When I asked for mango juice, I got a full pint of it in a plastic container for $1. And it was very good. Then, I studied the menu at Steer's, a new Somalian restaurant on South Washington Street, and I asked for goat meat wasland ($15). I had a chance to study this relatively new restaurant in Grand Forks as owner and manager Elias Dean prepared my dinner.
The line moved along in an orderly fashion as fourth-graders from St. Michael's School picked up their lunch at midday. I was in line with Kamryn Buettner. She's a fourth-grader at St. Mike's. She noticed I had visited Discovery School for lunch with a second-grader, Emerson Eastman. And she wrote a letter asking me to visit her school and meet Chef Liz Stempinski. She said Chef Liz is an amazing cook and can make almost "homemade anything." And on my visit, I could see Kamryn was right.
While it is not the prime place to go for Thanksgiving dinner, the Broken Drum has established itself as a place for quick meals. Soups, burgers and sandwiches that taste good on cold days draw hungry customers to the sports bar and grill on North Washington Street. So I joined Mary Loyland (ML) and Don Bernstein (DB) there for lunch on a November day. The Broken Drum, which used to be an unlikely place to meet for lunch, draws a variety of customers. It also draws crowds before hockey games and offers group catering.
CROOKSTON — Three years have passed since Brent and Jasmine Melsa opened Drafts Sports Bar & Grill along the U.S. Highway 2 bypass here. And it has become a popular stopping place for people traveling through the area as well as those nearby who are drawn by the creative menu and the bar. A clubhouse sandwich ($9.49) caught my eye on the menu. It came with ham and turkey, topped with cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and mayo. It was twice as much as I could eat at one sitting, so I brought the rest home in a bag.
He wears a meat thermometer on his shirt sleeve. He knows how to turn out steaks. He can cook corned beef. And he does a lot of fish. As a matter of fact, Paul Gregg, knows how to prepare everything on the menu at Irishman's Shanty. He has had experience in restaurants. At one point, he had a chance to learn more about the trade in a highly regarded course at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Today, Gregg is the sole owner of the Crookston restaurant that has been around since it was established as a bar more than 60 years ago.
The Green Mill restaurant and bar, long known for its presence on South Columbia Road in Grand Forks, had its beginnings in St. Paul in 1935. And the legend kept growing — with calzones, pizza and salads. The Green Mill in Grand Forks has become an established restaurant with seating for almost 300. The Green Mill was rebuilt at its convenient, original Columbia Road location after it was destroyed by fire a decade ago.
MAPLE LAKE, Minn. — Times change. Traditions linger. And they still serve fried chicken and lemon meringue pie on Sundays at the Inn at Maple Crossing. The previous hotel at the northwest end of the lake was run for years by Dora and Clarice Buhn after their parents died. They would come up every spring from Minneapolis and open the hotel with its cafe. They would close up again each November.
The One-N-Only, a bar and restaurant in nearby Euclid, Minn., seems to be a well-kept secret. A reader recently messaged The Eatbeat to say it's a gem in Polk County. The food is very good, the premises very clean with knotty pine walls and light furniture, according to the reader. So, with Sue Huus (SH) and Susie Shaft (SS), I headed north of East Grand Forks on Minnesota Highway 220. At first it seems you can't get there from here. But you can if you try. It's an adventure taking bits of County Roads 20 and 19 over to Euclid on U.S. Highway 75.
Before noon most weekdays, the large parking lot at the rear of Wild Bill's Sports Saloon on DeMers Avenue is nearly full. You walk in the large saloon and find a barrel of peanuts welcoming customers. It's dark around the bar area, but not real dark because of all the TV screens. And there are large windows looking out on DeMers Avenue. The kitchen is in full view. Near the front of the large saloon there are booths and tables. And there are people gathered early for lunch. For many, the lunch is the $5 hamburger that comes with fries. Beverages are extra.
A sign that says ''Responsibility Road'' leads into the huge, orderly lunch room at Discovery School in Grand Forks. I recently joined second-graders from Megan Carlson's class. It was Friday, and they were serving turkey tidbits with mashed potatoes. I also picked up a slice of whole wheat bread along with some corn and a salad.