There is a regional specialty called Chislic. Chislic is traditionally Cubed mutton or lamb (or alternately beef or venison), generally no bigger than a half-inch, are cooked in a deep fryer. Generally, chislic is served medium-rare to medium—i.e. warm pink inside. After cooking, while the meat cools on a paper towel, it is flavored with garlic salt, or other varieties of seasoned salts. The cubes are eaten hot, using toothpicks.
Kuchen is a pastry that is available in certain parts of the state as are various hand pies both sweet and savory.
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Nick’s Hamburger Shop-427 Main Ave, Brookings, SD 57006 (605) 692-4324 The kind of place this site exists for .
Little too fancy for us but lacking something else…
Black Hills Burger and Bun Co -441 Mount Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730(605) 673-3411 Homemade buns and many burger and buffalo burger variations. Near the Purple Pie place, a must stop for pies.
In the Middle of a park lies a tasty burger joint
Sugar Shack -22495 US Highway 385, Deadwood, SD 57732 (605) 341-6772 Burgers at a roadside biker bar.
Meridian Corner-43915 US-18, Freeman, SD 57029 605-387-5000-The creators of the regional specialty Chislic, basically meat on a stick. Also Fleisch kuchele is like a burger inside a hand pie and is available here.
Live Music-The Phoenix Lounge
321 W Willow St, Harrisburg, South Dakota 57032
Attraction-The Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. Yes-its made of corn, well, decorated with it anyway. The decorations change each year. 604 N Main St, Mitchell, SD 57301
Murdo Drive In-212 Kennedy Ave, Murdo, SD 57559 (605) 669-2972-Opens in May, Closes for Season August 31. Not much to look at, but grass fed beef burgers, broasted chicken, Tacos and Ice cream. They will serve you in your car but does not appear like a classic drive in.
Eats-Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse -29608 SD-34, Pierre, SD 57501, 605-224-9774-inexpensive classic steakhouse in no frills environment and sawdust floors
Rapid City, SD
Cosmos Mystery Area-Seasonal Mystery Spot on the site of a summer cabin from 1952.24040 Cosmos Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702 (605) 343-9802
Everest Cuisine-Indian/Nepalese restaurant-2328 W Main St, Rapid City, SD 57702 (605) 343-4444
Ernie November, 1319 W.Main St., Rapid City, SD 57701
Red Rock Bar and Grill–
48181 Sd Highway 42 ,Rowena, South Dakota 57005-Friday fish fry, the regional specialty chislic and occasional events.
Sioux Falls SD
Total Drag -Venue and Record store-307 E 12th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 521-6439
Ernie November,2135 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 Most days Ten AM to 10 PM
Great Plains Coffee House & Gallery -1007 W 11 St – Sioux Falls, SD 605-339-7207
Club David- 214 W 10th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 274-0700-Gay club with occasional live music.
The Bonus Round Bar-803 Cliff Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, 605-275-5577 also an arcade
B&G Milkyway -2410 W 12th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 338-9501-Classic window burger and ice cream joint.
Mamas Phried and Phillys-So sad! For 80 years was a slider joint called Hamburger inn-Yum. Sliders! Now its a cheesesteak joint. Might be worth a visit. 111-1/2 E. 10th St. Sioux Falls, SD
Gregg’s Substation And Casino -1000 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105(605) 332-5454-homestyle subs in a mall with ten slot machines.
Pickle Barrel -1612 S Western Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 275-3717-Sandwich shop where you can take a photo in a pickle. Small chain.
The Attic Bar & Grill-4601 E 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57110 (605) 275-4600-Bar with multiple varieties of the regional chislic with dipping sauces.
Rosie’s Cafe-2200 W Madison St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (605) 334-7928-Small super cheap breakfast and lunch place with 5 dollar and change lunch specials.
Tripp Sports Bowl Café 210 S. Main St., Tripp, SD 605-935-6281-If you happen to find yourself in Tripp, you WILL eat at the bowling alley because it is the ONLY place to eat. However, the Dakota Burger is actually not a burger at all. Instead its a hot beef sandwich with slices of roast beef. Mmmm.
Uncle John Goes-108 E Main St, Vermillion, SD-605-624-3027
Live Music-R-Pizza-2 W Main St, Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-Pizza joint with occasional live shows and burgers.
Wall Drugstore. Giant Mega drugstore with “free ice water” located of I-90. A real funky tourist trap with great cheap diner food.
Wheel Inn– 404 10th St NW, Watertown, SD 57201 (605) 886-4649-Famous for their hot beef combo.
Vintage postcard “the Badlands of South Dakota”