Windy City favorites blow through downtown Fargo at Teddy’z Chicago Style Cuisine
Lee, a Chicago native who studied culinary arts at Hennepin Technical College, recently opened Teddy’z in the former Cafe Aladdin location at 530 6th Ave. N. Teddy’z is open from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday.
Breaking into the restaurant industry has always been the plan for Lee, who has lived in Fargo for a few years and got his start with a catering trailer. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid and I’ve taken different steps to make it all possible,” Lee told the Forum. “Go to school, start small, progress to something bigger.”
A gyroscope is seen at Teddyz Chicago Style Cuisine. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Since opening earlier this year, Teddy’z has gradually established itself as a must-see restaurant along the north end of downtown. “It’s going pretty well. It’s increasing more and more every day, ”said Lee.
Customers also turned to Lee’s no-frills menu. While small, the menu brings the flavors of Chicago to North Dakota, with beef gyros, Italian beef sandwiches, steak tacos, and beef hot dogs. Another specialty is the puff pizza, which is an original from the shores of Lake Michigan. “It’s an authentic Chicago thing. There aren’t a lot of places you can get them, ”Lee said. “It’s like a giant pizza roll.”
All menu items can also be ordered as a combination meal, which includes a drink and fries. Lee said he had yet to receive a bad review and that diners were expecting more menu items. “The response has been pretty good. I haven’t had a single customer who complained about anything. They like it and want me to add more things to the menu.
An Italian beef sandwich is seen at Teddyz Chicago Style Cuisine. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
The goal, said Lee, is to continue to grow the customer base and attract more people. He would even like to restart his food trailer next spring. “I will definitely continue as long as business is stable,” he said. “If it’s better than before, I hope to open another location.”
Lee’s hope is for residents of the metro area to come for a taste of his hometown. “Come in and try it,” he concluded. “I guarantee you will come back.”