Space Aliens Grill & Bar – For Out-of-This-World Trucker Food in North Dakota and Minnesota
“We were on our way through space, set on spreading good food and stellar fun throughout the entire galaxy,” write Space Aliens founders, Mort Bank and Dave & Sheila Glaser on its website, “but things didn’t turn out as planned. We were set to open our first Space Aliens Grill & Bar on Venus. Then we heard a sputter. Soon after losing acceleration in our fire-roasted engine compartment, we were forced to make an emergency landing on Planet Earth.”
And the rest, as they say, is history. In 2016, trucker.com named Space Aliens one of seven restaurants that served the “Best Truck Stop Food in America.”
Today Space Aliens Grill & Bar is a small regional chain of outer-space themed restaurants in three locations: Albertville, Minnesota and Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota. All locations are characterized by futuristic-looking exteriors with a large domed ceiling in the center of the building, painted to show a view of outer space. Statues of aliens and other themed objects are displayed throughout the restaurant. A couple of the restaurants also feature Galaxy Games, an arcade room. The bar area is called The Bar from Mars, with a party room called Area 51.
The space-theme notwithstanding, Space Aliens is renowned for its award-winning BBQ ribs and wings prominently featured on its menu: “Build our Own Bar-B-Que Sampler,” “Old-Fashioned Pulled Pork Platter,” “Beef Brisket Platter,” and (wait for it), the “Martian Munchies Platter.” Another best-seller is the “Fan Fav Fire-Roasted Pizza” with a side of “Space Dust Pickle Fries.” Specials include, “Rib Riot Wednesday” and “Pizza Panic Thursday.” A dessert favorite is “Alien Ears’ – fried dough in the shape of alien ears, sprinkled with chocolate or honey.
Truckers are welcome anytime and there is plenty of rig parking. “It makes no difference to us,” say the Space Aliens founders, “if you’re an earthling or Space Alien. Everyone is welcome. Please sit back, relax and enjoy your outer-space adventure!”