Food is something that everyone can agree on. You won’t find people arguing about whether or not they like to eat. We celebrate this fact by honoring Fargo-Moorhead’s local restaurants. These are the entrepreneurs who are trying to bring a quality meal to the table. These are the people who are making our community delicious. Now get out there are decide if you are looking for a place on the go, a casual night out, a fine-dining experience or check out one of the new places in town. The following is a list of the coolest, classiest and tastiest eating establishments in the Fargo-Moorhead area, accompanied by commentary by some of the communities finest (and funniest).
Where to Eat With Friends in Fargo!
Gordon is the Artistic Director of The LineBenders Comedy Troupe and lover of all food.
Tehven is the TEDxFargo Curator, Co-Founder of EmergingPrairie.com and lover of dinnerties.com
Knutson is the full time Race Director for the Fargo Marathon and founder of Go Far Events.
Marc De Celle
Marc authored “How Fargo of You” and “Close Encounters of the Fargo Kind,” both in stores in the Red River Valley.
Alexander is on the Chris, John and Jane show on BOB95FM.
Larson is the co-host of “North Dakota Today” and anchor of the 5:30 p.m. news on KX-4 on KVLY.
3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo
Located inside the Holiday Inn, The Gallery serves up mouthwatering food for every meal of the day. Be sure to check out their weekday lunch buffet, from prime rib on Tuesdays to shrimp and cod on Fridays. Looking for a Sunday buffet? They have that too, and it’s nothing short of amazing.
Spitfire Bar & Grill
1660 13th Ave. E, West Fargo
Spitfire’s competitive BBQ team’s success should be a sign of how good their food is. They have won several BBQ championships across the country. They bring that same service to their restaurant with their high quality cuts of meats and made from scratch meals.
518 1st Ave. N, Fargo
JL Beers serves up some of the region’s best burgers and even better beers. Don’t forget to download their JL Beers app so you know which one of their massive list of brews to try.
Other locations at:
518 1st Ave. N, Fargo
4240 32nd Ave. S, Fargo
810 13th Ave. E, West Fargo
2902 Highway 10 E, Moorhead
The first time I went to lunch with the Mayor, he wanted to go here and I forgot my wallet. But the burgers and fries were so good he agreed to go again (and the second time I remembered my wallet)!
520 1st Ave. N, Fargo
One of Fargo’s newest eateries, Vinyl Taco’s menu is full of made-from-scratch tacos and drinks. They even make their own margarita mix. Get in before 11 p.m. to get your food order in, but the bar stays open until 12 a.m.
Despite the name, the tacos are not actually made of vinyl. They are, however, made of deliciousness
Red Hen Taphouse
1710 Center Ave. #138, Dilworth
Located in Dilworth, this new bar and grill offers quality American food. The options range from a veg-head burger to buffalo chicken flatbread. Throw in their nightly drink specials and this is one bar you can’t go wrong with.
Josie’s Corner Café & Bake Shop
524 Broadway, Fargo
Forget your lunch at home? Perfect. Stop at Josie’s for a quick bite to eat and delight in a sandwich and one of their made from- scratch cookies. Trust us. It will trump that PB&J you left on your counter this morning.
Würst Bier Hall
630 1st Ave. N, Fargo
Sausage. Sauerkraut. Jagerschnitzel. Würst will take you back to your Grandma Mona’s cooking. In fact, unless you grew up in a German home, you might not be able to pronounce half the menu items.
According to my Facebook feed, this place is delicious and fun!
Silver Dollar Flying Pig Bar and Grill
221 Sheyenne St, West Fargo
Who said pigs can’t fly? At Silver Dollar you can get really good bar food. There selections range from jalapeño bacon burgers to smoked BBQ briskets. It’s definitely worth the stop.
22 Broadway, Fargo
A Fargo classic. The Old Broadway offers something for everyone. Their restaurant delivers a great meal while Sports Zone offers cold beer, tasty wings and giant TVs. Looking for something wilder? Check out their club on a Friday or Saturday.
