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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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.
Harriet & Oak is a place to recharge any time of day with inventive coffee and tea, addicting homemade pop-tarts, fresh grain bowls, burritos, even beer.
The Cookie Jar is a great sweet-tooth stop in South Dakota. There are big cookies and really big ones, pretty and plain, Monsters and snickerdoodles.
Horseshoe Bar in the South Dakota Badlands is worth a trek on the road less traveled. You'll encounter friendly faces and a small menu of affordable local meat.
Wild West ambiance, large-portion meals, and close proximity to Badlands National Park are a few good reasons to visit Badlands Saloon & Grille.
With a casual atmosphere and well-priced, satisfying meals as well as masterful coffees, Essence of Coffee in Rapid City is a South Dakota treasure.
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Soda jerking is a fine art at Edgar’s, a vintage Elk Point, South Dakota sweet shop. Sundaes, malts, shakes, and sodas all are first-rate.