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Let’s brunch! 10 Fargo-Moorhead spots you can’t miss

Enjoy made from scratch dishes at The Shack on Broadway. Forum file photo

FARGO – Brunch – once an indulgence for Catholics after completing fasting before Sunday mass – has now morphed into a ritual, practiced religiously by both millenials and young families. In Fargo-Moorhead area brunch’s popularity is on the rise with many restaurants offering elegantly-designed menus, bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary bars, often with limitless toppings.

When you’re on the hunt for your next brunch destination, try any of these Fargo-Moorhead favorites.

1. BernBaum’s

Location: 115 Roberts St. N., Fargo

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday

Menu highlight: Literally close your eyes and point to a dish. (Trust us. You won’t regret it.)

Contact: (701) 306-4131

Fast becoming a Fargo favorite, BernBaum’s small breakfast and lunch counter shares a space with the vintage furniture and decor store, MidMod Madhaus. Recently, called BernBaum’s food as “the best in Fargo.” A visit there will quickly validate this statement. Their simple seeded and plain bagels are made from scratch and always fresh. On Saturday and Sunday, BernBaum’s offers an unique brunch menu, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. BernBaum’s doesn’t serve cocktails but Bloody Marys or Mimosas are within walking distance of the restaurant's downtown location.  

Enjoy made from scratch dishes at The Shack on Broadway. Forum file photo

2. The Shack on Broadway

Location: 3215 Broadway N., Fargo

Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and  6 a.m. to  2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Menu highlight: Quality diner favorites including the country fried steak and eggs. View the full menu here.

Contact: (701) 356-2211

Voted the Red River Valley’s Best Breakfast Place from 2014-2017, The Shack features a homestyle menu found in a quality, family-friendly atmosphere. Search “The Shack on Broadway” on Instagram and see a multitude of mouthwatering plates. Those looking to pair comfort food with a citrus-inspired cocktail may have to look elsewhere as The Shack doesn’t serve alcohol.

A cajun omelette from the Cajun Cafe in South Fargo. Forum file photo

3. The Cajun Cafe

Location: 1324 25th Ave. S., Fargo

Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday

Menu highlight: Tell the server you want  their sweet potato pancakes.

Contact: (701) 461-7373

Better plan to arrive early. This Fargo restaurant is a local secret and usually sees a packed house during the weekends. The Cajun Cafe feels like a small-town diner that would be found in any small, Midwestern city, but it brings the taste of New Orleans with jambalaya and shrimp-infused dishes.  

 The VIP Restaurant in Fargo creates gourmet dishes like this variation of Eggs Benedict made with a crab cake and spinach

4. The VIP Restaurant  

Location: 624 Main Ave., Fargo  

Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Saturday and Sunday  

Menu highlight: Order the Crab Cake Benedict or the Butternut Squash and Bacon Hash. View the full menu here.

Contact: (701) 293-1999

A relatively new addition to the brunch scene, the VIP Room started serving its signature brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays in October of this year. Call ahead to grab their gourmet dishes. Reservations are accepted and encouraged.

Egg bake and scratch-made biscuit at CJ's Kitchen at 1601 University Dr. South, Fargo, N.D. Forum file photo

5. CJ's Kitchen

Location: 1601 S. University Dr., Fargo

Hours:  7 a.m. to  2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to  2 p.m.,Sunday

Menu highlight: Try their made-from-scratch pancakes.

Contact: (701) 237-4656

Visit CJ’s Kitchen to taste the “best pancakes in North Dakota,” according to Their cozy booths and small building creates a comfortable atmosphere. Feel free to wear yoga pants and a sweater wrap; this place attracts a laid back, relaxed crowd.

Try the chicken and waffle dish on the all day brunch menu at the Boiler Room. Forum file photo.

5. The Boiler Room

Location: 210 Roberts St. N., Fargo

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday

*Brunch served all day during kitchen operating hours, but a speciality menu – including gluten-free options – is available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Menu highlight: Do like the locals do and try a breakfast casserole. View the full menu here.

