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At the Texas Roadhouse. Bring me the beef, and thanks for the good service!

June 4, 2015 Uncategorized  No comments


Because I needed to burn some time before the Eagles concert I’m attending tonight, I was able to talk my wife into a treat – the Texas Roadhouse!

And what they do well here is beef.

Yes, it’s a chain. But, if I’m in Sioux Falls, I know it’s a particularly well run chain. The service has always been good, and I have never, ever been disappointed in the food.

And tonight is no exception.

Starting off with a Cesar’s salad, unlike many South Dakota steak houses, it’s freshly tossed, not stacked up in a refrigerator until needed:

We started the meal with a basket of bread, and basket 2 is on the way, as we await the main event.

I’m taking on the 12oz New York Strip,

while my wife has the 12oz ribeye.

She prefers a Medium Rare (warm red center) while I like mine a straight medium (hot...

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Is it really a ‘Sioux Falls Rib Fest’ if they don’t let the locals compete this weekend?

May 27, 2015 Uncategorized  3 comments

I just ran across this article again tonight from March in the Argus Leader. Where a dirty little secret of the local rib event taking place this weekend was exposed to the world – that local talent isn’t welcome:

Mark Lambert found out recently that his bid to add Rowdy Hog Smokin’ BBQ to the lineup at this year’s RibFest was rejected by SMG Management, just as it had in the past.

Lambert was told that the eight slots are full, mostly with the same national competitors that have been there for years.

“You would like to think Sioux Falls would want to support local businesses, but that’s not the case,” Lambert said. “I would like to know why they can’t look at adding a local vendor.”


Managers say the festival isn’t meant to showcase local barbecue.

The festival does offer spots for lo...

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Take a Safari to a Dollar Store’s “Land of Misfit Foods”

May 26, 2015 Uncategorized  2 comments

Photo by George Hodan at

Photo by George Hodan at

By Todd Epp

Please don’t take this as snobbery. I go to dollar stores because, well, everything is a dollar and some things really are a good value, like computer cables.

But I have a secret guilty pleasure about dollar stores: the food aisles.

There are brands there that you’ve heard about—Kraft, Coca Cola, Keebler, etc. But what I find fascinating are the brands I haven’t heard of.

It’s the “Land of Misfit Foods.” It’s like they’re from an episode of a Prairie Home Companion if it were produced in Lithuania.

Things like “Bob’s Pretty Good Tuna” and “Sally’s Mostly Hot Sauce.”

OK, I exaggerate.

But if you look on the labels—I dare you!—you’ll see many of the items from the “Land of Misfit Foods” are fro...

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Happy New Year! Cheese plates and egg rolls on deck at my house.

January 1, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Irish Cheddar, Wensleydale, and Blue Cheese Last night, my wife put together this decadent cheese plate for New Year’s Eve – Irish White Cheddar Cheese, Strawberry and Champagne Wensleydale Cheese, and a nice Blue Cheese from Iowa. I suspect it was simply for the opportunity to use her hand wrought mouse cheese knife purchased in a food store in Salt Lake city a few years back, but I’m not complaining.

It was simple, yet unbelievably rich in flavor. In fact, if you didn’t have any grapes or other food to cut it with, you ended up stopping after about 4-5 servings. All of the cheeses were incredibly rich in comparison to the many pedestrian flavors of cheese we use on a daily basis from mass produced factories.

We hadn’t had the Irish Cheddar before, nor the Wensleydale, but for us, blue cheese is an old friend...

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Welcome to

December 31, 2012 Uncategorized  One comment

As I’m sitting here writing an introductory post, I’m pondering the start and evolution of this website which began over two and a half years ago, with an idea to provide something unique; a central focus, or hub (if you’ll allow me) of food and food culture in South Dakota.

After the idea and registration of the website in the summer of 2010, I’d viewed it as a gradual transition from an online existence as one of South Dakota more prolific political bloggers into something different in an area that interested me. However, I found that I still had plenty more to say in the intervening months, placing the concept on the shelf for at least half a year...

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