Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge

Eclectic | New American | Steak
Worth a detour

South Dakota is famous for its pugnacious Pheasant. It is the state bird, and it is the reason tens of thousands of visitors flock to the local communities every year. Paying homage to this elegant bird is The Pheasant Restaurant in Brookings. Starting out as a roadside gas station in 1949, the family-owned gem has been serving beloved Dakota dishes for over 60 years. It is one of the first roadside eateries to specialize in Dakota game, along with local favorites and good home desserts. Serving casual, unique dishes with a few dashes of farm fancy, it is a super grassland stop, Roadfood-style.

If you are looking to dig into downhome Dakota cooking, don’t miss the sweet and savory Pheasant Salad Sandwich. Loaded with apples, cranberries, and mounds of delicious pheasant, it is a perennial crowd pleaser. Served with a tasty and satisfying homemade beer cheese soup and local farm pickles, it is sure to make your belly happy.

Another prairie favorite is the South Dakota Bison burger. This grass fed grilled burger is delicious, juicy, and well seasoned. Along with fresh greens, sweet tomatoes, and a good baked bun, the burger is satisfying and incredibly messy. Make sure you tuck a napkin in your collar. You will not be the only one in the house with this fancy shirt protector.

Finish your experience with some old world, restlessly churned ice cream and locally roasted coffee. Brookings is home to South Dakota State University, which is famous for it’s Dairy Farming School. That means everyone in town competes to be the ultimate ice cream alchemist. We were fortunate to enjoy unique and scrumptious Dulce de Leche ice cream. Creamy, sweet, and a tad spicy, it’s so awesome you won’t be sharing this with anyone else. Pair it with Trio Roast coffee. Made with hand selected free trade organic beans roasted in a nearby town, it offers smooth taste to be savored the rest of the afternoon.

Note: The Pheasant curates & sells culinary delights like imported olive oils, rich balsamic vinegars, tasty baguettes and jam, and other treats.

What to Eat
Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge, Trevor’s Artisanal Ice Cream
Trevor’s Artisanal Ice Cream
The Pheasant homemade ice cream is off the mountain awesome. Combine cream sourced at local dairies and old European farmer secrets and you will yodel your way through dessert. The Dulce de Leche ice cream was Dulce-de-Mazing! Some artisan delights include • Dark Chocolate-Chipotle • Firecracker • Candied Bacon • Strawberry-Sage • Blueberry-Basil • Irish Coffee • Spiced Pear.
Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge, Pheasant Salad Sandwich
Pheasant Salad Sandwich
The Pheasant Salad Sandwich is piled high with apples, cranberries, and mounds of delicious pheasant. It’s typically served with stews made from scratch and local farm pickles.
Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge, South Dakota Bison Burger
South Dakota Bison Burger
The South Dakota Bison burger is a locally raised grass fed grilled sandwich that is juicy, dripping with flavor, and sloppy in all the best ways. The fresh buns, and crisp and airy fries make the meal all the better.
Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge, Trio Local Roasted Coffee
Trio Local Roasted Coffee
Trio Roast Coffee is made with hand selected free trade organic beans roasted in a nearby town, it will warm your soul on cold Dakota days.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday11am - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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