Taste the Custom: Charlie’s Cafe, the oldest restaurant in Minot

Marilou Gladfelter

This week’s Flavor the Tradition is at the oldest cafe in Minot.

The developing that is the property of Charlie’s Cafe has been close to considering the fact that the 1940s.

In accordance to present-day owner Tiffany Craig, the cafe has experienced unique names over the years.

It has been known as the Americana restaurant and was the Victory Café all through Planet War II.

It became Charlie’s Cafe in 1957 when well-liked chef Charlie DeMakis bought the cafe.

Craig and her relatives purchased the constructing that is house to the cafe and 11 residences in 2012.

They grew to become interested in the space just after the oil increase in North Dakota.

Even with various proprietors, the menu at Charlie’s has not modified pretty significantly.

Charlie’s is identified for its incredibly hot beef and was voted the very best hot beef in North Dakota by United states Today.

Craig states they like to honor the original dishes but add their have exceptional spin.

“So for example the incredibly hot beef customarily will come with mashed potatoes but we have been giving with like waffle fries or french fries,” said Craig. “And we included like swiss cheese, onions, mushroom and simply call it like the final very hot beef. We heard ideas from clients and we tried it out and all people cherished it.”

When the meals largely remains the exact, the interior of the cafe looks totally various.

Craig and her loved ones additional new booths, bar stools and a new floor.

The partitions are adorned with pics that Craig and her uncle printed, framed and hung on the walls.

“I wanted to produce like a museum ambiance for the reason that it does have these a record to it,” mentioned Craig. “Just maintaining that alive, celebrating that. I basically satisfied a couple of consumers who suggests like a person of them is their grandpa and stuff which is seriously great.”

One more update that may surprise many people is the pigs.

Craig says pigs are her favorite animal.

“My mother in fact used to personal a barbeque area back in Korea,” stated Craig. “So she experienced pig statues. I experienced pig statues much too and my regulars picked up on it so they begun giving me pigs as like a reward. So each individual pig has a tale and just about every pig has a memory of the individual who gave it to me.”

Though Craig states that every single pig present creates a memory, 1 of her beloved memories is from 2016 when there was highway construction outdoors of the cafe.

“I introduced food stuff out to the building staff,” claimed Craig. “I took To-Gos from them, I physically went outside trigger I found they really don’t have a lot of crack time. So I manufactured it really streamline for them and easy for them and the development fellas picked up on that and they started off undertaking large orders from me. And they turned regulars and they arrive like every season now and I know them.”

Craig isn’t the only a person with delighted reminiscences at Charlie’s.

Tracy Emrich and Sharon Gail Emrich have been coming to Charlie’s Cafe considering the fact that 2003.

Sharon’s favourite memory is bringing her in-legal guidelines to dine at Charlie’s.

“Just looking at the looks on their faces when they noticed the portions that were served,” claimed Sharon Gail. “They’re from Arizona and they’re not applied to the farm-sized parts so they were fairly shocked. It was enjoyable.”

Tracy’s favored memory is earning masks for the workers very last Christmas.

“There’s actually a picture on the wall that is all of us wearing the Xmas masks,” explained Tracy. “It’s just a, this is our other family members.”

Craig enjoys hearing about other people’s recollections from right before and just after her household took around.

“I get to maintain the tradition and preserve it going,” claimed Craig. “And I like to put a new twist to it also. And it keeps the memories alive but building new memories as effectively.”

Charlie’s Cafe is open up every day for you and your loved ones to produce reminiscences of your very own: Monday as a result of Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Charlie’s provides food stuff for dining in and to go.

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