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Eatbeat: A trip to Mike's Pizza and Pub for the club

It had been on my mind for a long time. I wanted a turkey clubhouse sandwich — the kind I usually ordered in the long, long ago.

So I made my way to the dining area of Mike's Pizza and Pub. It's located in restaurant row called the Boardwalk overlooking the now frozen Red River of the North.

Though Mike's is known for pizza and pub fare, it also features a full menu of salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, ribs, shrimp, chicken and pasta.

In years gone by, the Eatbeat has reported claims of Mike's bringing the first pizza service to Greater Grand Forks. That was way back when Mike's originally opened in 1964 on DeMers Avenue just across the Sorlie Bridge in East Grand Forks. The original owners were Bob and Barry Rosenberg.

The turkey club sandwich was much to my liking. It's really enough for two people with its triple layer of toast. It's made with bacon, turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato slices. It was served with dill pickle slices and potato chips. It's $12.99. And it's too much.

I will go back and order the same sandwich again. Only next time, I will share the enormous sandwich with one of my Eatbeat buddies. Somehow the leftover food I bring home from restaurants loses appeal when it sits for a time in the refrigerator.

There's more than sandwiches available. Salads, burgers and pasta are featured on Mike's menu along with barbecued ribs.

Sherry Aarnes, the present owner, bought the restaurant-bar in 2004. And that was after she had worked for the original Mike's.

At this time, the cooks at Mike's are Sandra and Matt Johnson. Also Todd Kramchuck.

With entrances from the Boardwalk as well as Second Street, Mike's Pizza is attractive and interesting. There is an ice cream corner and a soup and salad buffet. There is soft music throughout. The booths are large and comfortable. And there are games on the table for customers.

Mike's features a lunch buffet between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. And there are a dozen flavors in the ice cream bar. There customers find sundaes, shakes and floats as well as hand packed pints of ice cream.

Along with restaurant seating in large booths, there is a bar area. Restrooms are pleasant—large, clean and comfortable.

On two recent visits to Mike's Pizza, my server has been Madeline Westring. She is pleasant, helpful and efficient. And she is the type of waitress who makes you want to go back to Mike's.

Mike's Pub and Pizza

411 Second St.

East Grand Forks

Owner: Sherry Aarnes

Telephone: (218) 773-2479

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. closing weeknights and 11 p.m. closing Friday and Saturday

Report card: Seating for 100 and an extensive menu brings lunch and supper customers. Along with those who come for afternoon coffee or ice cream, there are dessert patrons as well as pizza and pub customers.

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