TOP 5 LOCAL EATS: Summerset/Rapid City, South Dakota

by | Oct 10, 2020 | Travel Recommendations, Travel Tips | 0 comments

Rapid City,”Gateway to the Black Hills”, and Summerset, the first city to incorporate in South Dakota since 1985, might live in a reluctant countenance…but if there’s one thing that brings people together it’s good food and, luckily, both of these towns have a lot of it!
Check out our picks!


JR’s Rhodehouse BBQ Pit was created in 2013 by Justin Rhodes. Justin’s passion for TX style Bbq began when he attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. JR’s has been called “the best BBQ this side of the Mediterranean Sea” by tourists and locals alike and one bite of the coleslaw could make you swear off slaw from anywhere else ever again! Keep an eye out for when they have specials…you just might be able to snag a Beef ‘n Chedda that puts Arby’s to shame.

If you’ve never had Nepalese Cuisine before Everest Cuisine is the PERFECT place to start! Since early 2013 they’ve been serving genuine Indian and Nepalese food to the folks of Rapid City and its visitors. They offer a lunch buffet 7 days a week and it’s always a mixture of delicious classics and new, unique entrees. Avid travelers that have ACTUALLY spent time in both Nepal and India claim this is the best Nepali/Indian food they’ve come across in the states!

Tim Smith & Justin Henrichsen started the Independent Ale House with the desire to create great pizza, make craft beer accessible, and above all, welcome everyone whether they’re 21 or 65. Here there are no strangers, only friends. At the Independent Ale House pizza is not just pizza, it’s a blank canvas that can pretty much be anything…just take a look at their menu, they mean it! Try The Hasselhoff; a pizza topped with Ketchup, Yellow Mustard, Ground Hamburger, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Onion, Tomato, & Pickle or the Bob’s Popper; a jalapeño popper inspire pie topped with Ranch Sauce, Cheese, Jalapeño, Bacon, Cream Cheese, & Raspberry Preserves.

Fresh. Premium. Small Batch. The Silver Lining Creamery uses only the freshest ingredients including local honey and midwest dairy. Their premium, 14% butterfat ice cream is created by hand in small 2.5 gallon batches right in downtown Rapid City. One of the charms of The Silver Lining Creamery is that they are always creating new and exciting flavors, their menu is always changing so it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on their Facebook page! Some of their most popular and interesting flavors include; Cheesecake, Sage, Phat Elvis (peanut butter banana ice cream with bacon candied with brown sugar) & Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Since the 1930’s Tally’s Silver Spoon as been staple in Rapid City life. Though not always named Tally’s Silver Spoon, the restaurant has consistently delivered local comfort and home cooking for decades. Today Chef Benjamin Klinkel owns the Rapid City landmark and is creating a new style of restaurant he has dubbed the ‘Fine Diner’. The atmosphere still resembles the causal comfort of a diner where one can expect a Tally’s Original Recipe blueberry pancake and a hot cup of coffee…but with a modern and sophisticated twist. The menu is filled with refined versions of classic like Chicken and Dumplings or Cheese Soup as well as “Fancier Fare” such as Fresh Pastas, Mushroom D’Jour, & Rack of Lamb. Our FAVORITE thing about Tally’s is their Indecision Menu! Boasting “We know what you want, even if you don’t”, all you have to do is pick the number courses and the Chefs will get to work creating a true culinary adventure. The only catch? Everyone at the table has to decide on indecision!

Try any of these SD eats? Got another favorite spot we need to try? Let us know! 


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