624 Main Ave, Fargo
Tucked away in the lower level of Block Six, the VIP Room is worth the effort in getting there. This catering service has a beautiful restaurant that serves American-style food with a lunch menu that changes weekly.
301 Main Ave. W, West Fargo
Just looking at their menu will make your mouth water. Family-owned and operated, this donut shop serves up more than just doughy goodness. They have a full breakfast and lunch menu, but their donuts and coffee will keep you coming back for more. And more. And probably some more.
The Donut Empire! What else can you say? Every old Hardee’s restaurant should be converted to a Sandy’s Donuts. Plus it’s the home to the world famous Sandy’s Donuts Donut Run.
201 5th St. N, Fargo
Since their remodel, the Radisson has become one of the swankiest places in town. Along with the great ambiance, they offer an extensive cocktail menu along with surprisingly good food.
The Radisson’s brunch has everything you could ever hope for. This includes a room you can rent to take a nap in after.
1515 42nd St. S, Fargo
Formerly Big D’s, you won’t even recognize this place. In addition to the beautiful makeover, they have revamped their menu. Along with the typical bar menu items, they also offer steamed crab and a six-shooter burger that comes with roasted jalapeños and jalapeño bacon served on a toasted pretzel bun. A must have.
117 Broadway, Fargo
This new eatery in downtown Fargo is serving up delicious burritos for when you’re on the go. Located right by Subway on Broadway, they offer a quick, local alternative for a great lunch.
The best late-night stop on Broadway, no questions asked.
220 Broadway, Fargo
Head chef of Monte’s Christian D’agostino has been around the world. He brings his extensive experience to the kitchen at Monte’s. Make sure you check out their lunch for a quick, affordable and delicious meal.
5050 13th Ave. S, Fargo
You wouldn’t think that it’d be possible to get good Indian food in Fargo. Well, you’re wrong. With dishes like Dhamaka Balti and Chicken Tandoori they offer dishes that will surprise your taste buds.
Tailgators Sports Café
1322 Main Ave, Fargo
You may know Tailgators from their Bears, Packers and Vikings rivalry commercials but there’s plenty of reasons to check it out. Whether you’re going for a good meal and cold beer or you just want to play some pool or blackjack, it’s worth the stop.
101 Broadway, Fargo
In case you didn’t hear, the HoDo’s Josh Tandberg won Mixologist of the Year 2013 at the last High Plains Reader Bartender’s gala. If that’s not enough to get you in the door, their ever-changing and adventurous dinner menu should be.
I gravitate toward the Hummus Plate at the HoDo Lounge, but the Salt & Pepper Fried Calamari is not to be ignored. When I’m feeling a little sweet and a lot sour I order the Lemondrop Martini.
Nichole’s Fine Pastry
13 8th St. S, Fargo
There’s a reason Fargo chose Nichole’s as their Favorite Place for the Best Dessert in 2013. The options are endless, housemade and will make your taste buds dance. Craving lunch instead? Don’t worry, they go above and beyond for that, too.
Sandwiches, soups, salads and, almost forgot, delectable, delicious, divine desserts.
402 Broadway, Fargo
Owner Juan Mondragon has been a staple in the culinary scene in Fargo. His recipes come from growing up in Mexico and many are based on Mexico City’s street food. His burrito shops around town offer a quick alternative to his downtown restaurant.
Sidestreet Grille & Pub
301 3rd Ave. N, Fargo
Sidestreet’s Fargo Dog is near and dear to our hearts. Wrapped in bacon, deep fried and topped with puller pork, swiss cheese and horseradish sauce. This isn’t cardiologist approved, but it is Fargo Monthly approved.
623 NP Ave, Fargo
Anyone downtown will tell you Wasabi makes the best sushi in Fargo. Have a seat at the bar and be the judge yourself. Try the gecko roll, a refreshing take on the sushi roll without the rice, or sample their salmon sashimi. Trust us: you’ll never want to eat it cooked again.
