You can find side pork, liver and onions and bread pudding at the Roadhouse on Gateway Drive. But the streamlined restaurant at Simonson’s station has come a long way from being a truck stop. Instead, it is a travel center.
It was the shrimp scampi that caught my eye when dining with friends at Mamma Maria’s. When Susie Shaft (SS), who was sitting across the table from me, suggested splitting an order of shrimp scampi, I quickly agreed.
In my ongoing search for the best burger, I suggested meeting at the Boardwalk in East Grand Forks. I was joining author Jane Kurtz (JK) and Ann Porter (AP) for lunch. We were talking about the Ethiopia Reads project.
I asked a group of students at UND about their favorite places to eat in Greater Grand Forks. When looking for fairly inexpensive food, Luetzen goes to the Northside Cafe. He says, “I go there when I am missing home because the older women that serve there have a motherly presence. And that’s great for a college kid missing home.”
Servers at the Speedway step lively during the lunch hour. They deliver orders of ribs, chicken or fish in baskets lined with red and white paper. And the noise level of conversations is high throughout the large restaurant that seems quietly set away on North 42nd Street.
What was known as “the supper clubs out on the strip” between Bismarck and Mandan are long gone. But in the past few years, the Harvest Brazilian Grill on Mandan’s long Main Street has been beckoning. It has become a real draw, especially when the state legislature is in session.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. That’s how it is when you go to a Pita Pit. Once you get the hang of it, you can quickly create crisp, delightful food combinations wrapped in pita bread pockets. And you can cruise quickly through the production line.
The soup bar is waiting, and people stream into Old Main Street Cafe and Pub at noon. On a cool October day, the unique soup corner in this long-time downtown restaurant is especially appealing. My companions were Donna Gillig (DG) and Suzanne Huus (SH).
Giuseppe’s on DeMers Avenue downtown is a place where you know what to expect. It’s Italian food with a flare and to-go boxes waiting for the many customers who end up taking home part of the generous servings.
There are dispensers of hand-sanitizer at the large cafeteria entrance on the lower level of Altru Hospital called Prairie Winds. At noon, the place is buzzing with Altru employees and some visitors and outsiders. And there are choices galore, beginning with beverages in a huge refrigerated unit, moving on to a taco bar that gets a fair amount of attention.
The harvest is on and many farm workers in this area 60 miles west of Grand Forks count on Terri Eckert to help them. She operates the city-owned cafe for this town of about 220. And she puts up orders for the harvesters, who send someone in from the fields to pick up their food.
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