Even though we are moving to San Diego at the end of the month, I have to write a post about some of the great things about Fargo, North Dakota. It has, after all, been my home for the last eleven and a half years. These are the things I will indulge in when I return to visit family and friends or recommend to visitors. These are mostly original places that you won't find as chains, and give this city charm that I didn't know existed for the first few years I lived here.
Green Market- Delicious food and bread. Vegetarian and Vegan friendly. Rotating menu depending on what is in season so it is very fresh and unique.
Nichole's Fine Pastry- The 8th Street location and the look of the building that houses Nichole's helps with the French charm. Best desserts in town, hands down. Great place to have some tea and visit with friends. They have some yummy sandwiches and salads, as well.
Xtreme Pizza Kitchen- This pizza place is our absolute favorite and we don't order from anywhere else if we can help it. Another vegetarian friendly place since the owner is one (the Joyful Vegetarian pizza is named after her). They also have Gluten free crusts and an excellent lunch buffet.
Charlie's Ice Cream Parlour- The feel of an old-fashioned ice cream shop with antiques and a fun menu. The owner is super friendly and great place to go for some real ice cream treats.
Hodo- This is someplace I like to go for something a bit fancier. It is in the heart of downtown and their menu is has the kind of food you won't find in chains (which isn't a bad thing!).
Jade Dragon- Their sesame tofu is amazing and they serve excellent Pho (Vietnamese) soup. We took my husband's family here, and now when we go out, this is the place they always want to go.
Tutti Fruitti- I have only been to this frozen yogurt shop, but my friends have told me that this is the best one in town. I won't argue. Though, I'm also a Dairy Queen girl.
Sandy's Donuts- Krispy Kreme donuts didn't have a chance in Fargo. Sandy's Donuts is staying strong and they taste so much better.
Pizza Corner- When we want to spend less on pizza, we head to the frozen section and pick up Pizza Corner. It is spendier than other frozen pizzas, but more than worth it. It is made in Valley City, ND and they have a pizzeria there. I am so going to miss this pizza!!! I grew up with it since they're served in bars all over North Dakota (my parents used to bring them home for us. The closest I had to delivery living in the country!).
Thai Orchid- Located in the Moorhead Center Mall, I have to say that their Pineapple Fried Rice is my favorite. They have lots of items on their menu and they can add a little heat if you like it that way.
Places and Events
CoreCon- I might be a bit biased since I was a con chair for four years, but this event is worth bragging about. It is a fantastic science fiction and fantasy convention run by dedicated fans. When we return to Fargo, we will come back during the weekend of the event to see old friends and it will be guaranteed fun. It happens at the first week of May.
Eco Chic Boutique- They sell crafts, funky furniture, and eco-friendly items. It is always fun to see what they have in the store.
Art Materials- I bought my fountain pen here and they are the must go place for any artist.
Zandbroz- This is where I always look for unique gifts. Zandbroz also has book readings and a neat little cafe and the only independent bookstore in Fargo. Though, they do have a few good used bookstore, too.
Hjemkomst- Technically in Moorhead, this is the one museum or attraction you have to visit. The building is shaped around a replica Viking ship built by a local. and they run great exhibits and events throughout the year that focus a lot on science, art, culture, and history. There is also a replica of the Stave Church, a Norwegian church. The only one like it is at Disney's Epcot, but trust me, it isn't nearly as impressive as the real carved wooden details of this one. During the summer, you can rent a canoe or take a pontoon ride from the Riverkeepers. We did it one summer and had an enjoyable time learning more about Fargo and the Red River of the North.
Prairie Home Cemetery- Also located in Moorhead, this is the origin of the name for Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion on NPR. I drove by it often on my way to class at Minnesota State University Moorhead (Go Dragons!!!).
These are the places that I will visit when I come back to see family and friends, or the ones I tell people about when talking about Fargo-Moorhead. If you ever in the neighborhood, I hope this helps with your trip.