Halgrimson: Tasty Broadway dining for 5 bucks or lessDowntown Fargo is my kind of place, and it’s been around a long time, even longer than I have. I like stopping downtown for lunch, and last summer after Broadway Dogs opened, I was a frequent visitor to the service cart parked in the 200 block near the U.S. Bank plaza.
By: Andrea Hunter Halgrimson, INFORUM
Downtown Fargo is my kind of place, and it’s been around a long time, even longer than I have.
I like stopping downtown for lunch, and last summer after Broadway Dogs opened, I was a frequent visitor to the service cart parked in the 200 block near the U.S. Bank plaza.
Inspired by this affordable and delicious lunch, I decided to see how many prepared lunches for $5 or less I could find at non-franchise, non-ethnic restaurants on Broadway.
The aforementioned Broadway Dogs is owned by Lori and John Stenerson, and you can find Lori there most days between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weather permitting.
The all-beef dogs cost between $3 and $5 and come with all the trimmings – sauerkraut, sweet pickle relish, chopped onions, catsup, mustard and a dill pickle. And on a nice day, it’s fun to sit under a tree on the plaza and munch a weinie. I always get two napkins.
Spicy Pie at 322 Broadway is not a franchise yet, but perhaps when it grows up, it will be. Owned by Spicy Pie LLC of Minot, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. A slice of cheese pizza sells for $2 with additional toppings for $0.25 each.
But they also sell ham, turkey or salami grinders and taco grinders at $3 for a 6-inch version or $5 for the 12-inch grinder. Hard-and soft-shell tacos with meat, lettuce, shredded cheese and red sauce go for $1.25 to $1.50.
Downtown Fargo begins at Broadway and Sixth Avenue North. And on the corner at 524 is Josie’s Corner, where sandwiches with your choice of bread and fillings cost $4. For $4.50, you can have a tuna melt, BLT or club sandwich. I especially like to go to Josie’s because the interior is familiar to me. At one time, my uncle, Joseph G. Halbeisen, operated the Service Drug in the same space.
The shop is owned by Randy and Tracy Walvatne and named for Tracy’s grandmother, whose recipes are used for the desserts, which, of course are extra – but they are extra tasty and include pies, cookies and cheesecake. Josie’s is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
And last but not least is Bertrosa’s on Broadway at 118 in the Black Building’s Elm Tree Square, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Owned by Bert Meyers, Bertrosa’s started out in an old filling station on South University Drive in 1999. The restaurant moved downtown in 2000.
And I’m glad it did.
The cozy lower-level eating area is filled with delicious aromas from their specialties Italian beef, Italian sausage, Vienna Chicago hot dogs, pitas and gyros. They also have soups, salads and sides.
A vegetable gyro goes for $3.95, a turkey bacon twist for $4.99 and Chicago Dogs for $2.99 with the trimmings. Several subs sell for $4.89. The salad bar is $4.99, soup costs from $2.59 to $2.99, a side of potato salad is $1.59, coleslaw, pasta salad or cottage cheese go for $1.39. And a pickled egg is only 79 cents.
What a deal.
Take a trip downtown for lunch. It’s worth the time, and the money.
Readers can reach Forum columnist Andrea Hunter Halgrimson at firstname.lastname@example.org