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Wooing your Valentine in #SimplyGrand style

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  Don’t have any plans yet with your significant other?  Well then, you best read on!  Luckily, Greater Grand Forks has lots of great date options and here are my Top 5:   LOVE ON THE EAST SIDE. Drive your date to downtown East Grand Forks for a romantic movie and some ‘heart’y food.  Start out the evening with an earlier showing at River Cinema 15, perhaps in one of the theaters with new heated recliner seating.  Afterward, journey down the Riverwalk Centre hallway and canoodle over noodles at Mamma Maria’s.  Just some of the divine dishes to try are the classic homemade lasagna, chicken milano, lobster ravioli and cranberry tortellini.  And of course, a nice bottle of vino is a must.   UPSCALE AFFAIR. The Toasted Frog is the best place around to get pickled.  By that, I mean their martinis and deep-fried cheesy pickles are so amazing, they’ll make your head spin!  Upon exiting the Frog, grab your date’s hand, then stroll down 3rd Street, over and up to Sky’s on the 2nd floor of 322 DeMers.  Treat your 5-star sweetie to a 5-star dinner that includes classic cocktails, crab cakes, a king or …

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Finding Fine Food in the Forks

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Can’t beat a shout out from an award-winning travel writer!  A big thank you to Vancouver based columnist, Lucas Aykroyd, for his kind (yet totally accurate) words about how GRAND dining is in the FORKS! Finding Fine Food at Five Restaurants in Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Apps, taps and more at Bonzer’s

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Last night I was lucky to have a meeting scheduled at Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub in downtown Grand Forks. Bonzer’s is a mainstay in Grand Forks and I have visited it many, many times over the years, but, admittedly, it has been awhile.   When I walked in I remembered its warm and cozy atmosphere. Immediately I was approached by a bartender that went through a list of their beer on tap. I chose a schooner of Dos Equis Azul, which did not disappoint. The array of tap beers ranged from domestics to a variety of imports as well as a local brew from Rhombus Brewery.   My meeting did not include dinner, but I have enjoyed many lunches and dinners at Bonzer’s. The Bonzer’s Chili Con Carne is definitely my favorite, but they also have a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, Mexican appetizers and sausages. Mr. Bonzer himself offers Jon’s Special, which is a juicy Polish sausage prepared in their family’s own blend of spices; served with Swiss cheese, pickle and mustard on rye. Don’t forget to add soup, salad or side…I hear the pickled eggs are pretty awesome!   I should mention all this scrumptious comfort food is offered a …

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Flipping the bird

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Looking to get your gobble on in Greater Grand Forks this Thanksgiving?  If you don’t feel like going through all the hassle of making it yourself, we have several restaurants serving up a feast.  Luckily, they’ve got a spot reserved just for you…and it’s not even at the kids’ table!   Aaltos: 1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inn), Grand Forks, 701-792-1957; 9 AM to 12 PM (brunch); 12 to 8 PM (buffet)   Aroma Café:  1205 N 43rd St (Ramada), Grand Forks, 701-775-3951; 7 to 11 AM (brunch); 11 AM to 2 PM (dinner)   Big Sioux Café:   4401 32nd Ave S Grand Forks, 701-738-0441; open 24/7 (turkey dinner and regular menu)   Blue Moose Bar & Grill: 507 2nd Ave S East Grand Forks, 218-773-6516; 11 AM to 8 PM (all-you-can-eat turkey dinner served to your table and regular menu)   Buffalo Wild Wings:  2717 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, 701-775-9464; 11 AM to close (regular menu)   Denny’s:  3770 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, 701-757-1148; 24/7 (turkey dinner and regular menu)   Eagles Crest Grill:  5301 S Columbia Rd (King’s Walk Golf Course), Grand Forks, 701-787-3491; 11 AM to 4 PM (buffet); *call for reservations   Hilton Garden Inn:  4301 …

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Vintage Grand Forks

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Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   If you’ve been visiting Grand Forks for a couple of decades or more, these destinations will be familiar. They’re tried and true places that have stood the test of time and garnered a loyal customer base. They’re all about quality, variety and deliciousness.   If you want to hang with locals, head to Speedway Grill & Bar. Tucked away on N 42nd Street, the spacious room is almost always packed with folks enjoying the blooming onion appetizer, prime rib special or two-for-one burger night.   The walleye dinner is a steal at $15. It comes with two sides (like all dinners), so be sure to include the baked beans which are a standout here. Dinners also come with a small loaf of warm bread—a nice touch. Get there before 6 pm and order a 25-ounce beer for $2.95. For me, a bowl of their outstanding chicken tortilla soup, a loaf of that warm bread and a big beer do the trick. But I seldom stop there because the ribs are just too good to pass up.   Occupying a corner of the Grand …

