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.
The towering street-side sign at The Roadhouse shines like a beacon onto a full bar and restaurant with a menu that plays off comfort-fare conventions and spice-steeped Cajun traditions. Drinks leave cool circles on tables as patrons circulate during special events such as ladies' night, and LCD televisions broadcast big games.
Cherry Street Grille specializes in omelets, with 101 different varieties flipping from frying pans seven days a week and 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays. Each omelet contains four eggs with flavor combinations that range from the classic denver to a chili, cheese, and onion concoction. Sweeter options include an omelet with bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter. Gravy-slathered biscuits constitute an alternative breakfast, as do massive pancakes the size of a typical medium pizza, dubbed “Mancakes” based on their macho size rather than their ability to sprout five o’clock shadows. Burgers and fried chicken sandwiches complement breakfast fare, as do succulent 10- and 14-ounce slabs of prime rib.
Sharks embraces an atmosphere of roadhouse rusticity with exposed-brick-and-wood-paneled walls sporting a surfeit of taxidermy and other colorful décor. Inside, diners can soak in the sounds of cue balls cracking and darts crashing into bull's eyes, while outside in the beer garden, live music sometimes fills the open-aired environment.
Born into this world 24 years ago, Shenanigans was the brainchild of two guys who wanted to bring Sioux Falls the type of activity-loaded pub prophesied in the Book of Better Leisure. Their extensive menu features five pages of crowd-pleasing pub fare such as the half-pound Shenanigan burger with American cheese ($7.49) and the supreme nachos ($9.79). Make sure to order a stack of 50 hot wings ($29.99), so you're fully prepared for the dystopian future in which sauce-stained chicken bones are the chief form of currency. The Power Combo ($18.99) features 10 mini cheeseburgers and 10 wings with the sauce of your choosing. With a satellite location in Tea and the original location in Sioux Falls, Shenanigans wields the dual-bladed supremacy of being the local hot spot for both sports viewing and the sweet-and-sour tones of karaoke, which runs Wednesday through Saturday nights in Sioux Falls and every Saturday night in Tea.
Tea Steak House founders and meatallurgists Lloyd and Rickie Ihnen developed an innovative two-week meat-aging process that transforms even the toughest cuts of beef into obedient slabs of savory meat. Enjoy the fruits of the Inhens' meat labors by sprinting toward Tea Steak House's dinner menu, best known for its steaks, such as a 16–18 oz. rib-eye ($15.99) served with a choice of potato, salad, and dinner rolls. Diners who think such an option is too petite for their palate tend to spring upon the 26–32 oz. ham steak ($14) or the pizzaburger ($2.55), while carniv-ornery cuisiniers will be sure to leave room for the heavy-as-lead 10–12 oz. steak sandwich ($11). A 30 oz.-plus Porterhouse T-bone ($25) for dessert completes the circle of meat. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can graze on the weeds growing out back, or opt for a chef salad ($5.99).