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Tastes Of The World

Tastes of the World

Photos by Andrew Jason, Hillary Ehlen, Paul Flessland

The American Dream is alive and well in Fargo. It’s not a well-kept secret that new Americans are twice as likely to start their own business. This month, we celebrate those risk-takers who are making their American Dream come true and are also making our community more delicious. Along with these dreamers, we look at a few restaurants owned by people from the area who are honoring the flavors celebrated around the world. Read on as we discover all the new scents, flavors and ingredients that are making up our community.

JAPAN

Izumi Sushi & Hibachi

5675 26th Ave. S, Fargo
5050 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Izumi Sushi & Hibachi

Sushi boat with crispy crab, yummy yummy, rainbow, spicy California, shrimp tempura, sweet potato, spicy tuna and spicy salmon rolls.

It was quite the journey for Izumi Sushi and Hibachi to open in Fargo. Scott Chen, the owner of Izumi, is originally from China. He moved to the southern U.S. but had a friend who lived in Minnesota. He always wanted to open a sushi restaurant so Chen dove in and moved to Fargo where he opened up Samurai Sushi before opening Izumi about three years ago. Now predominantly known for their all-you-can-eat sushi, Izumi has more than 50 different sushi rolls and hibachi available for you to order.

Chicken hibachi served with mixed vegetables

Chicken hibachi served with mixed vegetables

“We’ve only been here for three years but word of mouth is our best advertisement,” said John Weng, the manager of Izumi. “Eighty percent of my guests here are regular people who come back, especially on the weekends, we’re always packed. There’s a reason we opened a second location because I’ve heard complaints that we need bigger spaces.”

Fresh Facts

  • Izumi recently opened a second location at 5050 13th Ave. S, Fargo.
  • When Chen was first thinking about opening a sushi place in North Dakota, he only spent 30 minutes in Fargo before deciding that he was going to open up his restaurant here.
  • Izumi was voted the best sushi in Fargo-Moorhead in the Fargo Forum’s 2016 Best of competition.

Samurai Japanese Cuisine

1775 45th St. S, Fargo

Samurai Japanese Cuisine

Authentic Japanese and Thai food are served at this Asian fusion cuisine and sushi bar. There’s an extensive sushi menu featuring a wide range of items, including this NDSU Roll pictured here, which has spicy crab, lobster tempura, asparagus, topped with mango seaweed salsa and served with mango and Thai chili sauce. You can also order online for pick up.

Wasabi Sushi & Asian Grill

623 NP Ave. N, Fargo
If you want traditional sushi, sashimi, nagiri and more, Wasabi does it right. One of their plates of seafood greatness that will leave you speechless and consists of salmon and tuna sashi, amma ebbi (Canadian spot prawn) nigiri-style and salmon roe (eggs), which can also be referred to as “salmon caviar.”

Osaka Sushi & Hibachi

1111 38th St. S, Fargo
Osaka serves authentic Japanese food with an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner menu, as well as Japanese-style beverages in addition to sushi and hibachi dishes.

Kobe’s Japanese Cuisine

4228 15th Ave. S, Fargo
This Japanese restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and use of high-quality fresh ingredients. Whether it’s sushi rolls or teppanyaki dishes cooked on the grill right in front of you, you’re bound to find an entrée that’s just right for your taste buds. Plus, you get a dinner and a show when they prepare the food right in front of you. Make sure they give you the squirt of sake right into your mouth.

Slurp Ramen

623 NP Ave. N, Fargo

Drunken Noodle

With a full ramen bar currently in progress and plenty of other dishes to choose from, Slurp Ramen takes care of your Japanese cravings. This ramen dish is made with a creamy pork broth, ramen noodles, a soft-boiled egg and chasu pork. The overall flavor is rich, creamy and unforgettable.

 

THAILAND

Thai Orchid

420 Center Ave., Moorhead

Thai Orchid

Hot and spicy noodles: Pan-fried rice noodles with bean sprouts, celery, mushrooms, roasted chilies, flavored lime juice, lemongrass, sprinkled with peanut and scallions.

