Winner: Doolittles Woodfire Grill

Locations: Fargo, Alexandria, Minn., Eagan, Minn., Golden Valley, Minn. and Madison, Wis.

Fresh ingredients, making meals from scratch and a knowledgeable and attentive staff have fueled Doolittles Woodfire Grill to the Best Fargo Restaurant in the Red River Valley award for 2019.

"Our favorite thing about this community is the warm and welcoming people who have helped our restaurant thrive," general manager Pat Lipsiea said. "Some may be surprised to learn that we have been proudly serving Fargo for 16 years, and this is our ninth year winning this award. We love opening our doors every day for great food, drink and camaraderie, but we don’t stop there. Supporting our community by being a good neighbor and making charitable donations is also very important to us."

Doolittles Woodfire Grill is an experience that ignites your senses. Meat is grilled over an open flame for a savory wood-roasted flavor. The restaurant also wants customers to remember it for its service.

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"We believe that one degree of added effort can turn an ordinary experience into an extraordinary experience," Lipsiea said. "What sets our restaurant apart are the small things: holding a door, remembering a guest's name or taking the time to perfectly plate a dish. These little moments add up and leave a lasting impression, creating guests-for-life every day."

Second Place: Mezzaluna

Third Place: The Tavern Grill

Fourth Place: Cork’n Cleaver

Fifth Place: Urban 42