I survived Blizzard Juno! I ended up having to fly back from London a few hours earlier to avoid the storm but everything went fine. NYC wasn’t that badly hit (in fact my sister was sending me news headlines from Boston and they were hilarious “Storm slaps NYC but wallops Boston”). Anyway, here’s a brief post on Fargo, ND and some things to check out.
I guess first off go to the visitor centre. Normally I’d never recommend this but you can see the actual wood chipper used in the famous movie! If you haven’t seen Fargo by the Coen brothers then you should probably watch it first before coming as there are tons of references in the city. The staff at the centre even offer you props to make your photos even more ridiculous hah.
The main thing I did whilst in Fargo (and that we’re going to focus on in this post) is eat and drink. This first place wurst is a beer/sausage place downtown. The atmosphere and decor is very rustic and if you look at the menu you might get a glimpse of the Jagermeister logo hah. We went for the sweet potato fries with marshmallow fluff, the delicious pretzels, different sausages (mine was a smoked bratwurst) and the German Pride flight. It’s a cool place to hit up if you’re wandering around there or just before heading to the famous movie theatre (as seen above).
The next three places are all breweries and we did them one after the other. Junkyard are based just outside Fargo in NoMo. It has a small seating area but they have ten different taps which rotate weekly. I went for the Hop Habit (a pale ale) and it was delicious with a citrus/fruit pinch. The Fargo Brewing Company had these giant cotton reels which were cool to hang out on. We went for a flight of Stones Throw, Wood Chipper, Iron Horse and Bent River. The last stop was Drekker and possibly my favourite. It just had such a nice ambiance and there were carnival-style games like the one where you throw bean bags into holes. You can see below what flight we got and it was really great being able to try different ones. I’m not a beer person but this tour was pretty fun. All the breweries don’t serve food but you can bring in/order delivery from anywhere nearby. There are also board games at each one and we ended up playing some apples to apples here and there. I got the impression that these are the places that people go to hang out and relax in Fargo so if you want a taste of non-touristy ND check them out. As far as I’m aware there are tour companies that take you to each of these breweries but you can easily just do it yourself.
Because I had never had a ‘taco pizza’ before we ordered one from Spicy Pie. I’m only including this on here because it was one of the weirdest things I’ve eaten but surprisingly great (I’m not sure if that’s because at this point I had drunk quite a few beers but eh).
I have to end this post on something really Midwestern and to me that’s Burger Time. It’s a drive-through burger joint that we passed several times and eventually had to try. I like how every area of the US has its’ own ‘burger brand’. There’s Shake Shack, Culvers, In N Out, Whataburger and now this. What I particularly like about Burger Time is how they write pop for the drink and they serve cheese curds haha. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo as I actually ate it pretty darn quickly (and it was really good). It reminds me of those 90s cult movies and was truly one of the most typical American experiences I’ve ever had.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I went to Fargo but it definitely surprised me. The downtown area is a must and there are a ton of fun bars you can check out. In terms of activities there isn’t too much. There’s a sports shop with a ferris wheel inside and also a roleplay oldern-time museum called Bonanzaville. To me it just felt like the kind of place you’re comfortable in and just relax with your friends and good company over a drink. If you’re ever passing by I’d recommend checking in and getting your Fargo-ful.