Do you live in or plan to visit a small town any time soon? Consider yourself lucky! Not only are small towns chock full of good people and a sense of community you will not find anywhere else, but also some pretty darn good food, as demonstrated by these 10 small town South Dakota restaurants:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Great Plains Family Restaurant (Mobridge)
Opened in 2002, Great Plains is a South Dakota institution, thanks to not only its great food (like the pictured masterpiece), but also to the amazing staff that is the poster child for "Midwest nice." Visit just once and you will be back for seconds!
Address: 906 West Grand Crossing, Mobridge, SD, 57601
2. Sunset Grill (Kadoka)
The Sunset Grill may be in the same building as a famous sandwich chain, but people instinctively pass that genericness for the restaurant's down-home cooking, like mouthwatering prime rib and shrimp. (Not a big meat eater? Sunset Grill has a ton of tasty salads and desserts, too!)
Address: 411 SD-73, Kadoka, SD, 57543
3. Medicine Creek Bar & Grill (Blunt)
Your eyes do not deceive you: that is indeed a gas station housing one of the biggest hidden gems in the state! While you cannot go wrong with any of their entrees, we do have one suggestion: save room for pie, which is arguably better than the ones grandma used to make. (Sorry, grandma...)
Address: 211 Pierre Street, Blunt, SD, 57522
4. Badlands Saloon and Grille (Wall)
While we tell everyone that they have to eat at Wall Drug at least once in their life, we also highly recommend visiting the Badlands Saloon for great burgers, drinks, and company!
Address: 509 Main Street, Wall, SD, 57790
5. Dakota Roadhouse (Woonsocket)
Dakota Roadhouse didn't invent chicken and waffles, but let's just say they perfected it, as well as the hot beef sandwich, and sticky caramel buns...
Address: 106 Dumont Avenue, Woonsocket, SD, 57385
6. Whimp's Place (Burbank)
We have mentioned Whimp's several times before and for good reason, as this popular steakhouse is the very definition of hole-in-the-wall goodness! Whether you visit for all-you-can-eat spaghetti (Thursday night) or their classic fried chicken dinner, we can guarantee that you will be back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.
Address: 32028 White Street, Burbank, SD, 57010
7. L&R Kreemee (Britton)
Are you having a bad day? A cone, sundae, or other cold and delicious treat from the Kremee should be able to turn it around quickly!
Address: 107 Vander Horck Street, Britton, SD, 57430
8. Bull Creek Cafe (Union Center)
When it is time for breakfast or lunch, there is no better place to be than Bull Creek, which serves a huge variety of home-cooked favorites every weekday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Address: 16946 SD Highway 34, Union Center, SD, 57787
9. Akaska Tavern & Bait Shop (Akaska)
It's a bait shop... it's a restaurant... it's... both?! Whether you are needing supplies for a day on the lake or just an incredible meal, you can do it all at this one-of-a-kind tavern! (FYI: The pictured deliciousness is their made-from-scratch meatloaf and potatoes.)
Address: 320 West Main Street, Akaska, SD, 57472
10. Ricky's Restaurant & Lounge (Roscoe)
The town of Roscoe, South Dakota may have less than 300 residents, but what it lacks in population, it makes up for with some of the best food you will ever taste! Watch out, Roscoe - after everyone samples Ricky's, your population may SPIKE!
Address: 101 Mitchell Street, Roscoe, SD, 57471