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.

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See the menu here.

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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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D’Amico and Sons in St. Paul

I’m spending a few days in St. Paul, visiting my brand-new nephew Jack.

Whenever I travel, I’ve gotta try a new place, so this Saturday we headed out for a light lunch at D’Amico and Sons on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

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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.

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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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Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis

The following post is from my other food blog, Grand Forks Gourmet, but since quite a few of us who live in Fargo-Moorhead travel to the Twin Cities quite often, I thought I’d share it. It’s my first meal at the Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis and is easily one of the best I’ve ever had, likely top three.

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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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Cafe 21 Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

Inside the 25th Street Market in Fargo, there are two restaurants: LeeLa Thai and Cafe 21. Having heard of LeeLa before, I headed there for a quiet dinner after finishing more apartment set-up. There will likely be more, but I had to take a break and eat.

LeeLa Thai was buzzing, with every table full. I noticed a card for Cafe 21 at the hostess stand and noticed it was in the same strip mall, so we headed there instead. Continue reading