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Flipping the bird

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Looking to get your gobble on in Greater Grand Forks this Thanksgiving?  If you don’t feel like going through all the hassle of making it yourself, we have several restaurants serving up a feast.  Luckily, they’ve got a spot reserved just for you…and it’s not even at the kids’ table!    Aaltos: 1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inn), Grand Forks, 701-792-1957; 9 AM to 12 PM (brunch) and 12 to 8 PM (buffet) B&B’s Restaurant:  1205 N 43rd St (Ramada), Grand Forks, 701-775-3951; 7 to 11 AM (brunch) and 11 AM to 2 PM (dinner) Big Sioux Café:   4401 32nd Ave S Grand Forks, 701-738-0441; open 24/7 (turkey dinner and regular menu) Blue Moose Bar & Grill: 507 2nd Ave S East Grand Forks, 218-773-6516; 11 AM to 8 PM (all-you-can-eat turkey dinner served to your table and regular menu) Buffalo Wild Wings:  2717 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, 701-775-9464; 11 AM to close (regular menu) Denny’s:  3770 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, 701-757-1148; 24/7 (turkey dinner and regular menu) Eagles Crest Grill:  5301 S Columbia Rd (King’s Walk Golf Course), Grand Forks, 701-787-3491; 11 AM to 4 PM (buffet) *call for reservations IHOP:  3951 32nd Ave, Grand Forks, 701-775-7001; 24/7 (turkey dinner and …

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Summer temps are here and that means it is time for the Kegs!

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Today’s blog is written by Grand Forks native and Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Julie Rygg.   Even though it has been open for a little while now, I have been waiting for the warm temps to hit the Fabulous Keg Drive In, located at 901 North 5th Street. I look forward to the sloppy Joe’s, fries, onion rings and cherry-lime Coke all winter.   The Kegs is a Grand Forks landmark built with two barrel-looking root beer kegs on each side. The prices are low, the staff is casual and friendly and the food is worthy of the wait. While I highly recommend the Joe’s and fries, other faves include the burgers, fried chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches. This is summer comfort food at its best.   If you want to hit the Keg’s, make sure you get there during the warm-weather months. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Do you love the Keg’s? What is you favorite item on the menu?  

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Shop Downtown for a unique, boutique experience

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Today’s blog is from Michaela Schell, local business person and blogger.   Most are familiar with Greater Grand Forks’ amazing shopping corridor along 32nd Avenue South. It’s hard to miss the big stores and great deals. But one area that is not as visible but equally amazing is Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The streets are filled with small shops, boutiques, galleries, eateries and more, all locally owned and operated and unique to the Grand Cities.   Downtown you can easily walk from store to store and even take a quick walk over the Sorlie Bridge, check out the scenic Red River, and take a stroll along one of the beautiful paths along the Greenway.   First up, clothing. If you are looking for boutique style clothing, Downtown has a variety of new, on trend clothing stores for every style. Kittson and RH Standard offer trend setting clothing for fanshionistas. At Adley Anne’s you can find the cutest clothes for babies and toddlers along with materinity styles for moms-to-be. True Colors, a self-described “trendy, chic resale boutique” offers brand name clothes at reduced prices.   Between shopping stops, Downtown has a plethora of places to grab a bite …

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Black Friday shopping and Thanksgiving dining hours in Greater Grand Forks

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Drunken Noodle review

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I had a chance to check out one of Greater Grand Forks’ newest restaurants the other day, the Drunken Noodle, located on Restaurant Row along the Red River in East Grand Forks.  I was so excited, as I love Little Bangkok, and the Drunken Noodle is under the same ownership. We arrived at the perfect time, as there were customers in the restaurant, but it wasn’t busy.  It has only been open a couple of weeks, so the staff is new and still working out a few kinks, but the food was yummy!!!! The restaurant is casual and has an open, airy environment.  They is a sunken bar area with comfy chairs and small tables with a stage to enjoy regularly scheduled entertainment. There are a variety of menu options from small bowls to larger dinners.  We tried some of their signature dishes including the Pad Thai and Drunken Noodle.  They were both fabulous!  We also added some fried rice, which was spectacular! There was so much food on our table, we were able to bring another full meal home.  There was a sushi app on the menu, but unfortunately it is not being offered anymore, so I am glad …

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