Good eats along the Boardwalk
Today’s blog is brought to us from travel and food writer/blogger Shel Zolkewich from Winnipeg. Shel is a great friend to Greater Grand Forks!
The other day, my sister-in-law Mandy asked a tough question. “What’s your favourite place to eat in Grand Forks?” I was speechless. Images of pan-fried walleye, towering burgers and lemongrass-scented pad Thai danced in my head. It was like trying to name which of your children you loved best. Impossible.
So in lieu of singling out just one, here are a couple from my ever-growing list of good eats in Grand Forks. This pair of stars sit on the east side of the Red River, on the Minnesota side on a stretch of restaurants called the Boardwalk. If there’s not a seat to be had at one, stroll over to the next one. You won’t be disappointed.
The Blue Moose
If you’re in search of a restaurant that brings the comfortable North Dakota/Minnesota feel to the table, The Blue Moose is it. It’s seldom we don’t visit the city without making a stop here.
For those who like to sample more than one flavour, the tapas menu is just for you. On it you’ll find mini meatballs in bleu cheese Cajun cream sauce, sausage-stuffed mushrooms, peanut encrusted ahi tuna and at least a dozen other dishes. Order two or three to make your meal. The onion rings are my favourite.
Feel the need to combine brekkie with your burger? Go for the P.B.E.B. at the Moose. You’ll get peanut butter, egg and bacon on your patty and you’ll never look back. My husband tries to order something new with each visit but it never works out. The P.B.E.B. won’t let him go.
To say the beer selection is extensive would be an understatement. You’ll find a brew to go with whatever you order. The Moose also makes a mean Bloody Mary and it comes with a small beer shooter. What a grand idea!
To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure if this restaurant is called Drunken Noodle or Little Bangkok. The later used to be housed down the street on Demers, but has recently moved to the riverside space occupied by the former. Regardless of the name, the food is outstanding.
The menu includes Thai and Japanese favourites including a bonafide sushi bar. We sampled curry, pad Thai and the simplest sushi – the California roll. The food was extremely fresh with bright flavours and had a certain elegance that came as a lovely surprise. We’re huge fans of Asian food and the offerings at the restaurant did not disappoint.
We popped in for an early lunch on a Saturday and the place quickly filled up. Tea and complimentary miso soup arrived at our table soon after we ordered. We can’t wait to return and try more of the sushi and sashimi on the menu.