With top-quality beef, a diverse menu, and topped off with its famous cowboy butter; it's no surprise this South Dakota favorite was singled out among the very best in the U.S.

Of course, the specialty at this establishment is steak, but that's far from the only thing on the menu.

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Recently, the "all things food" website, Mashed released its list of the best steakhouses in each of the 50 U.S. states. Mashed used reviews, accolades, and recommendations in order to find the best of the best.

Where Can I Find The Best Steakhouse in South Dakota?

Dakotah Steakhouse in Rapid City
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While there are plenty of worthy places in and around Sioux Falls and the greater Sioux Empire, you'll have to travel West River to find the best steakhouse in the Mount Rushmore State.

According to Mashed, the very best steakhouse is the Dakotah Steakhouse in Rapid City. What sets it apart from its stiff competition? Here's what Mashed had to say:

You'll know when you make it to Dakotah Steakhouse (note the extra "h") when you see their iconic buffalo. While this restaurant makes it clear that their specialty is steak, they also have extremely unique choices like Walleye Fingers and Elk Ravioli. Sure, you can't go wrong with their meat, but getting something like a walleye dish at Dakotah Steakhouse is also really tempting.


They are certainly right about the diverse menu. One look at the Dakotah Steakhouse menu gives you an idea of just how much they have to offer.

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

The Best Pizzas In South Dakota

Grab a slice and enjoy some of the best pizza in South Dakota

Pizza is one of those things in life that usually everyone can agree on.
Leave it to Best Things South Dakota to uncover South Dakota’s best and favorite local pizzas. From cheese and sausage to pineapple pizza, Best Things South Dakota identified the best traditional and creative pizzas throughout the Mount Rushmore state.

Unfortunately, one pizza establishment on the list, Sioux Falls’ Zaroty closed its doors in the summer of 2020. So, I took the liberty of including one more Sioux Falls pizza place people really like!

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