Restaurants & Bars I visited around Winona:
- Bub’s Brewing Company: Any college student, current or past, will mention Bub’s (pronounced Boobs) if asked about restaurants or bars in Winona. It’s not glamorous, it’s not gourmet, but the burgers hit the spot and the drinks that accompany them are mixed well. You don’t go there for the food especially, though some swear by the burgers and the ‘Cellar Mushrooms.’
I had a roast beef mushroom Swiss burger and a few hard lemonade mixed drinks. Decent burger, great service and drink recommendations. I’m not a beer drinker, but I’ve heard good things about their microbrews too. The atmosphere was laid back and friendly, but not too busy on a Friday night when school was still out. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bubs-Brewing-Company/143565619024184
- The Acoustic Café: Nestled in Winona’s historic downtown district, The Acoustic Café is
Does it count as a trip to head home to visit family? Even if they live in the same state as me?
Well I think so. I only get to do it once or twice a year after all. So with that in mind, my first journey of the new year was to Winona, Minnesota. This is a town that I grew up in, so I’ve got almost eighteen years of experience wondering around the place. But this trip was about catching up with family and reacquainting myself with my hometown.
Winona is nestled on the southeastern edge of the state of Minnesota, separated from Wisconsin by the natural border of the Mississippi river on one side, and hugged by bluffs on the other side. The population sits right around 27,000, and the city has three colleges; Winona State University, St Mary’s University, and Winona Technical College, which swells the town’s population for ¾ of the year, and makes it seem a bit emptier during the summer breaks. Winona is part small town charm, part outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true, and part college town.