rapidly gaining popularity for their weekend nightlife. They usually play host to some great bands and they have some pretty unbeatable drink specials that are drawing in an ever-growing crowd.