My Latest Obsession: Brunch At Terra Nomad

I’m gonna make today’s post uncharacteristically short and sweet. Go eat brunch at Terra Nomad in Bismarck. Like, now.

It’s just that good. people. It easily makes the list of my Top #5 brunch spots in North Dakota. And I don’t mess around with brunch. I’m kinda obsessed with it.

I make a mean frittata and I’m always down for pancakes and waffles, any time, day or night. If I didn’t have a husband and kiddo to cook for, I’d probably just make fried egg sandwiches and biscuits and jam every day of my life and be perfectly content.


But there are some things I just can’t quite master. Scones are one of those things. So when my cousin Landon and his wife Jenna told me, my friend Naomi and the aforementioned kiddo that the crew over at Terra Nomad made a mean scone, that was all I needed to hear.

They weren’t kidding. Chef Tyler’s sloppy scones were freaking amazing. And that’s really saying something because usually I’m pretty ambivalent about country-style gravy and shy away from heavy meals in general.

This dish turns all my preconceptions upside down. It starts with a heavenly cheddar chive scone and tops it with two eggs, perfectly cooked bacon, scallions and that surprisingly addictive house-made country gravy.


The menu is small and focused and the portions are reasonable, but not huge. The focus here is on quality, not quantity.

The menu rotates and many of the ingredients are locally sourced, including produce from Forager Farm (Streeter, ND) eggs from Nourished by Nature (Bismarck) and other products from Morning Joy Farm in Cleveland, ND and Roving Donkey Farm in Bismarck. I’m a farm kid, so I think it’s great when I can support a local business and local agriculture at the same time.

Everything at Terra Nomad is fresh and expertly prepared. Naomi tried this smoothie bowl, which looks pretty darn lovely as well.


The coffee (sourced from Four Barrel Coffee out of San Francisco) was exactly how I like it — hot, black and strong. Terra Nomad offers tea and several espresso drinks as well (I’m coming back for you, lavender latte), and a rotating selection of goodies in the bakery case.

There’s also a concept store featuring high end clothing in the back and a few artfully curated gift items and books up front. The whole atmosphere is clean, minimal and mellow. There’s not a lot of seating available, but this is the kind of place where folks scoot together at a long table and people help point out open tables.

I really should show you more photos of the gifts and the clothing you can buy. But I won’t. I’m just gonna show you more food. Because I can. And because it really is that good.


Terra Nomad
514 East Main Avenue
Bismarck, ND

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