Kanjanaree Osathanukroh or, as she goes by, Name, recently took over Thai Orchid and is now running it as a family restaurant. Originally from Thailand, Name moved to Washington D.C. before coming to Fargo three years ago because her niece goes to school here. Restaurant entrepreneurship runs in her blood, as her family owned a 100-table restaurant back in Thailand. She has brought that experience with her to Thai Orchid with all of her recipes coming from her great-grandmother. Although she misses Thailand, there’s one particular thing she loves about Fargo, and one thing she doesn’t.

Thai Orchid Larb

Hot and spicy noodles: Pan-fried rice noodles with bean sprouts, celery, mushrooms, roasted chilies, flavored lime juice, lemongrass, sprinkled with peanut and scallions.

“I love the people. Not the weather, though. The people are very nice and it’s not fast here. We lived in Bangkok and it’s rush hour there (all the time) and we have to hurry. Here, it’s relaxed.”

Fresh Facts

  • Name’s favorite item on the menu is the cashew nut, which has broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, celery, onion, cashews and roasted chilies. She says it’s just the right amount of spice.
  • The restaurant also has a great selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items.
  • There’s a small play area for kids so parents can enjoy some peace and quiet at supper.

Drunken Noodle

623 NP Ave. N, Fargo
Pad Thai is a popular stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as street food and at casual eateries in Thailand. Pad Thai is quite a common dish at many Asian restaurants, and Drunken Noodle makes theirs with rice noodles stir-fried with egg, tamarind sauce, bean sprouts and green onions. It is served with crushed peanuts and a lime wedge for extra texture and zest. The best part? Drunken Noodle is open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Leela Thai Cuisine

1450 25th St. S, Fargo

Leela Thai Cuisine

Maya Perleberg, who’s originally from Thailand, took over Leela Thai Cuisine a couple of months ago. The authentic recipes include items like choo-chee salmon, mussels in chili paste and spaghetti kee mao. With lunch specials as low as $9.99, this pad cashew with tofu dish is made with homemade sweet chili sauce stir-fried and topped with cashews, broccoli, carrots, onion and bell peppers.

VIETNAM

Jade Dragon

1015 Main Ave., Fargo

Pho Dac Biet Pho with brisket, eye of round steak, meatball and is served with a side of bean sprouts, fresh basils and limes.

Pho Dac Biet: Pho with brisket, eye of round steak, meatball and is served with a side of bean sprouts, fresh basils and limes.

Owned by Mai Nguyen and her husband, Jade Dragon has been open for the last 12 years and is widely known for their pho. However, they also serve an extensive variety of familiar Chinese and Vietnamese fare that ranges from the predictable (delicious egg rolls) to the exotic (pork cashew ding). In fact, they have more than 125 items on their menu. However, what’s most amazing is that everything is made from scratch.

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken: Served with fried rice, egg roll and a soup of the day, this lunch special is only $7.95

“We do have a lot of support from the community to get us going. We wish someday that we can expand.” – Mai Nguyen

Fresh Facts

  • With 125 items on the menu, Jade Dragon has an extensive selection of vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Nguyen is originally from Vietnam and all the recipes are authentic and are made with fresh herbs.
  • The restaurant is family friendly.

Viet Palace

1620 32nd Ave. S, Fargo
Recognized for their authentic Vietnamese dishes, Viet Palace is known for their pho but also has a large menu featuring items like Vietnamese shaking beef, wonton egg noodle soup, lemongrass chicken and more.

Drunken Noodle

623 NP Ave. N, Fargo
Drunken Noodle offers unique and authentic culinary pasta, noodle dishes and rice bowls and are all made from traditional family recipes. In addition to casual comfort food from Thailand, Italy and Japan, you can also find Vietnamese dishes on the menu.

KOREA

101 Sushi Bar & Korean BBQ Buffet

4480 23rd Ave. S, Fargo

101 Sushi Bar & Korean BBQ Buffet

The only real Korean BBQ place in Fargo, come ready to do a little work at 101 Sushi Bar and Korean BBQ. Each table comes with a tabletop grill for you to cook up your own meal. However, they can also prepare the meal for you if you want. You can grill up items like beef bulgogi, spicy squid bulgogi and lamb leg right at your table. However, they also do have an extensive sushi menu if that’s more up your tastebud’s alley.

