I waited an entire week before I darkened the doorway of the Grand Forks version of JL Beers. I think that showed incredible restraint and will power on my part. Because I knew it was going to be good. I just wanted to give them a chance to work out any kinks they might have been experiencing.
I’m guessing there were no kinks because the place is awesome. With seating for 49, the layout is pretty much exactly the same as the West Fargo edition of JLB. The long, narrow building has the lights turned down low which gives it a nice pub feel. A long bar runs pretty much the entire length of the joint and is the focal point. And while the place is full of people, it didn’t seem crammed. It had a very lively vibe and some nice flat screen TVs that are very easy to see in the darkened interior.
There is also an outdoor patio with seating for about another 20-25 people located on the north side of the building.
JLB is about the burgers and the beer. Does any more need to be said? I ordered the Humpty Dumpty Burger, which is cheese, a fried egg, and a hamburger patty. I added bacon, because…well…because it’s bacon. The fried egg reminded me of when I lived in Vancouver. That’s how we rolled up there. We put eggs on everything. I also ordered the Sea Salt Fries.
My review is this: It was the best burger I’ve ever had in Grand Forks. For the hearing impaired: IT WAS THE BEST BURGER I’VE EVER HAD IN GRAND FORKS. I’m not sure I have to go into much detail about it other than it was like having bacon and eggs on top of a cheeseburger. What part of that don’t you understand?
And the fries were so good. Full disclosure: I ate some of Summer Sidekick’s chips (Buffalo Blu Chips, fresh-cut potato chips with blue cheese on them) when he wasn’t looking. They were really good too. As for SSK, he’s been MIA for most of the Summer. I’m thinking about replacing him. The leading candidate is Dan the Man. He lives in rural Florian. But I digress.
If you like a place with really good burgers and beers from everywhere, then JL Beers is your place. Plan ahead and try get there during the off-peak hours. You’ll be glad you did.