When I moved to Bemidji, I automatically was attracted to this place because it seemed very new and looked really nice etc. I was with them for a few years and I did like the vets as well as the vet techs. Very nice people there. However, over time, I got really tired of going there for one thing and coming out with a bill twice as much as I was expecting because throughout the visits they would tack on services without telling me and charging me for them. The final straw was when my cat actually went in for a blood transfusion and, due to complications, passed away during the procedure. The complications that occurred could have been avoided had they informed me better about the procedure which I was assured was no big deal and very simple. I was absolutely devastated and they still charged me $100. I will say, the vet herself was very, very apologetic and had tears in her eyes but at that point, it was too late for my baby. I appreciate that she had lovingly wrapped up my little kitty in a blanket when I got her back. However, I had a friend who they returned his dog in a trash bag after he brought him in to be euthanized. So apparently not all situations are handled in the same way. If that happened to me, I would have gone bezerk.
It took me years to discover this place! They are very hidden but what a gem! Their main business is in pet food. They have a GINORMOUS selection. It's really the only place in town that deals in any sort of premium , all natural or grain free pet food. The owner is SO smart about pet food. She can tell you everything you need to know about pet diets and food. They have lots of samples. They also sell pet supplies. She has a pretty good selection of ferret stuff as well which can be hard to find in this town.
The "pet shop" is a hole. It reeks of urine. The puppies are kept in a small room in small wire cages. I went there and left crying because of the conditions that the puppies lived in. One look is all it takes. I did research and found out they have been taken to court for a few of their puppies. One former employee told me they got most of their puppies from a mill (they fax their orders in) and one person that I talked to bought a puppy from there and later discovered she payed $300 for a puppy that the store bought from a man in the walmart parking lot. I can say that I believe some of the puppies are bred by the owner themselves and those puppies seem to be great. But the others, stay away from. This place has had many different owners and has moved around town many different times WHICH SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING.
PLEASE NOTE: "The Friendly Vet" is no longer affiliated with "Friendly Fins Pet Shop." He has his own place across town. They are two different entities and I have heard good things about the vet.
Pet Zone is the only place in town I trust to buy pets. The fish tanks are sparkling clean, the animals are well taken care of, the store itself is clean and doesn't smell and Rick the owner is the most knowledgeable person in town when it comes to fish and fish care. They deal in everything except selling puppies, and that is because of the owners personal stance on puppy mills which I commend him for.
I LOVE this place. I don't drink. I go there for the SUPER food and atmosphere. It's really pretty inside. Like a real authentic Irish pub. The music is great, the food is authentic (It's Irish food by the way, in case you don't know) I recommend the build your own burger with col cannon instead of fries. I don't like fish, but their fish and chips are fantastic. I don't know how they do it. It's all homemade. Not your typical bar food. You can bring the whole family there it's really mellow. Unless it's ST. Patricks day!! But it is definitely a hidden gem of Bemidji.
....Fortunately, they moved to the opposite end of town and have a beautiful new place with twice as big of a buffet! It's now called SUPER BUFFET and it's SUPER AWESOME! Try the honey chicken and walnut shrimp. It's to die for!
I believe this place has been around for over 30 years. They are VERY hidden. Kind of behind the Ace hardware store. I will be honest, it's kind of a hole in the wall and needs to be updated very badly looks wise. However , don't judge a book by it's cover.It's very clean,they have a very large menu and they even do delivery. I would recommend it to anyone.
I guess Green MIll is ok. The atmosphere is BEAUTIFUL. However the food and service there is really hit or miss. Although they have a great menu (the pizza is always great) it's a gamble on whether or not it is going to be cooked correctly. I swear I am not a picky person at all but I would say 50% of the time, the food is overcooked or has been not fresh. They have a habit of closing down sections of the restaurant when it is not busy so you may have to sit in the waiting area for a LONG time when -no kidding this happened to me-- the ENTIRE place was empty. Even the waiter rolled his eyes at this. We once waited a half hour on my birthday because they only kept 7 tables open because it was slow and had cut the staff. Once a server spilled a tray of soda on my mother (not our server) and they just dropped off a rag and had her clean it up. No discount or anything. But, then there have been times when everything has been great. So like a said, hit or miss.
The food here is excellent and VERY much homemade. It's too bad the first poster had a lousy experience but it only happened that one time so I wouldn't hold it against them. The service has always been great for me. I work downtown and so mostly call in my orders for pick up. The food is great and they have a very large menu for a coffee house. I am not a vegetarian but they have a lot of vegetarian and glucose free/ all natural type stuff available. (One of the few places in town that caters to that sort of thing.) The food is freshly made with very fresh ingredients. They bake all their goodies in house from scratch. The Chicken Tortilla Soup is the BEST SOUP EVER! Get it with extra chips to dip into it. They have a little bit of everything there. Sandwiches, wraps, breakfast, baked goodies, soups , salads, panninis, hot dish etc. and every coffee, tea, smoothie, juice drink imaginable. The only downside is that some of the food is a bit pricey but I suppose that is what you get for truly homemade food. So it's worth it : ) and it's healthy!
Mmmm Countryside does have the best breakfast food! Especially the toast. and try the chicken burger for lunch. It's so juicy and crispy. And the portions are huge and cheap! It's nothing fancy. Kind of a "truck stop" kind of place next to a gas station, but it has a real down home atmosphere. It's about a mile outside (west) of Bemidji.