The ominous sounding “A Place in East Grand Forks,” has been part of their advertising for quite a few years. But it’s a welcoming and low-key restaurant to grab a beer and something good to eat anytime.
A fixture in East Grand Forks, the Moose offers burgers, steaks, salads, soups, pasta and more. Your basic American fare. Their beer selection is one of the best in town, and the beer club is a great idea to keep people coming in. You can get a list each time you’re there with a running tally of what you’ve had and what you need to complete the list.
There are certain prizes you get as you work your way through the huge beer list, with the first being a free t-shirt. But I think there’s even a leather Sioux jacket for some nearly-unreachable goal.
My usual order is a few beers and a few apetitizers. Nearly every time, we get the spinach queso. Eat it fast, though, as it tends to stiffen up when it cools. That’s usually not a problem. It’s delivered fast and piping hot. There looks to be some red peppers or tomatoes in there, but I don’t care because it tastes that good.
Another offering would be the Cowboy Nachos that come complete with fajita chicken, chipotle BBQ sauce, cheese, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, black olives and sour cream, although you could ask for them to hold any of the ingredients.
What you’ve got to try is the mac and cheese. It comes to your table bubbling away after, I assume, broiling or cooking under a salamander grill. You can taste the noticeable garlic flavor. I’ve had one or two dishes that were a bit on the oily side, but it’s easy to overlook that.
If you’re looking to stay on the healthy side, get the Head Lettuce Roll, where it’s basically a build-your-own lettuce burrito served with “Asian-infused ground chicken, sauteed with scallions and bell peppers.”
The onion rings are OK. You could probably get better ones at The Kegs, but they’re only open for a few months.
An app that doesn’t sound very good is exactly the opposite. The Jammy Grilled Cheese is a combination of Swiss cheese, prosciutto (thin, Italian bacon), and Dijon mustard blended with strawberry jam. Definitely unique.
If you want an actual meal, I haven’t had many entrees. But definitely look for the Outlaw Burger, with onion petals, pepper jack cheese, bacon and a chipotle BBQ sauce. One of the better burgers I’ve had anywhere. I’m a sucker for onions and BBQ sauce on anything.
Like JL Beers’ Humpty Dumpty burger, with a fried egg on top of the burger, the Moose offers the crazy combo of a burger smothered with peanut butter and topped with bacon and a fried egg. It’s artery-clogging goodness, no doubt, but I’ve yet to sample it.
GFG regular readers know my love for ribs, so looking around the Moose’s menu, they’ve got “Norwegian BBQ Ribs,” which should be an oxymoron. It’s baby back pork ribs glazed with homemade Norwegian BBQ sauce. I was wondering what exactly the sauce entailed, but the description doesn’t say. I’ll just have to try it.
There’s pretty much something for everyone at the Blue Moose. If you haven’t been there in a while, they have some delicious dishes. And everything’s better with a beer, with 40 to choose from.
What’s your favorite thing at the Moose?