Where to Eat in Stanley: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Weston Hennigan

Stanley is a city in Mountrail County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Mountrail County. The population was 1,458 at the 2010 census. making it the eighteenth largest city in North Dakota. Stanley was founded in 1902.

1. Whirl-a-Whip

Main Street, Stanley, ND 58784 +1 701-628-2255
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Whirl-a-Whip

Reviewed By katens27 - Stanley, North Dakota

The whirl-a-whips can be found at Dakota Drug on Main Street?
What is a whirl-a-whip? It's a thick malt with a variety of flavors--you start of with ice cream, and then you can put different flavorful mixes into it--ranging from cake batter to even *bacon*!
It does take some time to make--mostly because there's always people there to get one, especially when it's nice and warm out. So shop around the drugstore while you're waiting.
I think this is one of the very few, if not the ONLY, place you can find whirl-a-whips anymore.
If you're in Stanley, you HAVE to have one. It's on our welcome sign for crying out loud!

2. Joyce's Cafe

Main Street, Stanley, ND 58784 American, Diner +1 701-628-2254
Excellent
20%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By David N - Madison

We try to never eat in big chain joints when we are traveling. It was time for lunch yesterday, and the next town turned out to be Stanley. Really clean, very friendly, typically inexpensive, with very good tiny cafe home made food.

3. Tri-Jens Coffee

Main Street, Stanley, ND 58784 Cafe
Excellent
25%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
50%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By kompi56 - Brighton, Colorado

I enjoy receiving an email every day that gives me the daily lunch special so I can plan my trip downtown.

4. Eric's Roadside Grill

6165 Highway 8, Stanley, ND 58784-9576 American +1 701-500-4650
Excellent
100%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By Evette L - Billings, Montana

Travelling from Montana to Wisconsin, Erics Roadside Grill was recommended to us, so we decided to give it a try, well I have never ever tasted food so great and prepared fresh as we waited. Hot fries for a change and fresh burgers. So many items to choose from, hard to believe this is done in the food trailer. Service was great and Eric was very friendly. On our way back going to try the sexy fried chicken sandwich.

5. Joe's Pizza

501 12th Ave SE, Stanley, ND 58784-4458 Lunch, Dinner +1 701-628-5637
Excellent
67%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By kompi56 - Brighton, Colorado

We always get pizza to go. Nice staff members. Wide variety of toppings. Handy downtown location. Owner is a nice guy.

6. Charly's Pizza

206 S Main St, Stanley, ND 58784-4051 +1 701-628-2626
Excellent
100%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By Todd L

awesome pizza, awesome staff, great atmosphere, owned and operated by Stanley residents. try their wings

7. La Esperanza Mexican Restaurant

108 Main St, Ste 2, Stanley, ND 58784 Mexican +1 701-628-1600
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 1 reviews

La Esperanza Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By DebOnVacay - Fairbanks, Alaska

We drove 30 miles to check out this place after hearing good things about it. Totally worth it. The tacos we ordered were delicious and reminiscent of the ones we get in Mexico. We also tried the tres leche cake and it does not disappoint. This place is definitely worth trying.

8. Godfather's Pizza

12th Avenue SE, Stanley, ND Italian, Pizza
Excellent
0%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
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Poor
50%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By pagepanther - Stanley, ND

We tried the new Godfather's Pizza outlet in Stanley at Fuel Force and ordered a pepperoni. I was going to limit myself to one slice anyway, but any temptation to over-indulge was taken care of by the extreme saltiness of the pizza. Probably won't try it again anytime soon, as there are 3 --yes, 3--other places in our very small town where you can get pizza. Another type of franchise would have been a more welcome addition for locals at Fuel Force, but I suppose travelers will appreciate it.

9. Bakken Central

c/o Cenex 8149 US Hwy 2, Stanley, ND 58784 American, Fast Food
Excellent
0%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
100%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

3 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By kompi56 - Brighton, Colorado

My husband eats here twice a day. I stop in when I am in a hurry, but want something hot. I usually get fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Three small booths and one outdoor picnic table.

10. Two Way

300 North Main Street, Stanley, ND 58784 American +1 701-628-9941
Excellent
0%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
10%
Terrible
50%
Overall Ratings

2 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By pagepanther - Stanley, ND

Used to be a nice place when it was the local Legion Club. But now, go here only if nothing else in town is open. After approaching the front door through the muddy potholed parking lot and past the stinking dumpster and the open kitchen door with the cigarette-smoking staff hanging out on their break, take a little trip up the dirty, old, torn-carpeted ramp that feels as if you will fall through in spots, or up the equally dirty nasty steps to the "front door". The big old dirty, heavy front door with the taped latch and homemade sign. Now you are inside--Inside a dark unwelcoming entry where you are faced with dark closed doors. Oh, wait, not all the doors are closed. The bathroom doors are open! All the better to smell them. If you go into them observe the decor: pink, orange and brown-slopped-paint ladies room has something from every era since the early 70s! And so "clean". Enter the stinky dingy bar on your left where someone *might* wait on you once you take your place at the old bar on an old bar stool or at an equally old table and chairs. (not "neat vintage old", just dated and run-down old, like from the '60s) Try not to touch anything. It's not only grimy, it might be sticky with, ew, I don't know... Or, enter the restaurant area straight ahead from the front door. Observe the old decor. Again, careful what you touch. Chairs, table bases, condiment caddies and carpet are all visibly dirty. The lighting from the old dated fixtures is fairly dim, maybe in an effort to hide the dirt, but it's not working; I can see it. Makes you wonder what the kitchen looks like. Oh, wait. I don't want to know. Perhaps you are here for a meeting or large gathering like a wedding reception or reunion. In that case, travel through the bar to the "banquet" room with its peeling old wallpaper, old vinyl tile, naked vertical blind hardware (no blinds!), plastic tablecloth used as wall covering on the front of the bar, grimy ceiling tiles, and once again, '60s era tables and chairs. I wonder how long it's been since the grill on the bottom of the pop cooler has been cleaned but maybe it serves to distract you from the attractive storage area that resides behind the bar. Nice view of the storage room in the other corner, too. Someone thought an amateurly painted mural on one wall would dress this place up, but it just looks like an amateurly painted mural and even if you go for that sort of thing, it's not enough to save this place. So on to the service! How much time do you have? If it's routine for you to take an hour and a half for lunch, this place will fit that sort of schedule just fine. After all that, the food is typical mid-America supper club fare: steaks, chops, seafood with the traditional go-withs of salad, soup, potato, bread. It might be fairly good, or it might be awful, since the cooking is rather inconsistent.

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