NoBull Smokehouse: Satisfy Your Meat Tooth

Anyone who has ever enjoyed meat right out of a smoker was ecstatic when NoBull Smokehouse opened its doors in May of 2015. Those that had never experienced that smoky flavor quickly became fans. For anyone who has yet to do either, you are missing out.

For General Manager Emilie Fischer, it’s all about the smoke. The meat at the NoBull Smokehouse is smoked with a unique blend of locally-sourced red and white oak. Serving what can be considered traditional Northern Barbecue, the restaurant is quickly garnering a reputation as having the best-smoked meats in the area.

NoBull offers a variety of menu options, including smoked sausage, lightly pulled smoked pork, northern oak-smoked ribs, fresh buttermilk infused northern friend chicken fingers, and chicken and waffles. “The chicken and waffles which was part of our original menu is still a guest favorite,” Fischer said. “Combining the sweet of the waffles and the salt of the chicken is a real fan favorite.”

Another must-try is the Picture Perfect appetizer platter. Consisting of a pound of pulled pork, five rib bones, three smoked sausages, five fresh buttermilk infused fried chicken fingers, and slaw, dressing, gravy, best beans, pickles, bread, and your choice of sauces. The colossal platter is definitely not for amateurs.

In addition to unique, mouthwatering meals, NoBull is also known for its ambiance. “Our atmosphere is one-of-a-kind,” Fischer said. “One needs to come check out the place to really get the full feeling.” Trying to find a similar restaurant setting in the area would be an exercise in futility. From its rustic interior to the outdoor patio in the back, NoBull has set itself apart within the industry. Add to that a garage door in the front of the restaurant that allows customers to get the feeling of being outside, regardless of where they sit, and you have a dining experience that is without equal.

As NoBull continues to grow, they will be offering more events and special. According to Fisher, rib-a-palooza will be starting soon. Sound intriguing? It is. The special will give diners two ribs for the price of one every Two-sday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. The new theme will join the current Swine and Wine special that take place on Wednesdays when diners who buy one bottle or glass of wine can get a second for only a penny.

NoBull Smokehouse is located at 609 NP Avenue in Fargo and open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am until done. “Until done?” you may ask. Yes, until done. An exact time cannot be given because the restaurant smokes only enough meat to serve on any given day. When the meat is gone, it is gone. Although unconventional, the custom is an example of NoBull’s unwavering commitment to excellence. Want to avoid an empty plate? You better get their early.

If you haven’t been to NoBull, you have already waited too long. It doesn’t matter if you go for the food, the atmosphere, or the daily specials – you just need to go. “We are a family restaurant so you get to pick what you want to eat. Our staff is fast, friendly, and loves to help you decide what you are going to #pigout on for your meal,” Fisher explained. “Please stop in and give us a try sometime. You will leave full and happy.”

More information, including a full menu, can be viewed at www.nobullfargo.com.

 

By Jamee Larson

 

Altony’s Italian Café: Your Authentic Italian Experience is Just Down the Road

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Anyone who has ever traveled to a different country knows that sampling the local cuisine is a sure-fire way to experience the essence of the culture. Visit Mexico and you cannot leave with enjoying chilaquiles, tamales, or authentic mole sauce. Leave Ireland without trying bangers and mash or depart Australia before dining on a chiko roll and your experience is lacking.

Likewise, a visit to Italy must involve such delicacies as bigoli, tortellini, caccincco, ravioli, and prosciutto. Many of us, however, will likely never make it across the pond. Does that mean we are sentenced to a life of Campbell’s spaghetti o’s or beef ravioli? Fortunately, no. There is another way thanks to Moorhead’s Altony’s Italian Café.

Altony’s is somewhat of a secret to many area residents. Located in a small building on Highway 10 East that used to house a Taco Bell, Altony’s is an unassuming restaurant that doesn’t rely on flashy marketing strategies or gaudy billboards. Instead, Altony’s focuses on providing diners with an authentic Italian experience, trusting that word-of-mouth is the only advertising they need.

One visit to Altony’s and a few truths emerge. Not only are the restaurant’s signature meals affordable, the portions are huge. All food is made from scratch and served as three courses – salad, the entrée, and ice cream. Yes, I said it. Ice cream is included in the meal. Does it get any better?

Although much of Altony’s focus is on Italian food, the restaurant also offers American favorites such as chicken strips and grilled chicken. Most diners don’t go to Altony’s, however, for the burgers; it is all about Italy. Diners can start with an authentic Italian appetizer like bruschetta, calamari, or ravioli before moving on to one of the restaurant’s signature entrees.

Altony’s primary dishes include delicacies like seafood ravioli, grilled salmon, Tuscany pork tenderloin, ratatouille, Rosa tortellini, steak penne alfredo, or my personal favorite, Antony’s famous lasagna. If you can eat even half of the gigantic portion you have my utmost respect. It is usually enough for at least two meals, and if you think Altony’s food is amazing the first time, wait until you enjoy the leftovers.

In addition to its extraordinary menu, Altony’s also offers a dining atmosphere that is charming and intimate. With a focus on warmth and genuine hospitality, the restaurant is able to create an authentic Italian experience that highlights the importance of good food and a family to share it with.

If you have never been to Altony’s Italian Café, you truly do not know what you are missing. Located at 3102 Highway 10 East, the restaurant is the closest many of us will ever get to Italy. It is well worth the visit.

Altony’s is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. More information including a full menu and description of nightly specials can be found at www.altonysitalion.com.

 

By Jamee Larson

Back to School Shopping: The Clothes Don’t Always Make the Man

Everyone wants to make an impression on the first day of school. Back-to-school pictures will soon flood Facebook and other social media sites and the pressure to wear the trendiest styles is at an all-time high. Many parents have already started shopping for new school clothes for their children, but how do you know where to draw the line. It isn’t feasible for most families to spend hundreds of dollars on their child’s wardrobe, even if their child’s “coolness” is at stake.

Island Park Show: Fun, Fine Arts, and Food – Oh My!

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Summer in the Red River Valley has many defining events: The Red River Valley Fair, the Downtown Street Fair, River Arts, and the Fargo Blues Fest among the most popular. Also on this list is the Island Park Show, held annually during the last weekend of August. The show is one of the area’s premier events, bringing in between eight and ten thousand people each year.

Guide to Area Farmers Markets: Do You Know Where Your Food Comes from?

photo-1452804882841-573355623310.jpgWhen is the last time you tasted a fruit or vegetable that came directly from a farm? How long has it been since you ate something that wasn’t processed with chemicals or preservatives? The next time you drive by a roadside vegetable stand or farmers market, top and take a look around. Pick up a fresh ear of corn or a newly picked tomato and see if you notice a difference from that found at the grocery store. If you do, you will never look at processed food the same.