Sometimes, you just need a big, juicy burger.
Add a tasty brew, and you’re on to something.
Fortunately, the good people at JL Beers thought Grand Forks could use some more of the quintessentially American combo, opening up a location on S. Columbia road back in August. Fargo-Moorhead has three locations so it was about time we got included.
The tall, skinny building seats only 47, so you might have to wait a few minutes. They do have a small spot right as you walk in where you can order and stand up to eat.
The slender menu has 10 variations of burgers, but you can basically build your own if you like. The classic Original Hamburger Stand Burger and the Great American Cheese Burger are the less-adventurous options. Try a Columbia Burger or the Rajun Cajun to spice things up a bit.
But, if you’re like me, you want something a bit different. That’s where the Humpty Dumpty comes in. Named such because of the fried egg that comes with it. Add bacon and you’ve got a breakfast burger that can’t be beat. I’d recommend raw onions and some cheese to round it out. I’d also recommend asking the cook to go easy on the egg and let the golden goodness mix in.
Other variations are the Slaw Burger, BLT BLU and Philly Cheese Burger. I have my dinners set for weeks.
A burger’s best friend, the fry, is fresh and crispy, but you can also get the house-cut and fried chips that are crazy good. Get the chipotle dip and add some sirancha, which adorns every table.
The chips, beef, buns and chips are all fresh.
I’ve as yet failed to mention the speed with which the cooks and wait staff work, especially the cooks. They crank out your order within minutes of getting it. You won’t be more than a few gulps in.
And, it would be nearly-criminal to sidle into to JL Beers without ordering what the restaurant was named after: a beer!
Over 40 beers are on tap. 40. And there’s a bunch of bottles and cans if you’re not feeling the tap. They’re organized easily on the menu and the beer list comes with succinct descriptions of the taste and aroma. If you’re feeling hoppy or just want a light lager, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.
There are beers on tap you can’t get anywhere else in town. Try the newly-added Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown or the good ole’ fallback Grain Belt Nordeast.
Also available are beer cocktails or Beertails that combine a brew with a sweet-flavored ambic that’s pretty refreshing, but a bit too fruity for me.
If you’re a sports fan, they’ve got a few flat screen TVs that look amazing.
A few complaints: no free water. The chairs aren’t comfortable. The place is so small, it really could’ve used a second story. But, it’s easy to overlook these minor complaints with all of the pluses.
If you haven’t tried it yet, do so. It’s highly recommended.
I want to here from you if you’ve got a great combo of sides for a build-your-own burger in the comments!
For more burger goodness, check out the Reggie Tales review