In one of the oldest buildings in downtown Grand Forks, the Toasted Frog has become one of the most lively restaurants in greater Grand Forks. It draws people for after work fare or dinner throughout the evening.

The restaurant on North Third Street is large enough to seat 100. That is in booths, at tables, at the bar and perched at high tables. The owners have wisely preserved the building so that it reflects its history.

Fried cheesy pickles and buffalo wings are favorite appetizers. Casual diners are attracted to the choice of the 16-inch lavosh made with spinach and wild mushroom. Elk burger and Moroccan spiced lamb are sandwich choices, along with the Frog BLT. And then there are open-faced, wood-fired sandwiches. They include a chicken pesto melt, a portabello mushroom melt, caprese and prime rib melts. All are served open faced.

Entrees range from fish tacos and walleye piccata to pork tenderloin, filet mignon and New York strip. And there is an interesting quinoa bowl. Prices range from $15 to $22.

Wood-fired pizza draws customers toward the dining area with a view of the kitchen of the Frog. Along with spinach and mushroom, there are nine choices including Italian sausage and a chicken pesto. Top of the line is a gorgonzola and beef tips pizza. Its described as garlic-infused olive oil, fresh basil, balsamic and brown sugar marinated beef tips, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, tomatoes, gorgonzola and mozzarella cheeses.

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Although I rarely feel like I need more at the Toasted Frog, there are tempting desserts. A pear pie for $9 serves three. Then there are wood-fired s’mores, baked brie – and a flourless chocolate pudding cake. Lemon cake served with raspberry infused goat cheese rounds out the sweets.

Since its opening here, the Toasted Frog has branched out to open similar restaurants in Bismarck and Fargo. In its Grand Forks location, the Frog seeks out local art for display.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.com or by telephone at 701-772-1055.

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The Toasted Frog

124 N. Third St.

Owners: Shawn Clapp and Jonathan Holth

Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. closing

Specialty; Appetizers, dinners, wood fired pizza

Average ticket: $20

Curbside pickup 701-317-8170; reservations: 701-772-3764

Report card: A popular after work and early dinner gathering spot in downtown Grand Forks. A place where you can pick and choose from the extensive menu if you aren’t planning a full dinner. In a way, a visit to “the Frog” is an adventure.