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Gordy’s Hi Hat in Cloquet – A Minnesota Tradition 2024

If you’re a food enthusiast looking for an unforgettable dining experience in Cloquet, Minnesota. We’ve been hitting up Gordy’s for some time now. This renowned restaurant that has been making waves in the community and become a bit of a tradition for many.

From its mouthwatering menu to its charming ambiance, I’m sharing what makes Gordy’s a must-visit restaurant in Cloquet. If you’re wondering whether this joint lives up to the hype, keep reading to find out.

Located off Highway 33, it is your gateway to North Country. It was my husband that turned me on to Gordy’s. He described it as the original greasy spoon. Gordy’s is made famous by the fresh hand-patties hamburgers and their homemade onion rings.

Driving by, I knew I was in for something special. The outside was jam-packed with cars. There was an excited hum by the people lined up outside the restaurant just to put their orders in.

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What is Gordy’s Hi Hat?

Nestled in the heart of Cloquet, Minnesota, Gordy’s has earned a reputation as a beloved local establishment. With a history dating back to 1958, this restaurant has been serving up classic American comfort food with a side of nostalgia.

The owners, Gordy and Marilyn Lindquist first opened an A&W Root Beer Stand. A short 10 years later they decided to create their own restaurant. 

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Drive-Inn: A Cloquet Tradition

For the longest time they stuck to the old ways of doing things on a paper and pen. But since the kids took over, it’s got a bit of a modern upgrade to the ordering system. Don’t worry, everything else stays the same.

A Closer Look at the Atmosphere

Step inside Gordy’s and you’ll be transported to a cozy diner-style setting that oozes charm.

The restaurant’s vintage aesthetics and friendly staff create an inviting ambiance that’s perfect for families, friends, and solo diners alike.

You can get a quick lunch, Gordy’s prides itself on providing a comfortable environment where you can relax and savor each bite.

Delicious Menu at Gordy’s Hi Hat

One glance at the menu and you’ll be tempted by all the mouthwatering options.

From burgers to shakes. Sink your teeth into their signature cheeseburgers, hand-battered onion rings, and flavorful fish sandwiches.

Their fish sandwich is a prime example of great food. With thick breading that’s both crispy and satisfying, this sandwich is a seasonal favorite that’s not to be missed.

Pair it with hand-battered onion rings and you’ll be transported back in time.

I absolutely love their wild rice veggie burger, with a side of deep-fried mushrooms.

You can get a burger done up any way you like, with a thick bun. You can even get a homemade coney dog.

Looking for something sweet? Don’t miss their homemade ice cream milkshakes, a delightful treat to satisfy your cravings. It’s a pick and choose as to what combination of shake to take with you. 

Dinners Drive ins and Dives Gordy's Hi Hat

Don’t let the line deter you. The trained staff can get the orders out pretty fast. Start out by placing your order. You’ll get notified when your food is ready by the online PA system. Don’t worry, it goes outside too. Once the order is ready, you’ll pay for your food. 

Take it to go or stay inside. There is plenty of service that wraps around. There is also seeing pavilion on the outskirts of the parking lot. 

Parking at Gordy’s Hi Hat in Cloquet

If you have a boat or trailer, there is a special parking area just for you. 

Bring your Pets

Gordy’s Hi Hat in Cloquet is a pet friendly establishment. Between the outdoor seating, and easy access to the restaurant. But what really puts them over the edge, is their off-leash dog park. They have fresh water available, and covered seating for the owners.

Seasonal Burger Joint

They pride themselves in doing everything the old fashion way. From Burgers to home made Onion Rings, they have it all.

Gordy’s Hi-Hat is a seasonal business that’s opened on Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Off Season

If you happen to be in the offseason and are still itching for some delicious treats, check out the ‘Warming House Coffee & Creamery’. Owned and operated by the Lindquist Family, it is open year-round and serves the same Chili and the Shakes.

Self-proclaimed foodies and umm healthy eaters should probably keep on driving.

Just down the street

Gordy’s is just a few miles from Sweetly Kismet Candy Store. The second-largest candy store in Minnesota and on my list of 16 of the Best Candy Stores in Minnesota

Gordy’s is just a few miles from Sweetly Kismet Candy Store. The second-largest candy store in Minnesota and on my list of 16 of the Best Candy Stores in Minnesota


415 Sunnyside Dr, Cloquet, MN 55720

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