North Dakota Food and Festivals
Check out local food events and festivals around the state and sample the flavors of North Dakota
North Dakotans are proud of their connection to the land and culinary traditions. The state is the nation’s top producer of many agricultural products, including spring wheat, sunflowers and honey. Our fare is full of authentic dishes that preserve our unique heritage, with local restaurants increasingly incorporating fresh, North Dakota ingredients straight from our farms. And that’s something to celebrate!
Check out local food events and festivals around the state and sample the flavors of North Dakota. Hungry for more? Visit NDtourism.com for more events and restaurant listings or click here for your Food and Festivals brochure.
Choose Your Adventure
North Dakota leaves no point on the culinary spectrum untouched. Foodies will find award-winning modern cuisine, family-owned spots serving comfort food classics and plenty of stops to satisfy the sweet tooth. Eat your way across North Dakota and sample authentic German and Norwegian dishes, refined farm-to-table fare and classics that’ll leave you nostalgic for home – just remember to leave room for dessert.
1. FARGO KRINGEN LODGE #25
722 Second Ave. N., Fargo
Promoting and preserving Nordic heritage through authentic eats every day – from lefse to rommegrot pie – guests are guaranteed an authentic taste of Norway.
2. FOUR CORNERS CAFE
2000 Highway 85 SW, Fairfield
Four Corners serves up local Ukrainian heritage with homemade pyrohy/pierogie and borscht soup.
3. FRIED’S FAMILY RESTAURANT
1010 Boundary Street NW, Mandan
Fried’s (pronounced FREEDS) is truly a family affair, serving scratch-made pies, caramel rolls and
comforting knoephla soup made fresh daily.
4. HAGUE CAFÉ
Main Avenue E, Hague
Hague Café is the centerpiece of town with a reputation for serving hearty German lunch specials. Try the cheesebuttons.
5. KROLL’S DINER
1915 E. Main Ave., Bismarck
A North Dakota staple that’s been serving German specialties like fleischkuechle since 1972, this is the original Kroll’s location. Skinny jeans not advised.
6. MODEL BAKERY
117 N. Broadway, Linton
A classic German bakery serving 11 flavors of kuchen and fresh blanchenda every day, don’t miss the homemade doughnuts.
7. REUBEN’S RESTAURANT
301 Main Ave., Napoleon
Named after a local resident, Reuben’s is a community-run café serving traditional American and German fare.
8. WÜRST BIER HALL
630 First Ave. N., Fargo
True to its name, Würst Bier Hall serves more than 30 brews and a dozen sausages, including classic bratwurst and exotic jackalope links.
9. 10 NORTH MAIN (CLOSED)
10 N. Main St., Minot
A warm ambience with local art and extensive wine list complement 10 North Main’s fare, including
locally raised bison, in downtown Minot.
10. BRICKHOUSE GRILLE
2 W. Villard St., Dickinson
Serving fresh, simple and seasonal food in historic downtown Dickinson. Enjoy a libation in the B2
Lounge upstairs before sitting down to dinner.
11. HODO RESTAURANT
101 Broadway N., Fargo
With their refined menu, HoDo chefs were recently nominated for the culinary industry’s prestigious James Beard award.
309 Roberts St., Fargo
Locally sourced ingredients are the backbone of Mezzaluna’s menu full of sophisticated food and swanky cocktails.
13. PEACOCK ALLEY
422 E. Main Ave., Bismarck
Peacock Alley prides itself on using only the highest quality cuts of beef, and is located in the historic Patterson Hotel building.
14. PIROGUE GRILLE
121 N. Fourth St., Bismarck
Named after the boats Lewis and Clark used to traverse the Missouri River, diners are treated
to feast on local specialties like walleye, bison
and the famous rhubarbtini.
15. SANDERS 322 DEMERS
22 S. Third St., Grand Forks
Sanders features refined takes on Dakota cuisine including bison short ribs braised in red wine.
16. THEODORE’S DINING ROOM
301 Third Ave., Medora
Situated in the historic Rough Riders Hotel, Theodore's Dining Room puts a modern spin on the traditional cuisine of the wild, wild West.
26. BUCKSKIN BAR & GRILL
64 Central Ave. S., Killdeer
With a rustic atmosphere and a history dating back to the early 1800s, Buckskin Bar & Grill is a North Dakota landmark serving hearty burgers, steaks and pizza.
27. FARMER’S DAUGHTER CAFÉ
103 4th Street SW, South Heart
South Heart’s cozy café welcomes customers to dine on classic comfort foods, sandwiches and desserts. Check out the images of local farm scenes lining the walls.
28. FRONTIER FORT BAR & GRILL
1838 Third Ave. SE, Jamestown
Located on the edge of the Frontier Village. Head to the upper level of this fort for hearty portions of prime rib and buffalo steak.
29. GRAMMA JO’S KITCHEN
709 Park St. W., Park River
Home cooked meals just like at grandma’s house, Gramma Jo’s offers good prices, fast service and a
30. OUR TOWN BAKERY
3 N. Main St., Hillsboro
The aroma of freshly baked treats accompanies lunch diners as they browse rows of croissants, tarts and ooey-gooey rolls.
