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THE EATBEAT: Top-notch menu makes 50-mile drive to Hastings Landing well worth it

January 15, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

A recommendation from a reader led me to try out the new Hastings Landing restaurant in this town on Interstate 29 about 50-some miles north of Grand Forks. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Noodles & Company offers classic comfort and more

January 8, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

It was a note from a friend, Lauren Hornbaker (LH), which got me moving toward the new Noodles & Company restaurant near Columbia Mall. Like many people, LH likes “mac ‘n’ cheese” and considers it a comfort food. At Noodles, she almost always orders the fancy version, the Truffle Mac. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy shine at Out To Lunch

December 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The roast beef was tasty and so tender you could cut it with a fork. There was a well filled with brown gravy in the mound of mashed potatoes. And there was a serving of nice, firm green peas on the plate when I had lunch Dec. 10 with friends at a cafe called Out To Lunch on the main street of this town. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Sprouts Cafe’s healthy menu complements new fitness center

December 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The first thing that caught my eye when I approached the counter of Sprouts Cafe in the new Choice Fitness Center was a sandwich. It was on thick, fresh-looking slices of brown bread and full of lettuce, greens and ham. There was no doubt about my choice. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Old-fashioned ambience, predictable food draws visitors to Elk Club in Bismarck

December 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

They asked if we had a preference for a server when we entered the Elks Club for dinner. Some people do. That was different. But the meals they serve at this large facility in the south end of the Capitol City are the same. The food, too, is predictable. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Nice/Matin offers a taste of Paris in downtown New York

November 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

If a croque monsieur is good, a croque madame must be better. That was my thinking earlier this month when I visited a French bistro in New York called Nice/Matin. That would mean morning in Nice. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Snowmobilers make tracks to TRF’s Black Cat Sports Bar and Grill

November 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Black Cat Sports Bar and Grill tends to fill up around noon on a weekday. It is, in fact, sort of a hot spot around here. At lunchtime, working people lean quietly over their food and eat seriously. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Cruise passengers can enjoy several venues

November 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

This is part two a two-part series about the dining experiences of Marilyn Hagerty’s daughter, Gail, aboard the Celebrity Silhouette during a 12-day cruise. There are several food venues where passengers can choose to be seated. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Cruise dinners: An adventure in fine dining

November 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Fried masala potatoes simmered with spices, yogurt, cilantro and chili pepper and served with raita (yogurt). This was one of the entrees marked with a star on the menus my daughter, Gail Hagerty (GH), brought home from a 12-day cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette. Continue Reading

THE EATBEAT: Food begins with the basics at Darcy’s Cafe

October 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Call it cozy. Call it crowded. Call us lucky because we noticed four people moving out of a booth when we stopped by Darcy’s Cafe for brunch on a recent Sunday morning. Continue Reading