CHINA

Great Wall

1617 University Dr. S, Fargo

General Tso's chicken

General Tso’s chicken

In an unassuming strip mall off of University Avenue lies one of Fargo’s hidden gems for Chinese food: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant. In fact, it’s so good that msn.com ranked it as the best Chinese restaurant in North Dakota. You’ll find a wide assortment of authentic Chinese meals prepared by Mike and Maggie Chen, who are originally from Shanghai, China. This couple will often spend seven days a week at the store cooking up their delicacies. Their most popular item remains the General Tso’s chicken, which is made with a secret sauce that has 26 ingredients in it.

Shrimp lo mein

Shrimp lo mein

Fresh Facts

  • Mike and Maggie Chen moved to the United States because Mike had a job with the USDA, but they decided to start their own business.
  • The Chens will do special orders so, for example, if you want a meal with low sodium, they will do their best to accommodate you.
  • Great Wall has a drive-thru but they do recommend that you call ahead and pick up your food in the drive-thru.

Lucy’s

4323 45th St S. Ste 105, Fargo
With two former locations, Lucy’s recently closed their 32nd Avenue location and they’ve put all their attention into its 45th street restaurant. With their loyal following, Lucy’s is recognized for their extensive and authentic Chinese menu.

Jade Dragon

1015 Main Ave. Fargo
Also known for their Vietnamese, Jade Dragon has an extensive selection of made from scratch Chinese food that includes delicious spring rolls and mock duck with mixed vegetables.

Snap Dragon

625 30th Ave. S, Moorhead
David Shih, and his wife Kathlene, the current owners of Snap Dragon, have restaurants in their blood. David’s family has run restaurants for the last 60 years. Open seven days a week, Snap Dragon has an extensive menu of Chinese dishes.

Nine Dragons

4615 23rd Ave. S, Fargo
Opened since 1978, Nine Dragons has been voted the best Chinese restaurant in Fargo-Moorhead. With an extensive menu consisting of everything from soups to vegetarian options to more exotic items like gluten-free moo goo gai pain.

Fortune House

1100 19th Ave. N. Ste. D, Fargo
Located close to NDSU, Fortune House is perfect for those college students looking for a break to try items like kung pao tofu or chicken with black beans sauce.

Season Buffet

3838 Main Ave., Fargo
This family-owned restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has a variety of coupons available on their website, including free sweet and sour chicken and free cheese or fried wonton. Go to seasonbuffetfargo.com for those coupons.

China Buffet

3246 U.S. 10 East, Moorhead
You won’t leave here hungry with their many buffet options and the best part is that the owners try and get the freshest ingredients and cook them in a healthy manner.

King House Buffet

122 Broadway N, Fargo
Conveniently located on Broadway, King House has plenty of seating for large parties and offers extensive buffet options.

Giant Panda

1331 Gateway Dr, Fargo
Tucked away behind Applebee’s on 13th Avenue, Giant Panda offers all-you-can-eat seven days a week.

Shang Hai Chinese

3051 25th St. S, Fargo
With online ordering options on the website, fargoshanghai.com, you can have delicious Chinese waiting for you. Make sure you check out the specials that are also listed on their website.

China Garden

1126 2nd Ave. S, Moorhead
China Garden is another convenient location close to the Hornbacher’s in Moorhead to get your fare of all-you-can-eat Chinese.

 

INDIA

India Palace

5050 13th Ave. S. #3, Fargo

India Palace Kabob

Kabob

Harpal Singh’s whole goal with India Palace is to bring five-star dining to ethnic food. In fact, he’s so serious about this that he says, half joking, “We’re a future Michelin star winner,” referring to the prestigious award handed out to world-class restaurants. However, with the way Singh is running India Palace, it’s not hard to imagine a world where that happens.

Specializing in North Indian food, India Palace is one of the cleanest restaurants around and features numerous traditional dishes, although Singh says their balti dishes are their most popular. These dishes are cooked with wine and loads of spices. Perhaps their most accessible meal is their lunch buffet, which features items like basmati rice, chicken tandoori, vegetable pakora and much more.

Lunch Buffet at India Palace

“We’re a future Michelin star winner. We take good pride. You can touch the tables, the drink menus are clean. If you go in my bathroom, you can do night surgery in there, that’s how clean it is. I promise. Come here, bring friends and family. We’ll take good care of you. You’ll have a great meal and perfect service. We’re bringing a five-star experience to ethnic food.” – Harpal Singh

Fresh Facts

  • You can order online at indiapalacefargo.com. They offer pick-up or even delivery with Food Dudes Delivery.
  • Singh’s family is originally from India and his family owned a restaurant in Indianapolis for about 20 years before moving to Fargo to open India Palace in 2012 because they realized there was a need for a North Indian restaurant.
  • Everything is made from scratch in their extremely clean kitchen.