31. OUTLAWS BAR & GRILL
120 N. Main St., Watford City
Serving up sizzling steaks and entrees in a warm, family-oriented atmosphere. Outlaws has a modern spin on the Wild West era.
32. PITCHFORK STEAK FONDUE
Chateau Rd, Medora
The cooks at this Medora hotspot pile steaks on pitchforks for a western-style fondue. Scenic views of the Badlands accompany this unforgettable dining experience.
33. ROCKIN RELICS
205 S. Main Ave., Rugby
This combination old-fashioned soda fountain and antique store serves café style eats and sweet confections.
34. THE RANCH STEAKHOUSE
1119 ND 20, Devils Lake
Converted from a barn in 1946, the Ranch Steakhouse continues to serve delicious barbeque, steak and seafood with a side of Midwestern hospitality.
35. TRAXSIDE CAFE
306 Railway St., Enderlin
Homemade rhubarb pies and a family atmosphere await diners stopping in for a bite to eat along the train tracks.
17. BIG BOY
2511 E. Main Ave., Bismarck
With purple cows and pizza burgers “flying style,” Big Boy is synonymous with family fun and traditional American fare.
18. CHARLIE’S MAIN STREET CAFE
113 Main St. S., Minot
This down-home joint in downtown Minot sticks to Midwestern classics – chicken fried steak, sirloin
steak and hearty roast beef dinners.
19. COWBOY CAFE
215 Fourth St., Medora
Cowboy Cafe is a rustic spot known for its hot beef sandwich slathered with mashed
potatoes and gravy.
20. DAKOTA DRUG
107 S. Main St., Stanley
The last known Whirl-A-Whip machine at Dakota Drug mixes up ice cream treats filled with delicious goodies. Choose from Oreos, peanut butter, watermelon candies, or even dill pickles.
21. LARSON’S DRIVE INN
ND 18, Larimore
For 35 years, Larson’s has been serving up tasty eats, including their smothered fries, topped with everything but the kitchen sink.
22. PIZZA CORNER
202 East Main Street, Valley City
A historic landmark situated at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street, Pizza Corner pies are found throughout the Upper Midwest.
23. PRIDE DAIRY
517 Thompson St., Bottineau
Pride Dairy still uses their classic 1940s recipe to churn out ice cream made with traditional prairie flavors. Try a scoop of the rhubarb strawberry or chokecherry.
24. RED PEPPER
1011 University Ave., Grand Forks
Voted “the Best Late Night Food in the United States” by Esquire Magazine, Red Pepper grinders, tacos and addicting “white sauce” have been North Dakota staples since 1961.
25. THE BREW
215 Sims St., Dickinson
Dickinson’s hip little coffee house takes pride in its beans and beverages. Pop in for a coffee, tea or sweet treat to get you through the day.
36. A & B PIZZA
1017 E. Interstate Ave, Bismarck
For more than 40 years, A & B Pizza has been a family affair. Savor the popular house pizza with specially seasoned sausage or the hometown favorite taco pizza.
37. BLACKBIRD WOODFIRE
206 Broadway N., Fargo
Blackbird is passionate about feeding the prairie homemade, wood-fired pizzas crafted with flour milled from North Dakota wheat.
38. FIREFLOUR PIZZA
111 N. Fifth St., Bismarck
Fireflour in downtown Bismarck bakes authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza topped with gourmet ingredients like hand-pulled mozzarella in downtown Bismarck.
39. RHOMBUS GUYS
312 Kittson Ave., Grand Forks
Consistently voted “Best Pizza,” Rhombus Guys tops its pies with an eclectic mix of mix ingredients ranging from pulled pork to tater tots.
40. PIZZA SHOP
47 Second Ave. SW, Mayville
Sticking to tradition since 1964 with homemade pizzas, subs and burgers. Try the pepperoni, peanut butter and jalapeño pie for an unexpectedly scrumptious combo.
41. LUND’S LANDING
11350 ND1804, Ray
Savor the homemade juneberry pie a la mode for a sweet treat on the shores of Lake Sakakawea.
42. NICHOLE'S FINE PASTRY
13 Eighth St. S., Fargo
Made-from-scratch European pastries, cakes and confections beg to be devoured from the display case at Nichole’s.
43. TOWER TRAVEL CENTER
101 Maiden Lane, Tower City
Hungry travelers find refuge at Tower Travel Center, with its freshly baked bread and rotating display case of homemade pies.
44. WIDMAN’S CANDY CO.
106 S. Third St., Grand Forks
Widman’s famous chocolate-covered potato chips, affectionately known as “Chippers,” are the perfect blend of salty, crunch and sweet.
Festivals and Events
Bacon and Beer Festival, Fargo
Ribfests in Bismarck, Fargo and Walhalla
Rhubarb Festival, Grand Forks
Turkey Barbecue, Aneta
Best of the West Ribfest, Watford City
North Dakota State Fair, Minot
Ukrainian Festival, Dickinson
Watermelon Days, Hebron
Chokecherry Festival, Williston
Corn Feed & Old Settler’s Day, Bismarck
Deuce of August Icelandic
Watermelon Feed, Washburn
Norsk Hostfest, Minot
Oktoberfests in Hazen, Jamestown and Mandan
Potato Bowl USA, Grand Forks
Sunflower Festival, Enderlin
Sauerkraut Day, Wishek