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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.

              1. It's been awhile since I was out there, but we have a our favorites and return there whenever we go back to the Hills.

                The Latchstring Inn (http://www.spfcanyon.com/dining.html) in Savoy has a nice breakfast plus spectacular views of Spearfish Canyon. It's on the road from Deadwood to Spearfish.

                The 1912 restaurant in the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood (http://www.silveradofranklin.com/wher...) also has a great breakfast in an old fashioned atmosphere.

                Also, Jake's on top of the Midnight Star Casino in Deadwood is a four diamond restaurant. I think their menu changes with the season, but it's very fine dining and very expensive. They have regional fare, and I think I recall Elk on their menu once. (http://www.themidnightstar.com/jakes....)

                1. in cheyenne crossing there is a great restaurant called cheyenne crossing cafe. I love their indian tacos but be warned they are huge so I always order the small and then get some pie for dessert
                  In Rapid City, I tend to eat on the cheaper end but these are the best restaurants I have found so far that haven't been mentioned on this board:
                  curry masala - indian food
                  bully blends - pasties are good especially the beef
                  sabor a mexico - mexican

                  1. We just returned from our trip. The area is beautiful! We ate at several of the suggested places. Oma's in Keystone was not good at all. We had to eat upstairs which is the sit down place. Awful service and not so good food. The bakery was closed (we ate the at 7 pm) so we weren't even able to have apple strudel for dessert.

                    Latchstring Inn was good. The view from the back patio can make any average meal taste five star! We had lunch there and the homemade potato chips were very yummy.

                    Cheyanne Crossing is where we enjoyed our breakfasts. The bisquits and gravy were very tasty. So tasty that I had them three times in a week. The chili was very good. We didn't taste the famous Indian Tacos but saw several pass our table--they looked great.

                    We will be back. Roma's is on our list to try. I heard that the owner is building a new place outside of downtown. We may see it in it's new location.

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                    1. re: noseyrosey

                      Would have to agree with you there on Oma's. The Sauerbraten was dry slices of slightly sour meat. The apple strudel was ok, but the bottom was tough. The chocolate molten cake was not that choclatey. More like a bundt cake with some chocolate pudding in the hole. The kids ate the spaetzle and said it was "just mac and cheese!" The vanilla ice cream was good. The service was reallllly slow--- it was like the waitresses had to take your order and then prepare your meal in the back from scratch. However, we weren't able to find much in Keystone. I would actually choose another town to stay in if we were to do it again.

                      On the way we stopped at the Firehouse Brewing Co in Rapid City and the brisket was exceptionally tender and delicious. The mashed potatoes were really peppery which was fine with me but might not be for everyone. The kids chicken nuggets were great-- plump and round and juicy. The berry lemonade was tooooo sweeeet. But the rest of the food was great.

                      In West Yellowstone we enjoyed the Beartooth barbecue on the block parallel to Al's Westward Ho hotel. I had the "bad dog" which was smoked sausage covered with brisket-- delicous. The cheesegrits side was great. Fast service and fun atmosphere.

                      There was another town--- which had a university in it... We ate at a random place and it was pretty good. Barbacoa -- you choose your filling for burritos or bowls. If only I could remember the town!