Restaurants in Fargo, ND

By Kevin Litwin on August 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm EST

Eating is believing in Fargo-Moorhead, where culinary options are abundant – there is even a culinary arts program at Minnesota State-Moorhead. Here is a taste of the local scene:

Sushi

Dining choices in Fargo-Moorhead range from bison burgers and traditional steakhouses to ethnic cuisine such as Italian, Mexican, German and Russian. Meanwhile, you might not expect to find great sushi so far inland, but there are several excellent spots that include 101 Sushi Bar, Kobe's, Osaka, Samurai, Wasabi and Yuki Hana.

Zorbaz on the Lake

Zorbaz is a favorite restaurant chain for all the locals who head to lake country over summer weekends. It was established in 1969 and named after the 1960s movie Zorba the Greek, who was a fun-loving, free-spirited character. The restaurant calls itself a Mexican food and pizza joint, and has a large selection of beers.

Culinary Arts

Minnesota State-Moorhead offers a culinary arts program to students who want to pursue a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Minnesota State students receive hands-on practical lab training paired with traditional academic courses that are aligned with industry needs. Demand these days is high in the overall culinary field, with culinary arts accounting for more than 9 million jobs annually in the United States.

Fargo Local Foods

Residents who prefer and advocate farm-to-table dining practices can turn to Fargo Local Foods for information on local farmers markets as well as businesses and restaurants that sell and prepare food using products from area farms and producers. Notable farmers markets in the area include the Fargo Community Farmers Market and the FM Farmers Market. Locally-owned Hornbacher's supermarkets also are known for carrying a variety of local produce and meats.

Maple River Winery

Maple River Winery is a short 20-mile drive west of town, in Casselton, N.D. It opened in 2001 and specializes in making small batches of wine with North Dakota fruit. The array is impressive: dandelion, apricot, country crabapple and even apple jalapeño pepper, to name just a few.

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This is a really neat community, and there's a lot to do here.

Mike Hahn, president and CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Downtown Community Partnership