It’s the extra touches, such as large cloth napkins and hooks on booths for hanging jackets, that draw me occasionally to the Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks.

There is soft lighting with blue icicle-shaped lights all around. The sandwich of the month has been the “Gobbler” with turkey breast and stuffing along with cranberry sauce and Swiss cheese on focaccia bread. Lahvosh of the month was featured with a topping of cheese, curds, french fries, havarti cheese, bacon bits and gravy. The menu is strong on appetizers, including fried green beans and walleye fingers. Burgers include a Plane Jane with lettuce, tomato and pickles for $10. There’s an Oriental shrimp salad at $14.

The Boardwalk is one of the dining places that make up “restaurant row” in East Grand Forks. Its seasonal deck that accommodates 100 closed Oct. 15 and will open again on April 1. Other restaurants on the row are the Blue Moose, Sickies Garage Burgers, Mike’s Pizza and Little Bangkok.

Along with its main floor, the Boardwalk operates an upper level banquet room that has a maximum seating capacity of 400. The Boardwalk has a staff of 45 full- and part-time employees.

Two recent visits to the Boardwalk with friends have been pleasant. The place usually is rather quiet. Patrons tend to take their time to relax and dawdle. There is dark wood and soft lighting all around with the choice of dining areas and booths or tables.

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415 Second St. N.W.

East Grand Forks, Minn.

Telephone: 218-399-3000

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day

Owner-operator: Jane Moss

Chef: Misty Goulet

Report card: An upscale bar and grill with a side room for seating that provides an ideal setting for conversations. There is seating for 135. Inviting selection of sandwiches and burgers along with appetizers, wings and salads. Service is grade A. Average tab is $15.50.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.