The 10 Best Fusion Restaurants in South Dakota!

Fusion restaurants combine elements of different cuisines (like Tex-Mex or California Pizza), making a meal that is the best of both worlds! Chefs across South Dakota take inspiration from around the globe. Whether combining American and Italian or Thai and Spanish, these 10 restaurants are the best fusion restaurants across the state. 

1. Phnom Penh Restaurant Asian Cuisine, Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Fall’s Phnom Penh Restaurant Asian Cuisine brings high-quality Cambodian and Chinese dishes with fresh, authentic, and traditional Asian home-style recipes. Customers love this cozy, family-run restaurant that makes everything homemade. Some of the menu favorites are the pork bun, crepes, Cambodian egg rolls, and papaya salad. The prices are well below the normal fare for Asian cuisine in Sioux Falls, so your budget and your belly will thank you for eating at Phnom Penh Restaurant!

2. Craft Italian-American Fusion, Brookings, SD

Brooking’s Craft Italian-American Fusion brings together the best of both cuisines! This restaurant utilizes farm-to-table meals as well as fine cuisine to create unique dishes that highlight the rich flavors and exception produce in the Brookings community. The dining area is a rustic yet modern environment with “Midwestern friendly” staff who greet each customer with a smile. Some of the local favorite menu items include the blackened chicken caprese sandwich, deconstructed chicken cordon bleu, trout amandine, truffle butter & bacon filet mignon, caprese lamb burger, or the marsala mushroom ravioli. No matter what customers order, they always leave with a full belly and a smile on their faces!

3. (kol), Rapid City, SD

(kol) is downtown Rapid City’s hippest new eatery. The restaurant has a massive coal-fired, 1,200-degree oven and exhibition-style kitchen, all in a unique and approachable dining environment. Some of the menu favorites are the street tacos (braised pork, chicken or shrimp and pico de gallo, queso fresco, cilantro lime, seasoned sour cream, and corn tortilla), meatball sliders (homemade meatballs, tomato sauce, red onion, shaved parmesan, fresh basil, and a brioche bun), and creole gumbo (andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, chicken, okra, rice, and crostini).

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4. NOSH Mobile Eatery, Rapid City, SD

Rapid City’s NOSH Mobile Eatery isn’t just a food truck—it is a traveling culinary experience. This multi-cuisine food truck serves lunch and dinner and also offers catering. Some customer favorites include the fish tacos, carnitas tater tots, Maine-style shrimp rolls, mahi mahi tacos, and ceviche served with homemade guacamole and chips. Remember that this food truck closes down in the fall as the cold weather approaches, so eat there while you still can!

5. Pacific Rim Cafe, Rapid City, SD

Pacific Rim Cafe in Rapid City serves Vietnamese food in a welcoming, clean, and friendly dining establishment. Some of the menu favorite are the mandarin chicken with fried rice, spring rolls, pho, and pad thai. Not only do they serve Vietnamese food but also some other Asia cuisines and American foods!

6. Juniper, Rapid City, SD

Juniper prides themselves on serving artfully-combined and locally-sourced ingredients to make high-quality, healthy, and delicious menu items! Local favorites include the pork marsala (cutlets meuniere and mashed Yukon potatoes with a marsala wine sauce), Juniper salad (romaine hearts, apple wood smoked bacon, croutons, and blue cheese), cheese board (artisan cheese, olives, and warm baguette), and the French onion soup (torn bread croutons and grated gruyere).

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7. Drifters Bar & Grille, Fort Pierre, SD

Drifters Bar & Grille serves eclectic fusion cuisine that can be washed down with specialty taps, a full bar, and thoughtfully selected wine. Some menu items change with the season, as the masterful chefs adapt to different seasonally-available ingredients and flavors. The large restaurant treats customers like family! Make sure to check out some of the menu’s best items like mussels & frites, chislic, aloha chicken (shredded chicken, provolone, bacon, pineapple pico de gallo, and chipotle barbecue), shrimp po’boy (breaded, chili-glazed shrimp, cucumber, julienned carrots, greens, scallions, and Asian aioli), and more.

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8. Enigma Restaurant, Rapid City, SD

Located in the heart of downtown Rapid City, Enigma Restaurant is a local favorite for fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. The dimly lit and classy dining area is complimented by the warm, attentive staff. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as offering catering services. Some favorites include the crab cakes, filet mignon, bison, and walleye.

9. Bay Leaf Cafe, Spearfish, SD

This unique Spearfish restaurant offers a high-quality diverse menu using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The Bay Leaf Cafe serves a huge variety of cuisines, as evident when glancing at the menu, with offerings like wild game, falafel, tabbouleh, Montana bread, spinach pie, quiche, gyro, walleye, moussaka, and much more.

10. Killian’s, Rapid City, SD

This casual and inviting restaurant truly has something for everyone! They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just stopping by for a drink. Some of the menu favorites include lamb toast (ground lamb with spicy tomato jam on toasted points sprinkled with parmesan), red chile calamari (Breaded calamari mixed with breaded roasted red peppers and jalapenos, served with roasted red pepper aioli and red chili flakes), frog legs, poutine, sashimi nachos (soy marinated ahi tuna, sake wasabi goat cheese, and wonton chips drizzled with Sriracha sauce), and shiitake burger (shiitake mushrooms in teriyaki with wasabi mayo).

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