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Published August 14, 2012, 12:07 PM

Red Pepper Named one of Nation's Top Late Night Food Stops

A hot spot is gaining national recognition. Red Pepper in Grand Forks has been named one of Esquire's Best places for Late-Night Food in the U.S.A. Its famous ham grinder is putting the restaurant on that list.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

A hot spot is gaining national recognition. Red Pepper in Grand Forks has been named one of Esquire's Best places for Late-Night Food in the U.S.A. Its famous ham grinder is putting the restaurant on that list.

Bret Kasel - Customer: “This is the best grinder I’ve ever had.”

Tonight was Bret Kasel's first time at Red Pepper, and he chose to try the now-famous grinder

Bret Kasel: “I'd say it's the best in the world. The bread is so nice and soft, the meat is all done; it’s all melty cheese... just delicious.”

His thoughts echo many who nominated the Grand Forks staple to Esquire's list. The article gives shout outs to other local businesses that contribute to the great taste of the grinder, like Hugo's Bakery and L&M Meats

Jeff Tallman – Red Pepper Owner: “We got a couple mentions of other businesses, that's how we roll around here, we use local vendors whenever we can.”

Jeff Tallman owns both Red Pepper locations in town. He says the nomination alone was a welcome surprise

Jeff Tallman: “It was a real surprise. I'm real excited about it. We didn't know what it would be. I'm surprised to be at the top of the list.”

Red Pepper staff were equally as surprised

Grand Forks topped Esquire's list of 24 places for late night food. That issue is on stands now.

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