Fried Cheesy Pickles
The Toasted Frog
305 Broadway N., Fargo
Known for its Fried Cheesy Pickles, The Toasted Frog offers a hipster-approved, laid-back atmosphere complete with exposed brick interiors for an eclectic feel – tucked into downtown Fargo. The Fried Cheesy Pickles consist of crisp dill pickle spears wrapped in Havarti cheese and fried in wonton skins. The appetizer is crunchy on the outside, followed by warm, melting cheese on the inside and dipped in sriracha sauce for the perfect touch.
For other mouth-watering appetizers, try:
- Bavarian Pretzels at Wurst Bier Hall
- Scotch Eggs at The Boiler Room
- Bacon-Wrapped Chorizo-Stuffed Dates at Rustica Eatery and Tavern
- Irish Egg Rolls at Three Lyons Pub
Chicken Waffle Sandwich
The Boiler Room
210 Broadway N., Fargo
The Boiler Room brings casual dining underground – literally in an old boiler room. As the king of comfort food, the restaurant features Midwest favorites such as Beer Cheese Soup, Barbecue-Glazed Meatloaf, Chicken Pot Pie and Shepherd’s Pie. Another top pick is the Chicken Waffle Sandwich: country-fried chicken and spicy maple aioli sandwiched between two bacon cheddar waffles. Guests can choose between fresh fruit and three cheese-filled, deep-fried tater tots.
For more Midwest favorites, try:
- Shepherd’s Pie at The Blarney Stone Irish Pub
- Knoephla Soup at Kroll’s Diner
- Hot Turkey Sandwich at The Shack on Broadway
Zorbaz on the Lake
402 W. Lake Dr.,
Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Zorbaz on the Lake is a prime spot for all of summer’s beautiful days in the lakes area. The Detroit Lakes location is less than an hour drive from Fargo and offers a beautiful view of Detroit Lake. Among many unique specialty ‘zza’ choices, the Lowden Zpecial is perhaps the most unique – topped with peanut butter, pepperoni, jalapenos and extra cheese. Though it may sound intimidating, the sweet, creamy peanut butter is balanced by the jalapenos, making the pizza more than palatable and unexpectedly delicious. The Detroit Lakes location is the only Zorbaz that doesn’t use pizza sauce on the pizza – solely peanut butter as the ‘zauce’. All other 10 locations do.
For more tasty slices, try:
- Kraud Pleaser at Sammy’s Pizza and Restaurant
- Uffda Pizza at Ole and Lena’s Pizzeria
- Create-Your-Own Pizza (with gluten-free options) at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
Original HoDo (Bison) Burger
HoDo Restaurant and Lounge
101 Broadway N., Fargo
Attached to Hotel Donaldson, the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge provides both a relaxed atmosphere during a fine-dining experience. The lounge is known for the Original HoDo Burger – a bison burger topped with Wisconsin cheddar cheese, bibb lettuce, fresh tomato, grilled onion, pickles and their “city bun” with creamy garlic aioli sauce.
For more satisfying meals, try:
- Rotisserie Chicken at Spitfire Bar and Grill
- Smoked Brisket BBQ Sandwich at Silver Dollar Bar and Flying Pig Grill
- Bacon and BBQ Bison Meatloaf at Mezzaluna
- Beer-Battered Walleye at Usher’s House
Wasabi Sushi and Asian Grill
623 Northern Pacific Ave.,
The Dakota Roll at Wasabi Sushi and Asian Grill consists of spicy ground tuna, avocado and crunchy tempura flakes rolled into a rice blanket and topped with spicy mayo, wasabi mayo, a little sriracha for flavor and red tobiko eggs for garnish. Co-located with The Drunken Noodle, guests can choose from a world of noodles from Thai and Italian to American and Vietnamese – all within steps of their sushi experience.
For other savory dishes, try:
- Vindaloo at Everest Tikka House
- Chicken Tikka Masala at India Palace
- Pad Thai at Thai Orchid Restaurant
Taco Bros. Food Truck
460 Roberts St. N., Fargo
(Behind the Empire Tavern)
Taco Bros. Food Truck has become increasingly popular each summer for its authentic Mexican-style food. Named after a customer and his special order, the “Big Mike” includes a 6-inch butter-fried flour tortilla topped with chicken or beef and incredibly fresh pico de gallo, lettuce, queso fresco and chipotle mayo. The food truck is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m and 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday (and 1 to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday) during summer months and into fall.
For other flavor-packed fare, try:
- Molcajete at Mango’s Mexican and American Grill
- Lamb Kabobs at Mediterranean Grill
- Pork Belly “Agridulce” Taco at Vinyl Taco
- Original Greek Gyro at Santa Lucia Restaurante and Pizzeria
Maple Bacon Long John
(or any donut)
300 Broadway N., Fargo;
301 Main Ave W., West Fargo
Sandy’s Donuts is a local icon when it comes to sweet rings. Playing into the bacon-on-everything trend, their Maple Bacon Long John is topped with maple frosting and about two pieces of crumbled bacon for a protein-packed breakfast … or afternoon snack. Sandy’s Donuts also serves weekly soup and sandwich lunch specials (that come with a free donut). How can you go wrong with that?
For other decadent desserts, try:
Iced Sugar Cookie at Kerry’s Kitchen (Casselton, N.D.)
Homemade Gelato at Sweet Dreams Confections
Chippers at Carol Widman’s Candy Co.
Fresh Fruit Tart at Nichole’s Fine Pastry