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EatBeat: The Spud Jr. in East Grand Forks proves to be a popular and familiar spot

A popular spot, especially on weekends, and a familiar spot on the main street of East Grand Forks. Summer brunch menu draws families especially on weekends.

Marilyn Hagerty
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EAST GRAND FORKS — On a recent Saturday morning, we felt fortunate to slide into an eating spot at the Spud Jr. The place was full of adults and children enjoying a late breakfast.

With relatives in town, the plan was to visit with friends over brunch. Once seated, it worked out well. The brunch menu includes waffles, French toast and breakfast bowls. The bowls include biscuits and gravy with bacon and American fries for $10.

Among the waffles options, there are s'mores topped with marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips served with a side and meat.

On another visit with friends in the afternoon, the place was calm and quiet. We had our choice of seating.

The Spud Jr. is the successor to a series of restaurants at the same location on DeMers. For many years, it was the home of the Olson Drug Store in East Grand Forks. In recent years it has been the spot for several restaurants.

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Justin La Rocque , the present owner, said this week, “We are carrying on the memory of the former well known Spud Jr. bar in East Grand Forks.”

He and many others remember how The Spud was the place where many people went when other places were closing up.

The new Spud is different, but reminiscent. The new Spud Public House has a wide menu. It serves traditional wings and boneless wings. And there are Tater Kegs stuffed with bacon, cheddar and chives. There are salads, soups and sides.

Burgers are offered in 12 version including the River Queen with cheddar cheese and bacon. If you ask for Cuckoo’ Nest you get a burger patty topped with macaroni and cheese and bacon.

And La Rocque says things are going well.

The Spud Jr. Public House

302 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks

Owner: Justin La Rocque

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Telephone: 218-399-0121

Seating: 78 with additional outside seating for 28

Hours for food service: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; 11 p.m. closing on weekends.

Report card: A popular spot, especially on weekends, and a familiar spot on the main street of East Grand Forks. Summer brunch menu draws families especially on weekends.

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