Restaurant Roundup: Inca reopens, seasonal outings, great deals

Sept. 26, 2019

Inca Mexican Restaurant reopened Tuesday. The longtime restaurant at 41st and Holly had been closed since being damaged in one of three tornadoes that struck Sioux Falls on Sept. 10. Red Robin in The Empire Mall was back in business Monday after recovering from water damage.

Talk about a creative set of minds at Coffea Roasterie. The fall menu has arrived at the coffee shops, and classics such as The  Charlie Brown, Butterscotch Latte and The Old Smoke Tea Latte have returned, but Pepper, Paul and Rosemary sounds adventurous: “It’s a small drink balancing espresso, steamed milk, brown sugar and rosemary, with a touch of black pepper.”

Fans of licorice will rejoice at this news. Stensland Family Farms has old-fashioned licorice stick back in the case at the east-side and west-side stores. It’s a limited-time offering.

Wilde Prairie Winery near Brandon is hosting its final Evening in the Vineyard on Friday. The kid-friendly event from 6 to 9 p.m. will be held rain or shine. In addition to wine, there will be beer and nonalcoholic beverages to drink. Kabab King will be selling food and musician Chris Beyer will perform. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Venture out to A Homestead Brew near Valley Springs on Saturday to watch spontaneous fermentation with a log flume. The brewing crew took a hike and foraged for botanicals to go with the traditional beer-making ingredients. “We found wild hops, juniper berries, sumac, sage and goldenrod flowers.” The log flume will allow the beer to capture wild yeast from the air for the fermentation process. The brewery also will release a cask ale and the seasonal wet hop sour that was made with hops that customers helped harvest in mid-August. The taproom will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. There will be live music with Matt Schrandt and food from Papa Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza from 5 to 8 p.m.

Speaking of Papa Woody’s, there are new menu choices at the restaurant in the Jones421 Building. Owners Lisa Esser and Steve Blumke have created a thin-crust version that’s a dollar cheaper than the original “thick and doughy” crust, and there’s a 32-ounce salad. During lunch, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. customers can order a wood-fired baked potato that’s loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese, chives or broccoli, butter and sour cream.

Unsuccessful in their attempts to find “competent, dependable cooks for the last six months,” the owners of Crack’d Pot Restaurant & Bakery on North Minnesota Avenue are closing the restaurant at 1 p.m. Saturday for the remainder of the day to attend a family wedding. “That’s why we won’t be open because your meals have been 100 percent prepared by ownership, and unfortunately, we cant’ be in two places at one time.” Crack’d Pot will be open Sunday at the regular time.

Next up in the seasonal B&G Milkyway closings: West 41st Street on Sunday. Stock up for winter with half-gallon Avalanches and novelty grab bags. And autumn’s Pumpkin Pie Avalanches are available there and at the other locations that remain open.

Boss’ Pizza and Chicken is having its annual Customer Appreciation Day on Monday. It’s the 14th anniversary for the business, so it’s offering half-price on all orders and donating 14 percent of sales to Feeding South Dakota.

Lupulin Brewing Co. has introduced Manic Mondays. Each week, the new taproom – and eventual brewery – will pick a beer and “slash” the price. The discount includes $3 pints, $10 growler refills and $10 four-packs of the 16-ounce cans.

This creation by Cakes & Confections by Chef April was too fun not to share.

Here are some other restaurant updates from throughout the week.

Kowloon Chinese Restaurant closes with retirement

New bar brings arcades games, pinball, pizza to downtown

New food truck specializes in Philly cheesesteaks

For all the news from the local dining scene, visit our Food & Drink section. 

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