I get it. When you are out shopping in a city the size of Sioux Falls the fewer stops you have to make the better. Even if there are no kids in tow. Sure, you may have dry cleaning to pick up. Groceries to buy. Wash the car. Get the oil changed. Those are specific destinations.

However, when shopping for meat, do you really want to trust that pound of ground chuck at the same store that only features food products as a convenience?

Here in Sioux Falls, as you shop for groceries, most of us will choose Hy Vee, Fareway, or Aldi. I never hesitate to buy meat products from two of the three.

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We really are lucky to have choices In and around Sioux Falls for specialty meat stores that include Uncle Ed's or Look's Marketplace. Just outside of the city, you can't go wrong with a trip to the Renner Corner Meats, Lee's Meats of Tea, or Creekside Meats in Hartford.

A favorable nod also goes to our two-member Costco and Sam's Club stores.

I realize that there are other choices. And, if you are crunched for time it may suit you to troll the food section of the big box store where your favorite makeup is on sale.

Do real steak lovers buy ribeyes at Target? Of course not. You won't see a meat counter attended by a butcher or anyone for that matter who knows what's under that shrinkwrap.

Among the other stores in a recent publication to avoid buying meat were Walmart and Aldi. Both of which have Sioux Falls locations. I cannot honestly rate their meat because I have never purchased any at either store.

One final word: Local!

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:

Sioux Falls South Dakota Brewery Guide

As you enjoy your time in Sioux Falls for business or pleasure, don't be afraid to take the time to find out what the locals enjoy. Including the craft breweries.

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