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The Eatbeat: River views and varied menu at the Board

When you say, "Meet me at the Boardwalk," it's a good idea to say whether you mean on the deck or the main floor lounge. The Boardwalk on the Second Street restaurant row in East Grand Forks has a main floor bar and grill as well as the recently ...

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When you say, "Meet me at the Boardwalk," it's a good idea to say whether you mean on the deck or the main floor lounge.

The Boardwalk on the Second Street restaurant row in East Grand Forks has a main floor bar and grill as well as the recently renovated deck. And in between there are banquet rooms on second floor.

The menu offers a wide range of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and lavosh. Entrees include ribeye and sirloin steak along with chicken. And there is a porterhouse pork chop ($17) that I think will be my next dinner choice.

At lunchtime on a recent sunny summer day, I met up with Mary Holz-Clause, chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Crookston. We had a better than average lunch on the main level of the Boardwalk. There you find a good, rather quiet place to visit set off from the main area of the bar.

Parmesan asparagus and green bean fries are listed among appetizers. There are seven salads. And there are eight lavosh choices. But I chose with soup a half sandwich called Nutty Bird. It was a turkey creation with cream cheese, sunflower seeds and alfalfa sprouts served on rye bread.

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The burger of the month at the Boardwalk is called "Turkey Sprout." It's made with turkey topped with tomato, avocado, Swiss cheese, alfalfa sprouts and sweet Asian sauce. And the lavosh of the month is a combination of Havarti cheese, grilled chicken, pulled pork, bacon and barbecue sauce. It's called "Scottie's Special."

Except for the one fly that kept visiting our table, the lunch was pleasant. The food was very good. We had a chance to talk about the farm to table menu proposed for November at UMC-Crookston. It will feature local and campus-grown foods.

We visited with Jane Moss of the Boardwalk who says the renovated deck can seat up to 105 people - even into October. It looks out over a beautiful view of the Red River and Grand Forks.

While the deck can be a gathering place in the fall, there are bookings for the banquet room throughout the year.

Boardwalk Bar & Grill

415 Second St. NW, East Grand Forks

Owner-operators: Jane Moss, Dan Stauss, Scott Stauss

Chef: Misty Goulet

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General manager: James O'Shea

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

Telephone: (218) 399-3000

Report card: With an average tab of $15 to $19, the Boardwalk offers above interesting fare in pleasant surroundings indoors or on renovated deck.

Report Card: Concise and easy to read menu rates an A. Creative, different offerings. Service good. Ambience pleasant though rather dark main floor. Renovated seating in outdoor deck.

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

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