When I drove into Grand Forks, North Dakota, on a late afternoon, I knew supper would be calling my name. It wasn’t long after I checked into my hotel, The Staybridge Suites, that I knew I would be looking for something to eat. Although it was tempting to hang out in this area of this welcoming hotel.
I tend to check in with the locals when I visit a new area and The Red Pepper kept popping up. A quick text to my sister reassured me that this was a great recommendation, as her sophomore son at the University of North Dakota did indulge here. If my 19-year-old nephew enjoys a sandwich at the “Home of the Grinder” I knew it had to be good.
After a short drive around the campus area, which was near my hotel; I landed at the world famous Red Pepper in Grand Forks, North Dakota, located at 415 North 42nd Street. It was a fairly quiet summer evening and I was greeted by two young college-aged students ready and willing to answer my questions. Of course, I had to ask what their most popular item was. They both quickly chimed in with “The Grinder.”
So, there was no choice, the grinder it was.
It turns out that this world-famous restaurant came into being in the early 1960’s. The original restaurant is between UND and downtown Grand Forks, which I did not see on this visit. This definitely gives me a reason to return, right?
Locally sourced produce and meat make this a local favorite. “The Grinder” was fantastic and I can see why they were voted as “The Best Late Night Food In The United States” by Esquire magazine. Who wouldn’t want to live in a college town with addicting food and a setting like this?
The sauce was addictive and as I write this I find myself craving a grinder, which happens to be 450 miles from my home in Iowa. If there’s one thing I know that I enjoy, it’s the fact that I am
getting really good at road trippin’ across the great state of North Dakota.
Have you indulged at The Red Pepper in North Dakota? If so, I’d love to hear what you love about this fun restaurant and what keeps you returning.
*Thank you to Grand Forks, North Dakota for hosting me.