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Jun 16, 2009 08:30 PM

Spearfish, Deadwood, Rapid City

We will be traveling to the Black Hills in July. What are some good places to eat that won't break the bank but be memorable? We rely on chowhounders to recommend places that we can't find in our big city. Any type of cuisine.

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  1. We moved to the area in January and it is kinda the land of chains but there are bright spots. We really like the Corn Exchange (american modern bistro) and Botticelli for (Italian). For breakfast we highly recommend Colonial House, the caramel french toast or french toast topped with chokecherry syrup and cream cheese is so good. These are in RC.

    Are you going to Spearfish Canyon?

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    1. re: septocaine_queen

      We had several terrific meals at Colonial House in Rapid City. The service was as terrific as the breakfast. It's on Rushmore Rd, right before Cathedral Drive if going towards Keystone.

        1. re: noseyrosey

          At the Lodge? Amazing area. The rec for dinner there is Roma's in downtown Spearfish for Italian. 701 N 5th St. Spearfish, SD 57783 (605) 722-0715. Highly recommended. We are getting a lot of thunderstorms in the afternoon with sometimes heavy rain, but it is perfectly sunny most of the day.

      1. We visited the Hills last summer. My favorite meal of the trip was at Oma's Cafe and Bakery in Keystone. All of the places on the boardwalk had a tourist-trap, high priced, fake western feel. If you continue on towards the President's Museum there is an unassuming little strip mall which houses Oma's Cafe and Bakery. It is basically a diner that serves really good German food at reasonable prices. I enjoyed some very tender sauerbraten with tangy red cabbage and spaetzle dumplings. My husband ordered a bratwurst and potato salad and was pleased. A table full of German tourists sitting adjacent to us gave it a big thumbs up when I inquired if they liked their food. I'm still kicking myself that we did not allow time to stop for breakfast in the morning. The pastries and huge cinnamon rolls in their bakery case looked delicious.

        1. There is an inn in Custer State Park that was the Summer White House for President Coolidge. Our lunch there was quite nice, and the history and setting made the lunch memorable.

          1. We just returned from a wonderful trip to the Dakotas. One of the best meals of the trip was dinner at the Sage Creek Grille in Custer, SD. We weren't super hungry, so I had a salad and home-made soup, which was served with some of the best sourdough bread I've had away from San Francisco, my husband had a delicious buffalo burger. The wine list was small, but well-chosen and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

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            1. re: judybird

              I'll second the recommendation of Sage Creek Grille in Custer. I was just out in the Hills a couple weeks ago and ate at SCG for lunch - salad and a grilled vegetable sandwich (with roasted new potatoes on the side). It was delicious.

              1. re: egusto

                Wow cool, were out the in '03 and Sage Creek Grill was awesome back then, the wife suggest we go visit the Black Hills again and 90% of the reason (I say...) is sage creek grill.

                Awesome wondering if they were still around, sounds like they are jut as good as they were years ago.

            2. The Alpine Inn in Hill City---by day its a German cafe with sausages, sandwiches,salads and desserts (be warned that some desserts are not homemade--you can tell from the descriptions, they're the ones that contains oreos and sound like they were written by Sysco, but the desserts that are homemade are amazing!), dinner menu is Filet of Beef, baked potato, wedge salad. Your only choices are small or large and how you want your filet cooked.