He ordered pineapple fried rice, so I followed suit. I was having lunch with Alexander Blue Weber at Thai Hot 3 restaurant downtown on DeMers.

Blue Weber is director of the Downtown Development Association. As such, he promotes more than 20 restaurants on the main business streets of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

He says, “We are the crazy crew who are responsible for the downtown street fair. We are always trying to find new businesses.”

Blue Weber enjoys the sweet pineapple mixed in with the classic fried rice at Thai Hot 3. He likes the sweet flavor not usually found in a fried rice.

As we ate, I could see what he likes about it. The taste was good. It was different. Blue Weber had no problem finishing off the main fare. I enjoyed the fresh taste of pineapple mingled with rice.

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There are seven appetizers on the menu including spring and summer rolls along with avocado and crab rangoon. There’s a Thai pork barbecue and sticky rice.

The menu offers three versions of Thai duck along with Thai hot specials including a grilled chicken with special sauce ($15). There are six curry choices on the menu.

The menu also features pasta along with chicken and seafood.

For dessert, there is a banana roll wrapped in flour tortillas. Then it is deep fried and topped with chocolate sauce and coconut milk. Mango sticky rice is another dessert choice – wrapped in flour tortillas and deep fried. And it is topped with chocolate sauce and coconut milk.

We lingered at Thai Hot 3 to visit and look around. Long time residents of Grand Forks remember the location originally as the offices of the former E.J. Lander Company. The cozy red drapes still are there. So is the tin ceiling. There booths and tables with red and white checked cloths.

Blue Weber likes the proximity of Thai Hot 3, which is neighbor of Bonzer’s Pub. He said the two are near more than 20 establishments in an area with places to grab a drink or linger over desserts downtown.

The Grand Forks restaurant is one of three with two Thai Hot locations in Minot.

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Thai Hot 3

414 DeMers Ave.

Telephone: 701-739-4800

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; 12 noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday

Chef: Jack Momaney

Report card: With a distinctive Thai menu, the restaurant adds an interesting choice for eating in downtown Grand Forks. Service is friendly. The average ticket is $20.