Best Hot Beef Sandwich in North Dakota: Charlie's Main Street Cafe

Mattie B's, Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop, TraXside Cafe and Cowboy Cafe also winners

The hot beef sandwich, a favorite in North Dakota diners, is a fork and knife affair, and you won't find much variation on the classic from restaurant to restaurant. The sandwich – often served open-faced – features sliced beef and toasted bread, served with a scoop of mashed potatoes and smothered in a rich, brown beef gravy. If beef isn't your thing, many menus also feature a hot turkey variation.

  • Kroll's Diner
    Fargo

    The Kroll's Diner hot beef sandwich starts with tender, slow-cooked roast beef, served on wheat bread with a topping of mashed potatoes and homemade brown gravy. It comes with a side of soup, salad, fries or cottage cheese.
    Photo courtesy of Kroll's Diner

  • Lonnie's Roadhouse Cafe
    Williston

    The hot beef at Lonnie's Roadhouse Cafe in Williston comes with roast beef on bread, served with mashed potatoes and smothered in brown beef gravy.
    Photo courtesy of Lonnie's Roadhouse Cafe

  • Little Cottage Cafe
    Bismarck

    Known as one of the best breakfast spots in Bismarck (they're famous for their caramel rolls), Little Cottage Cafe serves a full menu of diner fare, including a classic hot beef sandwich.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Tower Travel Center
    Tower City

    Located just outside of Fargo, the Tower Travel Center serves top-notch comfort food in a truck stop setting, including a mouth-watering hot beef with a generous portion of mashed potatoes and gravy.
    Photo courtesy of Tower Travel Center

  • Homesteaders Restaurant
    Minot

    Homesteaders, a classic American eatery in the town of Minot, serves a traditional take on a hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and their own house-made beef gravy.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Cowboy Cafe
    Medora

    The Cowboy Cafe, a classic eatery in downtown Medora, specializes in homey comfort food, including a filling version of the hot beef sandwich that comes with a heap of mashed potatoes and plenty of beef gravy.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • TraXside Cafe
    Enderlin

    Guests at TraXside Cafe in Enderlin can choose between three hot beef sandwich options, hot hamburger, hot roast beef or a half hot roast beef. All come with the classic topping of mashed potatoes and gravy.
    Photo courtesy of TraXside Cafe / Facebook

  • Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop
    Minot

    At Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop in Minot, the hot sandwich comes with beef, hamburger or pork on bread, served with a heap of mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Guests can also substitute hash browns, home fries or French fries for the mashed potatoes.
    Photo courtesy of Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop

  • Mattie B's
    Ray

    Hungry diners will find a little bit of everything on the menu at Mattie B's in the town of Ray, including a hot beef sandwich featuring slow-roasted and shredded chuck roast on toasted white bread with mashed potatoes, brown gravy and a side of mixed vegetables.
    Photo courtesy of Mattie B's / Facebook

  • Charlie's Main Street Cafe
    Minot

    The folks at Charlie's Main Street Cafe in Minot make their mashed potatoes fresh each morning – a key ingredient in their hearty hot beef sandwich topped with juicy roast beef and house-made beef gravy.
    Photo courtesy of Charlie's Main Street Cafe

10Best and Sandwich America are looking for the best hot beef sandwich in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with a local North Dakota food writer and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. USA TODAY and 10Best readers have been casting ballots for their favorites for the past four weeks, and the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hot Beef Sandwich in North Dakota are as follows:

  1. Charlie's Main Street Cafe - Minot
  2. Mattie B's - Ray
  3. Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop - Minot
  4. TraXside Cafe - Enderlin
  5. Cowboy Cafe - Medora
  6. Homesteaders Restaurant - Minot
  7. Tower Travel Center - Tower City
  8. Little Cottage Cafe - Bismarck
  9. Lonnie's Roadhouse Cafe - Williston
  10. Kroll’s Diner - Fargo

Congratulations to all these winning hot beef restaurants!

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