Our candid restaurant review for our concert-goers! Places to eat near Tornstrom Auditorium and distinctive local flavor.

Giovanni’s, 625 Oak Street, Brainerd (1 block from Tornstrom Auditorium). What’s not to like about pizza, subs, pasta, and wings just a block from Tornstrom with room for 80 people? There’s takeout too! 218.828.4978 www.thinkgiovannis.com.

Brainerd Lakes Cafe, 2115 South 6th Street, Brainerd (1.5 miles from Tornstrom). Located at Brainerd Hotel and Convention Center (former Ramada Inn and across from BMC) serving breakfast, lunch and supper with appetizer and dessert menus. They are assisting at the Musicians’ Reception. 218.824.5131 www.brainerdlakescafe.com.

Prairie Bay Grill, 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter (4.2 miles from Tornstrom). Fine American dining with large wine selection. Join the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival family for an After-Glow” dinner July 31st, August 7th and 14th (after Wednesday Festival Concerts #2,4,6) with a late night menu at reduced prices! 218.824.6444 www.prairiebay.com.

Coco Moon Coffee Bar and Gift, 601 Laurel Street, Brainerd (5 blocks from Tornstrom). Not your mainstream coffee shop. Quiet, friendly atmosphere also with tea and desserts. 218.825.7955.

Northwind Grille, 603 Laurel Street, Brainerd (5 blocks from Tornstrom). Casual family dining with anytime breakfast, seniors’ menu, desserts, burgers and sandwich board.  218.829.1551 www.northwindgrill.com.

Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine Lounge, 723 Mill Avenue NE, Brainerd (5 blocks from Tornstrom) Casual dining with sandwiches, wraps, pasta and live entertainment. 218.454.0258 www.eatdrinkshine.com.

Diamond House Chinese Restaurant, 520 Washington Street, Brainerd (7 blocks from Tornstrom). A family-owned all-you-can-eat buffet. 218.828.8782 www.diamondhouse520.com.

Sawmill Inn, 601 Washington Street, Brainerd (7 blocks from Tornstrom with generous parking in back). Another family-owned, classic diner restaurant with great anytime omelets, Blue Bunny ice cream, and comprehensive casual American-style menu. 218.829.5444.

Northwest Pizza Boardwalk Bread n Bagel, 302 Washington Street, Brainerd (9 blocks from Tornstrom).  Casual dining that includes a traditional restaurant, New York-style delicatessen, an outstanding bakery, with pizza and bagels to boot. Free wi-fi. 218.825.9000 www.nwpizzaboardwalkbagel.com.

Four Seas Super Buffet, 403 8th Ave NE-East Brainerd Mall (1 mile from Tornstrom).All-you-can-eat buffet and sushi bar. 218.454.8889

Black Bear Lodge and Saloon, 14819 Edgewood Drive, Baxter (4 miles from Tornstrom). Independently-operated, authentic northwoods log restaurant serving steaks, walleye, burgers, and even a gluten-free menu. 218.828.8400 www.blackbearlodgemn.com.

Iven’s on the Bay, 19090 Hwy 371 North, Brainerd (9 miles from Tornstrom).  Another local treasure on North Long Lake with everything made-from-scratch with seasonal ingredients, full wine service, and an atmosphere to match. 218.829.9872 www.ivensonthebay.com.

Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa, 25247 Main Street, Nisswa (15 miles from Tornstrom). A local tradition, family-owned pizza restaurant including a gluten-free selections. Restaurants also in Brainerd and Cross Lake. 218.963.3023 www.raffertyspizza.com.

Jake’s City Grille, 2008 Hill Drive SW, Nisswa (17 miles from Tornstrom-former Kelly’s Restaurant site). Know about Jake’s City Grille in Eagan, Eden Prairie, Maplewood or Plymouth? Well, there is now one on the west side of Gull Lake you will really like. Casual dining with steaks, chops, BBQ, pasta, signature salads and sandwiches. 218.454.7100 www.jakescitygrille.com.