North Dakota

Sculptures along North Dakotas Enchanted Highway

Every Year in ND is the Norsk Hostfest,  North America’s largest Scandinavian festival

North Dakota has a regional soup similar to chicken and dumplings called KNOEPHLA.  Available at the regional chain Krolls Diner and other places.

Fargo, ND

Winter in Fargo starts around September and Ends in May, so bring a jacket.  Moorhead is the sister city of Fargo across the river.

Fargo Events Guide

Alternative Paper-The High Plains Reader

Record stores:
Mothers-2421 10th Street S, Moorhead


The Bismarck Tavern-522 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 235-6607-Great dive bar that is very old with gambling, lots of regulars and some pretty disturbing shot combinations.

Dempseys-226 Broadway N Fargo, ND 58102-Irish bar with gambling and the venue the Aquarium upstairs. Downstairs they have things like country and irish bands.

Chub’s Pub & Package Place-421 N University Dr, Fargo, ND 58102- (701) 235-8425-Big bar with easy parking, gambling and a square bar in the center of the room.

Rick’s Bar-2721 Main Ave, Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 232-8356-Big bar with liquor store and cheap steak nights on Tuesdays as well as occasional music and a great sign

Empire Liquors-424 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102(701) 235-4705-Another good dive bar with off sale as well.

Music Venues-

The Aquarium – 226 Broadway N, Second Floor, Fargo, ND 58102  (701) 235-5913

These venues tend to have accoustic music:
Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway
The Fargo Theater-314 Broadway
Atomic Coffee, 15 Fourth Street South, Moorhead
Bowler’s-2630 University Drive, South-I am unclear as to whether this IS currently or just WAS a former bowling alley.  Either way, great idea for a venue.

Harold’s On Main-1330 Main Ave, Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 233-3477-Greater Fargo newish retro bar with occasional live music.

Parachigo-512 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102-Gallery, Performance space and community center. All ages.


The Shack on Broadway-3215 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102-701-356-2211-Diner with Hot beef sandwiches and regional specialties like Caramel rolls.

Regional Oddities
Fish Preserved in Lye, available at Sons of Norway-722 2nd Avenue
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, available at Wildmans Candy store,21 8th Street South

Thrift Store-Dakota Boys Ranch-1004 4th Avenue North

Dance Club-I-Beam-1021 Center Avenue, Moorhead

Bismarck, ND


Little Cottage Café-1965 diner with german and american food including the regional Knoephla soup and open faced hot hamburger, hot ham or hot roast beef sandwiches all covered in beef gravy -2513 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501

Dickinson, ND


Country Rose Café- 837 E Villard St, Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-2211-Awesome burgers and local specialties like the regional Knoephla soup.

Dunseith, North Dakota

Tourist Attraction-

W’eel Turtle-Giant Turtle folk art made out of Wheels

Elgin, ND

Coffee-The Sippin Chicken-Coffee shop with the only in North Dakota Caramel rolls. 122 N Main St, Elgin, ND 58533 (701) 584-3435

Grand Forks, ND


Red Pepper-“Home of the Grinder”-1011 UNIVERSITY AVE. GRAND FORKS ND 58203701-775-9671-take a regular cold cut sub and add taco meat to it and boom, a grinder. Also “taco burgers” ie a spicier loosemeat sandwich

Historic Kegs Drive-In-The Kegs is a historic drive-in shaped like two large wooden barrels. The barrel structures were originally built in 1935 as part of a chain of seven walk-up root beer stands called The Barrel. Chili Burger, shrimp burger, sloppy joes, onion rings, chili dogs and of course Root Beer – 901 N 5th St, Grand Forks, ND 58203 (701) 787-5347

Its Burger Time Grand Forks-Kinda looks like a Rallys but its better. Regional burger, fry and shake chain.
2651 Demers Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 775-2776


The Ember -Coffee Shop and “creative venue” 8 N 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND 58203  (701) 203-2877 (closed in 2020 but may be reopening)

Larson’s Drive-Inn-924 Towner Ave, Larimore, ND, (701) 343-2037

Loraine, ND (POP. 9)


The Naked Moose– 344-552 Main St, Loraine, ND 58761 (701) 756-6678-One of the best restaurants in the state.

Mandan, ND

Eats-Frieds Family Restaurant-1010 Boundary St NW, Mandan, ND 58554-German food and american food Closed Sunday

Minot, ND

Annual festival the Norsk Høstfest in September

Napoleon, ND

Eats-White Maid Diner & Bar-301 Main Ave, Napoleon, ND 58561-Open early, open late burger joint.

New Salem, North Dakota

Tourist Attraction-

Salem Sue is a large fiberglass holstein cow sculpture located in New Salem, North Dakota. The statue stands 38 feet high and is 50 feet long. It sits on School Hill near Interstate 94 off exit 127 S and can be viewed for several miles