University of South Dakota: Best Late Night Food Spots
After a long day of studying, attending classes, working, and partying, students are famished by the day’s end. Head to these 10 Vermillion hotspots near the University of South Dakota for late-night grub!
Since 1968, R-Pizza has been providing late night grub to students at the University of South Dakota. After a day of working (and playing) hard, nothing hits the spot like a delicious, huge slice of handmade pizza. The dough and sauce are both made from scratch by legendary chefs, the cheese is hand shredded, and local and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. There are over 30 toppings to choose from, with unique options like artichoke, pickles, sauerkraut, and goat cheese. The menu includes other favorites like appetizers, hoagies, breads, calzone, panini, burgers, and salads. The best part? Free delivery! Order by phone, in person, or online.
Bunyan’s in Vermillion serves up fun American cuisine at competitive prices. This joint serves up some of the best burgers around! Other menu favorites are the steak tips, cheeseburger, hot wings, walleye, and breaded chicken sandwich. Don’t forget to try the fun and festive funnel cake fries! Customers enjoy dining in the incredibly cozy and friendly atmosphere. Stop by this neighborhood burger joint after one of the University of South Dakota’s football games for a hot burger, cool drinks, and unforgettable experience.
Since 1971, Leo’s Sports Bar and Grills attracts students and barflies with their daily drink and food specials and entertaining atmosphere. Menu favorites are the crispy chicken sandwich, broasted chicken, hot wings, steak tips, and crispy fries. The beer list is extensive and has something for every taste. There are five burgers available: one-third pound patty hamburger or cheeseburger, Leo’s Burger or Leo’s Cheeseburger with two one-third pound patties, and the Big Nick Burger with two one-third pound patties between two grilled cheese sandwiches. For a fun night out in Vermillion, this classic college bar is the place to be!
In downtown Vermillion, this lively sports bar stays open until 2 a.m., with the kitchen open until 11 p.m., making it the perfect spot to grab some late-night grub. Main Street Pub has a diverse menu with items like mini tacos, Wisconsin cheese soup, turkey bacon melt, popcorn chicken basket, reuben sandwich, and cheesesteak sandwich. Don’t miss out on their all-day breakfast!
Grab some late-night casual eats at the Old Lumber Company. Open until 2 a.m. every night of the week, you can fill up your belly after a night out with friends at this comfortable spot. The menu consists of everything from fried pickles and corn dogs to bacon burgers and chicken wing baskets. A great shareable option are the Slam Dunk Nachos which are piled with chicken, BBQ sauce, nacho cheese, jalapenos, black olives, and sour cream. Yum!
Dakota Brick House in downtown Vermillion has a distinctive menu from a copper-wrapped wood-stove oven, and a selection of 20 rotating craft beers. In the later hours, this family restaurant has a more adult atmosphere. Food is served until 11 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. Menu items include unique items like South Dakota poutine, truffle parmesan fries, all kale to Caesar salad, Main Street Taco (meat options are shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork), Carolina pork brick sliders, rustic wood-stone pizzas, and the toasted s’mores cake.
While breakfast is the specialty at Mister Smith’s, they stay open late to feed any late-night customers looking for a hot and mouth-watering meal. The food is available at unbeatable prices! Sandwiches, omelets, chicken, baked beans, soup, and bread are the most popular menu items.. But everything is handmade and delicious.
This vibrant, modern downtown restaurant is an active and well-known part of the Vermillion community. The steakhouse is constantly helping out at university events, as they often host and cater for school events. The menu has something for everyone, with steak, seafood, wild game, sandwiches, shared plates, soup, and salads. Menu favorites include the Escovitch spicy fried chicken sandwich, wild mushroom & bison meatloaf, 36 hour ribs, blackened walleye oscar, and, of course, the steaks.
The Varsity Pub is a favorite watering hole of local students and residents alike! In addition to the vintage, one-of-a-kind decor, the prices are unbeatable. Happy Hour is every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and there are nightly specials and free popcorn. With live music, friendly and fun atmosphere, and reasonable prices, students from the University of South Dakota love heading to this local hang out.
Vermillion’s Silk Road Cafe is the best Asian cuisine in the area. The atmosphere is calm and comfortable; the employees are friendly and accommodating. Local favorites are the pad Thai, pork Korean barbecue, Thai cashew chicken, and Thai curry fried rice. But no matter what’s ordered, it is sure to satisfy any late night cravings!
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