Chicken noodle, clam chowder, butternut squash—sometimes a hot bowl of soup is just what the doctor ordered! Whether you’re under the weather or you’re simply in the mood for something hearty and warm, North Dakota’s cafes, pubs, and diners have delicious soup options. Here are our favorites.
Located in a down to earth and comfortable environment with friendly and helpful employees, Old Main Street Cafe is a favorite place in Devils Lake for locals. This is paradise for soup lovers, as there is a huge soup bar in which you taste plenty of different choices. Some of the favorites are the knefla soup, chili, beer cheese soup, or chicken noodle. Don’t forget to load up your bowls of soup with croutons!
Jack’s is an old-fashioned family restaurant that is well known for their borscht, chicken, and other hearty soups! Borscht is a sour soup that originated in Eastern Europe and is made primarily with beetroots. It is a unique dish that customers always love! Other soup options include knoephla, which is a traditional German dumpling potato soup. From Ukrainian borscht to German knoephla, you can take a culinary trip around Europe just by tasting Jack’s wonderful soups.
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This cozy and quaint cafe is a cornerstone of the small community of Rugby. It is a place for locals to stop in, get a cup of coffee and bite to eat as they catch up on local news and events. The cafe is located inside an adorable cottage complete with a white picket fence and flowers growing all around. The menu includes homemade sandwiches, burgers, delicious breakfast choices, pies, and, of course, hearty soups. Some favorites are the tomato, knoephla, chicken and tortilla, and barley. Not only that, it is also right next to a monument to the geographic center of North America.
Classic 1950s-style Kroll’s Diner is one of the best restaurants in Minot. Opened in 1972, they specialize in both German and American cuisine. The menu offers omelets, skillets, eggs, pancakes, French toast, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, German specials, and soups like their famous knoephla soup, homemade chili topped with shredded cheddar cheese, or the homemade soup of the day. Kroll’s Diner has locations in Bismarck, Fargo, Minot, and Mandan.
Three Lyons Pub in the heart of Fargo specializes in authentic made-from-scratch English cuisine in a classic pub atmosphere. The bar has 20 beers on top, daily specials, and award-winning specialty cocktails including a Bloody Mary that has been named the “best in North Dakota” three times! Not only do they have drinks, but also tasty soups including Newcastle beer cheese soup, steak and Guinness stew, and the changing featured soup, all served with French bread.
Rice Bowl is undoubtedly one of the best Chinese restaurants in Mandan, if not the entirety of North Dakota, so naturally they have wonderful and diverse soup choices! Options are egg flower soup, wonton soup, hot and sour soup, consume soup, or wonton soup. If you’re still hungry after a bowl of hearty soup, check out the rest of their masterfully prepared menu which includes appetizers, noodles, house beef, house chicken, house vegetables, house pork, house seafood, fried rice, chow mein, chop suey, sweet and sour items, egg foo young, low mein, lunch specials, and a kids menu.
Vicky’s Viking Room is a classic diner in Valley City that is famous for their hearty home cooked meals. The ambiance is one of a kind and draws in travelers from near and far. The menu has a little bit of everything, but the soup isn’t to be missed! Favorites include the knoephla soup and chicken dumpling soup.
Wurst Bier Hall is a lively and enjoyable bar that is a favorite among Fargo barflies and foodies alike! They have over 40 local, regional, and seasonal beers on tap, so you’ll never go thirsty! Soup lovers need to try their authentic borscht soup and knoephla soup. Wurst Bier Hall has locations in downtown Fargo as well as in West Fargo.