So hop into your car and head down for some delicious onion rings, sloppy joes and root beer!
Here’s some good news for your Monday afternoon: HuHot Mongolian Grill is a bit closer to having a location in Grand Forks.
A few months ago, I told you that the Fargo franchisee was scouting locations. Now, he tells me that they’re in “lease negotiations as of right now.” He said a possible location fell through because of a parking space issue.
So while we don’t yet know where the restaurant will be, we’re one step closer to having it.
At HuHot, you choose a stir-fry dish from a selection of fresh meats, noodles, vegetables and Asian sauces and watch the chef grill it up on the huge circular grill. Check out the menu here.
It should only be a matter of time!
A new sandwich shop will open up next to Noodles & Company in south Grand Forks on Friday.
Shing Ya, a Japanese restaurant in the former location of a Middle Eastern restaurant, will open in downtown Grand Forks on Monday, November 19.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends.
Owner Steven Ming Li recently moved to Grand Forks from Rosemead, CA,where he managed a restaurant for 12 years. He’s originally from Beijing.
Li told me Shing Ya will have sushi, chicken, pork and fish dishes along with Japanese curry, and ramen and udon noodle dishes. He also will have a beer and wine license for the restaurant. The lease on the space is for two years, started September 1.
Grand Forks has seen a growing number of ethnic restaurants, with places like Drunken Noodle, Little Bangkok, Babylon, Fuji and others opening in just the last few years. (Although Babylon is no more obviously). I think it’s a great thing. Most people are reluctant to venture out and try something truly different than what they’re used to eating everyday. You never know what will become your new favorite dish.
Shing Ya is at 108 N. 3rd St. – #701-772-0515
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will soon be calling the former Mi Mexico location home, according to Reggie.
“When I moved to North Dakota, I looked up barbecue and all that came up were Chinese food restaurants,” said franchise owner Josh Becker. “There was a desperate need for barbecue here.”
Becker is right. The only time we get good barbecue up here is when the Famous Dave’s truck comes up from Fargo for the Art Fest or something. Wild Hog in south Grand Forks is alright, but I found their version a bit dry. I do need to get there again and try the ribs, though.
Dickey’s was started in Texas in 1941. They serve hickory-smoked meats like beef brisket, pulled pork, polish sausage and more. Sides include cole slaw, barbecue beans, potato salad and French fries. There are over 200 locations across the country.
A Fargo Forum review found the meat tasty, but the sides lacking.
Dickey’s is expected to open in mid May. I can’t wait.
Tipped off by a few comments, I saw tonight that “Casa Mexican Restaurant” will be opening soon in East Grand Forks, at least according to the sign in front of the old Tortilla Flats restaurant.
What “opening soon” means is anyone’s guess. But that building has been vacant for quite a few years. It’s in a bit of an odd location, west of Hugo’s in East Grand Forks but tucked in on a side street.
I remember going to Tortilla Flats a few times and was always pleased with what I ate. It wasn’t amazing, but better than Paradiso and Mexican Village. Mi Mexico was probably better and more authentic but the more Mexican food in town, the better. And even more now that Mi Mexico is gone.
There are Tortilla Flats signs still up and not a whole activity on the outside yet. A number I found online for the place wasn’t answered.
It’s always good to see a vacant restaurant being filled by a new local one. Hopefully the food at Casa is authentic and not the Americanized version we’ve all come to love (?) so much.
Casa Mexican Restaurant / 112 14th St NE, EGF / (218) 773-4331