Midwest Living Review
We'll start by saying that we were unabashed fans of this family's now-shuttered restaurant in far-flung Linton, and we were excited to hear they were opening a carnivore-lovers haven in Mandan. And we ate our first meal here before it officially opened to the public, so we're willing to give them a little leeway on the nervous service and the stark, bare-walled ambience (which has improved with recent visits and revealed artwork on the walls, too). (The black furniture that is an attempt at a sleek, urban look loses its sheen when its topped with paper place mats.) And we were willing to overlook all of that because the food is exceptionally good. Dinner starts with a trip to the salad bar, predictable in its offerings of mixed greens, salad toppings and dressings (but don't miss the Brazilian rice and black beans). The star attraction of the meal, the meat, is excellent and plentiful. In the Brazilian churrascaria style, servers come to your table with big skewers of steaks, chicken thighs, sausage and Parmesan pork. Each item is tender and well-seasoned. When your plate is full, flip a card on the table from green to red; servers will stop serving you until you flip it back to green. Go ahead and plan to flip that card at least once, because our dinner for two, including a pitcher of sangria and tip, cost nearly $100, which is just about unheard of around here. As long as you know that going in, you can come hungry and plan to indulge in a dining style unique to central North Dakota.