Our trip to Fargo, North Dakota

Lawrence Castro | September 18, 2022

I will never forget my first trip to the Midwest.

Fargo, ND is located right next to the Red River and its sister city, Moorhead, MN is just a short drive across the bridge. The area is flat which makes for some great sunsets that I would come to see.

Looking at Fargo in his face, not much was happening. The sidewalks were barely used and there were no groups of people waiting to cross the street. However, once you get downtown, it’s a whole different story. My favorite parts of the trip were in the very unique little shops littered along Main Street. I’ve been to family shops and Scandinavian souvenir shops, but the coolest of all was O’Day Cache. I could have spent hours in the shop as there were so many little trinkets and specially made furniture, traditional Indian scarves and the coolest glassware I have ever seen.

The city center is popular on the city ​​adventure passport, too. Besides shopping, the Plains Art Museum is a local hotspot in the area. And if you think you’ve heard of Fargo before, you’re probably thinking of the show and the movie. Speaking of which, the infamous Woodchipper is on display at the visitor center which is also a stop on the pass. It’s not a hard building to miss as there is a rainbow painted bison sitting in front.

There was always a flurry of activity in Broadway Square, from live music to children spinning in what appeared to be giant spinning top toys. On Saturday, the plaza was packed with food trucks, fresh produce vendors and small business owners attending the Red River Market. Top Dog Hot Dog’s bomb dog was arguably the best meal of the entire trip. I wish I could tell you what was on it, but even the sign said trust the creator.

It was a party that everyone responded to, showed up and brought more than their most allotted.

The food

The food revolved around experimental pizzas and beefy burgers. At Cowboy Jack’s, their classic cheeseburger was on par with what you could find at the biggest burger stops in Texas. I was surprised, but it was exactly what I needed. Each bar was welcoming and not packed – something we don’t see often in Austin anymore. Every place has something different and unique to offer, whether it’s the atmosphere or the beers. The city offers a craft and draft passes which allows you to discover all the local breweries and redeem offers, as well as a prize at the end of your trip. I checked out a few of the stops on the list and found that I have become a brewery connoisseur.

#1 WILD TERRA CIDER COMPANY

I immediately knew this colorful brewery would be one of my favorites when I heard Remi Wolf’s Photo ID play as I rode up. With a very youthful atmosphere, Wild Terra had the best coffee and an alcoholic hangout vibe. Their upstairs seats were full of greenery and cool chairs (I’m a sucker for a good chair), not to mention they served “experimental” ciders. The tastes were light and lacked a punch, but they were refreshing and died down easily. Some of their flavors, like pear and sour cherry-lime, are ciders you won’t find anywhere else.

What’s Popular: Seasonal Caramel Apple Cider

#2 PIXELED BREWING COMPANY

This brewing company was located inside the historic Union and had a fairly limited selection of beers. However, they made up for it with the sheer amount of classic arcade games lining the walls. And for a bonus, you get 5 free games when you arrive with your crafting and drafts pass.

What the Locals Order: John Luck Pickerd

What I have: the mango cart

#3 JL BEERS

JL Beers has four locations you can visit, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t stop by for a sip. I went to the downtown bar and was greeted by the nicest bartender – something I really appreciate. When I arrived, the scene was quite interesting. Outside were two little old women chatting and drinking their beers with a side of a nice burger. I was kicking myself for eating before this stop. Once inside, the regulars sat at the only banquette and a young man read a book at the end of the counter.

A beer I would have liked to taste: Wilderness Tuxedo POG

#4 FRONT STREET BATHROOM

A little away from the downtown train tracks, you’ll find another main street that’s home to a couple of local iconic stops: Rhombus Guys and Front Street Taproom. The interior of the bar was dimly lit and cozy with bear-sized chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It wasn’t crowded, but the rush started just as the clock struck 5pm. Some people came for a drink while others sat for a while with friends. I felt the history of Fargo in this bar and loved all the little details that helped make this place a great hangout. You can also order from the local pizzeria a few doors down and have it delivered to the bar for free.

What I’ve Heard Others Order: Mexican Honey Light and Dad’s Session IPA from Fargo

What I had: Raspberry Hibiscus Cider…was delicious

#5 JUNKYARD BREWING CO.

Junkyard was a nice break from the bar stuffiness that comes with spilling beers. The brewery was busy with families and young friends playing Yahtzee under a terrace full of colorful flowers. It was an oasis in an area that seemed almost deserted. There was art all over the walls and great music to accompany the happiness that emanates from this place. At this point, I realized that each brewery was like its own little world inside an even stranger world that is Fargo. The bar also allowed dogs, so I made a friend named Titus, who looked more like a horse than a dog.

What’s popular: the slaps! and Nutty Little Fella

#6 BREWING IN KEG SWING

I don’t like picking my favorites, but if I had to, it would be Swing Barrel. The bartenders the night I arrived were two women who made my last day a great end to the trip. Even after the Longhorns lost to Bama, my spirits remained high as Janika poured me a free drink for my sorrows. I had a few drinks at this bar but I promise you it didn’t contribute to my favorite ranking! I had two flavored seltzers and the way they make them is a criminal genius. With over 6 flavors to choose from, the syrups displayed by the beers are added to a seltzer base that can have mixed and matched flavors for a good time. I also tried their homemade popcorn using one of their popular brews, Sugarfoot Jr.. The vanilla oatmeal stout tastes very similar to a good cold brew and still has tastes best when coating popcorn.

In conclusion

I entered a new world when I set foot in Fargo. I learned a lot from the locals, especially the Lyft and Uber drivers. Lori shared the story of a Viking ship built by an artist from Minnesota (which you can see with the adventure pass at the Hjemkomst Center) that passed before he could fulfill his promise to put it on the ship. water. But don’t worry, his family has seen their ambitions come to fruition. Jean-Eddy encouraged me to spin a globe and poke your finger: that’s where you’ll go next. And Kenben told me that the best cure for a hangover was to drink a whole jar of pickle juice.

There is nothing like it, and I hope everyone can experience the weird charm at least once in their life.

Trolleys and passes

@texastasty

We had an amazing trip to #Fargo and loved the food, culture and things to do there. We had a great time checking out the stops in the adventure and the crafting and drafting passport 🍻 #northofnormal

♬ Indian Summer – HOAX

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