by Corin Puhalla
The Toasted Frog describes itself as “an eclectic, fun, inviting restaurant and lounge.” They pride themselves on providing an experience that includes serving exemplary food and beverages with professional, friendly service in a laid-back, warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Originally located in downtown Grand Forks, The Toasted Frog has expanded their business in the past seven years opening a second location in Bismarck. With the same image in mind, they opened a Fargo location this past winter.
Entereing the establishment in downtown Fargo I immediately agreed with their statement. It was inviting, comfortable and unique.
A large wooden bar sits as the focal point for the restaurant surrounded by a variety of high and low-top tables. As we waited for our meal we were fascinated by the extensive knowledge and craft of the two bartenders. The Toasted Frog isn’t your general eatery. They pride themselves on their extensive martini, wine, beer and spirit lists.
Like their alcohol list, the food menu is eclectic. From oysters to steak, and lavosh to pizza, they have something for any appetite. Prices range from around $7 – 28.
First, we ordered fried cheesy pickles. They were outstanding. Not only was the taste delicious, the plating was unique and appealing.
Next, I ordered the chipotle pork melt. The sandwich was served open-face with a choice of starch for $11. It was enjoyable and filling. The seasoning was divine, as was the quality of meat and vegetables. Others in my party opted for a one-of-a-kind wood fire pizza and sandwich. The dishes were both special to the restaurant and pleasing as well.
Though full and satisfied, we couldn’t pass up trying some of The Toasted Frog’s unique sweets. We decided to share the wood-fired s’mores and their one-of-a-kind pear pie. The pear pie’s crust was perfectly baked and accompanied by cinnamon ice cream. The s’mores were an impeccable treat and were complemented by chocolate and raspberry dipping sauces. Both desserts are a must-try and unique treats in the FM area.
The restaurant has a full website with prices of everything on their menu. It’s designed with the atmosphere of the restaurant in mind. I would recommend The Toasted Frog to anyone looking to try something new or to enjoy a great sandwich or pizza. The Toasted Frog is located at 305 Broadway N, Fargo and is open Monday – Thursday 4 – 11 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
For more information about The Toasted Frog and its menu selections, visit its website at toastedfrog.com or call 701-772-3764.