30 July 2016
I got myself to Bismarck, North Dakota after a nice night last night at the Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis. I landed in North Dakota’s capital, just to drive on north a bit to head to the city of Minot. It was a bit of a hike, and I had not realised how hilly North Dakota is. And the wind is just nuts…which is lovely on a hot day but it’s blowing my car all over the place!
I got to Minot and checked into my hotel. I had also not realised how expensive hotels are here, partly as Minot is the biggest city in the oil areas of the state, so… Anyway, I’m here. Cute little town with a prominent Scandinavian heritage, as I drove around to explore it before dinner. Dinner was in the tiny downtown area at a place named 10 North Main.
When I was doing research I found the menu interesting, especially considering central North Dakota — not finding much in Bismarck outside of meat-centric places. One drawback was that it was co-owned by a Hollywood actor (who comes from Minot, who I won’t mention because I have never seen one of his films nor do I like his superstar wife’s music)…
In any case, I got there while it was bright as hell outside, only to enter a very dark restaurant…this sucked when I left as it was blinding. Anyway, was seated (I had a reservation, which was probably not needed) and chilled with a cocktail looking over the menu. Many items looked good, so I ordered and chilled out.
In the meantime a nearby table with 2 very knackered looking parents were seated, and they obviously looked too tired to deal with their screeching young children…ugh, not what I needed tonight… In any case, the first item arrived, the soup.
Mmm, an excellent creamy wild rice soup, full of flavour here. The smoked duck was a great addition to this thick soup, which I would have happily had more! A meal in itself! Excellent start!
At this point the screaming children were getting on my nerves, but that soup kept me going until the main course, which was one of the specialties — the smoked duck.
Well, wasn’t as good as I thought. The smoking was so light it really should have been advertised as plainly roasted. It was good, but not excellent. The “hoisin” like sauce they had was sickly sweet and sticky and best avoided. Sadly the duck itself was underseasoned. I ended up boxing this up for later…
With the screaming children I needed a harder drink, so I ordered one — alongside coffee and a dessert…
This is what they called “sour mash cheesecake” — just a cheesecake with a bourbon sauce. Not bad, huge portion. Went with my rye very well to end the evening.
I had enough of the children so I headed out and blinded myself in the North Dakota sun. Not a bad dinner, that soup was fabulous, but the duck was underwhelming. For this sparsely-populated area of the country, I’m satisfied. I headed back to my hotel after another tour of the town on wheels. Long, long day of driving tomorrow, so…
10 North Main
10 Main Street North
Minot, North Dakota