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Fargo By Fargo: Explore Local Dining & Nightlife

Fargo dining scene

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As the Fargo-Moorhead continues to grow at an astonishing rate of a dozen residents a day, our identity is being shaped by the nearly 230,000 citizens. We went to you, the people who are molding and shaping our culture, to ask you about Fargo-Moorhead’s dining scene and nightlife. We asked, you answered. Here’s what Fargo means to you.

Meet The Fargoans

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Ashley Kunz
Self-employed as an Abstract Painter Lived in Fargo for 32 years
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Amanda Wolf
Photographer and Owner of Lemon Drops Photography Lived in Fargo for 16 years
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Anna Larson
Corporate Writer at Eide Bailly LLP Lived in Fargo her entire life
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Lance Morlock
Senior at Moorhead High School and works at GiGi’s Cupcakes Lived in Moorhead his entire life

Your favorite good deal for a drink or food in town…

Ashley Kunz: If I’m looking for good food and drinks at a great price, I go to Lucky’s 13 Pub. They have the most amazing nachos and different drink specials every day. On Friday and Saturday nights, they also have live music.

Amanda Wolf: Shotgun Sally’s has $5 burger baskets all day long on Tuesdays, in addition to $3 tall domestic taps and $5 tall craft beers, which makes a great excuse to sit on their patio beside the fire pit with a few friends.

Anna Larson: Luna has half-priced bubbly on Wednesday nights and half-price cheese plates during happy hour. It’s an awesome way to try a new bottle and enjoy some fantastic cheese without breaking the bank.

Lance Morlock: One of my favorite locations in town is Teaberry. It’s a great hangout place offering games and great drinks. I love the Aloe Water there but their smoothies are to die for. It’s a quality establishment and a very hot spot downtown.

Avocado Fresh Fruit Boba from Teaberry

Avocado Fresh Fruit Boba from Teaberry

Your favorite breakfast in town…

Ashley Kunz: The Rumchata French Toast from The Boiler Room is delicious. I love the banana butter sauce on it. It’s sweet but not too sweet. It also comes with fruit and cheesy tots so it’s really filling.

Rumchata French Toast from The Boiler Room

Amanda Wolf: Deaner’s Diner in West Fargo as I love a small local cafe with eggs served the way you want them, crispy hash browns and it comes with a variety of toast options. It reminds me of my small hometown cafe.

Anna Larson: Bernbaum’s has the tastiest quiche and other homemade goodness that start your day off on a high note. Like other places I’ve talked about, it’s not just the food. It’s also the owner and staff who make it special. I can’t eat gluten so I’m jealous of all the people who can eat the bagels.

Lance Morlock: Sandy’s Donuts! Their donuts are outstanding and always a delicious treat in the morning. My favorite donut is the Cookies-n-Cream. The service is so great. You can tell that every employee enjoys their job as you are embraced with large smiles when you walk in the door.

Your favorite lunch in town…

Ashley Kunz: I usually don’t have much time for lunch so if I’m out, I’ll grab a sandwich or something from the deli at Hornbacher’s.

Amanda Wolf: Vinyl Taco is a lunch must with their variety of Mexican foods but my personal favorite is the Crispy Chicken and Mango Taco that has just the right amount of sweetness to it. The atmosphere is also super fun and gives a much-needed mini break for the everyday grind of work.

Anna Larson: Mi Familia Taco Co. just opened, and it’s like a more laid-back Juano’s, for people who remember when it was open downtown. I was a server there during college so I was stoked to learn my favorite flavors were back. I like the enchilada with veggies and ranchero sauce. Lots of ranchero.

Lance Morlock: I really enjoy the lunch options at Nichole’s Fine Pastry. They have many soup and sandwich options that are just outstanding and then after you can go to the other side of the restaurant to get a sweet treat. The individuals who work there are so caring and generally care for the people in the store.

Your favorite dinner in town…

Ashley Kunz: We cook at home a lot but if we are going to go out for dinner as a family, we will usually go to Mexican Village or Doolittles. At both places, we usually have good service, large portions so we have leftovers and it’s a pretty good value.

Amanda Wolf: I absolutely love Toasted Frog in Downtown Fargo. It is an all-out win on date night or an evening out with the girls and no matter who or what we are celebrating, the fried pickles are ordered every time. For the main entrée, I love their fish tacos. It’s the perfect amount of flavor. I even eat mine without the tortillas. So get dressed up and get over to Toasted Frog.

Toasted Frog

Anna Larson: I love Jade Dragon for pho, and Luna and Mezzaluna for nice long dinners. Luna’s menu is always different but I love when they do gluten-free fried chicken, gnocchi, really, anything. I love it all! At Mezzaluna, it’s the burger, which surprises some people. Of course, the whole menu is great but their burger just hits the spot.

Lance Morlock: I am obsessed with Blackbird. It is so tasty and in such a great location. My favorite pizza from there is the Lumberjack. It gives you breakfast and dinner all in one, with an egg and syrup. The service is amazing, super fast and everything on their menu is perfected and tastes amazing.

Your favorite place to go out for a drink…

Ashley Kunz: I tend to go to Dempsey’s or Sidestreet for the live music. I only drink Captain Morgan so my drinks taste pretty good anywhere.

Amanda Wolf: Drekker Brewing Co. is by far a must when exploring downtown. It’s industrial details keep you exploring for more in addition to wanting to try all their local brews. I personally love their home-brewed root beer that has extra froth on the top and is more flavorful than any root beer I have ever tried.

Anna Larson: Both Toasted Frog and Mezzaluna have friendly, knowledgeable bartenders. At Toasted Frog, I like their featured drinks — anything interesting with whiskey usually draws me in. Lately, at Mezzaluna, I’ve just been letting the bartender make me something. One of them knows my tastes and never misses the mark. Negronis or vodka martinis with olives are my go-to drinks. I’ll try anything that sounds inventive and not too sweet.

Lance Morlock: My favorite coffee place is 20 Below. I love it here, their service is amazing and the shop itself is so welcoming. Their slogan is “Quality Coffee + Genuine Community” and they do an amazing job. I love anything off their menu and the sense of community you feel when walking through the door is incredible.

*This article originally appeared in Fargo By Fargo. To read the full issue of Fargo By Fargo, click here!

Andrew Jason

Written by Andrew Jason

Andrew Jason is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media. He oversees the production and the wonderful team behind Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Bison Illustrated and Design and Living magazines. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and pretending he's a much better piano player than he actually is.

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