Carl Steventon Jr.
My husband and I just returned from a two-week trip from Milwaukee to the Dakotas and back. Several of you offered advice on places to visit during the trip, so I figured I’d provide a report of our wanderings. It seems that my photo files are too large to be uploaded here, so no pictures, I guess. [:p]
We arrived in Fargo after a very long drive, but after briefly settling into our downtown hotel, we ventured out to Wurst Beer Hall (630 1st Ave. N, Fargo, ND) for dinner. This place is loud and trendy with a beer hall feel, but they have a variety of traditional German-Russian comfort dishes on offer alongside artisan sausages, burgers, and stuff like that. We started with a bowl of their Knoephla Soup, a medium-thick concoction containing potato dumplings and flecked with carrots and other aromatics. After that we enjoyed a rabbit-rattlesnake sausage as well as a jaegerschnitzel entr�e. The schnitzel–breaded and fried pork loin– came with mushroom gravy, braised red cabbage, and spaetzle. All of the food was delicious and went well with a local beer, a Drekker Broken Rudder (Red Ale). Dessert was a slice of Peach Kuchen: kind of creamy, reminiscent of farmer’s cheese with cobbler crust.
The following day began with a glazed raised and a blueberry donut at Sandy’s Donuts (300 Broadway N, Fargo, ND), a very popular downtown spot (the original store is in West Fargo). The blueberry was a typical cake donut, but the glazed raised was puffy and slightly yeasty– a step above the ordinary. There were dozens of donut varieties available, including maple bacon long johns, bismarks (blueberry, lemon, strawberry), various cake donuts with and without frosting, apple clusters, and so on. There was no kuchen ready to purchase, but they do take advance orders for kuchen. Our next breakfast stop was Nichole’s Fine Pastries (13 8th St. S, Fargo, ND) where we enjoyed a lemon curd bar and a slice of salmon quiche. This place has some savory items (such as quiche), but specializes in sweet pastries, with an emphasis on French-style patisserie. Though there are plenty of cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes, and other common North American sweets for sale, the attractions are the croissants, fruit tarts, framboise bombes, and other exquisite confections that one more properly expects to find in Paris and Brussels. Nichole’s also sells chocolate truffles of various kinds. There are very few places like this in the American heartland (Milwaukee really only has one such place), and Nichole’s fills the bill quite well.
Lunch that day was at Kroll’s Diner (1033 45th St. S, Fargo, ND), part of a small regional chain that has been mentioned in several other Dakota trip reports here. We started with the Knoephla Soup, a thinner and weaker version of the soup that we had enjoyed at Wurst Beer Hall. The soup itself tasted bland and salty, compared to the thicker and more potatoey base of the soup at Wurst Beer Hall. The Kroll’s dumplings were rather tough and probably had more flour than potato in them. On a brighter note, we tried Kroll’s Fleischkuekle, a flaky turnover filled with beef. It was tasty, but unfortunately, it was the only Fleischkuekle we had on the trip, so have nothing much to compare it with. This version was rather greasy, and the beef inside was a thin, spiced patty, but we generally enjoyed it. The semi-Roadfooding Husband ordered a club sandwich, and that was standard fare.
We left Fargo sometime early afternoon, but made sure to stop at the Tower Travel Center (101 Maiden Lane, Tower City, ND) just off of I-94. While researching stops for this trip, I came across some good press about the Tower Travel Center cafe/bakery. They make baked goods there from scratch, and I read that this was a good place for Sour Cream Raisin Pie, so I snagged the last piece in the display case. We ate the pie later that evening, bu,29,864250,0,55124,220.127.116.11
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