From the Chicago deep dish pizza to the Massachusetts clam chowder, every state has an iconic dish or two that you need to try, including South Dakota. Here are a few local restaurants where you can find some state specialties in Rapid City. 


plate of chislic skewers with dipping sauce

It’s one of the most iconic and probably the highest recommended food in South Dakota is chislic. This cubed red meat, typically beef or lamb, is deep fried or grilled and served with a dipping sauce. Simple, yet utterly delicious. Here’s where you can get a taste: Dakotah Steakhouse, Tally’s Silver Spoon, Murphy’s Pub and Grill, Bokujo Ramen, Thristy's.

Fry Bread

Fry bread is a traditional Native American bread with deep cultural roots. It is made by frying a dough mixture of flour, water, and salt until golden brown and puffy. This versatile bread can be enjoyed on its own, sprinkled with powdered sugar or honey, or used as a base for toppings like chili, beans, or cheese to create a flavorful dish known as an 'Indian taco.' You can try fry bread in various forms in Rapid City at places like: Bashful Bison, Dakotah Steakhouse, Thirsty's


Plate of breaded walleye fingers with lemon juice being squeezed on them

It might not be the fish dish you’ve considered trying before, but walleye is the South Dakota state fish and the local restaurants whip up some truly tasty plates with it. Treat yourself to the best walleye around at one of these locations: Dakotah Steakhouse, Colonial House, Vertex Sky Bar.


Hunting season for pheasants is a big deal in eastern South Dakota. While the western side of the state is more popular for wild turkey hunting, we do partake in sampling the delicious food made from South Dakota’s state bird the pheasant. If you’ve never had pheasant before, many describe it to be similar to chicken but with a more “gamey” and smokey flavor. Here’s where you can try it: Dakotah Steakhouse.


Buffalo meatloaf plate served at Murphy's Pub and Grill
Murphy's Pub and Grill

Bison is leaner and more tender than beef with a delicious, slightly sweeter, flavor but not “gamey”. Rapid City restaurants aren’t shy when showing off this meat and you can find it incorporated into many dishes around town: Tally’s Silver Spoon, Dakotah Steakhouse, Colonial House, Bokujo Ramen, Murphy’s Pub and Grill, Firehouse Brewing Company, Bashful Bison, Vertex Sky Bar, and occassionally Juniper.


plated kuchen dessert from Dakotah Steakhouse in Rapid City

Pronounced as “koo-ken”, this is actually South Dakota’s state dessert. Kuchen is German for “cake” but that’s not all it is. This heavenly mixture of cake, pie, creamy custard and often fruit is a spoonful of melt in your mouth goodness. Get your hands on it at one of these locations: Dakotah Steakhouse, Bashful Bison.

Local Rapid City restaurants are doing a whole of delicious things with these iconic South Dakota foods. They go above and beyond with every dish they make so don’t miss the chance of trying one or all. The Rapid City restaurants are continuously updating and refreshing their menu items so be sure to check online for their most recent version. Other local restaurants might not carry the above items on their menu all the time but do an excellent job of showcasing other local products.