I used to think sushi in Fargo was a contradiction in terms. Then I ate here.
623 NP Ave, Fargo
The best spot for pasta and noodles in downtown Fargo also has arguably the best late-night food. They’re open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for the bar crowd. Get there earlier in the evening and try the Evil Jungle, a spicy Thai concoction that may make you ditch spaghetti and meatballs for good.
9 Iron Bar & Grill
4400 Clubhouse Dr. S, Fargo
The Osgood Golf Course may close up shop for the winter, but their restaurant continues serving up delicious food and drinks all year long. Nothing beats their $5 burger baskets and they’ve got some of the greatest Friday night specials in town.
1150 36th St. S, Fargo
You better come hungry because the portions are enormous. Fortunately, the prices are anything but. Word on the street is that this restaurant is one of the most authentic Mexican places around, so take a trip to Acapulco and see for yourself.
301 Broadway, Fargo
For over 50 years, Sammy’s Pizza has been serving up homemade pizza to downtown Fargo. You can swing by for a slice of thin crust or have a seat for a more casual dinner.
606 Main Ave, Fargo
Oh, Rhombus Guys. We don’t know whose idea it was to put wasabi sauce and peanuts on a pizza, but give them a raise. Home to the most unique gourmet pizzas in Fargo, this place’s best-kept secret may be its bar. Their drink menu is just as impressive as their dinner menu.
I’ll brave the crowds at Rhombus Guys just to get a slice of the T-Rex pizza – and they score extra points for offering a gluten-free crust. On a warm summer day, try to nab a table on the rooftop. It’s like hitting the jackpot.
Oxbow Country Club
130 Oxbow Dr, Oxbow
Although it’s a bit of a drive, it’s worth it. The food is almost as good as the scenery. Their restaurant, The Bend, offers a seasonal restaurant that’s always changing. We HIGHLY recommend their burgers.
405 Main Ave. W, West Fargo
This 1950’s-inspired diner is often brimming with locals, but not always. In fact, Tom Hanks and his family made a pit stop there a couple summers back. If you want to start your day with a hearty breakfast or simply want to breathe the air Tom Hanks did, head on over to TNT’s Diner.
If you want to get back to the basics of great tasting food, Tim & Tina know how to treat you right.
309 Roberts St. N, Fargo
Crazy-good service, a beautiful atmosphere and a menu like nowhere else in Fargo makes Mezzaluna a downtown favorite. Nervous about going? Their Alleyway Menu, available in the bar, is super accessible, and every item on it drops to $7 after 9 p.m.
Best Happy Hour meal in the country. It’s proof that our city values and has a home for forwardthinking chefs who create out-of-the-box dishes with highquality ingredients.
Labby’s Grill & Bar
1100 19th Ave. N, Fargo
Where else can you enjoy four entire hours of happy hour five days a week? This north Fargo gem has a huge food menu and an even more extensive drink menu. Bring your friends and bring your appetite because you may be here awhile.
1380 9th St. E, West Fargo
Maxwell’s brought fine dining to West Fargo. Known for their fresh seafood and large collection of wine, Maxwell’s always offers a great experience. We highly recommend checking out their Sunday brunch.
The Colorado lamb chops at Maxwell’s are the stuff dreams are made of! Plus, if you’re stopping by for Sunday brunch, fill your plate with pepper-encrusted prime rib, croissant French toast and omelettes…and save room for a cheese blintz.
Duane’s House of Pizza
1629 S University Dr, Fargo
When you walk into Duane’s, the first thing you’ll see is long counters dusted with flour, giant pizza ovens and a checkout register. But this place isn’t just for pick-up. Have a seat in their dining room, mosey through their salad bar, and dine in for a down-home pizza experience. Other location at 2223 U.S. 10 Frontage Rd, Moorhead
Three Lyons Pub
675 13th Ave. E #104, West Fargo
Any Bloody Mary fan needs to go to Three Lyons and try their made-from scratch masterpiece. Their traditional pub food is the perfect compliment, with a build-your-own London Broil on the menu (that’s a hot sandwich that puts your panini to shame.)
