Rhombus Guys Plan ‘Happy Hour Series’

The good fellows at Rhombus Guys in Grand Forks are starting a “Happy Hour Series” starting tomorrow. It’ll also be on the last Thursday of each month for the coming six months. It goes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For $15 you get two pints and some “great Rhombus food,” according to their Facebook page. The first beer is from the Fargo Beer Company. It’ll be their Woodchipper infused with ginger and lemongrass. Sounds tasty.

No idea what the food will be, but it’ll be good no doubt.

Summer Ale at JL

Also, over at JL Beers on Columbia, they just tapped Sam Adams’ Summer Ale. It has lemon peel and Grains of Paradise. Just thinking of those tasty burgers is making me hungry.

Corral Kerfuffle

The last post about Golden Corral was one of the top three entries in the history of the blog. There were also quite a few comments, mostly negative. I’ll try to get some more info on the expected opening date. As always, thanks for reading.

Try the ‘Columbia’ at JL Beers

I had the pleasure Friday night of hitting up JL Beers in Grand Forks on Friday for a quick burger and beer. Previously, I had the Humpty Dumpty burger and the JL Burger, but this time I tried the Columbia.

JL Beers is expanding with a Sioux Falls location coming soon. There are three in Fargo-Moorhead.

Humpty Dumpty and Fries

Named aptly enough after the street JL Beers is on (I assume), the Columbia piles bacon, cheese, barbecue sauce on top of the hamburger patty that has a barbecue rub. I added raw onions.

I absolutely love the combination of juicy, fresh beef, barbecue sauce and onions. I’ve mentioned the Cowboy Burger at the Blue Moose that’s great. JL’s version of the tasty combination was just that. The bun was soft and I could taste each ingredient. Accompanying the burger were some piping hot fries that I ordered with the jalapeno and cheddar spice mixture thrown in. Unfortunately I forgot my phone so I didn’t get any pictures.

The fries could’ve been just a bit crispier and got to be a bit too salty near the end of the dinner with the jalapeno mix on them. But try the chipotle dip, as I’ve told you about before. It’s tasty.

I love that there’s bottles of sriracha on every table and rolls of paper towels as napkins.

Next up for me are going to be the Philly Cheese Burger or the Slaw Burger.

As I’ve always found it, the service at JL Beers was crazy fast and our waitress was extremely attentive. And the place was packed, with only one table open when I arrived with my dinner mate.

Let’s hear your favorite burger or combinations from JL in the comments!

JL Beers®
2531 South Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00AM – 12:00AM

*Must be 21 to Enter

A Strong Contender For Best Burger in Grand Forks

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!

JL Beers website

For more burger goodness, check out the Reggie Tales review