What To Eat in South Dakota
Good steaks are an expected pleasure in a land where cattle and buffalo roam. We also are especially fond of South Dakota’s ways to please a sweet tooth, from atomic sundaes in vintage soda fountains to bakeries that are devoted exclusively to cookies.
All sorts of berries are available for picking when summer comes to South Dakota, and bakers make the most of them in pies. The one known as bumbleberry is especially popular in local cafes. It is a mix of whatever's ripe, usually including blueberries, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, and, when available, huckleberries.
Bison meat makes good sausages and steaks as well as powerhouse burgers. Its sweeter flavor and more rugged texture, well-abetted by a kaleidoscope of spice, yields an only-in-the-West eating experience.
A dish unique to South Dakota, chislic is beef (sometimes bison) that is well-marinated, then deep-fried to crusty-edged succulence. Its origins are Russian, where pork was the favored meat. In fact, it has become a favorite way to prepare just about any wild game in the Mount Rushmore State.
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Harriet & Oak is a place to recharge any time of day with inventive coffee and tea, homemade pop-tarts, fresh grain bowls, burritos, even beer.
Tortilleria Hernandez is a tortilla factory that serves tacos on fresh corn tortillas and enormous Mexican hoagies known as torpedoes.
The Sled Haus is a craft beer watering hole with elevated bar food that includes schooled sausage craftsmanship and enormous butcher sandwiches.
Meridian Corner is a remote roadside tavern that upholds traditional South Dakotan foodways, nailing every dish.
The Chislic House is a tasty stop for South Dakota’s signature skewers and other specialties made from local agricultural products.
Hidden inside a thrift store, The Mud Hole is a charming biscuit dive that serves clever and satisfying home-style breakfast.
Broasted chicken is served sizzling hot; burgers are hand-pattied; cyclones (milk shakes) are made from scratch at South Dakota's Murdo Drive-In.
Customers flock from all over Siouxland to Royal Bake Shop for utterly fresh baked goods, especially its famous Zebra Donuts.
A taste of Louisiana in South Dakota, Jambonz Deux offers Cajun flavors in everything, from catfish to hushpuppies to fried green tomatoes.