Everest Tikka House

420 Center Ave, Moorhead
Located inside the Moorhead Center Mall, Everest Tikka House specializes in Indian cuisine. With items ranging from tikka masala and meat thukpa to vindaloo (tender pieces of meat and potatoes cooked in vinegar and dried chili pepper), Everest also has a great lunch buffet at an even better price.

Passage to India

855 45th St. S, Fargo
Opened since 2005, Passage to India chefs Alham Ali, Birkha Moger Sam Rangaswamy have been bringing spice and color to Fargo’s palette. Passage to India offers a wide variety of traditional Indian dishes and has many vegetarian options.

Himalayan Yak

1450 25th St. S, Fargo
With a lunch buffet for only $9.95 that includes items like chicken tikka masala, chicken do-pizza, dal fry, alu karahi and much more, Himalayan Yak has an extensive menu with numerous authentic dishes.

Darbar Palace (India/Pakistan)

402 Broadway, Fargo

Darbar Palace (India/Pakistan)

Opened in the former Juano’s on Broadway, Darbar Palace serves Indian, Persian, Nepalese and Pakistani cuisine. Translating to “big place,” Darbar is also bringing big flavors to Downtown Fargo. Best of all, their lunch buffet is only $8.99 and includes items like yellow rice, vegetable pakora, padum, paneer tikka, naan and much more.

GREECE

Café Aladdin

530 6th Ave. N, Fargo
3017 13th Ave. S, Fargo
1609 32nd Ave. S. Ste. 2, Fargo

Younis Younis came to the U.S. in 1986 to go to trade school in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where he studied automotive technology. Over the last 30 years, Younis, a Palestinian, has opened three successful locations for Café Aladdin. Housing a mix of Greek and Middle Eastern food, Café Aladdin offers a mix of food from both cultures with items like this traditional lamb gyro with homemade tzatziki sauce.

Lamb Gyro

Lamb Gyro

“I love the Fargo area. I call it home. I like the people. They’re so nice, friendly and down-to-Earth. I like living and working here.” – Younis Younis, owner of Café Aladdin

Cafe Aladdin

An assortment of desserts, this plate includes almond and pecan roll chocolate blossom, baklava, nut roll and Kataifi.

Fresh Facts

  • Café Aladdin on 32nd Avenue has some specialty grocery items, including kalamata olives and feta cheese.
  • The restaurants offer a variety of fresh homemade desserts.

Mediterranean Grill

5050 13th Ave. S, Fargo
Offering traditional Mediterranean cuisine, Mediterranean Grill offers items like beef kabobs, Mediterranean lamb burger and falafel. Open until 9 p.m., they are an affordable option for unique dining.

Santa Lucia Restaurante

1109 38th St. S, Fargo
Santa Lucia offers authentic Greek cuisine with items like Greek lasagna that’s layered with staple Greek flavors like many of Santa Lucia’s other traditional dishes, this lasagna is made with pasta, seasoned beef and cheeses before it’s baked and topped with a cream Becemel and finished with a marinara sauce.

 

MEXICO

Mango’s Mexican and American Grill

2901 Main Ave., Fargo

You won’t often find authentic Mexican attached to a gas station but that’s the case for Mango’s Mexican and American Grill. José Gutierrez Cabrera, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, has lived in Fargo for 14 years but has owned and operated Mango’s for about five years. You’ll find items like their molcajete comes with your choice of steak or chicken and is grilled with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, squash and zucchini and is covered with their homemade cheese sauce.

Mango's Mexican and American Grill

Carne Azada Tender sirloin sliced thin, served with beans, rice, guacamole salad and tortillas

Fresh Facts

  • There are great lunch specials every day.
  • Mango’s has a full bar and offers a wide variety of margarita flavors.
  • Kids eat free on Sundays.

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

1150 36th St. S, Fargo

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

This family-owned business is widely recognized for their burritos and authentic Mexican cuisine. Ranging from the basic (chicken burrito) to the more exotic (Camerones Acapulco), you’ll find a wide variety of dishes, including this shrimp cocktail.

