Restaurant Roundup: Papa Woody’s pizza oven arrives from France; hot pot price reduced

April 25, 2019

It’s here! The 3,500-pound oven for Papa Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza arrived this week from France. The new restaurant is expected to open in mid-May, said Lisa Esser, who started the business with her husband out of a truck and trailer in 2016. Papa Woody’s will be in the Jones 421 marketplace on North Phillips Avenue. The mobile unit will continue to run, and it will be out Friday downtown near 11th and Second.

Lao Szechuan has reduced the price of its new hot pot buffet to encourage people to try it. The cost for the all-you-can eat meal is $16 for lunch and $22 for dinner. Children age 4-10 eat for half-price. Lao Szechuan opened in mid-March at 3101 W. 41st St. in a retail center near Olive Garden.

Sunday seafood boils are back at O So Good Restaurant in Garretson. Chef Omar Thornton fills a pot with seasoned broth and adds a half-dozen varieties of seafood and fish, sausage and veggies, including corn on the cob. It’s served with rice. Sunday hours are noon to 3 p.m.

Two restaurants are reopening Wednesday. Whiffer’s Sandwiches makes a return from its winter break, and Khorasan Kabob House is opening the doors on its new location. It’s Whiffer Randall’s 41st year serving sandwiches heaped with roast beef, corned beef, ham, turkey or pastrami. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at 1133 N. Minnesota Ave. Khorasan owner Arian “Abdul” Wisaal is giving us a sneak peek of the restaurant at 923 S. Marion Road so check back early next week.

Stomping Grounds in Hartford has added several options to its menu. On the lighter side, diners will find a variety of protein balls, salads, wraps and a power bowl with oatmeal, flaxseed, blueberries and banana. Several new bratwurst sandwiches have been added, and the dessert menu has expanded with tiramisu, pie and four kinds of cheesecake. New beverages include Bang smoothies, cold brew coffee and craft beers. There’s also a new happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Wines are $4 a glass or $7 for two. Domestic beers are $2, and craft beers are $3.

JL Beers downtown is bringing Lupulin Brewing Co. craft beers to South Dakota. The restaurant features eight of the Minnesota brewery’s beers, including Fruitsmack, Strait Hash Homie and Barrel God.

Fit Revolution Nutrition is having a tasting party from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight to find new drinks for its menu. The Herbalife Nutrition drink shop at 1819 S. Minnesota Ave. is giving out prizes.

Several downtown bars and JJ’s 3.0 Cocktail Bar on West 57th Street are participating in Saturday’s free JazzCrawl. The Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society event features area jazz and blues musicians at the participating venues, mostly in the evening. Find the schedule at

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


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