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The community staple: Balta Bar

By Staff | Oct 14, 2016

Stephanie Hackel does it all at Balta Bar, including serving drinks. (Ashley Berg/PCT)

For the past three years, Stephanie Hackel has owned Balta Bar and Grill.

In the small town of Balta, ND, the restaurant has become a community staple. With an expansive menu, Balta Bar and Grill has something for everyone to enjoy.

“We have a lot of homemade stuff here,” Hackel said. “We have homemade soups, and we cut our own steaks. A lot of our appetizers our made in-house.”

The menu includes appetizers such as homemade egg rolls, jalapeno cream cheese sticks, breaded pickle chips, Rueben bites, breaded shrimp, homemade cheesy spinach dip a crowd favorite and more.

Diners can find a variety of food on the menu for lunch or dinner, including salads, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and sides.

The 1/3 pound seasoned burger comes with choice of two toppings American, Pepper Jack, Swiss or Cheddar Jack cheese, bacon, mushrooms, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo or pickles.

The menu also features two wraps. The crispy chicken bacon ranch wrap is served with chicken tenders, bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and Ranch dressing wrapped in a garlic herb tortilla. The buffalo chicken wrap contains chicken tenders, shredded cheese, lettuce tomato, Ranch dressing and buffalo sauce, also wrapped in a garlic herb tortilla.

The steak cheese melt consists of seasoned Ribeye chunks, sauted with onions and mushrooms and served with melted cheddar jack and mozzarella cheeses on a Hoagie bun with a homemade creamy horseradish sauce.

Other menu items are the Kremer Chicken Sandwich, BLTO on a Hoagie Bun, Ham & Swiss Melt, shoestring French fries, seasoned tater tots, curly fries, buffalo chips and beer battered onion rings.

On Thursdays, Balta Bar and Grill offers $5 tacos. Saturday night at the restaurant means Prime Rib.

Having been in the food service industry for almost 20 years, Hackel pulls from experience when deciding on menu items.

“Cooking, for sure, is my favorite thing,” she said. “Most of it comes from my experience in the industry. I don’t follow recipes, ever. I just make stuff up. That’s the fun part about it, that I don’t follow a recipe, especially with the soups I just hope it turns out good every time.”

Balta Bar and Grill prides itself on being part of the community. Hackel caters her menu and her business to the people, calling herself a “responsible steward in the community.”

“[It’s] not necessarily as much of a ‘bar’ bar but more of a restaurant and community-based building,” Hackel said.

The bar and grill is usually closed on Mondays, but it is now open for regular business through Thanksgiving.

Currently, tickets are on sale for the restaurant’s Big Buck contest. White Tail Gun Season is November 4 through November 11, so tickets must be purchased by noon on 11/4.

One ticket grants a chance to win cash prizes and entry to the Meatball Supper, to be held on Saturday, November 26 at 5 p.m.

First place in the Buck category will win a Savage Axis 270, second place will win a Moultrie A-7i, and third place will win a Buddy Heater. In the Doe category, first place will win a Savage Axis 243, second place will win a Moultrie A-7i, and third place will win a Buddy Heater.

Daily weigh-ins will be from 5-7 p.m. at Balta Bar. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be used for the improvement of Balta’s city park.

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