You gotta eat.
And there’s no better time or place than the 10 days of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ (August 4-13, 2017).
I chatted with Rally-goers in our private Rally Facebook page (not the official Rally Facebook page) and asked members to dish on their favorite spots and eats. And did they ever!
From mom-and-pops throughout the Hills, to larger dining venues, people are passionate about the food they eat and where they eat it. Steak tips, burgers, and breakfast get folks especially excited. Several places were listed numerous times, and when people added comments, I included them here.
Whether you are here especially for Bike Week, visiting on a family vacation, or checking the Hills off your bucket list, you are guaranteed to find something in this list that tickles your food fancy.
BLOODY MARY’S (Because it’s food too!)
Knuckle Saloon, Sturgis.
Stone House Saloon, Belle Fourche.
“Stone House has great food and great Bloody Mary’s!”
American Legion Post 33 Meade County, Sturgis.
Author’s recommendation: I’ve had breakfast here more than once. Not only is the food excellent, but the people—all veterans—are beyond gracious. It’s a great way to support our vets and take a moment to thank them for their service.
Hill City Café, Hill City.
“Breakfast buffet – excellent!!!!!”
Nemo Volunteer Fire Department
“Breakfast at the Fire Department in Nemo is awesome!”
Senior Center, Hill City.
Silverado Franklin, Deadwood.
“If you get a chance, the Silverado buffet is to die for!”
“All you can eat crab legs on Friday and Saturday!”
Tin Lizzie, Deadwood.
“Has a good breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. Also go for crab legs and prime rib Friday nights.”
BURGERS + BRISKET
Black Hills Burger & Bun Co., Custer.
“Best burger we had last year!”
Blue Bell Lodge, Custer.
“We stopped at the Blue Bell Lodge and had a buffalo burger while roaming around on our bikes. Good food, cool place!”
“Watch for when they are serving the Bison Brisket – you won’t be sorry! They set up a tent and cook it right there in the parking lot.”
Boar’s Nest, Lead.
“Boar’s Nest has good burgers and is a nice setup along the creek.”
Halley’s 1880 Store, Keystone.
“Burger, beer and chips, $5.”
Lewie’s Saloon & Eatery, Lead.
“No rally is complete without a stop to Lewie’s outside of Lead.”
“We go to Lewie’s every year.”
“Lewie’s is a great place!”
“Just had a burger there and it was great! Their chili is really good too!”
“I recommend Rosco’z! It was even on the Travel Channel!”
Sickies Garage, Rapid City.
“They have a great variety of burgers and wings. The Turbocharger Burger is super comfort food. I’ve retired from drinking but the bar looks very good with a variety of beers.”
Sled Haus, Lead.
The Buffalo Chip, Sturgis.
The Donut Burger is one of the more unique food items to try at the Buffalo Chip. Go to Kimm-ee’s Fry Stand for the Donut Burger, which is a merging of a savory beef patty, crispy bacon and melted cheese smashed between two glazed donuts. Read here for more fun eats at the Buffalo Chip.
GENERALLY AWESOME + GREAT AMBIENCE
Alpine Inn, Hill City.
Bay Leaf Café, Spearfish.
“Bay Leaf has awesome food – you will return again and again!”
Diamond Lil’s at Kevin Costner’s Midnight Star, Deadwood.
“Second floor bar and restaurant. Good food and love the movie memorabilia.”
Mangy Moose, Hill City.
“We love the food, the cold beer, and the owner is awesome!”
“There is an outdoor patio and live music every day!”
“Go see Tana at the Mangy Moose!”
Mustang Sally’s, Deadwood.
Sacora Station Restaurant & Bar, Piedmont.
Sanford’s Grub & Pub, Spearfish.
“They have GREAT barbequed pulled pork and the mules are delicious!”
The Black Forest Inn, Rapid City.
Nestled in the heart of the Black Hills, 30 miles outside of Rapid City, The Black Forest Inn has had a noteworthy presence in the Black Hills since Bernice Musekamp built it as a restaurant and bar over 60 years ago. Today, the seasonal outdoor restaurant is named “Musekamp’s Grill & Pub” in her honor. Those who know say the chicken and waffles are outstanding.
The Wine Cellar, Rapid City.
Situated in the newly restored 6th Street District in the heart of historic downtown Rapid City in a 100+ year old building with 15’ high tin ceilings, come here for a fine dining experience of clean, locally-sourced and fresh foods.
Hubcap Diner, Hill City.
“Grilled cheese sandwiches to die for! Great cheeseburgers too!”
Cedar Pass Lodge, Badlands National Park.
Cheyenne Crossing, Lead.
The Food Network Magazine named its Indian Taco as best taco in South Dakota. Several members recommended the Indian Tacos, and made special mention of the carrot cake made from scratch.
Sweeto Burrito, Food Truck, Sturgis.
“There is always a long line but it doesn’t take very long. Definitely worth the wait!”
Maria’s Mexican Food Truck, Custer.
Botticelli Ristorante Italiano, Rapid City.
A family-owned favorite located in the heart of downtown, come for fresh Italian food and a warm, inviting environment.
Silver Dollar Saloon, Hill City.
Luigi’s, Belle Fourche.
“Luigi’s has the best New York-style pizza around and great prices!”
STEAK + SEAFOOD
Dakotah Steakhouse, Rapid City.
With a huge selection of craft beers on tap, an extensive wines-by-the-glass program, and gorgeous specialty martinis, the Dakotah Bar is the place for incredible steaks and a fine dining experience.
Iron Horse Saloon, Sturgis.
“Iron Horse has good all-you-can-eat prime rib & crab legs nightly.”
Loud American Roadhouse, Sturgis.
“Steak tips at the Loud American in downtown Sturgis are delicious!”
“Steak tips at the Loud American are a must!”
“Steak tips! If you go with someone, share a basket.”
Knuckle Saloon, Sturgis.
“Steak tips at the Knuckle are so good!”
“The Knuckle Saloon has good food!!”