A few weekends ago, we found ourselves in Bayport, MN, a quaint little town along the St. Croix River, one mile south of Stillwater, MN. During our visit, we took the kids to Lakeside Park, but before that we had the privilege of dining at this charming little cafe called L’Etoile Du Nord. L’Etoile Du Nord is a french phrase meaning “The Star of the North”. I also found out that L’Etoile Du Nord is the motto of the U.S. State of Minnesota chosen by the state’s first governor, and was adopted in 1861, 3 years after admission of Minnesota to the Union. As for the cafe, it is Belgium inspired thanks to the owner who is from there. The cafe prides itself as using only the freshest ingredients which they source locally from farmers in the St. Croix River Valley. One of their motto is that everything they offer is made from scratch with only the finest, local, organic, and seasonally available ingredients.
We were looking for a place for Sunday Brunch after a fun filled wedding weekend and the Hen House Eatery was recommended. They specialize in local food and drink. They use the freshest locally-source ingredients and serve breakfast all-day. Their bar also features a variety of craft beers and specialty bloody mary’s. The restaurant also has a bakery.