Highly recommended, first choice for pub dinner. The Brewhouse has live, acoustic music on weekends. The food is wonderful. My favorite thing to order is the Wild Rice burger, which is vegetarian, but delicious. Great Onion Rings and the beer is fantastic. You can do a tasting of all they have on tap or go with the Witchtree, it's fantastic and very popular. It would be a great spot for a casual dinner. After dinner you can pop across the hall to this really hip new bar called Red Star. It's just so cool, but I usually only last for a fancy martini before the crowd starts filling up and getting progressively younger. Good dessert would be a chocolate martini. All is in the Fitger's complex which is where my mom's store is, The Snow Goose, if you go on Saturday night, my sister will probably be working and it's cute if you want to poke around at gifty things. (Gary might be bored.)
Another restaurant in the complex is Bennett's which is by far the area's nicest restaurant if you feel like going a little more upscale. Baja Billy's should probably be avoided.
For breakfast there's the Amazing Grace http://www.amazinggracebakery.com/. It's in the basement of the DeWitz Sites building in the heart of Canal Park. They serve breakfast as well as yummy scones and muffins. Their coffee and lattes are so delicious. And it's a lot sunnier than you would think. This another venue where a lot of local mucians play, but only at night. For breakfast it's just a happy place. There's a place on the floor with toys for kids of the vegan/hippie parents. There's the killer blueberry muffin and soy latte's for the jogging set and big, hearty breakfasts of the hard working bunch. It's just such a great place. Then, more wandering, all the galleries and what not. There is a super cool store on the second floor of the building you should duck in to if you have a chance.
My two other breakfast spots have recently been, well, one was closed by the Health Inspector for the 10th time (but the food was so good and it gave me a sense of adventure!) and the other, R.I.P the Buena Vista, best view of any city anywhere, has been converted into condos : (
For lunch, if you haven't had enough to eat yet, there's Sir Benedict's. Made to order sandwiches the size of your head, but all really good, fresh ingredients and a lovely view of the lake. They don't have their own website, but it's kind of across the street from Fitger's, on the corner of Superior St. and 9th, I do believe. Super cute and cozy considering it's a remodeled gas station.
Last idea, if you wanted to go up the North Shore for a drive there's this place, http://www.sceniccafe.com/index.html That looks amazing is supposed to be wonderful, but I've never gotten around to checking it out.
I expect a full food report.