A friend and I sought refuge from the oppressive July heat this last Sunday at the Boardwalk Bar and Grill in downtown East Grand Forks. A few cold beers and a tasty appetizer and we were feeling much better.
The Boardwalk Bar and Grill seems to be an under-appreciated joint stuck in between Mike’s Pizza and the Blue Moose. Every time I go in, there are at most three other tables. I have, to be fair, only been there in off times, but still.
So we quickly cooled off with a few ice cold Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, that amazing combination of lemonade and beer that just seems to quench your thirst like no other beer concoction.
We ordered the “Hang Ten” appetizer which consists of three fried shrimp and three fried walleye strips with the house remoulade sauce for $11.95. It’s a pretty expensive app, but it was also pretty tasty.
The shrimp could’ve been plumper, but the fry on them resulted in a satisfying crunch. The walleye strips were very lightly fried, which was nice. But the real star of the dish, for me, was the remoulade sauce. It was sort of a mix between tartar sauce and Thousand Island dressing, the perfect mix for the shrimp and fish. The app also came with another sauce, but the remoulade was where it was at. And service could not have been better.
On a less balmy day, we would’ve opted for the River Deck Bar on the second floor, where you can sit on the balcony and watch the Red River flow by. It’s probably one of the better views of the river in GF and EGF. I highly recommend getting up there and at least having a few drinks.
As for other food from Boardwalk, it’s your mid-range stuff like sandwiches, salads, wraps, and the “best hamburger in the Grand Cities.” Anytime I’ve eaten here it’s been good, so try it out.