‘Red Pepper’ Fargo location opening very soon



The Red Pepper, a staple for inebriated college students in the northern Red River Valley, will open its first Fargo location in the next week or two.

The restaurant, announcing on its Facebook page, will open up shop “in a week or two” in the Happy Harry’s Plaza in north Fargo right next to the NDSU campus.

I’ve let you know my thoughts on the place before.

I imagine it’ll be extremely popular. It’s good drunk food, in that it would be nearly disgusting to ingest while sober.



Lucy’s North China Cuisine

It seems that, again and again, the best places to eat are in strip malls. Cafe 21 and Leela Thai are recent examples I’ve tried in the area. Another one I was thoroughly surprised by was Lucy’s North China Cuisine on 32nd Avenue South in Fargo.


It’s an unassuming place with an easy-to-overlook small red sign on the front. It’s been open for a little over two and a half years.
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More ethnic grocers, please

I say the more we get, the better. 

Good news.

I noticed a bunch of Asian grocery stores on Main in Fargo. Have yet to check them out, though. 

Are there any you frequent? Don’t be shy.

Panera coming to West Acres Mall

Just a quick note because I’m quite busy today:

West Acres Mall announced Wednesday that a Panera Bread location will be opening there in the fall of this year.


See the menu here.

Your thoughts?

Fryn’ Pan Family Restaurant

Having grown up in Grand Forks, I was never introduced to Fryn’ Pan, a regional chain of restaurants that seems to have quite the following here in Fargo-Moorhead with the, let’s politely say, older folks. IMG_4663

There is a location in both Moorhead and Fargo, along with three in Sioux Falls, one in Wahpeton and one in Yankton.

Wanting to try out the tiny Altony’s Italian Cafe but finding it absolutely packed, we headed to the nearby Fryn’ Pan and were seated quickly.

I passed the salad bar and instantly knew what I was in for: Processed, institutional-grade food slop. And unfortunately I was right.
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Green Market Kitchen closing up shop

In some sad restaurant news, Green Market Kitchen will be closing its doors.

“We will be closing the restaurant as of the end of March. The restaurant has been a consuming passion for the past six years and we are looking forward to new passions in our lives,” said a statement on the restaurant’s website.


Just having moved to the area, I haven’t been to Green Market yet. But mark my words, I will before it closes.

Chef  Andrea Baumgardner regularly features local and organic ingredients on the menu, something most other places in the area really don’t do. It’s a depressing loss for Fargo food-lovers.

The last day of operation will be March 30.


(Not your) Mom’s Diner

What does mom’s cooking mean to you?

To me, the quintessential smell of home is a juicy beef roast that’s been slowly cooking all day, filling the house with that unmistakable aroma. Or what we called Norwegian meatballs. Plump, flavorful meatballs would sit in a cream sauce for hours. We’d eat them with potatoes.

When I was looking for some home cooking recently, and actually bringing my mom along, we headed to Mom’s Diner in Fargo.


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Boppa’s Bagels

The bagels were my copilot.

Barreling down I-29 and back home for a few days before the start of a new semester, I wanted one. I decided to wait, but it was tough.

The aggressive scent of onion and garlic permeated my car, pushing me to drive faster in order to get to my toaster and smear one with butter, a steaming cup of strong coffee nearby to wash it down.

I may like bagels a bit too much.

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Babb’s Coffee House

Looking for a “Taste of Seattle” in landlocked Fargo-Moorhead? Well, I’ve never been to Seattle but I know a good coffee shop when I see one.

Babb’s is a pretty big place on Main Ave. in downtown Fargo, with nice leather couches and comfy chairs to waste away a Sunday afternoon sipping serious coffee and nibbling a croissant or bagel sandwich.

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Seriously Overrated GF Joint Coming to Fargo

I might make a few enemies saying this.

But it must be said: The Red Pepper is not good. It is terrible. The only time it can be justified is if you’re drunk off your ass at 2 a.m., stumbling into the shabby restaurant and ordering three of everything.
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