Eatbeat: Southgate offers good food, service in Grand Forks
One of largest seating areas in a restaurant in this area. Good service. Food usually meets expectations for quick service.
GRAND FORKS — When the sun sinks in the west, cars and trucks start filling up the large parking lot at Southgate Casino Bar and Grill on South Washington Street.
The place known as “the Gate” was full in the lounge and café area on a recent supper or dining hour one evening this week. And there were some customers who chose outside dining in the large outside area.
Burgers are in big demand at The Gate. The signature patty with mayo, lettuce, red onion, tomato and pickle slices costs $8.99. It seems to be a first choice of many eating at Southgate.
But the menu goes far beyond burgers. There are appetizers including onion rings, potato skins and three versions of quesadillas. There’s also a spinach dip served with corn tortilla chips.
Customers who come for lunch often choose homemade chili or soup and sandwich combinations. The menu is extensive with lavosh choices. Entrees include beef tips, walleye chunks and a chicken strip basket.
Tacos too. There are five versions of them at the Gate.
The new chef, recently hired, is Pat Sexton. General manager is John Sundby.
The Gate has a large kitchen with a window opening that provides a view. Some customers prefer the large dining area in the large building. There it is easy to visit. In the evenings, there often is a rush for seating in the lounge area where television brings in sporting events.
The busiest hours for food service are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to Sundby. He said like other restaurant operators he is finding it difficult to find workers in food service.
Southgate Casino Bar and Grill
2525 S. Washington St.
Seating capacity: 400
General manager: John Sundby
Chef: Pat Sexton
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Report card: One of largest seating areas in a restaurant in this area. Good service. Food usually meets expectations for quick service.