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Published August 13, 2012, 11:30 PM

F-M restaurants serving up something special for lunch

Offering affordable lunches with a touch of homemade goodness, these five area eateries serve up everything from soup and doughnuts to creatively named burgers.

By: Anna G. Larson, INFORUM

FARGO – With more than 350 restaurants in Fargo-Moorhead, there’s no shortage of lunchtime dining options.

But, there are a few places that people might not typically think of as lunch locales.

Offering affordable lunches with a touch of homemade goodness, these five area eateries serve up everything from soup and doughnuts to creatively named burgers.

Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop

Sandy’s had me at “doughnut.”

Since 1983, Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop has been known for its homemade doughnuts, but the local shop also serves lunch. Offering customers a taste of its legacy, Sandy’s includes a free doughnut with every lunch purchase.

“It’s a little something special,” said shop manager Rose Bonnet.

Bonnet said the most popular lunch items are the homemade egg salad sandwiches and French dips.

“We offer sandwiches that have that homemade feel,” she said.

Sandy’s is at 301 Main Ave. W., West Fargo.

The daily lunch special is half a sandwich with a cup of soup for $6.99.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Shack on Broadway

The Shack on Broadway, called simply “The Shack” by regulars, serves homemade eats seven days a week.

“It’s just like Mom and Grandma used to make,” said owner Tanya Bale.

Mashed potatoes with gravy and hot turkey, beef or pork are the some of the most popular lunch items Bale said. The Shack, located at 3215 N. Broadway in Fargo, serves breakfast all day, and Bale said omelets are common during lunch.

The lunch special varies daily, costs $7 and is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sidestreet Grille & Pub

Walking distance from the heart of downtown Fargo, Sidestreet Grille & Pub features “not your typical bar food” for lunch, says general manager Steve Brantl.

The pub, while known for its bar, has been concentrating on the food lately, Brantl said.

“We’re making more from scratch, and paying more attention to detail,” he said.

Sidestreet, located at 301 3rd Ave. N., changed its menu in February to include everything from salads and pizza to steak.

Brantl said their homemade soups and burgers are lunch favorites, but the Sidestreet Signature Salad, $7.75, has been a hit lately.

The salad consists of mixed greens with avocado, onion, olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles, and is finished with roasted garlic balsamic vinaigrette. Chicken can be added for $1, or steak for $1.50.

All menu items are available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

The fresh, daily baked bread draws people to Great Harvest Bread Co. in Fargo. But, don’t worry – the sandwiches aren’t bread-centric, said Andrew Bates, son of owner Susan Bates.

“You get more substance with our sandwiches,” he said. “We pile on the veggies and fillings to our natural specialty breads.”

The bread and meat selection changes daily but Bates said the turkey sandwich on honey whole wheat is popular with customers. Chicken tortilla soup, a local favorite, will be back after Labor Day, along with Great Harvest’s other soups, Bates said.

Great Harvest serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 1523 S. University Drive.

Assorted daily combos are available for $5.25 to $8.25.

Mick’s Office

With burger names like Egg Mick Oh Yeah and 2 Cops Chasing a Hippy, it’s no wonder burgers are boss at Mick’s Office in Moorhead.

“We make fresh patties every day, and cook them on a flat-top grill,” said bartender Heather Larsen. “You can never go wrong with that.”

Another popular lunchtime burger is the German Steel, with all the classic elements of a Reuben sandwich (sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, corned beef, Thousand Island dressing).

Mushrooms, bacon and bleu cheese top 2 Cops Chasing a Hippy, while the Egg Mick Oh Yeah comes with a fried egg, cheese and bacon atop the burger patty.

Every day at lunchtime (usually between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), a Mick’s employee draws an order number and that person gets their lunch free Larsen said. Burgers are $1 plus 25 cents per topping from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

The popular burger baskets are $5 all day and come with chips (cottage fries).

Food is available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Mick’s, located at 10 8th St. S.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525