The 10 Best Delis in South Dakota!

Whether you’re searching for the best brisket sandwich you’ve ever had, or a wasabi tuna sandwich that will send your taste buds to another world, South Dakota has you covered. The delicious delis across the state are serving up classic sandwiches done exactly right, and signature specials unlike anything you’ve ever tried! Next time your stomach is rumbling for lunch, check out these 10 great delis in South Dakota!  

1. Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli, Rapid City, SD

Opened in 2003, the owners were inspired by the adventuresome spirit of the Rocky Mountains. The hearty, bold menu is complemented by the clean, friendly atmosphere. Sandwiches include the Pesto Peak Italiano, The Motherlode, Ridgeline Reuben, Green Thumb, Wild Turkey, Wicked Wasabi Tuna, Veg Out Wrap, Mile-Hi Thai Wrap, and the Buffalo Bleu Wrap. You moose’t try this delicious deli!

2. Teddy’s Deli, Keystone, SD

Located in the shadow of Mount Rushmore, Teddy’s Deli has consistently been rated one of the best places to eat in Keystone. This local hotspot has even been featured on the Food Network! Popular sandwich offerings are the Great American Reuben, bacon lettuce & tomato, The Rushmore Club, The Abe, and the George. Teddy’s Deli is definitely the world’s best American president-themed deli!  

3. M.B. Haskett, Sioux Falls, SD

Nestled in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls, M.B. Haskett is well-known for their exquisite, upscale cuisine. This deli oozes sophistication with reclaimed wood and antique furniture. Sandwich offerings include muffaletta, ham on multigrain, turkey on multigrain, brie on baguette. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available upon request. For caffeine addicts, they serve a variety of hot drinks including chai lattes, cappuccinos, tea, cocoa, cold-pressed coffee, and brewed coffee. 

4. Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, Sioux Falls, SD

As soon as you walk through the door, the aroma of baking bread will entice you. Bread is baked fresh in-store twice a day. For those with a monstrous appetite, they offer 16-inch subs sandwiches. Meat is sliced fresh to order. Menu items include items such as the spicy ham, turkey garden club, slow-cooked roast beef club, chipotle cheesesteak club, and many more. This restaurant is a slice above the rest!

5. Cleaver’s “Bad” Deli, Sioux Falls, SD

Don’t let the name fool you—this deli is among the best in the state! Interestingly, it is housed inside a pawn shop. The menu is small, but the available items are top-notch. This delicious little oddity is always busy because it is so good. Favorite menu items include The Big Pig, The Cleaver Sandwich, and The Italian.

6. The Pickle Barrel, Sioux Falls, SD

The Pickle Barrel is known for their enormous, jam-packed sandwiches! Fresh bread is baked and fresh ingredients and prepared daily. Sandwich offerings include cheesesteak, meatball, pulled pork, ham & cheese, veggie, roast beef, and more. Salads are also available. 

7. Harriet & Oak, Rapid City, SD

This stylish, edgy café is new to Rapid City and making an impression in a big way! The atmosphere is one-of-a-kind with a vintage Volkswagen van parked inside, exposed brick walls, and huge windows. Menu items include homemade focaccia bread, chorizo breakfast burritos, waffles, and more. Harriet & Oak is the newest local favorite.

8. Soul Food Bistro and Espresso Bar, Pierre, SD

This bistro has made it a goal to serve excellent, healthy, high-quality grub in a friendly atmosphere. Goals accomplished! The coffee is a good morning pick-me-up and the food is filling. Drinks vary seasonally. All the food is made from scratch in-house. The portions are so generous that you may have trouble finishing a dish. The main attractions at this bistro are the homemade biscuits & gravy, chicken salad panini, and the Contentment Sandwich. Come to this bistro to get food for the soul!

9. Café Coteau, Brookings, SD

Tucked away in the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, this café offers a large selection of breakfast and lunch items. They serve the famous ice cream from South Dakota State University’s ice cream bar. Breakfast options include the feta cheese signature breakfast sandwich, omelet, and pastries. Lunch options include loaded grill cheese, fall turkey sandwich, salmon sandwich, veggie sandwich, and buffalo chicken wrap. a children’s menu is also available.

10. Palm Garden Café & Chocolate Shoppe, Aberdeen, SD

Palm Garden Café & Chocolate Shoppe serves refreshing, healthy options from a unique menu. Vegan and vegetarian options are featured on the specialty menus. The atmosphere is serene, with plenty of outdoor seating in a garden area, colorful walls, and open spaces. Sandwiches include bacon turkey bravo, apple avocado tuna, buffalo chicken wrap, and more. Panini favorites include asparagus ham & cheese, southwestern chicken, peso chicken, tuna melt, and turkey club. Burgers, appetizers, gyros, chicken, alfredo, soups, and salads are also available. 

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