Topped with melted butter, fresh fruit, and maple syrup, nothing beats a fluffy plate of flapjacks. Sometimes, just no other breakfast dish will do. And the great places for pancakes in South Dakota will offer you great service and a delicious variety of options. Here are our favorites.
Skogen Kitchen in Custer is one of the region’s most innovative restaurants. This chef driven restaurant offers creative options for breakfast, brunch, and dinner, but their best dish is their pancakes! The menu has several pancake options available including “Cami” (strawberries, Nutella, peanuts, and lemon cream), “Lianna” (torched balsamic meringue, chopped bacon, and maple), “Robert” (lingonberries, lemon cream, and maple), “Mr. Field” (plain with pad of dimock butter and maple), and “Ma & Paul” (fried chicken, frank’s hot sauce, and maple syrup). You’ve never had pancakes like this before!
The Fort Hays Chuckwagon isn’t just a restaurant, it is an exciting and authentically South Dakota experience! Guests can look through the Dances with Wolves movie set, South Dakota Film Museum, Christmas gift shop, rope shop, tin shop, gem panning demonstrations, brick making demonstration, and a South Dakota native flower garden. While the dinner and show doesn’t have pancakes, Fort Hays offers an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for only 99 cents. That’s an unbeatable price for a pancake feast fit for a king!
Brunch is a way of life at Sioux Falls’ relaxing and charming All Day Cafe. All menu items are made from scratch and made with love! Pancakes are available as either buttermilk pancakes, caramel banana pancakes, or blueberry pancakes. If you’re feeling adventurous, make sure to try their Belgian waffles or chicken n’ waffle, which is a Belgian waffle served with crispy fried chicken, bacon, sunny up egg, and vanilla bourbon syrup.
Faith, South Dakota, is a tiny town but it houses one of the best breakfast restaurants around—the Two R Bar & Grill. With decorative western gear adorning the walls, this restaurant has an authentic South Dakota feel. The menu has everything from burgers to pasta to sandwiches, but a local favorite is their pancakes. These hotcakes are hot, delicious, and the perfect size
Another charming and cozy small town diner is the Oxbow Restaurant in De Smet. This welcoming little place serves up some favorites like burgers, chicken fried steak, and other classic American dishes. Make sure to try their famous silver dollar pancakes!
Phillips Avenue Diner is one of Sioux Falls’ most iconic restaurants. Styled as a classic 1950s retro diner, it has everything from a jukebox to crazy milkshakes. This downtown restaurant is a great breakfast spot and customers rave about the “diner pancakes”, three buttermilk pancakes topped with whipped butter and blueberries, bananas, or chocolate chips available to add.
Eat like old western South Dakota cowboys used to at the Blue Bell Lodge in Custer. This restaurant features traditional “true Western” dishes that feature bison, beef, chicken, fish, and even rattlesnake sausage. The western menu is complemented by the unique log cabin atmosphere and decor in the dining area. The menu also features another western classic- fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Blueberry pancakes are also available for a slight upcharge.