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5 places to grab a steak in the Grand Forks area

From New York Strips to ribeyes and everything in between, the area has even the toughest foodies covered when it comes to good steaks.

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Ely's Ivy offers an 8 oz. filet wrapped in Benton’s bacon with warm ramp vinaigrette, served with roasted potatoes and the vegetable of the day.
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GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks area has an abundance of restaurants featuring scrumptious steaks, and these restaurants have some of the best in the area.

From New York Strips to ribeyes and everything in between, the area has even the toughest foodies covered when it comes to good steaks.

Here are five of the best places to eat a steak in Grand Forks based on Yelp and other Google reviews.

Ely’s Ivy

Ely’s Ivy is one of the premier upscale restaurants in Grand Forks, and its steaks contribute to that. Most popular is its filet mignon — featuring an 8-ounce filet wrapped in Benton’s bacon with warm ramp vinaigrette, served with roasted potatoes and the vegetable of the day.

Its steaks are sourced from South 40 Beef, which owner Scott Franz said is half the battle when it comes to preparing a good steak.

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“I think a lot of it is just getting good quality beef,” Ely’s Ivy owner Scott Franz said. “We hand cut all of ours. The process in which (South 40 Beef does its) aging process is a lot different than in pretty much any place around.”

Ely’s Ivy
22 S. 3rd St.
Grand Forks, ND 58201
701-757-0243
www.elysivy.com

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Blue Moose Bar & Grill serves an 8 oz. dry-aged New York Strip, which is aged for 30 days in-house.
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Blue Moose Bar & Grill

Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks is known for its wide variety of menu items, and its steaks are no exception.

Its most popular steak is its 8-ounce dry-aged New York Strip, which is aged for 30 days in-house.

“Basically, it makes it really tender and then adds flavors over that 30 days,” Blue Moose owner Patrick Boppre said. “So it's a very deep, robust flavor once you get that once you start eating that steak.”

Once it’s dressed in a cheesecloth wrap, the outsides of the steak are cut off, leaving the very middle of the strip for customers to get the best piece.

The Blue Moose Bar & Grill
507 2nd St. NW
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
218-773-6516
www.thebluemoose.net

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Sky's Fine Dining & Cloud 9 Lounge serves an 8 oz. filet drizzled in a gorgonzola cream sauce from a recipe harkening back to the spot's days as Sanders 1907.
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Sky’s Fine Dining & Cloud 9 Lounge

Sky’s filet mignon features an 8-ounce filet drizzled in a gorgonzola cream sauce, which general manager Pat Madigan says is its most popular steak.

All its steaks are hand-cut on the premises, and nothing comes pre-wrapped. The recipe goes back to the old days of when Sanders 1907 sat in the same space.

“It's got to appeal to people who have a little nostalgia for older Grand Forks, and it's tasty enough that it can bring in the new ones as well,” Madigan said.

Sky’s Fine Dining & Cloud 9 Lounge
Edgewood Corporate Plaza
322 Demers Avenue
Downtown Grand Forks
701-746-8970
www.skyscloud9.com

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The Toasted Frog in Grand Forks, ND on Thursday, November 10, 2016. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)
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The Toasted Frog

The Toasted Frog in downtown Grand Forks serves an 8-ounce grilled filet mignon topped with toasted pecan gorgonzola butter and a 12-ounce boneless, hand-cut ribeye topped with a horseradish mushroom cream sauce, which was recently added to the menu.

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Owner Shawn Clapp said the filet mignon is the most popular steak on the menu, but the most important thing about any cut of steak is getting high-quality beef and simply cooking a steak properly.

“There's an art form to grilling a steak just right,” Clapp said. “I've got some people who can nail it every time.”

The Toasted Frog
124 N. 3rd St.
Grand Forks, ND 58203
701-772-3764
www.toastedfrog.com

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A view of one of the dining rooms at Harry's Steakhouse in downtown Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Harry’s Steakhouse

Harry’s Steakhouse is relatively new to the Grand Forks area, but it has already made a name for itself as having some of the best steaks in the area.

According to its website, its steaks are aged a minimum of 21 days for flavor and tenderness. Harry’s chooses beef from the top 2% of the humanely raised “1881 Hereford” brand steaks raised on ranches throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Harry’s serves a variety of steaks, including a 14-ounce New York Strip, 16-ounce ribeye, 32-ounce porterhouse for two people and more.

Harry’s Steakhouse
421 Demers Ave.
Grand Forks, ND 58201
701-757-2333
www.harryssteakhousegf.com

Jacob Holley joined the Grand Forks Herald as its business reporter in June 2021.

Holley's beat at the Grand Forks Herald is broad and includes a variety of topics, including small business, national trends and more.

Readers can reach Holley at jholley@gfherald.com.Follow him on Twitter @JakeHolleyMedia.
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