Vinyl Taco

520 1st Ave. N, Fargo

Vinyl Taco

Vinyl Taco has become a popular place in the community to enjoy Mexican street fare and cocktails. Aside from tasty tacos, Vinyl Taco offers a variety of dishes such as soups, salads, bowls, molcajete enchiladas, chimichangas and more. This crispy fish taco won Fargo Monthly’s Flavor Awards for the best taco in 2016 and has crispy crusted whitefish, red slaw, sriracha tartar, fried capers and serrano-avocado salsa.

Pico Food Truck

(Seasonal food truck, located at Junkyard Brewing Company 1416 1st Ave. N, Moorhead, follow on Facebook for updates)
Pico is a food truck that specializes in fresh, made-from-scratch tacos. The menu consists of simple, fresh and intense flavors all wrapped up in a homemade flour tortilla.

Taco Bros.

(Seasonal food truck, located at 428 Roberts St. N, Fargo, follow on Facebook for updates)
Although it’s now closed for the season and won’t be open again until the spring, Taco Bros. serves award-winning Mexican street food that the entire community looks forward to when summertime rolls around. From tacos and burritos to tostadas and the famous “Trust You Bro” platter, Taco Bros. is highly addicting.

Taco Shop

420 University Drive N, Fargo
1825 University Drive S, Fargo
Home of the famous grinder since the ’60s, Taco Shop offers tacos, sandwiches and Mexican and American dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Mexican Village

814 Main Ave., Fargo
3155 45th St. S, Fargo
Since the founding in 1970, Mexican Village has always been a great place for people of all ages to enjoy Mexican food in a friendly and upbeat atmosphere. The menu offers appetizers, a full line of entrées, mouth-watering desserts, jumbo margaritas and more.

Tacos Trompo

4265 45th St. S, Fargo

Tacos Trompo

This South Fargo eatery serves up street food-style tacos, Mexican sandwiches, tortas, chilaquiles, alambres and much more when it comes to traditional dishes. These enchiladas, with your choice of cheese or chicken, are filled with Chihuahua cheese and topped with tomatillo sauce, sour cream, onion, cilantro and queso fresco.
Chicken shawarma, basmati rice and sweet and spicy chicken.

AFRICA

Madina Cuisine

2225 13th Ave. S, Fargo

Chicken shawarma, basmati rice and sweet and spicy chicken.

Chicken shawarma, basmati rice and sweet and spicy chicken.

Madina Omar, the owner of Madina Cuisine, has a simple philosophy: “it’s not all about money, it’s all about enjoying your job.” That shows through for this remarkable woman. Originally from Somalia, Omar got married when she was 14 years old and eventually moved to Fargo with her husband and five kids. After getting divorced, she realized her dream was to open up a restaurant. “I was enjoying making and cooking food, coming up with different ideas and making better food,” said Omar. That eventually led to the opening of Madina Cuisine, which specializes in Somalian, Ethiopian and Arabian food. You’ll find a wide of variety of healthy dishes that includes items like sambusa, malawah (a type of sweet potato pancake), chicken shawarma and more.

“I opened this place for everybody,” said Omar. “Not Somalian, not African, not Arabian. I opened up for every culture: American, black, white, anybody. … I really like serving them the best I can.”

Fresh Facts

  • This is a family run restaurant. Several of Omar’s seven children work in the restaurant.
  • Omar believes that every woman has the right to work hard and follow their dreams.
  • One day, Omar would like to expand into a bigger restaurant to serve more people.

Rugsan

2424 13th Ave. S, Fargo
With a unique menu, including servings for 10 to 15 people, Rugsan Cuisine has items like angelo with chicken stew, jabati beef wrap, goat meat and many other items that you won’t find anywhere else in town.

Liberian Merry Go Round

855 45th St. S. Ste A1, Fargo
With a menu unlike anything else in Fargo, Liberian Merry Go Round has a wide selection of traditional Liberian food. Open for two years, owner Francis Brown says that many of the most popular dishes include pepper soup with fufu, roasted fish and meat and the potato greens.