Contact: (701) 478-1990

If you're a late riser, The Boiler Room may be your preferred choice. It serves eccentric dishes like Chicken and Waffles and Rumchata French Toast all day long. Brunch enthusiasts rave about the restaurant’s Scotch Eggs, served with spicy aioli. Try their Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Mimosas are served in suitably-sized wine glass with several juice options like pineapple or pomegranate.

Try a large caramel roll at Granite City in South Fargo. Thinkstock / Special to The Forum. 

6. Granite City

Location: 1636 SW 42nd St., Fargo

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday

Menu highlight: Be sure to order the oversized caramel rolls. View the full menu here.

Contact: (701) 293-3000

Claiming the title for Best Sunday Brunch in The Forum’s 2017 Best of the Red River Valley showdown, Granite City showcases a variety of dishes, including a too-good-to-pass up brunch buffet. Granite City attracts both families and Millennial brunchers looking to pair any dish with a Signature Bloody Mary or crafted mimosa.

Lucky's 13 Pub offers a variety Bloody Marys including a flight option with three different kinds of vodka. Forum file photo.

7. Lucky's 13 Pub

Location: 4301 17th Ave. S., Fargo

Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Menu highlight: Try their walleye breakfast tacos. View the full menu here.  

Contact: (701) 551-0013

Brunch and bingo enthusiasts come together at Lucky’s on Saturdays at noon. Famous for their guilty-pleasure burges (like their Juicy Lucy), the pub’s brunch menu doesn’t disappoint either. Pair with a Bloody Mary flight featuring bacon or horseradish-infused vodkas. Mimosas are on special for $3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  

Reese & Riley's Olive Oil & Bistro Bar opened on Nov. 7, 2017, at 2653 45th St. S. in Fargo. Forum file photo

8. Reese and Riley’s Olive Oil Bar and Bistro

Location: 2653 45th St. S., Fargo  

Hours: 10 a.m. to  2 p.m., Sunday

Menu highlight: Try their Italian Nachos. View the full menu here.

Contact: (701) 356-8008

This speciality store and eatery opened in November this year. Located in south Fargo, Reese and Riley's suggests olive oil pairings. Kids under 5 years old eat for free during brunch and the adults can enjoy a Bloody Mary or mimosa for $10.95.

Tru Blu Social Club in West Fargo offers a traditional English Breakfest for $12. Thinkstock/Special to The Forum

9. Tru Blu Social Club

Location: 915 19th Ave. E., West Fargo

Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday  

Menu highlight:  Order their Superior Hash – a wild-caught blackened walleye with Minnesota wild rice, bacon, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, hash with lemon dill hollandaise and asparagus. View the full menu here.

Contact: (701) 532-2600

Tru Blu opened just this year. Fargo foodies are sure to love this soon-to-be hot spot with its soft lighting and almost jazz club-like atmosphere. Their “All Day Social Sunday” special includes $2 off regional brews and artisan spirits.

Try the Blarney Stone's bangers and mash dish for $12.99. Thinkstock/Special to The Forum

10. Blarney Stone

Location: 1910 9th St. E., West Fargo

Hours: 10 a.m. to  3 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday  

Menu highlight: Try a "Celtic Cure" – grilled cottage bacon topped with two eggs, parmesan hash browns, rosemary onion gravy, sour cream and green onion, served in a skillet with a rustic roll. View the full menu here.

Contact: (701) 532-1500

Reminding the locals that when it’s breakfast in F-M, it’s “Dinner in Dublin,” this large restaurant features an extensive, imported tap list with starchy dishes. A free trip through the Bloody Mary Bar (or one mimosa) is included during brunch hours.

April Knutson

April Knutson is lifestyle-focused journalist producing stories for the Forum News Service about people, health, community issues, and services. She earned her degree in both English Literature and Mass Communications. After working as a digital marketing specialist and web design consultant for a few years, she joined Forum Communications in 2015. She grew up on a farm near Volga, S.D. Follow her on Twitter @april_knutson.

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