After a long morning at work or after a day of running errands, sitting down for a nice lunch truly hits the spot. South Dakota is home to a plethora of lunch spots, from Italian eateries to delicious delis, that will please just about any appetite and time constraint. Here are the 9 best lunch spots in the state.
Sanaa’s specializes in gourmet yet affordable healthy cuisine with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu items. Everything is cooked daily from scratch with fresh, seasonal ingredients. This is a green restaurant that uses only 100 percent recyclable containers and washable linens. Main lunch dishes are Shish Tawook, which is chicken breast pieced cooked with spices served on a bed of basmati rice, Vegetarian Kibbeh, which is fine bulgar, potato, and onion pureed into parries, seasoned, stuffed with onion and soy protein, and baked, Mjadara, which is lentil and bulgur wheat pilaf cooked with cartelized onion, and many more options! The feel-good atmosphere and the healthy food make Sanaa’s Gourmet Restaurant a great lunch!
The Gyro Hub serves the best gyros and kebobs in Rapid City, making it the ideal lunch pit stop. The environment is quaint, simple, and welcoming. Gyros can come with a variety of meets such as chicken, lamb, and beef. Vegetarian gyros are available. Popular lunch orders include the Supreme Gyro with your choice of meat topped with cheddar cheese, grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms, Iskender Plate with cut pita bread on your choice of gyro meat with homemade Turkish tomato sauce, and the falafel gyro, a meatless gyro with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta, and falafels.
This downtown Sioux Falls deli serves a variety of French, Spanish, and Mediterranean dishes on an ever-changing menu. The decor is urban and cozy and the staff greet you with a smile. Regular lunch options are muffuletta, ham on multigrain, brie on baguette with the option of adding prosciutto, soup, and salad. The lunch features change daily, so call ahead to see what else is on the menu. The bread is from Breadico bread, made locally in Sioux Falls. Sweets offered are cheesecake, muffins, and cookies. A variety of coffees are also available.
Killian’s offers a wide variety of lunch options with something for everyone. A limited selection of gluten free items is offered. The atmosphere is rustic and comfortable and the servers are pleasant and welcoming. Menu options include burgers, pub plates, signature sandwiches, salads, steaks, and desserts. The most delicious lunch options are the Cowboy Classic burger, Buffalo chicken sandwich, or the Carson-style ribeye steak. Treat yourself to a dessert such as the flourless chocolate torte, homemade bread pudding, creme brûlée cheesecake, or the banana foster.
Feeling like comfort food for lunch? This Sioux Falls restaurant has you covered, as they specialized in fried chicken and Philly sandwiches. The chicken is fried to order, and the Phillys are cooked to order. Options include the Sampler, Chicken by the Piece (drum sticks, thighs, or breast), wing basket with fries, and the cheesesteak. The sides are chips, fries, onion rings, cookies, or country potato salad. Sometime, the only way to get through the workday is with hearty comfort food—and Mama’s Phried & Philly’s is the perfect Sioux Falls restaurant to get your fix!
Aberdeen’s Roma Ristorante Italiano serves authentic Italian dishes in a warm and historic dining area. It is very reasonably priced, with 11 lunch items under $9. The whole menu includes pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, pizza, and more. The lunch menu is more limited, however. Lunch favorites include the spinach ravioli marinara sauce baked, baked ziti, and lemon chicken served over spaghetti. Each dish is served with hot bread and dinner salad or soup. For a classy and authentic Italian lunch, Roma Ristorante Italiano in Aberdeen is the only option!
Voted the “Best Sandwich in the Black Hills” by the Rapid City Journal readers, Philly Ted’s lives up to their reputation. Everything is cooked to-order with only the freshest ingredients. The cheesesteaks are authentically Philly and even topped with real Cheez Whiz—a Philly tradition. Available steak sandwiches are the regular steak sandwich, cheesesteak, mushroom steak, mushroom cheesesteak, pizza steak, and the cheesesteak hoagie. Other unique specialty steaks are also available, like the Colt, with double provolone and horseradish, the Hardrocker, with chili and raw onions, the Charger, with taco cheesesteak, hoagie, salsa, and seasoning, and many more. Wings, cold sandwiches, hot dogs, and sides are also served. With a Philly Ted’s sandwich for lunch, you can never go wrong!
For a one-of-a-kind lunch grilled right in front of you, head to PepperJax Grill. Lunch favorites include the PepperJax Philly, PepperJax Philly bowl, burrito, and loaded fries.
Come to Tortilleria Hernandez for great-tasting authentic Mexican cuisine. The interior is colorful, festive, and warm. Customer favorites include the steak tacos and the pork tacos. See you there!