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The Best Food in Fargo, ND

Best Food in Fargo, ND

I am SO EXCITED to share with you my roundup of the best food in Fargo, North Dakota. I have been brainstorming this post for months, long before my trip back home, and am absolutely giddy sharing it with you today.

For those of you that are new here…..I grew up in the tiny town of Moorhead, Minnesota – right on the border of Fargo, North Dakota. I like to claim both states as my home ๐Ÿ™‚ For a long time I’ve wanted to bring awareness to this area that I love and miss SO much, and spread the word that there is some seriously fabulous food in that neck of the woods! Over the course of one week I visited as many restaurants and coffee shops as I could, photographing along the way. It’s a real sacrifice to eat so much good food in one week…but I mean, someone’s gotta do the hard work ๐Ÿ˜‰ Major shoutout to my best friend, Annie, who came along with me to almost every spot!

So let’s get to it, guys! Here’s my list of the Best Food in Fargo.

Best Food in Fargo, ND

BLACKBIRD WOODFIRE // MENU

Blackbird is an ultra-hip, woodfired-pizza joint in downtown Fargo. For appetizers, the cheese plate or bread plate (or, I mean, both) are a MUST. We went with the cheese plate on this last visit and it featured caramel (!!!) goat cheese, brie, aged cheddar, gorgonzola, cranberry jam, housemade cheese crackers & pita, grapes, pickles, and grainy mustard. SWOON. For our main, Annie and I ordered the Blue Crush pizza, which has garlic-infused olive oil, grapes, red onion, parmesan, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and fresh rosemary. Blue cheese lovers, this one is for YOU! Blackbird also features limited-time seasonal and weekly specials in addition to their year-round menu items.

Best Food in Fargo, ND

BERNBAUM’S

Bernbaum’s is a Jewish/Scandinavian bagel shop & deli in downtown Fargo. Recommending the bagels is, of course, a given, but their latke with creme fraiche and apple compote is also a must! They switch up their egg bakes regularly, but when we stopped in just this last time, we ordered the egg bake with poblano pepper, eggplant, greens, and mahon cheese. Spoiler alert: it was amazing.

Other recommendations: the lamb meatloaf (don’t knock it til ya try it!) sandwich with lingonberries and pickled onions. It’s one of their most popular lunch items! Be sure to follow Bernbaum’s on theirย Facebook pageย so you can catch the ever-changing menu and be notified when they’re having a themed dinner! (Their most recent one was “turkish breakfast” and I’m DYING that I couldn’t be there!)

Best Food in Fargo, ND

YOUNGBLOOD COFFEE

Youngblood has this modern, LA vibe with white walls and minimalist decor, which is so out of the norm for typical midwest decor, but super fun – and highly Instagrammable ๐Ÿ˜‰ Their thick-sliced, naturally-leavened “country bread” is unbelievably good. So fluffy and moist. I love the avocado hummus toast with microgreens!

Best Food in Fargo, ND

SANDY’S DONUTS // MENU

Sandy’s is a classic. It’s the only donut shop in town (although they now have two locations! downtown fargo + west fargo), and they have a billion kazillion freshly-made flavors to choose from – including the adorable cookie monster. Their raspberry bismarck & apple fritter are my favorite!

Best Food in Fargo, ND

NICHOLE’S FINE PASTRY // MENU

Nichole’s is a pastry shop on the right and a cafe on the left. I mean, it’s not super helpful to say this…but EVERYTHING is good. It’s super classy, but also totally casual…and I love that. The lemon tart is one of my favorite desserts to order, as is the chocolate feuilletine (pictured above.) You can stop in for a croissant for breakfast, quiche for lunch, salmon for dinner (among other things)…so really, everything you could possibly want in a good day of eats can be found at Nichole’s ๐Ÿ™‚

Best Food in Fargo, ND

20 BELOW COFFEE

I have a deep affinity for 20 Below. They have the coziest ambiance, with couches and coffee tables for sitting, working, sipping, and eating. My favorite drink is their oat milk hot chocolate, which you can order year-round, but right now they have a seasonal peppermint hot chocolate that literally tastes like a liquid candy cane. It is so good! Their housemade sourdough is out of this world delicious (my best friend even sent it to me in the mail!!!!), and they have a variety of fun toasts you can order – my favorite is the almond butter + raspberry jalapeรฑo jam! Pictured above is their berry cornmeal waffle, which is also amazing.

I love everything here. You seriously can’t go wrong!

