Let’s brunch! 10 Fargo-Moorhead spots you can’t miss
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, Foodandwine.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Delish.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.