If you’re in the mood for family-owned, down-home dining, South Dakota is your place. From Rapid City to Sioux Falls, you’ll find a variety of storied mom and pop restaurants serving up meals that will evoke nostalgia. Here are the best in the state.
Bette’s Kitchen is the near definition of a mom and pop restaurant. This quaint little joint has daily specials, Indian tacos, burgers, breakfast options, sandwiches with fries, desserts, and more. This unassuming kitchen cooks up some of the best home cooked food in South Dakota! Bette’s Kitchen is well worth the trip to Manderson.
Ron’s Cafe serves up plenty of breakfast and lunch choices as well as a kids menu with a decent variety. Some of the local favorites are the top sirloin, double cheeseburger, B.L.T., fluffy pancakes, and omelets with a variety of toppings. Don’t forget to try an ice cream sundae for dessert! The portions are huge and the prices are reasonable, so you’ll leave full and satisfied. The staff are helpful, polite, and treat customers like family. Ron’s is Rapid City’s best kept local secret.
Jambonz Grill & Pub in legendary Sturgis combines classic American cuisine with Southern cooking from their Louisiana roots. This friendly, small town restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some of the menu favorites include the omelets, pancake breakfast, biscuits and gravy, deep fried okra, gumbo, blackened Cajun shrimp salad, Indian taco, the unique burgers, fried catfish, fried crawfish, and the fresh peach cobbler.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Lewie’s is a famous waterhole during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally but remains open for locals year-round. The menu includes burgers, sides and appetizers, sandwiches, salads, basket food, and bar food, so there is something for everyone. Make sure to ask about their weekly specials!
Sammy’s Restaurant is the perfect pit stop for a filling omelet and a cup of coffee before the day begins. The waitresses are friendly, warm, and attentive to customers. The pleasant atmosphere is a great look into downtown Aberdeen’s calm and inviting atmosphere. While the breakfast is top notch, Sammy’s is also open for lunch and dinner.
This cafe is a Sioux Falls gem for breakfast and lunch. The small town atmosphere is refreshing while in the state’s largest city. The prices are reasonable and the menu offers a huge variety of options—all of which are delicious and made with care by the dedicated chefs. No matter where you go in Sioux Falls, it's tough to beat the authenticity of Rosie’s Cafe!
Cluckin’ Good Chicken began almost 20 years ago as Bob’s Carryout and Delivery. During this time, they gained the reputation as having the best chicken in town and word spread. The family owned and operated restaurant eventually rebranded as Cluckin’ Good Chicken and the rest is history. Customers can order white or dark meat or a mix, and choose whether they want thighs, legs, wings, or breasts. There are plenty of extras like potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, and more—all of which perfectly compliment the unbeatable chicken.
The small town of Mobridge has Rick’s Cafe, one of the best restaurants around! Their menu includes home cooked hearty favorites like chili, huge burgers, Indian tacos, and much more!
This small but delightful restaurant is a classic steakhouse that has perfected their craft during their many years in business. Famous among local fisherman who stop in before and after a long day on the lake, the Whitlock Bay Supper Club offers plenty more than just steak, but you’ll want to at least taste it!