Best Food in Fargo, ND

BOPPA’S BAGELS // MENUย 

Boppa’s is an AMAZING, hole-in-the-wall bagel shop that’s been around for years. They have a bunch of super fun-flavored cream cheeses and a variety of incredible bagels, obviously! My favorite breakfast combo is the chocolate chip bagel + chocolate chip cream cheese, and my favorite lunch order is the pesto tomato bagel + cashew chicken salad. OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Also worth having –> the rainbow bagel with funfetti cream cheese. I mean, how can you NOT order the rainbow bagel??

Best Food in Fargo, ND

SICKIE’S GARAGE // MENU

Sickie’s is a good place to go when you just want a totally trashed up burger. They have burgers loaded with mac and cheese, tater tots, pulled pork, fried eggs…and even donuts. The one pictured above is the Sickies Burger, with peppered bacon, a fried egg, pulled pork, bbq sauce, american cheese, onion rings, and hot sauce. OY!

If you want a more classic, “sophisticated” burger, I *highly* recommend JL Beers. Though, a word of caution, it’s only 21+! No babies allowed.

Best Food in Fargo

ERBERT & GERBERT’S // MENU

Erbert & Gerbert’s is actually a midwest soup/sandwich chain that started in Wisconsin, and they have a variety of locations in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Erb & Gerb’s houses my favorite sandwich in the entire world – the “Titan” – a turkey sandwich with lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, sundried tomatoes, and pesto mayo, on this incredibly fluffy, housemade honey wheat bread. It is positively life-changing. Also delicious: their chicken wild rice (a MN staple) & tomato basil soups!

ย ~ FINE DINING ~

Although I don’t have photos for either, I can’t write this post without plugging Hotel Donaldson and Mezzaluna as my top recommendations for fine dining in Fargo. Both serve exclusively local, mostly seasonal food. My dad took me to the HoDo several times throughout high school and every time I went I said to myself, “this is the best thing I have EVER tasted.” Entrees run about $30-40, so both restaurants are on the higher end of the eating spectrum, but I guarantee you will get your money’s worth.

Alright, Fargo friends! Tell me – where do YOU like to eat? What are your favorite spots? Who did I miss? I’m hoping to get back to Fargo once a year and am planning on doing a food post each time as the food community grows and I get the chance to try new spots! <3

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    fermopoleff
    December 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    i’d comment that i’ve never heard of any of these places, but i suspect that none of them existed when i lived there. (or even when i was often visiting.) in high school, perkins was our main place to go (that, and playing pool at giovanni’s pizza) and i can’t really submit that as a recommendation for reasons other than nostalgia.

    we were also regulars (or at least, tried to be) at atomic coffee, which was a place i would have heartily endorsed on here 20 years ago; warm steamed milk on winter nights, good cheesecakes, and bottles of the craziest sodas i’ve ever had. after i got back from living in japan in 2001, i was told that the original owners sold it to someone else, and when i was doing my mini-documentary on fargo-moorhead in 2011, we found that there was still an atomic coffee location, but the sign said it closed at 8 pm., so we couldn’t check it out.
    the last few times that i visited, my mom and i would go get cheesesteaks at grand junction, and they were pretty good (i initially hoped your photo from sickie’s was of grand junction.) at the time, i was amused by the name because i had just met a girl who lived in grand junction, co. now i live in grand junction with my wife and baby, so i think that’s reason to go back.
    for finer dining, there was victoria’s in wolverton, but i think that’s closed now.

    my comment is proving that things have changed a lot since i lived there, but i’m happy to know there are several places worth checking out when i next visit! (and since you’re planning to do this again next year, i’d be curious to know that the modern atomic coffee is like!)

    i suppose i could point out that you forgot the dairy queen on 8th, but it’s kind of famous already, plus you did your food tour in the winter when they’re closed. thanks for doing this! it was fun to read.

    • Reply
      Lucia
      January 1, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Jeff!!! I’m so happy you commented! It’s crazy because a lot of these places have only popped up within the past five years. The food scene, and town in general, has changed SO much. My friends and I frequented Atomic and Perkins very much, too!! Perkins muffins and breakfast potatoes are where it’s at. Jared was trying to convince me to put Grand Junction on the list…but I couldn’t bring myself to it. I like Erbert and Gerbert’s more for subs ๐Ÿ™‚ I was SO disheartened to come at a time when Dairy Queen is closed….so I’m hoping sometime this summer I can make it out for ice cream (and also because the weather is better….)!

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