The 10 Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in North Dakota!

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Comfort food. That’s what one thinks of when looking for a “mom and pop” restaurant. We want to recreate the feeling of running into the kitchen and smelling delectable aromas. We harken back to the good ole’ days when a hot cooked meal could make any problems from the day disappear. If you need some comfort food or simply want some delicious food made with care, check out one of the following restaurants.

1. Mom’s Kitchen, Fargo, ND

The name says it all. Mom’s Kitchen has been providing diners with mouth-watering food for many years. From smooth and creamy mashed potatoes to hot sandwiches made to order, Mom’s can feed your appetite and give you the warm and fuzzies all at the same time.

2. The Shack on Broadway, Fargo, ND

Pop into the Shack at any time of the day or night and you will likely find it at full capacity. Some people say it’s the food that draws them in and some credit the friendly service. Regardless of the reason, residents and visitors alike clamor for a chance to visit the Shack. It is worth the wait.

3. Country Rose Café, Dickinson, ND

The Country Rose Café is one of those hidden gems that regulars hope stays hidden. The food is delectable, the service is personable and friendly, and the price is always right. What more do you need? If you want to really treat yourself, try a caramel roll. 

4. Ohm’s Café, Mandan, ND

Ohm… feel a sense of peace and serenity when you walk through the doors of Ohm’s Café. Why peace and serenity? Because you know you are going to get a meal you will be bragging about for weeks. Stop in night or day and you can be confident that you are going to enjoy a meal that feels like it came straight out of your own oven.

5. Mr. and Mrs. J’s Family Restaurant, Devils Lake, ND

Passing through Devils Lake and hungry? Let Mr. and Mrs. J take care of you. The food is homemade and the service fast and welcoming. Even better, the prices won’t empty your pocket book. For a real treat, try the biscuits and gravy. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, give the Pig Out Omelet (12 eggs with everything, hashbrowns, and toast) a try.

6. Hastings Landing, Drayton, ND

Drayton, North Dakota, may not be the food capital of the Midwest, but Hastings Landing is worth a visit nonetheless. The meals are made with care and very reasonably priced. The homemade soups are worth your time all on their own. Hastings Landing can also cater your next get together.

7. Deaner’s Diner, West Fargo, ND

If you are looking for “home-style cooking just the way you like it,” Deaner’s Diner is your place. It is a very unassuming restaurant, but don’t let that fool you. The food is out of the world, especially the diner’s breakfasts. If you think you’re up for it, give the Hungry Man’s Breakfast a try (three eggs cooked to order, hash browns or American fries, choice of two breakfast meats, and two buttermilk pancakes).

8. Darcy’s Café, Grand Forks, ND

Darcy’s Café has been serving up scrumptious comfort food for years. It is one of the most popular restaurants in town, so be prepared for the likelihood of a short wait. The food will be worth it, however. Do yourself a favor and don’t leave without trying the cinnamon roll pancake.

9. North 40, Rolla, ND

Another small-town mom and pop diner that will have you questioning your desire to ever leave again. The menu is what you would expect from your typical diner, but the quality of food is nothing short of exceptional. Never been to Rolla, North Dakota? Now you have a reason.

10. CJ’s Kitchen, Fargo, ND

Homemade food “made from scratch and crafted with love.” What’s not to like? CJ’s is known for their breakfasts and lunch, partially because they are only open until 2 p.m. and partially because their food is extraordinary. The atmosphere is cozy, the service fast and personable, and the food mouth-watering. What else do you need?

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