680 Main Ave. W, West Fargo
This may be West Fargo’s biggest surprise. Located on Main Ave. in a seemingly nondescript building, this restaurant serve up steak, seafood, pasta, and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for a solid meal for yourself or for a large event, don’t let this place slip under your radar.
702 N University Dr, Fargo
There’s always a deal at Deek’s. There are only two sizes to choose from (Large and Extra Large), but delivery is fast, the dough is fresh, and they’re open until 3 a.m. daily.
715 13th Ave. E, West Fargo
It may be an Irish pub, but most of the food is American fare. However, the drink specials are something even the truest of Irishman could appreciate, including $3 Jamesons and $5 pitchers.
Other locations at:
808 30th Ave. S, Moorhead
12 Broadway, Fargo
Uncorked has 50 wines made on-site in their Broadway store, from fruity apple wine to deep shiraz-cabernet. Not sure what to try? Get a sample flight of five. If wine makes you hungry, Oven Door Catering provides fresh deli food daily.
202 Broadway, Fargo
Head chef Mirco Marganti hails from Lucca, Italy so you know that Toscana serves authentic Italian food. Plus, their central location on Broadway and 2nd Ave. makes them a great spot for a delicious night on the town.
Most affordable great lunch place where we can talk. Only one problem: The spinach artichoke appetizer dip stuff renders me speechless. But hey, some people are willing to pay good money to render me speechless. But you don’t have to! Lunch is really affordable!
1601 S University Dr., Fargo
Anytime you’re craving a down-home, Mom’s diner experience, head to CJ’s. Places this adorable and welcoming are hard to find, and the food is just as comforting. Even if you’re feeling fancy, you can have a brie-and-pear sandwich. Bet your mom never made you that.
Leela Thai Cuisine
1450 25th St. S, Fargo
Thai food is some of the most delicious stuff on the planet, and Leela’s is the place to go if you’re a newbie. Their menu is simple, super accessible and you’re sure to find something that appeals to your taste buds. Vegans and vegetarians take note: many dishes can be made without meat and animal products.
530 6th Ave N, Fargo
Take a trip to Greece at Cafe Aladdin. This Greek and Middle Eastern eatery proclaims that they are the “home of the biggest, tastiest Gyro in town… Guaranteed.” We’d have to agree.
Other locations at:
530 6th Ave N, Fargo
1609 32nd Ave. S #2, Fargo
3017 13th Ave. S, Fargo
2525 9th Ave. SW , Fargo
Sickie’s has some of the strangest and best burgers you’ll ever have. From their jalapeño and peanut butter burger to their tater tot hotdish burger, somehow it all works. Their extensive beer menu really helps their cause as well.
Talk about adventurous burgers! The Jalapeño Popper at Sickies Garage is an amazing combination of heat and sweet. It’s best to pair it with a giant pile of tater tots…and find a booth with your very own beer tap.
Passage to India
855 45th St. S #A3, Fargo
Even the most discerning Midwest palate can get into the food at Passage to India. Try one of their delicious butter curries, or the tangy chicken tikka masala. Just don’t forget to order yummy naan, the Indian answer to flatbread, to scoop up the sauce on your plate.
3330 Sheyenne St. Ste. 108, West Fargo
Goodfellas Pizza specializes in made-toorder pizzas. They offer quality, traditional pizzas like meat lovers and supreme but also have more fun options that include shrimp alfredo, breakfast and something called the beer drinker pizza that includes Italian sausage, jalapeños and onions. Be advised, it’s not recommended to kiss anyone after eating it though.
