With more than 500 restaurants, Sioux Falls has a dining establishment for roughly every 400 residents. Sure, that includes fast-food joints and national chains, but the city is taking a cue from peers across the country to highlight the homegrown stuff.
Touch of Europe has fine food that trends to the Polish and German. The classic European Plate is piled with homemade beef, lamb and pork sausages; the restaurant also has stuffed salmon and pork osso buco. Foleys Fish Chop & Steak House is one of the finest restaurants in the area. The list of charbroiled beef options is long, the wine list longer and the restaurant has separate menus for youngsters and its lounge. The quality of cuisine is a high priority – they even offer homemade pasta.
Cherry Creek Grill is a popular, local-owned sports bar and grill with a big banquet room. Minerva’s Restaurant and Bar has been in town since 1977, with a diverse menu that includes fish, meat, pasta and a gourmet salad bar. Great family spots include Roll’n Pin Restaurant and Fryn’ Pan Family. Monk’s House of Ale Repute gets points just for its name, but Monk’s is a specialty beer and wine pub with more than 90 brews, 30 of them Belgian. It’s in the old Craftsman Creek Building.
Agriculture is a big player in the South Dakota economy, so grab a bushel or two. Country Apple Orchard on Minnesota Avenue just south of the city lets you pick your own or buy them bagged and washed. The orchard has more than a dozen varieties; distract the children with pony rides and a barn full of stuff for them to see.
A busy farmers’ market sets up shop every Saturday morning from May to October near Falls Park. The Sioux Empire Farmer’s Market is newer and smaller. It’s open in the Empire Mall parking lot on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. from June through October. A second location, at 8th and Railroad Center, is open Saturday mornings from May through October.