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The bird is the word

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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 cooking 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!   The following information was provided by businesses who informed us of their holiday hours.  However, additional dining establishments may also be open.   Aaltos: 1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inns), Grand Forks, 701-792-1957; 11 AM to 8 PM (Thanksgiving buffet)   Big Sioux Café: 4401 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, 701-738-0441; 5 AM to 10 PM (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 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; open 24 hours (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 (Thanksgiving buffet)   Hilton Garden Inn: 4301 James Ray …

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Value vacationing in Greater Grand Forks

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During times when the exchange rate and/or economy may not be ideal, we realize how you spend your money is more important than ever.  When visiting our two towns, you’ll find a variety of top-notch lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options at unbelievably low prices.   Should our community have the privilege of hosting you, either for a weeklong vacation or weekend getaway, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau will assist in any way possible to help find the best buys out there.  The Grand Forks App (which can be downloaded at Google Play or the App Store) and website (www.visitgrandforks.com) Deals & Discounts pages feature awesome offers at a variety of local businesses.   Below is a list of Visitors’ Top 5 Most Redeemed Offers: 20% off room rack rate at Rodeway Inn $74 Sunday-Thursday room rate at Expressway Suites Buy one, get one free on any in-store items at Northern Roots Boutique (lesser priced item will be free) $5 off a purchase of two Sunday brunch, buffet, lunch or dinners at Eagle’s Crest Grill Free admission to the North Dakota Museum of Art Make sure to stop in our Visitor Center, as well, to pick up …

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Be a know-it-all and get the Grand Forks App today!

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Ever missed out on a fun event because you hadn’t heard about it?  Or perhaps you could have saved 20% off a recent purchase with a discount you weren’t aware of?  Well, that never needs to happen again because the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is happy to announce their mobile app, launched last fall, is a simply grand success! If you wanna be in the know 24/7/365, then get the GRAND FORKS APP available at Google Play and the App Store.   Key features of this SimplyGrand promotional tool include: the community’s most comprehensive calendar of events; deals and discounts for local businesses; great to-dos and must-sees; turn-by-turn directions and much more. Through push notifications, you’ll also be able to receive updates, new promotions and current tourism offerings. Don’t miss out or delay…grab the Grand Forks App today!   Almost forgot, there is even more fabulous news about the CVB’s new mobile app. To help celebrate its debut, they are giving away a $100 gift card each month for the first six months! To be eligible, all you hafta do is “get the GRAND FORKS APP” at Google Play or the App Store.  

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Downtown fare with upscale flair

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If you’re in SimplyGrand Forks and find yourself yearning for a restaurant with an eclectic urban feel, The Toasted Frog fills the bill.  Their carefully crafted menu, with dishes that are both creative and delicious, may not be pages long but it offers something for every taste bud.    The Toasted Frog is located in a beautiful historic downtown building at 124 North 3rd Street.  In December of 2005, Grand Forks natives Shawn Clapp and Jon Holth acquired the space and began creation of “The Frog”, thus realizing a longtime dream.  After months of remodeling, staff hiring and training, and menu development, the restaurant opened its doors to the public on May 1, 2006.    With its casual metropolitan atmosphere, extensive martini and wine lists, diverse food, and professional staff, The Toasted Frog has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors.  Some of the most frequently ordered items on the menu include the Fried Cheesy Pickles, Wild Mushroom Lavosh, Wood-Fired Pork Belly & Egg Pizza, Mahi-Mahi Tacos, Open Faced Caprese Melt, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burger, Sodbuster Short Ribs, Gorgonzola Butter Filet Mignon, Chimichurri Pork Tenderloin and nightly specials like Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Coffee Encrusted Sirloin and Asian …

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Get it in Grand Forks, and Almost Nowhere Else!

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Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   Food defines a place. If you travel to Philadelphia, you must have a cheesesteak. In New Orleans, it’s the poboy. And in Boston, well, it’s clam chowder of course. So what are the ‘must have’ foods in Grand Forks? This outta towner will tell you.   Chicken Tortilla Soup: Culinary historians can’t put a finger on exactly where or when this Mexican soup got its start. But everyone can agree on the fact that it’s delicious. Essentially, it consists of chicken broth served with strips of fried tortillas. But like all great ancient soups, it varies greatly. In Grand Forks, it’s served up in a creamy chicken broth, flecked with diced peppers and topped with cheese. Sometime sour cream too. For just over $3, get your introduction to this soup at The Red Pepper. I’ve been known to ask for a double order and call it supper. Other favourite spots include Speedway (still just over $3), Rhombus Guys (but only in the winter) and Paradiso (here it comes with a side salad and bread). There’s an unconfirmed rumor that even Dairy Queen serves …

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Stroll, Sip and Savor the Flavor of Downtown

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Much like a good Beaujolais, the Greater Grand Forks Art & Wine Walk keeps getting better with age.  The first glass of wine was poured back in 2006, when the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) partnered up to host one of the most popular annual events our cities have ever known.  This past year, the CVB handed over its duties to the newly formed Downtown Development Association but the Walk remains virtually unchanged.       Held every June through October, on the third Saturday of each month, Art & Wine Walk offers regional artists a chance to display their talents and wares at several downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks venues.  A sample of wine will be available, at specified sites, for those 21 years of age and older.  Some locations may also choose to serve nonalcoholic beverages and snacks, along with featuring live music.    On the day of the event, a map listing participating businesses can be purchased for $15 at either the Red Roof TownHouse Inn or Blue Moose Grill & Bar.  A partial list of participants includes: Kittson Boutique; Brick & Barley; RH Standard; River City Jewelers; Hey Ocean and …

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Shopping and Dining in Grand Forks

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Today’s blog comes from Grand Forks friend, Michelle Arnaud (@accordingtomio). Michelle is a Manitoba blogger we hosted for a simply grand weekend. She shares her opinions of shopping and dining here…   Dining   Ask anybody in Grand Forks where the best places to eat are and someone will give you a long list of where to go. There is a plethora of restaurants and diners, more than you can shake a stick at, and sometimes it is difficult to pick just one place. Have no fear because I have you covered – if you want something good to eat and experience unique dining, then these two places are your best bet.   The Toasted Frog – If you are looking for a place to hang out with your friends or spend an evening away from the kids, The Toasted Frog is that place. Located at 124 North 3rd Street, this establishment offers a small menu filled with tasty dishes with rotating specials and daily veggies. Each dish is carefully prepared by the talented chefs in the kitchen and each bite is so scrumptious that you want to savor it forever. Serving staff are knowledgeable and ready to help you …

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Greater Grand Forks Holiday Food

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Today’s blog is written Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   There is no better way to kick off a weekend in Greater Grand Forks than with a visit to Rhombus Guys, a pizza joint in the classic style. Chances are things will be hopping, so saddle up at the bar and order a pitcher of Blue Moon for the gang while you wait. The menu will have your mouth watering. Meat lovers can do no better than the T-Rex, a ‘za loaded with bacon, beer, sausage and Canadian bacon. A long-time favorite is Louisiana Saturday Night featuring Cajun marinara, shrimp, sausage, red pepper and more. And a new fave is Wild Mushroom loaded with Parmesan, caramelized onion, mozza and of course, ‘shroom! The pizza is truly outstanding, the atmosphere is fun and friendly and it’s the kind of place you wish you had right in your own neighborhood. Kid friendly too!   The holidays call for that special night on the town with a premium dining experience. Without doubt, your destination is Sanders 1907. Those gleaming hardwood floors, cozy banquettes and eclectic collection of artwork make you want to stay a while, linger, soak it …

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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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