There is a nice choice of booth and table seating and an easy-to-read newspaper style menu at the Blue Moose. And the large restaurant in East Grand Forks continues to attract a wide range of customers year round.

Many customers linger in front of the restaurant to admire and take pictures around the big blue moose that beckons diners.

On summer days many choose lunch or dinner seating outside, which accommodates 80 and provides a view of the Red River of the North.

Still others prefer the indoor booths and tables. Some choose seating in the adjacent bar and grill room.

And customers have been finding the Moose for brunch on Sundays. Here the attraction has become lemon ricotta pancakes. Other Sunday customers show up later in the day and keep arriving into the evening.

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With a group of visiting grandchildren, the Blue Moose and its outdoor seating were a good choice. It was easy to visit. Enjoyable to look out on the river.

But lunch offerings seem endless. There are small plates with a variety of unique choices – everything from Tequila lime chicken, walleye fingers. Burgers, wraps and sandwiches are presented with creative touches by the kitchen crew of Chef Nathan Sheppard.

While the restaurant known wide and far as Whitey’s always seemed to be THE place to go, the Moose has become the place. The reason to go over to East Grand Forks.

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The Blue Moose Bar & Grill

507 Second Street NW

East Grand Forks

Telephone: 218-773-6516

Owner-operators: Patrick Boppre, Dave Homstead, Nathan Sheppard

Seating: 422 with main floor seating and upper level group facilities

Hours: 11 a.m. daily with 11 p.m. closing Sunday through Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday

Report card: The welcome mat is out in this large restaurant with a side porch looking out over the Red River. Choice of booths and tables on main floor along with outdoor porch seating in good weather. Extensive choices please groups. Restaurant does well in retaining helpers during present time of difficulty for staffing. Rest rooms are above average for cleanliness and a pleasant decor.