CAA Manitoba Fall 2018 - Page 56

Tk Salty snacks at Wurst Bier Hall 56 Fall 2018 CAA manitoBa THE ESSENTIALS GettinG there Just over three hours from Winnipeg, straight south on Highway 75. or take the scenic route via Highway 59 to detroit lakes, then east on Highway 10. thinGs to Do Head to Junkyard Brewing Co. on sunday nights for Beer & Hymns featuring local suds paired with classic gospel tunes. Fargo’s notorious wood chipper and creamed corn is evocative of Sunday dinner at grandma’s house. I disguise retail therapy as morning exercise with a stroll downtown, but not before a leisurely stop at Atomic Coffee, where baristas create custom caffeinated beverages from fair-trade beans. On Main Avenue, sprawling Kittsona stocks clothing, handbags, jewellery and gifts, while Broadway’s Unglued sells handmade treasures by a revolving roster of artisans. One more stop before I leave town: the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center, where I don a fur hat and record a quick Instagram clip in front of the actual wood chipper from the movie Fargo. I can’t stop myself from uttering the film’s famous line, “And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.” You betcha! Budding artists are invited to leave their marks on the Fargo Public art Wall, an ever-evolving, graffiti- friendly zone located downtown. eat anD Drink nostalgia tastes great in the form of the patty melt and hand-scooped chocolate shake at Kroll’s, a ’50s-style diner housed inside a replica streetcar. grab a dozen for the road! sandy’s donuts travel well, especially gourmet creations like maple-bacon long johns, dirt-and- worms donuts, or red- velvet cake donuts. Fargo-moorHead; For lunch, I head to Wurst Bier Hall, home to some of the world’s best Bavarian pretzels, salted and served with essential beer cheese dip. Fargo-Moorhead is a hotbed of beer production, so I’m not surprised to see plenty of local pours on tap. Drekker Brewing, Flatland Brewery and Prairie Brothers Brewing Company are a few of the eight or so outfits crafting the good stuff. Since I’ve saved room for dessert, the Moorhead Dairy Queen is next on my agenda. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Dilly Bar, thank this location of the famed franchise: They invented it. They’re also happy to go off-menu to create a custom Blizzard, any way you like it. Happily satiated, I head back into Fargo to check out Bonanzaville, where 43 lovingly restored buildings—and 400,000-plus artifacts—offer a glimpse into Red River Valley life a century ago. A tip if you visit: Be on the lookout for some of the museum’s several Model Ts, dating from the early 1900s to the 1920s. Later that evening, I find myself having a hard time deciding which is more beautiful: the Fargo Moorhead Ballet’s performance or the Fargo Theatre itself, an Art Deco gem that often hosts the dance company. Built in 1926, the venue also features a cinema and a Wurlitzer pipe organ, all bathed in the sweeping curves and glitzy accents of the Jazz Age. The basement of an even older building (circa 1909) houses the Boiler Room, where I savour a post-show nibble of Scotch eggs served with spicy maple aioli. For the truly hungry, the restaurant’s barbecue-glazed meatloaf with bourbon sauce, mashed potatoes