4955 17th Ave. S, Fargo
This may be one of Fargo’s best kept secrets. Their menu changes daily but it’s always impressive and the baked goods are to die for. Owner Angeline will make you feel right at home with a fresh homemade meal and a cozy atmosphere.
Randy’s University Diner
2130 S University Dr, Fargo
From the name to the menu, Randy’s is pretty straightforward. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a simple Sunday breakfast with the family or a midafternoon pie run with your buddies.
1635 42nd St. S, Fargo
Basies has a couple things that separate it from the rest. Their quality of meat is top-notch and they also have a 1,000-degree broiler that will sear any meat to perfection. Make sure you check out their Sunday buffet and the live jazz that takes place every Thursday.
Lucy’s North China Cuisine
3003 32nd Ave. S, Fargo
It may be one of Fargo’s only Chinese restaurants without a buffet, but there’s good reason for that. Owner Lucy Penney serves up dozens of fresh dishes, most of which are her own family’s recipes. Dine-in, take out or get it delivered. You won’t be disappointed.
Xtreme Pizza Kitchen
1404 33rd St. SW #D, Fargo
At Xtreme Pizza Kitchen, they’re not afraid to take a risk and it pays off. Some of their pizzas include a peanut butter pizza (yes, you read that right) and a Thai pizza. Don’t worry, they have an extensive list of menu items that are all delicious.
My favorite pizza place anywhere, including California and Arizona. Some of the stuff on the menu sounds crazy (Thai pizza with peanuts?) but everything is ridiculously good.
Hooligan’s Bar and Grill
3330 Sheyenne St, West Fargo
Sports fans and music junkies alike can enjoy what Hooligan’s has to offer. They’ve basically got every pub food under the sun and some unbelievably cheap drink specials every day of the week.
322 Broadway, Fargo
It seems like just yesterday that Spicy Pie opened its Broadway doors and started serving us enormous pizza-by-the-slice. If you’re too hungry for just a slice, try their Spicy Challenge and see if you can take down an 18” supreme in 20 minutes. Hey, you can’t go wrong with a free T-shirt.
Other location at:
1414 12th Ave. N, Fargo
The Shack on Broadway
3215 Broadway, Fargo
Forget Perkins and Denny’s; they’re just corporate impersonators of the Shack. It’s rumored this place has the best caramel rolls ever, but if you’re not into sweets, the all-day breakfast is worth the trip. A word to the wise: get their early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, or be prepared to wait a bit.
4554 7th Ave. S, Fargo
This is the only place in town where you can enjoy an oyster martini bar. Yep, you heard us right. But if oysters and martinis aren’t your thing, don’t fret. They’ve got all the bar classics, great lunch specials, and prime rib every Friday.
Seasons at Rose Creek
1500 Rose Creek Pkwy. E, Fargo
Located on Rose Creek Golf Course, this fine dining restaurant can suit the needs of a table for two all the way to a large work luncheon or even your wedding. They are open year round for lunch and dinner, but the views are best during summertime.
1324 25th Ave. S, Fargo
The Cajun Café is one of those pleasant surprises. Tucked away in a nondescript location off of University, it offers good po-boys, authentic Cajun dishes and their breakfast is a must have.
Lucky’s 13 Pub
4301 17th Ave. S, Fargo
Serious disclaimer: if you go to Lucky’s to eat, go hungry. Their big, delicious menu gives you big, delicious portions. On the drink side, grab a few buddies for $2 mimosas on Sundays, or try their famous BLT Bloody Mary. (You guessed it: it comes with a little BLT on top.)
Burgers, cold beer, free popcorn and TVs for everyone.
Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill
2112 25th St. S, Fargo
This restaurant’s warm wood atmosphere is super cozy during these winter months. Get an entire roasted half chicken for $17, or just sample your way around their appetizer menu. If you like wine as much as us, grab a friend and start your week off right with half-priced bottles of wine on Mondays.
