The Rusted Rail Bar & Grill is a newer place in Underwood, ND, just off of Hwy 83, north of Grimsley’s Fuel, just to the west of the highway in a new building. We visited in mid-June with my parents, my aunt and uncle and some good friends.
It’s always a good sign when there are vehicles filling up the parking lot! To get there, go to Grimsley’s and take a gravel road leading to the parking lot which is also gravel.
The inside is bright, open, clean and sort of has an industrial feel with concrete floors and exposed ceiling. There is a pool table and a variety of seating. Our server was over to greet us right away and was very friendly when we asked questions about the menu. There is a daily special and soup of the day, along with the daily homemade chili. They have bands on some week nights or weekends.
There is a large menu with two sides. The first has appetizers, sandwiches and wrap/salads. We didn’t get an appetizer but the chips and homemade queso sounded good to us. It was also nice to see some not-so-typical options for a bar and grill like a walleye fish taco (you’d think there would be more of this in walleye country? and chicken raspberry vinaigrette salad).
Side two featured burgers, entrees and sides. The burger options were interesting and sounded divine! We are talking HALF POUND burgers – Jucy Lucy, Southwest, Black & Blue and Fried Egg were all options. I just wasn’t that hungry that day. They are served with fries or tots and you can request a quarter pound burger if you aren’t craving a half pound of beef.
The entrees are served with your choice of soup or salad, and two sides. I felt this was a lot of food for a very reasonable price. The food was quick to come out and came out all at once (for the most part) for our group of 8 which can be hard to find in our neck of the woods.
I went with the BBQ chicken breast with the homemade chili, sweet potato and seasoned veggies. The chicken was tender and juicy, veggies were great and the sweet potato fries were good. I was a little disappointed fries came out when I ordered a sweet potato. The menu should properly reflect they are fries, not a potato. I was trying to eat healthy that day. That said, see that little dab off to the side of my plate? That is the poutine served as an appetizer that another person ordered and shared with the table. For those not in the “know” poutine is fries with fried cheese curds on top, smothered in gravy. A very delectable treat our Canadian neighbors came up with and share with us. My husband got the ribs and licked up every morsel saying they were excellent.
I liked the bar. It was nice to see a few different options on tap. I enjoyed a Fargo beer, one of my faves. Our server was quick to get us anything and refill our drink requests. The bathrooms were bright and clean. We were able to call ahead and reserve a table. This might not be a bad idea if you have a larger group on a weekend as every time I drive by it looks busy.
For those with kids – this is a bar and grill so children are not allowed. I overheard our waitress say they do have a family night once a week when kids are welcome, on Tuesday. They are open during the week for lunch and are open all day on Sunday as well! They do not have popcorn or peanuts which I think every bar should have but that was the only small negative.
This was a seating area off to the side with some TVs. There were plenty of TVs in the bar showing a variety of sports. It’s hard to tell from this angle but the lamp was so cute. The base was a keg and the shade was a 5 gallon bucket with fringe and a tap for the pole. It fit just perfectly. They recently laid a concrete patio outside but it wasn’t open on the cool day we were there quite yet.
If you are driving by, I would encourage you to stop. I think this is something greatly needed in our area which lacks for restaurants. We love Little’s in Pick City but it’s nice to have something different. Next on my list is Totten Trail on Audubon Lake since they are under new ownership. I hope to report back yet this summer!