7 Best Places for BIG Food in South Dakota

Whether a five-pound burger or 14-pound pizza, South Dakota has some crazy eating challenges that can be conquered by only the most serious and dedicated foodies. Head over to these 7 South Dakota restaurants for some challenging meals that might earn you a spot on the wall of fame!

Clifford’s Steak House, Watertown, SD

From hand cut steaks to fresh seafood to huge burgers to mouthwatering barbecue, Clifford’s Steak House in Watertown truly has something tasty for everyone. But for those with insatiable appetites, the seven-pound burger challenge is the star of the show! This burger is decked out with cheese, pickles, tomato and lettuce, onion rings, and topped with barbecue sauce, served with a mess of french fries. Those who can finish this monster meal in an hour or less get the meal on the house, a t-shirt, and their picture on the wall of fame. Make sure you call ahead to schedule your challenge!

OverTime Sports Grill & Bar, Sioux Falls, SD

Overtime Sports Grill and Bar is the best place in town for winding down, drinking a beer, and catching the game, all with the option of ordering some delicious bar food off the menu. But if simple pub grub isn’t enough, try your hand at the Monster Nacho Challenge in which customers are served one pound of chips, one pound of beef, one pound of waffle fries, one pound of cheese, and four ounces each of jalapenos, black olives, tomatoes, and onions. For brave and hungry souls who can finish the plate within 45 minutes, the reward is a free meal and a spot on the wall of fame. Can you tame the nacho beast?

Sugar Daddy’s Sports Bar & Grill

In the North end of Sioux City, you’ll find this local hangout that also happens to serve up delicious burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and more. With all the burgers on the menu, there’s nothing that will be calling your name like the Grand Slam Challenge. You have 22 minutes to finish six burger patties—making up three pounds of burger-- topped with cheese, bacon, onions, lettuce tomato, pickles, all smothered in barbecue sauce. Don’t forget to finish the full order of chili cheese fries that comes with it! If you complete this daunting task, you get the meal paid for, as well as a t-shirt and your picture on the hall of fame.

Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD

Not only does the menu at Sickie’s offer 50 different creative burgers, but there is also an insane eating challenge for only the most hardcore foodies. Order the Victory Lap Burger for a dining experience like no other, in the form of two patty melts as buns with a grilled cheese sandwich as a middle bun, all stuffed with pulled pork, fried egg, fried jalapenos and pickles, and boneless chicken wings, all served over one pound of french fries. It’s over five pounds of greasy, delicious food, but eat it all within an hour and you’ll get a t-shirt and you can claim your spot on their coveted wall of fame. Wash it all down with one of their constantly rotating 50 brews! Sickie’s is a Dakota area favorite, with locations in Sioux Falls, and Rapid City. 

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Nick’s Hamburgers, Brookings, SD

Nick’s Hamburgers has been a centerpiece of the Brookings culinary community for decades. In fact, they were founded all the way back in 1929 when they sold their burgers for only five cents a pop! The menu includes breakfast offerings, burgers and cheeseburgers, chips, homemade pie, and shakes available in six flavors. The eating challenge at Nick’s is simple yet difficult—competitors must simply beat the current record holder in one hour. Last known record was 28 burgers in 58 minutes in fall of 2018—try and beat it! Winners get their meal for free, a cozy sweatshirt, and their picture on the wall of fame. 

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Rock Bottom Beers & Burgers, Yankton, SD

Grab a beer and chow down on some bar food while catching a game on one of this relaxing yet lively bar’s 55 flat screen HDTVs. Not only that, make sure to try something from their full menu which offers favorites like a huge variety of appetizers, burgers, wraps, salads, pastas, and steaks. If that isn’t enough grub, try your hand at the Rock Bottom Burger Challenge in which you’ll be served a monster burger with three pounds of angus beef, five slices of cheese, fried eggs, sautéed onions, mushrooms, pulled pork, and homemade coleslaw, all seasoned with their secret sauce. It doesn’t end there, however! The burger is served with one pound of fries as well as a 22-ounce beverage. If you finish it within 30 minutes, the meal is free and a plaque with your name on it is added to their wall! 

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Boss’ Pizza & Chicken, Multiple locations

Great challenges bring you great rewards, and that is absolutely the case at Boss' Pizza & Chicken. With one partner, or by yourself “if you’re really brave,” you are to finish ‘The Boss HOG Challenge’ in an hour or less which consists of a 28-inch pizza with two meaty toppings, and another meatless topping. Seems like a piece of cake? You’ll find yourself whimpering when you hear that you’re not allowed a bathroom break or the ability to leave the table for the duration of the challenge. When you finish every last slice, you are rewarded with your bill paid as well as $200 gift certificates to the restaurant. Don’t let down the Boss!

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