Safe and Delicious Dining in Fargo-Moorhead

There are many reasons to visit (and live in) Fargo. The infamous Woodchipper, the Iconic Fargo Theatre, great local shopping, killer nightlife, tons of art, we could go on! Listed among the top reasons you’ll quickly discover, THE FOOD!

Between Fargo and its sister cities, Moorhead and West Fargo, there are over 450 restaurants, 250+ are uniquely local. The culinary culture of the community is wonderfully diverse and delicious!

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to many businesses, especially restaurants. The local eateries, new and established, have gone above and beyond in adapting to these odd times to ensure the safety of their employees and patrons while continuing to cook up classic favorites and new dishes. We chatted with a few of them, and THAT is what this post is all about!

Beer & Fish Company

A new kid on the culinary block, Beer & Fish Company opened its doors in December 2020. Cozy up (while social distancing) in their huge dining area, or grab a spot in the fresh air on their patio tucked away in Roberts Alley.

Their fish & chips are truly something to write home about! Their menu also features a variety of seafood, pasta, oysters on the half shell, and extensive beer selection (and full bar). Click here to check out their menu!

230 Roberts Alley | (701) 532-1342

Sol Ave. Kitchen

This neighborhood kitchen uses locally sourced ingredients from area farmers to ensure the highest quality food possible. They specialize in globally (and thoughtfully) inspired street food with a Midwest twist!

Sol Ave. Kitchen has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the safety of their staff and community. All tables have been arranged 6’+ apart (including patio seating), employees and patrons are required to wear masks (when leaving the tables), they’ve adopted online ordering, delivery, and as always, fresh and happy menu options!

1408 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (218) 284-7653

BONUS! You’ll find more carefully crafted local meals by the same owners at Luna in South Fargo.

Brew Bird

The funky fried chicken isn’t the only reason to check out this establishment! The open concept, garage doors, and beautiful patio make it a perfect place to enjoy a great meal while maintaining a 6′ buffer between you and fellow diners.

On top of that, they’ve safely brought live music in a comfortable outdoor setting! Check out their Tiki Party in the Parking Lot Series on their Facebook page.

30 University Drive N | (701) 205-0238

Food Trucks

Ah, the classic meals on wheels. FM is known for its fleets of diverse food truck options. Like many businesses that rely on events, the pandemic has caused some serious issues for these mobile restaurants. But, if there’s a will (and plenty of hand sanitizer and face masks), there’s a way!

Drive-thru food truck events, pop-up festivals, and the much-beloved annual Food Truck Festival have provided safe and delicious options for patrons and food truck employees. Outdoor venues provide plenty of room to social distance and you’ll find no shortage of hand washing/sanitizing stations.

Outside of food truck-specific events, you can easily find these roaming restaurants on the patio of several breweries, pubs, or favorite locations throughout the city.

Fargo Food Truck Festival | August 14 – 16, 2020 | 5180 19th Ave N

46 North Pints & Provisions

Not only does 46 North have great, “elevated comfort food,” they also have a beautiful location on a corner spot in the heart of Downtown Fargo. This makes for huge windows overlooking 2nd Avenue and a spacious patio that’s perfect for a cocktail (or two) and a nice meal.

46 North is offering takeout and dine in so whichever you feel more comfortable with, you can get their yummy food! On Wednesdays, enjoy half-priced bottles of wine or come any day Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. for their bomb happy hour specials.

635 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 532-0986

Hooligan’s Bar and Grill

Hooligan’s moved into a new location in 2019 that now has a family-friendly side that’s open until 10 p.m. daily. Order online or stop in for some safe, fun times.

Hooligan’s is right across the street from the newly built Lights on Sheyenne event venue, so if you’re planning to go (socially distanced, of course) to one of their outdoor events, this is the place to go beforehand.

509 32nd Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 373-0770

The Tavern

The home of the Build Your Own (basically) everything, The Tavern has a huge menu with options for anyone to enjoy. Choose from chef-built salads, build-your-own pizzas, and sandwiches, and don’t forget to order a side of their yummy fries or their house-made chips.

When this Minneapolis-based restaurant opened back up this summer, they took safety very seriously. They encourage all patrons to add themselves to the online waitlist 30 minutes before they arrive so that a table can be ready when they get there. That, along with socially distanced tables, helps keeps those who dine at The Tavern safe.

4504 32nd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 532-0777

Deaner’s Diner

Not only does Deaner’s Diner have a fantastic sense of humor (check out their Facebook page), but they also have great, home-made comfort food for any time of day. They have breakfast available all day as well as chef specials like oven-roasted hot sandwiches and dinners like your grandma used to make.

Deaner’s Diner opened back up in July and the waitstaff has been sanitizing all areas, wearing masks, and socially distancing like it’s their job so you can feel safe to enjoy all of your favorites in this local diner.

405 Main Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 277-7062

Helping the local restaurants stay afloat in these trying times is a great way to start to build back the community. Order some take out, socially distance on a great patio, or attend a food-based event, no matter which route you take, it will help Fargo-Moorhead to get back on its feet.