A giant American flag subtly waves hello to patrons from its post high above a fleet of tables, and farming tools plant themselves firmly on a wall inside JoDean's Steakhouse and Lounge. The patriotic theme extends to the kitchen, where chefs grill, fry, and steam USDA Certified Choice steaks, fresh seafood, and sandwiches. More than 50 feet of covered islands emit puffs of steam during daily buffets, including everything from sirloin tips and all-you-can-eat crab legs to Sunday-morning ham-and-cheese omelets. Inside the dining room, framed prints by Bob Byerley adorn the wall, and the lounge boasts a hearty wooden bar where dates can enjoy libations and small talk about acid rain. A number of banquet rooms are available for parties of up to 250 people, and the parking lot can watch buses, RVs, and small aircraft as owners dine.
Local lamb chops, brushed with fresh rosemary and olive oil and grilled. Short-rib osso buco, cooked sous-vide for 36 hours. Pork tenderloin smoked with cherry wood, awash in maple-chipotle glaze. Bros Brasserie Americano's menu is filled with sophisticated, elegantly plated dishes, all with recommended pairings. But it's not wine the staff suggests to pair with the New American cuisine—it's beer. A row of 16 tap handles is constantly changing as the staff rotates in all-American craft beers such as Widmer 924 Milk Stout, Crow Peak Brewing Company's 11th Hour IPA, and New Belgium Brewing's Peach Porch Lounger. Bottled brews round out the extensive collection.
Diners can have the chefs steam a pound of mussels in their choice of any of the tap beers. They can also belly up to the bar for eats that are more casual but no less carefully crafted. The chefs grind their own Angus beef to form into 8.5-ounce patties for their Bro burger, which they pile with bacon, aged cheddar, and maple-chipotle barbecue sauce.
In 1958, two brothers from Texas opened the first Pizza Inn, where they began assembling their signature pizzas out of cracker-thin crusts, tangy sauce, and generous piles of cheese. By 1994, the small, family-run restaurant grew into a sought-after franchise that was named No. 1 Pizza Chain in the United States by Restaurants & Institutions Magazine, as described on Pizza Inn’s About Us page. With the help of the world’s largest rolling pin, Pizza Inn’s doughy empire has stretched across more than 310 national and international locations. Although they still rely on time-honored pizza-making traditions that have lasted more than 50 years, the franchise’s chefs still make bold strides in new recipes, as evident in their bacon-cheeseburger pizza with beef, lean bacon, mustard, and pickles.
Country Meats' skilled butchers cull from a colossal cache of fresh, top-quality meats, slicing custom cuts of beef, wild game, buffalo, and pork. The knowledgeable staff slings more than 30 brat flavors, including pineapple, green onion, and skinless varieties infused with cheese. Whole chickens deliver protein alongside their red-meat brethren, which include gourmet burger patties and freshly cut sirloin and filet-mignon steaks. Summer sausages artfully complement the shop's smattering of cheeses, and edible accouterments such as farm-fresh eggs and potato salad round out meaty meals. Every Saturday, customers can voyage to Country Meats to nosh on house-made samples, and during hunting season, the shop's hours expand to accommodate wild-game processing and bouts of camouflage Hide-and-Seek.
The folks at OverTime Sports Grill & Bar welcome everyone?sports fans, dates, and families alike. "We have food for even the pickiest eaters," staff says on the website, "and no matter how noisy your crew might be, you'll never get mean stares from other patrons?they're too busy enjoying themselves." Combined with a bevvy of beers, frosty margaritas, and, according to staffers, the best wings in Sioux Falls, this convivial atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu make OverTime the obvious choice for many a local. Even the atmosphere takes preferences into account; inside, the 29 screens provide endless glimpses of the game, trivia nights give brainy guests a chance to flex their dendrites, and the outdoor patio proffers plenty of room for those who juggle full steins of ale.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.