N. AMERICA

Phargo Food (Philadelphia)

52 Broadway N, Fargo (Seasonal food truck, available on Fridays and Saturdays outside Fort Noks from 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., follow on Facebook for updates)
When you order at this truck, you’ll need to order like a true Philadelphian by deciding between a “wiz wit” (cheese whiz with onions) or “wiz witout” (cheeze whiz without onions). This wiz wit is made with thinly-shaved meat that is a combination of various cuts, onion and the traditional Philly cheese whiz all packed in the most important part: Amoroso bread. And with it, you’ll need some Phargo Fries (a version of Philly’s famous crab fries), which are fresh-cut potatoes with a special housemade seasoning and a cheddar cheese sauce.

Phargo Food (Philadelphia)

“Now that Carson Wentz is playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, I thought that there had to be a niche market for cheesesteaks where Wentz played in college. I wanted to bring that to the people of Fargo. As I started to investigate more and realize the growth that Fargo is going through, it became an enticing idea to move here. The food scene in Fargo is going to rise and challenge bigger markets. As Fargo increases in its popularity and the food scene grows, we’re going to be the hyper-active food scene. I see Fargo as being where Portland was five years ago when it became really popular. Ten years ago nobody really cared about Portland. The reason why I chose Fargo is that it’s so primed for that type of growth.

“My mentality of serving food, especially out of a food truck, is to keep it very simple and have your reason behind cooking. At the moment, I’m serving traditional Philly cheesesteaks and you order how we do in Philadelphia. It’s important to me to bring that aspect of traditional ordering to create an experience for people. I want people to take responsibility for what comes from their city because then they respect it more. That’s why I’m calling it Phargo Food, because I’m trying to take things that come from Fargo and around it and use it in my products.” – Travis Rosenbluth, owner/operator and Philadelphia native. You can see the combination of Fargo and Philadelphia love with the truck’s name and logo.

Cajun Café (New Orleans)

1324 25th Ave. S, Fargo

Cajun Café (New Orleans)

With a flare of New Orleans and the south, you can enjoy plenty of Cajun dishes (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) with crawfish, grits, jambalaya and everything in between. This jambalaya is a tomato-based stew made up of peppers, onion, rice and Cajun sausage.

Poke Bowl (Hawaii)

409 Broadway N, Fargo (Currently a seasonal food truck, future location: 123 Broadway N, former MetroDrug building)
Poke is traditionally a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, but this local version has the addition of Japanese flair. The tuna poke bowl is filled with heaping scoops of sushi rice, spicy mayo, poke sauce (a soy and sesame-like sauce), avocado, raw marinated tuna, seaweed salad, crab salad, masago (roe/eggs of a small fish called capelin), radish sprouts and shredded nori (dried seaweed).

Pounds (Canada)

612 1st Ave. N, Fargo

Pounds (Canada)

Poutine is a popular dish across Canada, and you can get your fix at Pounds in Downtown Fargo. Hand-cut fries are loaded with melty cheese curds and doused in a brown gravy for a truly addicting dish. The best part? Pounds offers half-priced poutine all day on Wednesdays, and you can add extra toppings for variety.

Barbacoa (Tex-Mex)

3241 42nd St. S, Fargo

Barbacoa (Tex-Mex)

Offering a unique fusion of southwest flavors and midwest comfort food, Barbacoa offers some dishes, like their carne asada beef, chicken tinga and braised brisket that stay true to the flavors of the regions from which they are derived. However, other dishes, such as their Mexican Shephard’s Pie, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Breakfast Chimichanga are eclectic spins on classic dishes to tantalize the Midwest palate. They also complement these dishes with scratch made margaritas, using only fresh ingredients, and an esoteric wine list featuring wines from both Spain and South America.

Daran’s Southern Soul Food & West Indian Cuisine (American South, Carribean/West Indies)

30 University Drive N, Fargo

Daran's Southern Soul Food & West Indian Cuisine (American South, Carribean/West Indies)

Fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and collard greens with smoked turkey wings are all just a fraction of what you’ll find on the menu from this southern soul food and West Indies cuisine eatery. There’s a full menu you can order from (which requires advance notice) or you can keep up with the restaurant on social media to take advantage of the rotating daily menu.

“Before we moved here and we went back home to Miami to visit, we would have terrible diets. There is so much stuff down there that we didn’t have up in Fargo, so every time we went home, we would devour everything we could. I couldn’t help but realize that there really wasn’t a soul food restaurant in Fargo or the state of North Dakota.” – Darrel Randle, who is the owner and operator along with his wife, Celena Randle.

