Everyone loves to find those special restaurants where the food is awesome, but the building might not have all the "glitz and glamour" that some other restaurants have,  On the upside, most of these places aren't having to worry about the overhead that "chain" restaurants have.  It's just all about the great food that they have to offer.

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Since the pandemic began, some of these restaurants may not be around, have already closed, but some are still here.  It would be great to do anything we can to keep these home-town restaurants alive and kicking.


One of the hole in the wall restaurants that is totally underrated is Val's Rapid Service located in East St. Cloud.  Everyone knows about this place.  Even if you have tried it or haven't tried it, you probably have heard about it.  The thing that I always notice is the abundance of fries that they always put in the bag.  Gotta love those.  No, it's not for diet food.  But it is a great "treat" to have every so often.  They are always busy around the noon hour.

Another local restaurant on this list is Lily's Wings, Burgers and Things.  They have a food truck that shows up around town and is really pretty awesome.  It's quick, and it's very tasty no matter what you order off their menu.  They were located on Northway Drive until very recently, when they have announced that they are moving to downtown St. Cloud.  They will soon be occupying the spot where Pizza Hut was on 7th Avenue.  If you haven't checked them out yet, make sure you make plans to do so.

If you would like to see some of the other underrated restaurants in Minnesota on this list check it out here, and make some plans to visit if you are in the respective area.

St. Cloud Restaurants That Should Be on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives


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