South Dakota’s Top 10 Food Cities That Aren't Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a restaurant town. Going out to eat in the state’s largest city is practically a pastime. Lines form at every new place, and your favorites become part of the family.

But, South Dakota is more than just the restaurant powerhouse that is Sioux Falls. And the food scene in the rest of the 605 is nothing short of amazing.

So how would you rank the top 10 food cities in SD?


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Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants Within 90 Minutes of Sioux Falls

Veer off the beaten path. Take a road trip and try some favorite small-town eateries. Just by driving a few miles, you could find some delicious hidden gems.

From steaks to seafood, chislic to chicken, these are out-of-the-way unexpected finds that will make your taste buds tingle.

Here's a list of 14 Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a restaurant town. Going out to eat in the state’s largest city is practically a pastime. Lines form at a new place, and your favorites become part of the family.

 

But, South Dakota is more than just the powerhouse that is Sioux Falls. And the food scene in the rest of the 605 is nothing short of amazing.

 

So how would you rank the top 10 food cities in SD?

 

Brookings

 

South Dakota State’s hometown boasts a delicious complement of local eateries. From Nick's Hamburgers to the Greek/Italian place George's Pizza.

 

Yankton

 

The former capital of the Dakota Territory is not just outdoor fun at Gavins Point Dam, it is also a foodie gem on the Missouri River. Folks there get to enjoy several great Mexican restaurants, the Cajun flavors of Cafe Louisiana, and the Spicy Meatball and Sauerkraut Pizza at Charlie’s Pizza.

 

Burbank, SD

 

How can a town with less than 100 residents be one of the best food towns in South Dakota? It helps when there is just one restaurant in town, and that place is the legendary Whimps Steakhouse.

 

Pierre, SD

 

Speaking of steaks, the current capital of South Dakota is home to one of, if not the, best steakhouse in the state, Cattleman's Club Steakhouse. The second-least populous state capital in the United States also serves up an array of dining experiences for our state government workers, like Tokyo Sushi & Hibachi and La Minestra.

 

Deadwood, SD

 

It’s not just ghost stories that you’ll find plenty of in Deadwood. There are so many great places to eat. They got Deadwood Social Club, Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel, and the famous The Knuckle Saloon.

 

Harrisburg, SD

 

This suburb of Sioux Falls is building an exciting restaurant scene of its own. There’s the barbeque at Big J's Road House and the burgers at Harrisburgers leading the way.

 

Watertown, SD

 

If you think it gets cold in Sioux falls, just wait until you visit Watertown. Keeping war in this northern South Dakota city is best done at one of its bars and grills, like the Irish-flavored Dempsey's Brewery Pub & Restaurant.

 

Vermillion, SD

Looking for the best sandwich in South Dakota, and maybe the world? People swear by the Monte Cristo from Café Brule. It’s ham and gruyere cheese on brioche bread…oh my.

 

Freeman, SD

 

There may be more students in Sioux Falls’ Jefferson High School (1505) than there are residents of Freeman, SD (1329), but that's all this southeastern town needs. Freeman is THE place to go for South Dakota’s most famous food, chislic. You’ve heard about it, and maybe even have tasted some of the fried delicacies. But you haven’t really had chislic until you’ve had it at Meridian Corner in Freeman.

 

Rapid City, SD

 

The biggest city in the west. Well, western South Dakota that is. Rapid City is not just the gateway to the Black Hills, it is establishing itself as a foodie capital.
Looking for a Mexican kitchen with a tequila bar? There’s Que Pasa Cantina. Want to add some flavor? Try Kathmandu Bistro. Don’t miss out on dinner from Juniper, or the fun atmosphere of Firehouse Brewing Company. Oh! And apparently, breakfast from Tally's Silver Spoon is a life-altering experience.

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