12 Bucket List Worthy Restaurants To Try In South Dakota, One For Each Month Of The Year
If South Dakota knows one thing (aside from how to build world-famous landmarks and how to be “Midwest nice”), it is food, which is demonstrated by our many delicious restaurants! In order to help you sample the best in SoDak cuisine, we have carefully curated this list of 12 bucket list-worthy South Dakota restaurants that you absolutely must try this year:
January: Hat Creek Grill (Edgemont)
521 2nd Ave, Edgemont, SD 57735, USA
During these cold winter months, nothing beats a warm, home-cooked meal, which is exactly what you will find at the Hat Creek Grill! Located in Edgemont, the Hat Creek Grill is THE place to be for breakfast favorites, BBQ, and burgers. What more could you want? Visit the Hat Creek Grill
for details such as hours and menu specials.
February: Grey Goose Store & Social Club (Pierre)
28886 Merry Rd, Pierre, SD 57501, USA
February is the month of love, and nothing says love quite like a perfect cut of prime rib, which is where the surprising Grey Goose Store & Social Club comes in. Hiding away in an unexpected gas station, the Grey Goose Store & Social Club is Pierre's go-to for not only prime rib but also mouthwatering Mexican fare and hearty sandwiches. You can find the Grey Goose Store on
and get all the current information to help plan your visit.
March: Alpine Inn (Hill City)
Alpine Inn, 133 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745, USA
Too often, the words "old" and "food" do not go together unless, of course, you are referring to the historic Alpine Inn. Built in 1886, the Alpine Inn is a duo hotel and restaurant specializing in charming accommodations and delicious German fare (AKA the food of our ancestors). Dining here is a bucket list worthy experience. More information on the Alpine Inn can be found on their
April: Falls Overlook Cafe (Sioux Falls)
825 N Weber Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
Flowers are beginning to bloom, and cherry blossoms are starting to make their first appearance of the season, so it is time to get over to Falls Park and its laid-back Falls Overlook Cafe! While you can always grab and go, we recommend enjoying lunch at the Cafe, which overlooks the surrounding Falls and foliage. Follow the Falls Overlook Cafe
for more details and any updates.
May: Purple Pie Place (Deadwood)
19 Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730, USA
It has been several long months since your last Purple Pie Place fix, and it is FINALLY open again for the season. Need we say more? The Purple Pie Place
has their menu and hours so you don't miss your chance to indulge in one of the best milk shakes in South Dakota!
June: Boom's Drive-In (Platte)
606 7th St, Platte, SD 57369, USA
Is it just us, or does drive-in food taste even better in the summer? If you, too, crave a perfect burger, fries, and ice cream, you have to make a trip to Boom's for can't-beat drive-in fare! Check out the Boom's Drive-In
for more information.
July: Tastee Treat (Yankton)
413 W 4th St, Yankton, SD 57078, USA
What is the best way to cool off during a hot Mount Rushmore State summer? With ice cream cones, sundaes, and shakes, of course! That being said, we will meet you at the downright tasty
August: Millstone Family Restaurant (Multiple Locations)
North Lacrosse Street, N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA
Traditions are important, and one of my family's favorites is sharing a meal before another school year begins. Where do you go to make these memories? The aptly-named Millstone Family Restaurant, of course, which has a giant, made-from-scratch menu that is guaranteed to please everyone in the family. Don't miss out on all the delicious food and events at this South Dakota restaurant when you follow the Millstone Family Restaurants
September: Marlin's Family Restaurant (Multiple Locations)
Speaking of aptly-named restaurants, Marlin's Family Restaurant is another family favorite that we cannot recommend enough! Boasting 1950's diner decor,
may be as fun as it is delicious (I mean, you are seeing this spread, right?).
October: Latchstring Inn (Lead)
10619 Roughlock Falls Rd, Lead, SD 57754, USA
The leaves are changing, which can only mean one thing... it is time to hike to your favorite waterfalls (Spearfish and Roughlock) and then grab a meal from the
! Psst... If you want a suggestion, we think you should hike the short and super-sweet .75-mile-long trail to Spearfish Falls, indulge in an incredible meal at the Latchstring, and then head back out to the .9-mile Roughlock Falls trail.
November: Corner Diner (Clark)
100 N Commercial St, Clark, SD 57225, USA
It's the night before Thanksgiving, and you don't want to cook, so why not treat your family to the Corner Diner? Family-owned and operated, the Corner Diner is a Clark staple that specializes in all of your favorites, including the pictured fried chicken dinner. Check out The Corner Diner's
for hours and daily specials.
December: Big Fella's (Aberdeen)
5759 US-12, Aberdeen, SD 57401, USA
Since calories don't count during the holiday season, what better time to indulge in a Big Fella's burger, steak, or prime rib? Enjoy! They're only open certain days of the week, so be sure to check out the Big Fella's
when planning your visit.
Have you been to any of these South Dakota restaurants? Would you agree they are bucket list worthy? Let us know in the comment section. We would love to hear from you.
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Best Restaurants in South Dakota
What are some of the best restaurants in South Dakota?
The people of South Dakota know their food. And while it’s hard to choose the best restaurant in South Dakota, there are certainly some top contenders. Included in those are:
The Pheasant in Brookings
Black Hills Burger & Bun in Custer
Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls
Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse in Pierre
Check out this list for more information on these and several other of the
best restaurants in South Dakota.
What are some of the least-known restaurants in South Dakota?
These little-known restaurants in South Dakota may be hard to find, but are certainly worth the search:
B. Haskett in Sioux Falls
Philly Ted’s Cheesesteak and Subs in Rapid City
Mad Mary’s Steakhouse in Flandreau
Tally’s Silver Spoon in Rapid City
For more information on these and other
hidden gem restaurants in South Dakota, you’ll enjoy reading this article.