1. Bring Your Biggest Appetite To Minerva’s
Minerva’s Grill and Bar
301 S Phillips Ave
Yelp: 4 stars, 55 reviews
Don’t fill up at Minerva’s famous salad bar, although that might be tough.
You need to save room for their excellent seafood, chops and steaks. Minerva’s menu is a slave to the seasons, so keep your eye out for specials that ring true to what’s fresh and perfectly ripe. And you won’t ever feel out of place in the comfortable, pub style atmosphere.
2. If You Haven’t Been To Bob’s… You Haven’t Been To Sioux Falls
Bob’s Carry Out and Delivery
1312 w. 12th St.
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 26 reviews
No, really. That’s the restaurant tagline. But it really is true. Calling Bob’s a Sioux Falls landmark is selling the place short.
Their breakfasts (like veggie-stuffed omelets and corned beef hash) will put hair on any chest, and there is so much “Bob-B-Que” to choose from, it’s really best to just go with a sampler and try everything.
3. Bros Knows… At Least, They Know Food
Bros Brasserie Americano
332 S. Phillips Ave
Yelp: 4 stars, 30 reviews
Two words: pork belly. Just order it.
This place really does do it all though—especially seafood (pictured is wild striped bass with artichoke and roasted garlic caper puree). Top it all off with two-for-one beers on Tuesdays, and it’s pretty obvious that Bros is a step above the rest.
4. Eat Fancy And Feel At Ease At This Killer Delicatessen
324 S. Phillips Ave
Yelp: 5 stars, 4 reviews
This is by far Sioux Falls’ best kept culinary secret. M.B. Haskett has a menu like a mood ring, so keep your eye on the chalkboard and always be keen on the quiche.
The vibe is very laid back, but the food is upscale yet simple (like brie and baguettes, or curry chicken salad). And that’s really the best combination, right?
5. A Macaroon-A-Day Keeps The Doctor Away
309 South Phillips Ave
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 7 reviews
Chris Hanmer, the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef Just Desserts” season two, is doling out sweets in downtown Sioux Falls, of all places. And you get to reap the benefits.
CH Patisserie features an exciting menu chocked full of European-inspired pastries, so don’t limit yourself to just the fabulous macaroons. Although you’ll probably be having a lot of them.
6. Amazing Food Is In Parker’s Bones
210 S. Main St
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 25 reviews
Nothing gets the tongue wagging like bone marrow … and that’s just a first course. What you do with the rest of your meal is up to you, but you should have no doubts that it will be awesome. You can even go vegan if you are so inclined.
This place will clean out your wallet a bit more than the other spots on this list, but with menu items like pork chops with cornbread cakes and pineapple salsa, do you really need convincing to try it?
7. You Won’t Be Sleeping In When Josiah’s Has Breakfast Sandwiches Like This?
Josiah’s Coffeehouse and Cafe
101 S. Reid Street
Yelp: 4 stars, 11 reviews
Pillows of eggs all warm and cozy on an English muffin…
Wait, I lost my train of thought.
Anyway, Josiah’s take on the most important meal of the day is worth getting out of bed early on a Saturday morning. And no one will judge if you need a nap afterwards.
8. Go Brazilian At Carnaval
Carnaval Brazilian Grill
2401 S Carolyn Ave
Yelp: 4 stars, 25 reviews
Sure, you could go with the regular steak at Carnaval—and don’t get me wrong, those are their specialty, with garlic mashed potatoes or even coconut shrimp, so it’ll be awesome.
But you’ll be the opposite of sorry by trying the ribs slathered with their homemade blueberry BBQ sauce, or the local favorite pizza “The Rio,” with pineapple, parmesan chicken, pepperoni and jalapenos on regular crust or Lavash flatbread.
Basically anything with the pineapple at this South Dakota Brazilian haven will be awesome.
9. Eat Like A New Yorker In South Dakota
A Taste Of The Big Apple
600 N Main Ave
Yelp: 4 stars, 11 reviews
At least when it comes to pizza. You might just forget you’re in the Midwest while chowing down on A Taste Of The Big Apple’s lip-smacking pies.
Try the Freddie the Chicken (chicken, alfredo sauce and roasted red peppers and onions) or the Spanish Harlem (hamburger, olives, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and tortilla chips). They serve ‘em up by the slice just like in the Big Apple – but that’s not to say you can’t order one for yourself.
As if that’s not enough to convince you, this joint’s also got calzones, knishes, and scrumptious garlic cheesy bread. Who really even needs New York?
10. Get The Best Part Of Ireland At McNally’s
McNally’s Irish Pub
6211 S Old Village Pl
Yelp: 4 stars, 11 reviews
Who knew you’d find an Irish oasis in the middle of South Dakota? McNally’s has been serving drool-worthy drinks (like the Dirty Girl Scout) and food in an irresistibly festive atmosphere that just makes you want to sit back and forget about all your worries for a night out with good friends.
The signature Drunken Mussels (simmered in Guinness) basically speaks for itself, and the Bailey’s-infused cheesecake will pretty much destroy your diet. But you won’t care.
11. Eat To Live. Live To Dine At Phillips Avenue Diner
Phillips Avenue Diner
121 S. Phillips Ave
Yelp: 4 stars, 63 reviews
Phillips Avenue Diner doesn’t need to go all fancy, because their food is already anything but ordinary. Get the Poutine and the chicken and waffles and see if you even need one of their Heath Bar shakes.
Spoilers: you will. And then you’ll probably want a wheelbarrow to carry you out.
12. Asian Cuisine The Will Put A Spring (Roll) In Your Step
1010 N. Minnesota Ave
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 22 reviews
So you’re in Sioux Falls and you’re craving some Asian food. You’re out of luck, right? Wrong. Phnom Penh has it all covered. This hidden treasure offers fresh authentic taste made from traditional home-style recipes. Anything with sticky rice or papaya salad might just change your life.
Amazing food aside, the service is phenomenal, and that keeps this unassuming joint high on the list local nosheries.
13. There is No SUBstitute For Gregg’s
1000 W. 41st
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 9 reviews
The minute you walk in this cozy Sioux Falls sub shop, you’ll instantly feel right at home.
Order the number 18 (ham, salami, pastrami, corned beef, turkey, roast beef and provolone cheese) and you’ll want to move in.
Plus you can even order your faves on a wrap to mix things up—since like I said, you’ll be back here a lot.
14. Italian Like Your Grandma Intended
Spezia Sioux Falls
4801 S. Louise Ave
Yelp: 4 stars, 45 reviews
Almost unanimously considered to be the best Italian restaurant in Sioux Falls, Spezia does Italian how it belongs—clean, simple and delicious.
Stick to classics like mushroom ravioli or Cioppino pasta, and always finish with their homemade Tiramisu.
15. At Wild Sage Grille “Sustainable” Has Never Been So Tasty
Wild Sage Grille
300 N. Cherapa Place
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 29 reviews
Rest assured that no matter what you have here, whether it’s a fresh salad with toasted pecans and Alaskan salmon or a buffalo or elk burger, it’ll be stacked high with ingredients that are fresh, local and consciously sourced. So you can pig out on everything without guilt.
At least not that kind of guilt.