Located in an old warehouse-style building built in 1893, the Toasted Frog’s brick walls, high ceilings and hardwood floors create a trendy yet comfortable atmosphere in downtown Grand Forks.
The wood-fired oven inspires much of the restaurant's menu, which features several open-faced melts (chipotle pork, pheasant, prime rib) and gourmet pizzas. For $12, the simple Margherita is full of flavor and big enough to feed two or three people. The house speciality is lavosh ($13 to $20), a pizzalike flatbread with a thin, flaky crust and toppings like seafood, roasted veggies, and spinach with wild mushrooms. Other tasty appetizers (including the eatery’s namesake frog legs), salads and entree choices abound. The desserts sound so unusual—pear pie, fried cheesecake, pastry-wrapped wood-fired Brie with brandied apples—that diners might be tempted to skip the savory dinners and proceed straight to the sweet finale.
The Toasted Frog is a hotspot among the locals; waits for tables are to be expected, even on weeknights. Fortunately, customers can grab drinks at the bar while they cool their heels.