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Diverse Dining in Walker, Minnesota

Whether you’ve spent your days on the ice, out snowmobiling on one of the local trails, or at one of the unique festivals on Leech Lake, chances are you could use a hearty meal and a relaxing stroll through downtown Walker. Let’s see what Walker has to offer: ribs mashed potatoes and a tall beer

The Piggy BBQ


Walker is home to The Piggy BBQ, a family-owned restaurant located right on Main Street. Open year-round since 2012, The Piggy BBQ smokes fresh ribs, brisket, and pork daily. You can dine in, take out, or even have your BBQ delivered over to the Portage Brewery. Since meat is smoked fresh, supplies are limited! Call 218-547-Oink for more information.


Jimmy’s Family Restaurant


For over 62 years, Jimmy’s Family Restaurant has been serving specialty sandwiches and family style breakfast to the Walker area. A family-owned restaurant found on Minnesota Avenue, Jimmy’s serves breakfast all day as well as a variety of children’s entrees for the younger bunch. Call (218) 547-3334 for reservations or more information.


Bayside Bar and Grill

Also on Minnesota Avenue in downtown Walker, Bayside Bar and Grill serves up hand-pattied hamburgers and northern Minnesota’s best cheesesteak, all in a fun, unique atmosphere. A variety of other sandwiches and appetizers and one of the area’s best happy hours rounds out Bayside’s selections. Call them at (218) 547-4550 with any questions.


Benson’s Eating Emporium

As the name suggests, Benson’s Eating Emporium on Minnesota Avenue exists solely for your culinary delights, all in the style of an 1896 eating and drinking emporium. The family-style dining room offers a variety of sandwiches and burgers, including the “World-Famous Leech Burger” – if you can finish this monster burger and fries in 45 minutes, it’s free. Bonus: you’ll also get a souvenir Leech Lake t-shirt to take home! Call (218) 547-1896 for pizza delivery throughout Walker.


Cafe Zona Rosa

If you’re craving food from south of the border, Cafe Zona Rosa on 5th Street is your spot. Minutes from the lake and trails, Cafe Zona Rosa serves up fresh, made-to-order Mexican food and handcrafted margaritas sure to make you feel like you’re on a sunny beach instead of snowy Minnesota. Stop in or give the cafe a call at (218) 547-3558.


502 Restaurant

Located within Chase on the Lake, 502 Restaurant offers the perfect combination of cozy downtown Walker and beautiful lakefront views. Enjoy chef-created menus, compiled specifically for this time of year, while you sip a drink from the attached, full-service bar. Or, dine in the casual lounge environment with the whole family, and enjoy the full menu from the award-winning restaurant. Call (218) 547-8502 for reservations.


Dairy Queen


Downtown Walker’s local Dairy Queen Grill N’ Chill has all the ice cream concoctions you’ve come to recognize, plus a full menu of hot burgers, fries, and other dinner items you’ll come to enjoy. Find them on Minnesota Avenue or call (218) 547-1460.



As our final downtown dining option, Hardee’s has something for everyone. Big burgers and fresh biscuits are Hardee’s signature offerings, and the kids’ meals are a real crowd pleaser. Another Minnesota Avenue business, they can be reached at (218) 547-2664.


Downtown Walker has something for everyone – which of these local establishments is on your Leech Lake must-do list?

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