Sioux Falls probably isn’t on your bucket list. And if you were passing through, after driving through all that empty prairie, it probably wouldn’t occur to you to look for really great world cuisine options or a waterfall.
And yet, there they are.
I lived in Sioux Falls for a couple years while finishing my degree–this is also, for the most part, where I dated my husband. So I like to think I know a lot of the things there are to know about Sioux Falls.
Am I going to tell you to add it to your bucket list, you MUST go? …… Nah. But if it’s between you and wherever you’re going, it’s worth a stop!
For one thing, all the food! Here are seven really great and unexpected dining options in Sioux Falls….
Where to Eat in Sioux Falls
Here are a few of our favorites…..
- Sanaa’s – Authentic Mediterranean, and she’s always switching up the menu so there’s always something new to try! Gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly, if you have those preferences!
- Coffea – Sioux Falls has a bunch of coffee shops, but unfortunately, this is the only one I’ve visited! (I have also heard Joseph’s, The Black Sheep, and the Bluebird Cafe get rave reviews.) My experience of Coffea is that they are very on-trend. If you want the perfect hipster, artsy coffee shop vibe, this one’s for you.
- McNally’s Irish Pub – A gorgeous interior with lots of dark wood and hammered metal. The food is pretty upscale and they include both classic Irish fare and some more surprising menu options.
- Oshima Sushi – From the cozy atmosphere to the really great service, I think this is probably my favorite Japanese restaurant ever. My mouth still waters thinking about their miso soup.
- Minerva’s – If you want to get fancy, don’t miss Minerva’s. They have multiple locations across South Dakota and Iowa, but the one in downtown Sioux Falls is where it all began and it’s a regional icon.
- Lalibela Ethiopian – Researching for this article, I was sorry to find out that Lalibela has closed due to their building being razed to make way for a gas station! I’m still going to include it in this list, though, with the hope that they’ll be able to re-open somewhere else. This restaurant was truly a gem and a one-of-a-kind addition to the local food scene.
- Overlook Cafe – The best soups, salads, and sandwiches in town — and the view is pretty unique, too, which leads to our next category…..
Remember how I mentioned that waterfall? Tune in next week for some more Sioux Falls attractions!