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Foodie about town...

Apparently, when popular comedian Jim Gaffigan was in Rapid City for a gig, he asked a taxi driver what a unique local restaurant would be…the driver said that there was nothing and he should go to the Outback Steakhouse. Apparently the unwitting comedian climbed into the backseat of the newest taxi driver in Rapid City! 

Don’t get me wrong, chain restaurants have their appeal, but part of traveling is the adventure of tasting the local cuisine! If I could, I would invite Jim back for a day of Rapid City gastro exploration of which I would be more than happy to be the tour guide. 

From elevated pub food to fine dining, the Rapid City area can boast it all.  Almost any ethnic food or craving you can think of is represented here. I would dare to say that Rapid City could easily be a foodie destination. Common, let’s make #RapidCityEats happen! 

If Mr. Gaffigan had asked me, I would have given him my top four restaurant picks. I have limited it to four otherwise this blog would be twenty pages long and I would still have more to talk about! Please keep in mind that I am not a professional food writer and my list is ever-changing!

My (current) favorite places to eat, in no particular order:

1. Que Pasa Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

I consider myself a connoisseur of tortilla soup. If it is on the menu, I will order it and Que Pasa has one of my favorites. Shredded chicken, rice, avocado…mmmm hmmm. I will eat it any time of year, but I especially crave it when the temperature gets a little frigid. A mound of nachos and a bowl of soup makes everything right! Of course a margarita sometimes helps!

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2. Firehouse Brewing Co.

Whenever I have friends from out of town visiting, I take them to the Firehouse. The atmosphere and its location downtown makes it a great place to start an evening. I always, and I do mean ALWAYS, order their cheesy artichoke dip with toasted garlic bread. There is just something about the hot creamy dip on buttery garlic bread that screams comfort food! And as if that isn’t enough, I order their bacon wrapped pork medallions with bleu cheese sauce, or a prime rib that makes a person drool just thinking about it!  Have I mentioned I’m getting hungry?

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3. Murphy’s Pub and Grill

It had been a while since I had been to Murphy’s, and what I found when I met some friends there for dinner was a sophisticated menu far and above standard pub-food. Of course they have the delicious mac and cheese that I love, but I went for a roasted portobello sandwich with grilled red peppers, goat cheese and a balsamic reduction. Way, way beyond pub-food! 


4. Botticelli Ristorante Italiano

Botticelli’s is the place I go when I want to travel to another country.  I have never been to Italy, but I strongly believe it would feel, and taste, very much like this. Pollo Piatta is my go-to on the menu, chicken in wine sauce with angel hair pasta is light and rich all at the same time. I have been known to be adventurous and order their Margheritta pizza. Nothing compares to bubbly mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil. I would take time to talk wine right now, but I think I will hold that over for another blog. Remember, I’m trying to keep this short!

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Now that I’m hungry and my pens are starting to look like fries, I had better end this blog. And to whoever that taxi driver was that Mr. Gaffigan spoke with, I hope they now understand the error of their ways and have taken the time to experience all that Rapid City has to offer! I will continue to do so, and will add even more names and menu items to my list. And Jim Gaffigan…I will be waiting.    

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Sarah Smith

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien 

As a perpetual “tourist” Sarah loves to travel and meet new people from all over the world, and the bigger the castle, the older the petrified forest, or the scarier the 1880 Ghost Town, the better!  A native of the Black Hills, Sarah has spent the majority of her life immersed in the vacationer scene and loves nothing better than to inspire the same wanderlust in people wanting to visit her home state.   

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“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien 

As a perpetual “tourist” Sarah loves to travel and meet new people from all over the world, and the bigger the castle, the older the petrified forest, or the scarier the 1880 Ghost Town, the better!  A native of the Black Hills, Sarah has spent the majority of her life immersed in the vacationer scene and loves nothing better than to inspire the same wanderlust in people wanting to visit her home state.   

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