South Dakota

South Dakota

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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Brookings, SD


Nick’s Hamburger Shop-427 Main Ave, Brookings, SD 57006 (605) 692-4324  The kind of place this site exists for .

Custer, SD


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.

Our Place-738 Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730- (605) 673-5255-Breakfast restaurant with quirky decor


The Custer Beacon-351 Washington St, Custer, SD 57730 (605) 673-3800-Restaurant bar with occasional music more of folk/americana vibe and some trivia.

Deadwood, SD

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.

Freeman, SD


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.

Harrisburg, SD

Live Music-The Phoenix Lounge
321 W Willow St, Harrisburg, South Dakota 57032

Keystone, SD

Attraction-Mount Rushmore


Peggy’s Place-Comfort foods like chicken fried steak, patty melts & bread pudding served in simple digs.
(605) 666-4445

Mitchell, SD

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, SD


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.

Pierre, SD

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


The Mud Hole of the Black Hills- 7 Main St, Rapid City, SD 57701 (605) 431-3860-Hybrid thrift shop/cafe


Everest Cuisine-Indian/Nepalese restaurant-2328 W Main St, Rapid City, SD 57702  (605) 343-4444

Colonial House Restaurant & Bar-2315 Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701 (605) 342-4640-One of the older restaurants in the area with diner food.

Record Stores-
Ernie November, 1319 W.Main St., Rapid City, SD 57701-small chain

Black Hills Vinyl-622 St Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701 (605) 791-4040

Roslyn, South Dakota

Museum-International Vinegar Museum– 500 Main Street in Roslyn, South Dakota-One Museum you will never sour on.  Open Seasonally.  Vinegar festival 3rd Saturday in June.

Rowena, SD


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

Record Store-
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, SD
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.

Yankton, SD-


Charlie’s Pizza House- 804 Summit St, Yankton, SD 57078-Funky pizza spot that looks like a 70s basement party.

Vermillion, SD

Record Store-
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, SD
Wall Drugstore.  Giant Mega drugstore with “free ice water” located of I-90.  A real funky tourist trap with great cheap diner food.

Vintage postcard of a mural inside Wall Drug

Watertown, SD


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”