Dempsey’s Public House (Chicago)

226 Broadway N, Fargo
There are plenty of outdoor hot dog stands located around town, but it’s important to find a place to get a good one year-round. Loaded with pickled sport peppers, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle and more staple toppings between a poppyseed bun, Dempsey’s does their Chicago Dog the right way when it comes to following Chicago tradition as close as possible. And the best part is that all of the bar’s Chicago-style hot dogs are free with the purchase of a beverage every Thursday night starting at 4 p.m. until supplies last.

 

EUROPE

Bernbaum’s (Germany)

115 Roberts St. N, Fargo

Bernbaum's (Germany)

With a variety of high-quality bagel creations and meals for lunch and brunch, it’s easy to find something from different parts of the world at Bernbaum’s. This smoked brisket sandwich, a German delight, will fill your heart with the warmth and comfort of a homecooked meal. Smoked brisket slices get a quick trip through the oven before being layered onto soft pieces of rye bread and topped with sauerkraut, German mustard and an aged, Wisconsin brick cheese.

Mid-East bagel plate

Mid-East bagel plate: labne, hummus, olives, lemon and zhugresh fruit or tater tots

Fresh Facts

  • Housed in Mid Mod Madhaus, Bernbaum’s is tucked away in this quaint antique store on Roberts Street.
  • The Jewish-style bagel shop was opened by Andrea Baumgardner last year.

Würst Bier Hall (Germany)

630 1st Ave. N, Fargo

Würst Bier Hall (Germany)

From the owners of Dempsey’s, Würst has brought authentic German cuisine to Fargo with dishes like jäger schnitzel, pierogi and their Bavarian pretzels, which are to die for. We also recommend trying out das boot, just make sure you follow all of the rules, which you can view on their website.

Sons of Norway (Norway)

722 2nd Ave. N, Fargo

Sons of Norway (Norway)

Have yourself a little taste of Norway with this perfectly-grilled European twist on a classic recipe. With homemade corned beef, sauerkraut, grilled marbled rye bread, swiss cheese and a homemade Thousand Island dressing, this sandwich is bound to make your taste buds happy.

Three Lyons Pub (United Kingdom)

675 13th Ave. E, West Fargo
At this West Fargo U.K.-themed pub, there’s plenty of classic British dishes for you to indulge in. The shepherd’s pie is made with seasoned ground beef, carrots, onion and celery in a red wine sauce, topped with mashed potatoes and melted cheddar cheese. It’s served with a side of steamed peas and garlic toast, and the entire meal is sure to warm your heart.

Hennessy’s Irish Pub (Ireland)

4323 45th St. S, Fargo
With a bar that was actually constructed in Ireland, you won’t find a more authentic Irish bar than Hennessy’s. With several Irish staples on their menu and great specials and live music on select days, this is a great place to check out if you live in the Osgood area.

Toscana (Italy)

202 Broadway N, Fargo
Chef Mirco Morganti, originally from Lucca, Italy, has brought quality Italian to Downtown Fargo. With dishes ranging from gnocchi fattore to filet mignon bordolaise to sea bass aragosta, there is something for everyone. Plus, they’re open for lunch.

Speak Easy (Italy)

1001 30th Ave. S, Moorhead
Perhaps best known for the Auburn 4-door sedan convertible with real bullet holes in the side that once belonged to gangster George “Bugs” Moran, Speak Easy was recently purchased, but the long-standing restaurant hasn’t changed much. With an extensive menu, Speak Easy serves a wide variety of Italian dishes.

Deja Vue Catering (France)

Ran by Benoit Decormeille, a native of Normandy, France, Déjá Vu Catering is dedicated to bringing authentic French cooking to Fargo. You can find them at the Red River Market on Saturdays from July to October.

Blarney Stone Pub (Ireland)

1910 9th St. E, West Fargo

Blarney Stone Pub (Ireland)

Named after a castle that stands in Blarney, Ireland, Blarney Stone takes pride in its strong connection to Ireland with meals like shepherds pie, corned beef & creamed cabbage and their popular Blarney dip. They also do breakfast every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We recommend trying the corned beef and creamed cabbage with tender oven-baked corned beef with creamed cabbage and champ potatoes and is served with creamy horseradish dijon and a rustic roll.

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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