Dining November 10, 2016
These 7 Amazing South Dakota Restaurants Are Loaded With Local History
From the Black Hills Gold Rush to an infamous robbery, there are years worth of history hidden in these South Dakota restaurants. Delivering more than just delicious food, these places will give you glimpses into parts of South Dakota’s unique past. Here are 7 restaurants with interesting stories found in South Dakota.
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1. Legends Steakhouse, Deadwood
This epic steakhouse has been around since 1876. It’s even served delicious steaks to Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and more. Located near the site of the first gold strike in Deadwood Gulch, this restaurant is truly one of its kind with a rich story to tell.
2. Phillips Avenue Diner, Sioux Falls
Near the turn of the century, the owners relocated this diner, once known as Market Diner, to downtown Sioux Falls. This risk proved be the right move, as locals and travelers alike rave over this retro diner that emulates the 1960s. Milkshakes, anyone?
3. Latchstring Inn, Lead
Patrons have been enjoying the comfort food of Latchstring for over 100 years. Located along the scenic byway of Spearfish Canyon, Latchstring Inn was once only accessible to settlers by horse. Today, patrons enjoy dining on the patio that offers jaw-dropping views of the canyon and falls below.
4. Bob’s Carry Out and Delivery, Sioux Falls
The lumber of a burned down building was used to build this beloved eatery in 1944. It was here where Bob Lyons, the business’s former owner and namesake, met his wife Ima. Together they operated the diner for 50 years. Today Bob’s Carry Out and Delivery, now owned by Ben Weiland, continues to satisfy customers with their delicious chicken.
5. Alpine Inn, Hill City
This historic restaurant once operated as the Harney Peak Hotel. Built in 1886 by the “Harney Peak Tin Mining, Milling and Manufacturing Company,” it was a popular stop for miners and railroad men in the area. The building was renovated to a restaurant in 1984, and it has been owned and operated by German immigrant Waldraut Matush and his family ever since. A local favorite, Alpine Inn has also been nationally recognized for their delicious European and American dishes.
6. Saloon #10, Deadwood
This restaurant serves hand-crafted food in the most legendary and well-known building in all of Deadwood: the site of Wild Bill Hickock’s downfall. Stop in for a delicious meal and scan the thousands of artifacts that date back 130 years.
7. The Ram and Ohare’s, Brookings
Operating as Northwestern National Bank in 1930, The Ram and Ohare’s was once the location of an armed robbery. On Halloween of 1938, Ben and Stella Mae Dickson notoriously conducted a robbery that lasted two-and-a-half hours while they waited for the safe locks to disengage. Afterwards, they took off with 75 pounds of loot and weren’t caught until Summer.
Have you dined at these historic restaurants? What was your experience like?