Nestled comfortably in the bottom of the Red River Valley, the urban metropolis of Grand Forks plays host to a number of fine restaurants showcasing local and international cuisines. From all-American diners to innovative delicatessen, from BBQ joints to Asian establishments, we profile ten of the best restaurants in Grand Forks, North Dakota
Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Sanders 1907 is a foodie’s paradise, with all manner of delectable dish available on the restaurant’s dinner menu. Sink your fork into the roast caraway duck, which is lovingly rustled up in the traditional Czechoslovakian manner and finished with red cabbage and spaetzle. Complement your meal with something from the astoundingly well-stocked bar. Sanders 1907 offers a variety of weekly featured dishes, be sure to check online or call in advance to find out what they are. Reservations can be only be made over the phone.
Sanders 1907, 22 S. 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-746-8970
Nestled in the pumping heart of Grand Forks, Amazing Grains has been a perennial source of unbridled good health since 1972. The establishment is a health food store-cum-delicatessen and punters are even gifted the option of joining the Amazing Grains co-op to become one of its joint owners. The delicatessen boasts a rich and hearty menu of small dishes and salads. Try one of the delightful sandwiches, such as the hummus, cucumber, carrot and sunflower seed concoction, which is drenched in the divine goddess dressing. Meals at Amazing Grains are best washed down with a homemade smoothie, the store’s selection is sweet and indulgent while remaining incredibly healthy.
Amazing Grains, 214 Demers Ave, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-775-4542
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The Toasted Frog
Restaurant, American, Beer, Contemporary, $$$
The Toasted Frog
The Toasted Frog is the ideal destination for diners seeking an eclectic culinary experience. This restaurant has been tempting eaters since 2006 with its diverse menu and delicate rustic charm. Experience one of the exotic appetisers, such as the eponymous frogs’ legs that are lightly breaded, fried, and served with a drizzling of buffalo sauce. Swig jauntily on one of the famed martinis before enjoying your main course. Recommended is the delectable brown butter mahi-mahi, which is lightly frosted with flour, smothered in brown butter, and served with a choice of potato and veggie du jour. Ensure you call in advance to book a table.
The Toasted Frog, 124 N 3rd St Main, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-772-3764
Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
The Rhombus Guys restaurant began its illustrious career as a smoothie stand. Now a prosperous restaurant in Grand Forks, The Rhombus Guys is perfect for diners in search of a diverse menu, generous portions and a rambunctious atmosphere. Fill up on the five-time best pizza of Grand Forks, the unique T-Rex, crunchy crust topped with marinara, pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, bacon and slippery mozzarella. An ideal resting place for diners with an insatiable appetite, this venue is also a trendy spot with exposed brick walls, ambient lighting and large, colourful paintings adding to the shabby chic atmosphere.
Rhombus Guys, 312 Kittson Ave, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-787-7317
Pizza ©Nick Amoscato
Restaurant, Japanese, Asian, Sushi, $$$
Located in the historic centre of Grand Forks, Shing Ya transforms the hazy American air into zest-filled Japanese ambience. The restaurant has excellent value dishes and relatively large portion sizes. The wildly extensive menu offers a melange of sushi, cutlets, ramen, special rolls, and all manner of other Japanese delights. Try the delectable sky rainbow roll, a heady mixture of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, kaiware, and tobiko, all snuggled up in soy paper and served with a lusciously tangy cucumber balsamic mango sauce. The restaurant radiates Japanese authenticity but is rather modest, so booking is strongly advised.
Shing Ya, 108 N 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-772-0515
Dakota Harvest Bakery
Bakery, Dessert Shop, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Dessert
Dakota Harvest Bakery
For baked delights of unrivalled quality in Grand Forks, look no further than the Dakota Harvest Bakery. The restaurant’s founding raison d’être was as a prolific local bakery sourcing goods only from local farmers. Trundle into this quaint little food dispensary and browse the multitude of artisan breads on offer, all created from the agricultural produce of North Dakota and Minnesota. The bakery provides a daily menu from which punters can select from an array of soups and sandwiches. Thrust your teeth into the flesh of a Cuban sandwich – mojo marinated pulled pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles on a fresh, chomp-worthy Cuban Hoagie Roll.
Dakota Harvest Bakers ©Dakota Harvest Bakery | ©Dakota Harvest Bakers
Speedway 805 Grill & Bar
Bar, Diner, Restaurant, American, Beer, $$$
Speedway 805 Grill & Bar
Speedway 805 Grill & Bar is Grand Forks’ premium diner. With reasonably priced, plentiful portions as the order of the day, this restaurant is the perfect destination for those harbouring a rapacious appetite. Grab a beer whilst perusing the menu that boasts sandwiches, salads, burger, bounteous food baskets, and sumptuous seafood. Try the highly recommended BBQ ribs that are slathered in sauce and served with a choice of two sides, for example, the classic curly fry or tasty sweet potato fry. The restaurant welcomes large groups, making it an excellent place to hold celebrations and special events.
Speedway 805 Grill & Bar, 805 N 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-772-8548
Bistro, Restaurant, Mediterranean, Italian, $$$
Infuse your dining experience with a bit of jazz and totter on down to Grand Forks’ experts in all things Mediterranean, L’Bistro. Meander through the refined surroundings to the gentle sounds of the local jazz bands that the restaurant plays host to every Thursday evening. Enjoy a zingy glass of Italian white wine whilst perusing the menu. A favourite is the New Orleans linguine, a delectable mixture of Calabrese sausage, spicy chicken, shrimp, and banana peppers tossed with linguine noodles all flung together in a luxurious tomato-cream sauce. The restaurant offers its punters the chance to join its wine club that meets every Thursday. Members are entitled to a generous taste of white and red wine as well tantalising finger food.
L’Bistro, 1000 S 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-792-1960
Diner, Restaurant, American, Beer, Mexican, $$$
Wild Hog, is an all-American diner. This great restaurant offers customers all manner of classic American fare on its extravagantly diverse menu. Munch the night away on the pterodactyl wings, the restaurant’s signature marinated and smoked jumbo wings with served with a lip-smacking sauce of your choosing. Wild Hog promises an evening of sumptuous eating without the hefty price tag, mains are reasonably priced and generous. If you enjoy your experience, you could even purchase a Wild Hog t-shirt in the online store.
Wild Hog, 4401 44th Ave S, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-757-4263
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Restaurant, Chinese, American
Discover the foremost Chinese restaurant in Grand Forks. The atmosphere of the establishment is characterised by a quiet serenity, where guests can converse easily in a peaceful setting. China Garden has been touted as the prime place to find an exemplary egg roll. A main to watch out for is the beef and chicken in bird’s nest, this is sliced beef, chicken, fresh crunchy broccoli, mushrooms, baby corns, snow peas, and carrots cooked in the chef’s own sauce and served in a delightfully crispy basket. With a broad menu and reasonable prices, China Garden is one of the favourite local spots for comforting Chinese fare.China Garden, 2550 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, ND, USA, +1 701-772-0660