Grand Forks Restaurants

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    Great Wall: Nice Chinese Buffet

    by Basaic Written Mar 21, 2012

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    Great Wall Buffet

    If you are looking for a nice Chinese Buffet Restaurant, this place is not bad. They had a fairly decent selection and they brought out fresh food fairly often. Not the best I've had but certainly acceptable. Decent price at $8.30.

    Favorite Dish: Black Bean Chicken and seafood dishes.

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    Jimmy John's Gourmet Subs: Don't Take the Subway

    by North_by_Northwest Written Aug 18, 2006

    Great subs on even better bread. This fast-food style sandwich chain is a great alternative to some of the less healthy options in the area. The stores here even sell their leftover (day-old) bread if you'd like to take some home. There are a few frustrating quirks to Jimmy John's, for example, they only offer provolone cheese. When I asked if they had anything else, I was discourteously told that, "Provolone is the best." Well I lived in Italy and I beg to differ. The restaurants are also covered with signs that say things like "What happens in your mouth stays in your mouth" and "Free smells." I suppose that's just not my kind of humor. The website for the franchise calls this the company's signature "irreverant attitude." From my experience, that irreverant attitude has rubbed off a bit on the employees. When I go for lunch, I don't want to deal with irreverance. Even from signs. But the bread is good enough to make up for it.

    Favorite Dish: I always order the Big John.

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    Qdoba: Like a Mexican Starbucks

    by North_by_Northwest Written Jun 15, 2006
    Grand Forks location

    While it is in a strip mall and it is a chain, Qdoba is pleasantly surprising. Unlike other Mexican fast food joints, the fare will not lead to an early demise. Everything they put in their food is easily identifiable (no “special sauces” or mystery meat). Their hot sauce is actually hot, and they have a nice variety. The dining area is very nice for this type of restaurant – stainless steel topped tables and comfortable benches and chairs. Best of all, the Grand Forks location has wireless.

    Favorite Dish: Had the Ground Sirloin Burrito. It is HUGE, and reminded me of the huge burritos wrapped in foil that you can get in NYC. Sharing may be the best option.

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    Tabula: Coffee & Wireless

    by North_by_Northwest Written Jun 15, 2006
    A beautiful building...

    The architecture and decor of this coffeehouse is stunning - vaulted ceilings provide lots of light. The fireplace is beautiful, and very welcoming during the frigid Grand Forks winter. Tabula has the requisite overstuffed chairs, and one huge table for larger meetings. The standard table and chair setup, however, is a bit uncomfortable for those who remain for hours on end. There are dozens of electrical outlets for laptops, etc, and a great wireless connection.

    The coffee & food, however, is mediocre. The quality of the espresso drinks varies widely depending on the barista du jour. Their signature brew, Tabula, isn’t half bad, and one refill is complimentary. A local supermarket deli provides cold sandwiches if you’re desperate. They’re about what you’d expect. On the whole, a great place to go to get some work done.

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    Italian Moon: Stay home and make DiGiorno's

    by North_by_Northwest Written Jun 15, 2006
    Beware of the Moon!

    I tried to like this place - especially since it is not part of a chain and has charmingly awful television ads. Well, I tried - and failed. Italian Moon is truly bad in just about every conceivable way. I went for lunch, and ordered the lunch buffet. There was a pretty big variety of items (several types of pizza, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and a salad bar). Unfortunately, all the options were terrible. Most everything on the buffet seemed like it had been heating for a LONG time, and thus was hard, shrunken, and crusty. Even the items that were refilled when I was there was in the same state. The pizza itself had the oddest crust - reminiscent of the Chef Boyardee add-water-and-roll-out type. There was "gravy" that had a floating layer of oil that truly frightened me.

    The staff seemed unwelcoming and somewhat confused. They did not appear to have any sort of procedure to follow about acknowledging customers, announcing specials, or taking orders. They seemed nice enough, but somewhat uncomfortable with their positions. I kept trying to remind myself that at least Italian Moon is cheap - but by the time I tipped the staff, lunch cost me over $10. Frozen pizza and bag salad would've been preferable.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the "chips and sauce" that the staff offers for an appetizer. ONLY because it makes such a great story. The chips are nacho (corn) chips, and the sauce is SPAGHETTI sauce. Or, at least, a really bad attempt at marinara. WTF?

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    Gramma Butterwicks Restaurant: Eat the best pancakes anywhere.

    by North_by_Northwest Written Jun 15, 2006
    Mmmm...Gramma's...

    It is very unusual to find ANYTHING in Grand Forks that isn't a chain or a franchise. Gramma Butterwick's is unique in that it is the only one in existence. It is an old-fashioned style diner with great all-day breakfast, huge portions, friendly waitresses, and a regular clientele. The seating is bright booths by huge windows (nice during the winter when everyone is sunlight deprived), or there is bar-style seating available. Gramma's, however, is not a late-night spot as they close at 4:00 p.m.

    Favorite Dish: Perfect pancakes. Seriously.

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    Speedway Restaurant: Good Steaks

    by rsleisk Written Aug 11, 2005

    I had a pretty decent steak here at Speedways Restaurant. The service was good and the only issue I had was there wasn't a non-smoking ordinance when I was there, maybe this has since changed.

    Favorite Dish: Steak!!!

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    Dakota Harvest Bakery: Artisan Bakery in Downtown G.F.

    by yooperprof Written Dec 25, 2012
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    Great bakery and cafe with tasty soups and satisfying desserts, in central downtown Grand Forks. Wholesome and thoughtful.

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    Urban Stampede Coffee: Big city java in cowboyland?

    by yooperprof Written Nov 7, 2012

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    Prairie town caffeine
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    Downtown Grand Forks has a grand coffeeshop, the Urban Stampede. It's hidden behind this large and healthy tree, but you should definitely use your GPS if necessary to locate it!

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    Perkin's: Nice Family Restaurant

    by Basaic Written Mar 21, 2012

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    Perkin's

    Perkins is a chain restaurant with family-style cooking and excellent baked goods. The food was well-prepared and tasty. Service was good too.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my fish and chips but wish it wasn't fried.

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    Perkins Family Restaurant: Great breakfasts!

    by rsleisk Updated Aug 11, 2005
    Eggs Benedict!!!

    Good breakfasts here, pancakes, omlettes and especially the eggs benedict! I guess this is a chain restaurant but not where I'm from.

    Good service, they kept the coffee coming!!!

    Favorite Dish: Eggs Benedict

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