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 🙂 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 😉 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.
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.
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 their Facebook page 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!)
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 😉 Their thick-sliced, naturally-leavened “country bread” is unbelievably good. So fluffy and moist. I love the avocado hummus toast with microgreens!
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!
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 🙂
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 jalapeño jam! Pictured above is their berry cornmeal waffle, which is also amazing.
I love everything here. You seriously can’t go wrong!
BOPPA’S BAGELS // MENU
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??
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.
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!
~ 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