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6 Foods That Are So South Dakota and Where to Find Them

Right after Sioux Falls was named the "fittest city in South Dakota," it felt like a good time to introduce you to 6 foods that are so good but will probably build the waistline a bit. I am willing to take that chance.

Here are 6 foods that are so South Dakota, you must try them.


The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!

From Frybread to Pheasants - Here are South Dakota's Official State Things

Every state in our nation has chosen things that represent the state in one way or another to be official state things. Like a flower, or animal. South Dakota is no different.

The Mount Rushmore has a state flower. But did you know we also have a state tree and a state fish? Yes, we even have a state code.

Here is what we have so far in Wyoming. Thanks to the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office for the info:


Right after Sioux Falls was named the "fittest city in South Dakota," it felt like a good time to introduce you to 6 foods that are so good but will probably build the waistline a bit. I am willing to take that chance.

Here are 6 foods that are so South Dakota, you must try them.

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Kuchen: It literally means cake in German, and South Dakota has a rich German heritage. So it makes sense that kuchen is the official dessert of the Rushmore State. It's basically a German dough topped with fruit and a brown sugar mixture. It's found in several bakeries in South Dakota and if you get a chance to hit the Delmont Kuchen Festival or Schmeckfest you'll be in heaven with this treat.

Chislic: Skewred cubes of seasoned meat on a stick. South Dakota is famous for it. Chislic was declared the official state "nosh" in March 2018. Although its history is a bit sketchy, Wikipedia claims chislic may have been introduced into the United States by John Hoellwarth, who immigrated from Crimea to Hutchinson County, South Dakota, in the 1870s. Freeman, South Dakota made headlines in 2018 when the South Dakota Chislic Festival drew a massive amount of people. It was canceled last year because of the pandemic but will return on July 31, 2021! And don't forget to stop by Meridan Corner near Freeman. It's worth it!

The Lowly Potato: Clark, South Dakota is the potato capital of the state which hosts an annual Clark Potato Day. You'll find them mashed, fried, baked, and hashed. If you really like them mashed you may even find yourself wresting a pit of tasty tubers during Potato Days! Once, Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead made an appearance. The next Potato Days is scheduled for August 7, 2021.

Fry Bread: South Dakota's official bread is fry bread. Its history traces back to the Native Americans. Top it with something sweet like honey, sugar, cinnamon, etc. Or go for the gold and make a Navajo Taco with ground beef, beans, and anything else you like on your taco. To do it right, fry bread is prepared in lard making it a high cholesterol food.

Biercok: Never heard of it? Perhaps you'd know it by its other name: runza - hence the popular midwest restaurant chain. It's a dough pocket stuffed with ground beef or pork and cabbage. The Instapot recipe seems good and easy.

Kolache: I was introduced to this fine dessert during Czech Days in Tabor, South Dakota many years ago, and still remains one of my favorite foods. It's a pastry filled with fruit or cream cheese and is simply delicious. Good news if you want to have some of the best kolaches? The 2021 Tabor Czech Days Celebration will be happening this summer on June 18-19, 2021




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