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Food for Every Mood: Where to Get Killer Eats During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

  • Food for Every Mood: Where to Get Killer Eats During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
    Food for Every Mood: Where to Get Killer Eats During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
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Take the guesswork out of deciding where to eat while you’re here for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Whether you’re craving authentic Western South Dakota flavors, looking for a meal and live music or want to treat yourself to something special, there’s plenty of tasty options. This guide to eating across the Black Hills and Badlands has you covered.

Meal With a View

Bask in the summer sun with delicious food, refreshing drinks and unparalleled views. You’re on vacation, after all.

Spearfish Canyon is one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Pair the stunning views with homemade menu items at The Latchstring Restaurant, part of Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Try the trout almondine or ask about the daily specials.

Of course, one of the most sought-after sights is the four faces carved high on Mount Rushmore. Savor the view and a meal at the Mountain Top Grille at Rushmore Tramway Adventures in Keystone. There’s something pretty spectacular about enjoying a cold brew and a brat on top of a mountain looking at Mount Rushmore.

If you want to feel like you’re dining with the presidents, grab a bite to eat at Mount Rushmore’s Carver’s Café. Make sure to save room for Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream — based on Thomas Jefferson’s original recipe from 1780.

Pub-Style Fare

Are you looking for that hometown feel, with excellent service and no frills? Pull up a seat at Wasta Bar & Grill, off I-90 at Exit 99, Buffalo Restaurant & Lounge in Murdo or Three Forks near Hill City. Friendly locals roll out the red carpet for riders and will have a cold one waiting for you.

Homestyle Cooking

Enjoy some warm and hearty comfort food at hometown eateries that have plenty of Western hospitality on tap. Come in a stranger and leave a life-long friend.

There are lots of options for homestyle meals right off I-90. Fuel up on warm sandwiches and crispy fried chicken at Al’s Oasis in Chamberlain/Oacoma.

Swing into the Covered Wagon Café in Murdo and try their homemade soups or a buffalo burger. Save room for ice cream.

When you pull off the interstate to make your long-awaited visit to Wall Drug, be sure to bring your appetite. The iconic roadside attraction is known for its legendary hot beef sandwiches and their homemade donuts can go head-to-head with the best of them.

If you’re in the Northern Hills, take a break at Cheyenne Crossing in Spearfish Canyon for their famous Indian tacos.

Brewery Kitchens

Experimental beers, craft brews and easy sippers are on tap at breweries across the region. Savor the fresh, creative drinks and grab a meal while you’re at it.

Choose from bar classics like the popper burger or gouda bites at the Knuckle Brewing Company in Sturgis. Or elevate your experience with fine dining at The Pounding Fathers Restaurant, located upstairs at Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company in Custer.

The thriving craft beverage scene makes it easy to drink local anywhere. Check out the Black Hills & Badlands Tasting Trail Map to plan your visit to the region’s wineries, distilleries and breweries.

International Eats

The Black Hills and Badlands are bursting with flavors from all over the world. The Alpine Inn in Hill City offers authentic German dishes, like schnitzel and spaetzle, as part of their extensive lunch menu.

For authentic wood fire pizzas and Italian-style pasta dishes, head to Mangiamo! Pizzeria in Hill City. Their hand-made crusts and fresh mozzarella bubble to perfection as they are pulled from the oven and head straight to your table.

You know Custer for the world-class state park but may be surprised to find out it’s also home to some of the best Mexican food in the Black Hills. The Beggin’ Burro is a must when you’re craving tacos. Their homemade salsa and tableside guac do not disappoint.


Whether you’re in the mood for an old-school joint or somewhere sleek and modern, there are tons of different places to choose from, like Legends Steakhouse and The Gem Steakhouse in Deadwood.

Casual Classics

The Black Hills and Badlands have tons of low-key spots where you can grab a tasty bite with friends.

The Red Rock Restaurant in Wall is making waves with locals as a farm-to-table venture in the heart of beef country.

In Rapid City, head to Minerva’s for happy hour wings, pizza, apps and drink specials.

Feeling adventurous? Try an elk brat or a buffalo chipotle brat at Big Thunder Family Bar & Grill in Keystone.

Ruby House Restaurant in Keystone has something for everyone on their extensive menu. Walk through history as you look around at the historic Western décor.

In Custer, the Buglin’ Bull has mouth-watering buffalo and elk burgers.

Something Special

While you’re here, treat yourself to at least one memorable meal. From all-you-can-eat crab at the Silverado Grand Buffet in Deadwood to bone-in ribeye at the Powder House Lodge Restaurant in Keystone, there’s plenty of rustic yet sophisticated places to try. For an elevated menu, try FLYT Steakhouse in Deadwood.

Live Music

The Rally brings in some big-name acts at huge venues across the region. Talented musicians play at smaller venues throughout the week, too.

Check out the lineup at the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis, The Custer Beacon, Chute Rooster in Hill City and Six String in Deadwood — all offering great menu items.

For more info on where to eat in the Black Hills and Badlands, check out the Food & Drink page.

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