THE EATBEAT: Crookston’s Co’fe is well-run, clean, invitingSandwiches are served with seasoned chips and butter pickles. And you can choose your bread: marble-rye, sourdough, honey wheat or wild rice cranberry.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
Sandwiches are served with seasoned chips and butter pickles. And you can choose your bread: marble-rye, sourdough, honey wheat or wild rice cranberry.
Sandwiches and canapés are featured along with soups and salads at the new Co’fe in Crookston. And the chicken salad with celery, grapes and cashews for $8 is showing up early on as the bestseller, according to Dawn Bjorgo. She’s the owner and mastermind behind this unique, outstanding coffee house on University Avenue in Crookston.
It’s a place that is drawing all ages of customers.
Co’fe has sprung up on University Avenue to the delight of customers around Crookston. And because of its extensive food menu, it seems to be an instant success in Crookston.
The decor draws you in. It ranges from bright orange wicker chairs and little tables out front to a variety of old-time tables inside. There are tall, tiny round tables for two. There are big tables with old-fashioned chairs for groups. And the unisex restroom is large and well-decorated in a coffee theme. It is clean and inviting.
The coffee cafe is well-run by Dawn Bjorgo with the help of her husband, Harold Bjorgo, and daughter, Jessica Shockman. Service was good on my initial visit, but on the slow side on my second stop. And there was a fly — I think the son of Philip who was all over as a pest last year. The little fly was a nuisance.
Bjorgo had worked for 35 years in radiology departments in Grand Forks and Crookston before opening her restaurant. And that was something she always had wanted to do. She also runs a consignment shop called Threads.
When I visited Co’fe on July 28, I was with Sue Huus (SH) and we tried the chicken salad and the Cobb salad. I had a cup of cheeseburger soup that was very thick, piping hot and nicely flavored, just on the hot side. The Cobb salad ($7.25) was endowed with everything it should have — greens, chicken, avocado, tomato, boiled egg slices, honey bacon, cheddar and blue cheese crumbs. And my choice of ranch dressing.
The chicken salad ordered by SH was a blend of chicken, celery, grapes and cashews topped with lettuce on tomato. And the crowning glory was the wild rice cranberry bread served with it.
My second visit to Co’fe was a soup stop on the way to Bemidji. And worthy of the stop. The soup is served with tiny oyster crackers. They seem just right. And the servers are around filling water glasses. That’s a plus.
On my next trip through Crookston, I have in mind a latte and a mini-scone.
1504 University Ave., Crookston.
Owner-operator: Dawn Bjorgo.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.
Seating capacity: 48.
Telephone: (218) 470-2633.
Report card: An exciting new coffee shop with above-average salads, soups and sandwiches. Prices mid-range and up. Service good. Décor is outstanding.
Reach Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 772-1055.