Restaurants in Fargo, ND

By Kevin Litwin on August 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm EST
Monte's Downtown in Fargo, ND

There's no excuse for eating badly in Fargo-Moorhead. You want cheap, delicious and quick? You got it. Looking for white cloth napkins and a wine list? You got that too. Whatever your heart (and your appetite) desires, the growing food scene here has it.

Fine Dining

HoDo Restaurant, in downtown Fargo's Hotel Donaldson, offers “scratch cooking with a local, sustainable focus,” while Monte’s Downtown is similarly regarded as one of the city’s premier establishments. Enjoy authentic Italian at Toscana, and also downtown is Mezzaluna, a casual fine-dining establishment that features artisan food and drink. Meanwhile, Maxwells tempts patrons with its “adventurous cuisine.” In Moorhead, Sarello’s restaurant and wine lounge, which serves soups, salads, pasta, steaks, fish and more.

Breweries and Wineries

Around the country, local breweries are inspiring foodies and beer connoisseurs alike, and Fargo's no exception. Start at a joint founded and run by locals: the taproom at Fargo Brewing Company. They brew a small collection of beers, but they brew them really, really well. Next take in Moorhead's contribution to the beer scene: Junkyard Brewery. They make beers so specially-crafted that they call themselves a "nanobrewery." And starting in the fall, round out your pub crawl with the newest entry to the craft beer scene, the Drekker Brewing Company.

If you're looking for something a little more sophisticated, Maple River Winery is worth the short drive from downtown Fargo to Casselton. They have a surprisingly-large collection of wines grown with local fruit. Red Trail Vineyard also highlights local fruits, and provides a unique winery experience every fall in their annual "Grape Stomp" (which is exactly what it sounds like).

Combining local wine flavors and local food offerings, D'Vine Wine Bar pairs fantastic wines with trendy small plates, a perfect match between refined foods and swanky setting.

Casual Eateries

Fargo Billiards and Gastropub is distinctive in that it’s a full-service restaurant and lounge inside North America’s largest billiard parlor. Meanwhile, Rhombus Guys Pizza is for pie lovers, offering 34 gourmet pizzas, including a gluten-free option.

Sickies Garage is known for its homestyle burgers and sandwiches, which are served alongside traditional malts and milkshakes - and tableside beer taps! On the patio, bag toss competitions are held three nights a week.

Over at JL Beers the mindset is simple: “Red meat is good for you. And potatoes are vegetables.”

The Boiler Room might be underground (they're located in the basement of the Loretta Building), but the sky's the limit with their extraordinary menu, with everything from bar breakfast to late night options.

Rounding out the casual dining options are the Blarney Stone Irish Pub, which gives you a taste of the old country, and Wurst Bier Hall, a beer and food-lover's paradise with a German sensibility. 

International Cuisine

One 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 and Wasabi. Or go for the Vietnamese dishes at Jade Dragon, or the authentic Thai food at Thai Orchid.

Other Local Favorites

Zorbaz on the Lake is a favorite chain frequented by locals who head to lake country on summer weekends, while diners can enjoy authentic Mexican food as they listen to music on vinyl records at Vinyl Taco. Nichole's Fine Pastry serves European-style pastries made from scratch, as well as soups, salads and sandwiches.

Festivals and Events

The Cork & Canvas Wine Walk provides an opportunity to sample wines and view the works of regional artists. It's held in downtown Fargo on the second Thursday of every month between mid-June and mid-September.

In the fall, Fargo hosts two beer festivals. The Fargo Beer Festival gives beer lovers the chance to sample more than 120 premium craft brews, and Oktoberfest Fargo features a pub crawl, a tire bean bag tournament and a hot-dog-eating contest.

Other options include Alley Fair, an event that "activates and transforms" the alleyways of downtown by bringing together some of Fargo's best arts, music and food. The Fargo Bacon and Beer Festival brings together local eateries and craft brewers.

Find out more on the food scene in Fargo.

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