Some of my favorite weekend date nights in Forks have been spent simply dining around our grand downtown. Whether it’s with your plus-one or all your pals, there’s lots of awesome hot spots at which to stop.

The Toasted Frog is one popular restaurant/lounge that’s always hopping. Famous blogger and Food Network Star, Molly Yeh, even dubbed The Frog’s fried cheesy pickles “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Cooking Channel show by the same name. A plateful of these dillicious Havarti and wonton wrapped spears, plus one of their many marvelous martinis, is a tasty way to get pickled.

Next stop is just a short stroll down North 3rd Street. In addition to 48 beers on tap and full bar service, Brick & Barley dishes up some of the best eats in town. My shareables of choice are the lip-smacking good mac ‘n cheese bites, buffalo wings and thin cut seasoned fries with raspberry habanero dipping sauce. These finger foods are perfect for snacking while playing a game or two of pinball or pool. Even though you’ll never gamble on having a great time here, B&B does offer up live blackjack and gaming machines.

Make Half Brothers your final stop for the night. Located next door to Brick & Barley, this local brewing company is a perfect place to enjoy superb suds and piping hot pizza. A mere $10 gets you a ginormous slice of the pie (pepperoni or cheese) and a pint of Paul Bunyan Pilsner. Wear off a few of those so-worth-it carbs by playing some cornhole or just relax and groove out to cool live tunes supplied by top local artists like The Dank, Leslie Jane, December’s Children and Ali Rood.

After the fun is done, Visit Grand Forks wants you to get home safely! Along with Uber and Lyft, our cities have several taxicab companies from which to choose. Log on to for further details. While on our website, you’ll also discover information about lots more SimplyGrand to-dos, must-tries, stays and plays.