Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gastromical Delights in Williston

I thought I would update everyone on the changes in beautiful Williston.  First and foremost, I am enjoying every single minute here.  I have never had the enjoyment of seasons.  When Spring "thaw" happened (I have never EVER referred to spring as a thaw) it was like the prairie came to life.  We had NO idea we had so many children in the hood.  It was like someone set out a picnic and the ants came running.  Kids on bikes, Moms with strollers and of course the young studs on their dirt bikes flying down our street heading to the "hills".  (The Hills are a big pile of fill dirt from the basements they have dug out of our subdivision.)  Guys take their jeeps and trail bikes out there and get muddy!   There were people everywhere!  Funny how during the wind and snow everyone goes from their cars to their houses and vice versa!  Its like everyone says when they get out of their car "Heads down everyone...get inside, Go go go!"

The nice months are the only time people have to get their main building done.  During this Summer we had some new eatery's open.  I am a self described foodie and love a good meal!  In turn I have created little foodies who know the difference between a mediocre meal out and a gastronomical delight!  We also like to have great ambiance when we go out.  We are not looking for a Wham bam Thank You Ma'am meal.  We like to enjoy our surroundings, as well as go with our friends to enjoy these places with them. 

We had a few new restaurants open here, and in my book that is reason to celebrate...

"Basil" is in walking distance of my office and they have amazing Sushi and Sashimi,  You can't go wrong with anything on this Asian Cuisine Menu.  Yes I said it...I am eating sushi in a land locked state.  But I also know what day they get delivery, and have researched their supplier and I am not concerned about getting, the least bit ill, from the food. 

"Williston Brewing Company"...This has been needed here for a long time.  The Decor, fabulous, the proof is in the details, from the Main door handles that are replica antique Rifles, to the light fixture that has been constructed from amber beer bottles and make up the lighting at the bar seating area.  A lovely stone fireplace gives you the visual and physical warmth required here!  Delicious!  Everything we have had there is so very good.  I love having a little craft beer every once in a while and it brings us both back to being a little homesickness!  Every Monday was Beer appreciation night when we lived in Cali, We would enjoy the local brewery and new beers on tap during happy hour at home... As an aside restaurants and bars don't need to offer Happy Hour... ever... because it is busy every minute of every day in Williston. Burgers are incredible and if you want a great steak this is the place to have one.

"Doc Holidays" is another Steakhouse with a small bar but a very inviting atmosphere.  It seems like you have more families that head here than the other new restaurants.  It has a smaller menu and the staff just keeps up but if time isn't an issue I would at least try the food.   It is really cute and has a little Stuart Anderson Black Angus feel to it. 

We keep our eye out for anything new and have been lucky enough to visit these new places during their soft openings and have been loyal customer since!

When going out to dinner (or any meal for that matter) in Williston expect to pay a little more than you would in other NoDak small towns.  With the Oil Boom you have to pay your employees (especially service people are hard to keep) alot more than minimum wage per hour and even in some cases supply them with housing or affordable housing to get them to stay!  It is a different world here and it is reflected in the cost of living.  I refer to Williston as the Manhattan of NoDak because everything is so busy and the prices of many things remind me of the City.  You see it across the board, groceries, eating out and real estate to name a few...but that is the subject for another day!  I am starving now, I am going to visit one of my favorite foodie finds now!