All About Food

​Favorite Food Trucks Now Filling the Streets

July 22nd, 2023

By Rick Gion

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The warm weather has me bebopping around the area in search of tasty eats of old and new. With local food trucks on the move, it’s now prime snacking season.

This summer will be filled with good grub, so I’m going to dedicate this column to my favorite food trucks, carts, stalls, tents, and trailers in the area.

Let’s start with some meat and mosey to Beef Cakes, where you’ll get your patties smashed. Beef Cakes is an outdoor burger pop-up operated…

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Minnesota Lakes Area Features Great Eateries

June 14th, 2023

By Rick Gion

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The clever new tourism campaign slogan for Minnesota’s Otter Tail County is “find your inner otter.” Well, that otter better be hungry.

In addition to nearly 1,000 lakes, Otter Tail County is home to many great bars, cafes and restaurants. It’s fun to take a day trip and visit different establishments there. Yes, you could do a Zorbaz tour, and that would be zuper, but there’s definitely more to explore.

Located just north of the Silent Lakes on…

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Hot Right Now: Three Local Eateries in the Social Media Spotlight

May 14th, 2023

By Rick Gion

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Spring has finally sprung. It’s time to bounce out of the house and try a few new places to eat. Let’s explore what restaurants are trending on the Fargo-Moorhead Eats Facebook page.

With nearly 18,000 page followers, there are a lot of posts that come in daily in that social media group. It’s an extremely active page that keeps me very busy. Trust me: I created it. However, only a few posts really get strong feedback. It’s an interesting gig that…

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​Wishek Living Center Holds Food Traditions Dear

April 26th, 2023

By Sabrina Hornung

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There was something special on the menu at Wishek Living Center on Good Friday, homemade noodles with stewed prunes, pickled herring and a slice of homemade kuchen, which has been a Good Friday tradition in German Russia country as far as anyone can remember.

Wait…what? Prunes and noodles?

“Christians would not eat meat, because of the proper holiday. Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, so it became a tradition back then. Most people around here 100…

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Brewhalla: Fargo’s New Good Times Factory Is Epic

April 11th, 2023

By Rick Gion

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Brewhalla is self-described as “a food and beverage wonderland from the weirdos at Drekker Brewing.” The recent opening of the mega-fun market is the most important event for the North Dakota food and beverage scene since the original Hotel Donaldson opened in 2003.

Much has already been written about Brewhalla, so I’ll just give you my unsolicited opinions. Take it for what it’s worth, but I’ve eaten and shopped at quite a few similar complexes in…

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​Battle of the Taco Grinder Sandwiches

March 3rd, 2023

By Rick Gion

rickgion@gmail.com

When thinking of popular sandwiches associated with the Upper Midwest, the sloppy joe immediately comes to mind. But let’s not forget the sandwich with a spicy side – the taco grinder. It’s a Fargo staple.

Now that outdoor temperatures have warmed up a wee bit, it’s time to get out of the house for a food competition. There are not two but three heavyweights in this sandwich match. Which sandwich will deliver the knock-out? Let’s get in the ring.

I…

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New Fargo Asian Market a Welcome Addition to Local Food Scene

February 8th, 2023

By Rick Gion

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Area food fans are definitely excited about the new Asian and American Supermarket that recently opened just a few blocks west of its former location on Fargo’s Main Avenue. Just drive by the new store, and you’ll notice how full the parking lot is. Personally, I was excited enough to make a stop there on opening day.

The market’s owner has been quoted in other media saying that the store is the largest of its kind in the Dakotas. I don’t doubt it.…

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​Missing Some Good F-M Eats of the Past

January 15th, 2023

By Rick Gion

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The winter blues has me feeling sentimental about former Fargo eateries. It’s been so cold recently that I need to warm up with some fond food memories.

The first eatery of absence on my nostalgia list is Bertrosa’s Cafe at their Downtown Fargo location. For those not familiar, Bertrosa’s opened a spot on south University in the late 1990s. It eventually ended up in the lower level of the Black Building after a brief stint off of south 45th Street.…

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​Don’t Forget About Shopping Locally for Unique Holiday Food Gifts

December 16th, 2022

By Rick Gion

rickgion@gmail.com

You can find all sorts of kitchen gadgets, gizmos and goodies at just about every big-box store these days. Heck, with Amazon, a home cook can become a collector in no time at all. However, it’s much more fun to take a local tour of some of the specialty stores around the area, in search of unique gifts.

Right down the road from my apartment building is the Asian & American Market. This place serves up some of the most unique food items available in the…

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​Cheese Culture Growing in Fargo-Moorhead

November 17th, 2022

By Rick Gion

rickgion@gmail.com

As someone who’s written a lot of feature stories and press releases, it’s tempting to write something cheesy as a lead for this month’s column. But, instead, this column will actually feature cheese and many of the dairy distributors you need to know about in the area.

If you’re interested in exploring the maturing dairy options here in Fargo-Moorhead, there are four locally owned mongers you definitely need to be familiar with.

Known as Fargo’s…

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