They’re a couple blocks away, but I swear I can smell Doolittle’s woodfire rotisserie all the way down to Valley News Live! My favorite Mediterranean salad encourages healthy eating with a gluten-free twist.
1109 38th St. S, Fargo
Equipped with a delectable lunch and dinner menu, this restaurant serves up some of the area’s greatest Mediterranean food. Whether you’re looking for a good place to catch up with friends or a romantic spot for a first date, look no further than Santa Lucia.
104 4th St. S, Moorhead
Everyone knows their phone number, and if you don’t, you should. If you get a (very) late pizza craving, no need to stress. Pizza Patrol is open until 4 a.m., the latest of any pizza joint in town.
700 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
You won’t find a better view at a Fargo-Moorhead restaurant. Overlooking the Red River, Usher’s offers fine dining while Monk’s Pub offers a more casual experience. They offer everything from an elk burger to a delicious venison dish.
420 Center Ave, Moorhead
Take a trip to Thailand with Thai Orchid. Tucked into the Moorhead Center Mall, it offers some great curry dishes, authentic Thai meals and Thai street food lunches. Plus they have a special lunch menu for a smaller and quicker meal.
That reminds me, I haven’t had any Tom Yum soup lately. Best soup in the universe. I gotta go see Dave at Thai Orchid!
28 Center Mall Ave, Moorhead
Dreaming of an exquisite dinner aboard a luxury cruise ship? Look no further. Sarello’s brings it right to you thanks to owners Tony and Sarah Nasello, who worked aboard cruise ships for years. Cleverly tucked away behind the Moorhead Center Mall, this restaurant is the perfect place to bring that special someone.
Melt-in-your-mouth sea bass? Check. Vanilla bean creme brulée? Check. Exquisite food that will make you deliriously happy, and prompt a return visit to Sarello’s? Check, check and double check!
Cork’ N Cleaver
3301 S University Dr., Fargo
In operation since 1970, the Cork’ N Cleaver is a restaurant that features aged hand cut steaks, prime rib, fish, seafood and pasta. Head chef Lenny Boyer has worked at Cork’ N Cleaver for 20 years now and has been bringing fine dining to South Fargo.
3102 Highway 10 E, Moorhead
You’ll never leave Altony’s hungry. They are recognized for their large portion sizes. They offer dishes like veal Parmesan, shrimp arrabbiata and fantail shrimp, all for a very reasonable price.
1450 25th St. S, Fargo
Thai cuisine and sushi: what could be better? Bangkok Corner is one of Fargo’s best-kept secrets, and it’s time the word got out. On your first visit, don’t let the giant menu scare you. Ask the server what their favorite is or sit at the bar and have Rubin, the sushi chef, help you sample some fresh fish. Trust us: you can’t go wrong.
Gio’s Grill & Bar
123 21st St. S, Moorhead
Grab a cold beer and enjoy Gio’s daily lunch buffet for only $6.95, equipped with over two dozen items. Keep an eye out for upcoming concerts in their music venue right next door.
3051 25th St. S, Fargo
Come for the 30 different flavors of bagel’s but stay for the 18 choices of house-made cream cheese. This family owned eatery that knows how to generously apply the toppings also offers deli and hot breakfast sandwiches. It’s a must stop for bagel and quick breakfast lovers alike.
4228 15th Ave. S, Fargo
Grab some friends and gather round the hibachi grill for front row entertainment and a first class meal. Sushi, steak, and sake shots. What more could you ask for?
Just Grains Bakery
24 4th St. S, Moorhead
Gluten-free has never looked or tasted better. This brand new bakery proudly partners with Mehl’s Flour Company, another locally-owned business. Together they serve up a variety of gluten-free products that can be purchased in-house or online. Check out their website for a list of recipes.
2501 8th St. S, Moorhead
The name says it all. Well, almost all. You can substitute that burger for a veggie, turkey, or chicken patty, but one thing is for certain: you will definitely crave this place once you’ve had a taste.