It seems as if everybody is writing about food these days. Some becoming more viral than others. Hating to be left behind, and with apologies to internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty and all the rest, here’s my modest contribution.

The other night Ginny and I celebrated our anniversary with a little dinner at Whitey’s in East Grand Forks.

Full disclosure: we’ve both been eating at Whitey’s since college. We were both upset when it closed following the flood and we were both disappointed with the food and the service when it changed ownership a few years ago.

Happily, all of that is in the past now with yet another new owner. This time one who has seems to have perfect pitch when it comes to updating Whitey’s while preserving its past.

The Wonder Bar remains in tack, almost as if it has been untouched through the ages.

The more formal dining room is now in the back (where the bar once was).
With its new black leather booths and white table clothes it is classy without being stuffy or pretentious. The room’s beautiful wooden bar, which was once in the Westward Ho’s Peanut Bar and in Grand Forks’ Belmont Lounge even before that, has been moved forty-five degrees or so. Now, it really stands out.

The food was terrific. I had crab cakes from the appetizer menu, only as an entre. They were served like I’ve never seen them before with corn and a great sauce. Ginny had the Riverboat Steak Sandwich, changed only a little from Whitey’s earlier menus. We shared an order of sweet potato fries which are bigger and better than any others I’ve seen in town.

All in all, it was just a great experience. And we didn’t have to take out a loan to enjoy it.