Restaurant Roundup: Pickle ice cream, healthy and not-so-healthy eating

May 30, 2019

It sounds crazy, but pickle splits are the latest twist for the pickle-flavored trend. Think banana split, and then substitute pickle. Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery is serving the ice cream treat all summer. Go traditional with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, or pick three flavors. The shop on Marion Road at Lake Lorraine also is making batches of pickle ice cream and will serve it all season too.

Here’s the opposite of the trendy health food bowls. The Goat Bar & Grill in Hartford offered a dinner special recently called the Shame Bowl. One of the cooks, Mike Grauel, loaded a bowl with mashed potatoes, corn, breaded chicken, gravy and cheese. “Every Wednesday is chef’s choice, and I just do stuff off the top of my head. … It was one last hoorah before everybody starts eating salads for summer.”

Sanaa’s 8th Street Gourmet is competing in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project. Owner Sanaa Abourezk has created a vegan shiitake mushroom and lentil burger. She’ll be serving samples daily until the end of July. Here’s how she describes the burger on the competition’s website: “Not only is this burger 33 percent mushrooms, it is 100 percent vegan! My blend’s protein comes from lentils: a mighty force in food sustainability. The mixture harmonizes with flavors of the Mediterranean — sumac, harissa, and pomegranate molasses — and paired with tahini and pickled cabbage, and is enjoyed by vegans and meat-lovers alike!” The 25 entries that receive the most online votes will advance as finalists.

Impossible, the plant-based protein, is available now nationwide at Qdoba. The Mexican restaurant’s version of the ingredient, which tastes and cooks like beef, is seasoned on-site with a blend of tomatoes, garlic, smoked chiles and paprika, all mixed with diced red onions. Guests can choose Impossible for any entree.

Rain or shine, Johnny Carino’s Italian is kicking off patio season tonight with a Patio Wine Mixer from 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant on South Louise Avenue is featuring a free nacho bar, complimentary wine and signature drink samples, grape stomp, bean bags and live music by Amy Ellsworth starting at 6 p.m. Buy $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win a Yeti cooler, grill, fully stocked wine refrigerator and pool floaties. Drawings will be every hour and proceeds benefit the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. Carino’s also has a new patio menu.

Toppers Pizza is celebrating customer appreciation week with half-price off all pizzas. They’re actually 51 percent off through Wednesday.

22Ten Kitchen & Cocktails has new happy hour specials. Features include chive pesto fries for $5, Brussels sprout and artichoke dip or brie for $6, pork belly tacos or fennel flatbread for $7 and chicken bacon ranch flatbread or chili shrimp for $8. Other sharables are $2 off. Drink specials range from $4 to $6. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

Rudy M. Navarrete’s Tex-Mexican Restaurant has added a $5 value menu during lunch. The five choices are smaller portions and are served from 11 to 2 p.m. daily at the restaurant along Western Avenue at The Bridges at 57th. Pick from a hard-shell taco or taco burger with rice and beans, or an a la carte enchilada, corn entomatada or chicken mole enchilada.

Pancheros Mexican Grill has added an online delivery service. Customers order through the Pancheros app or its website, and the food is delivered by Door Dash. They can order from the restaurant at 57th and Loiuse or the one at 41st and Covell.  There’s a $13 minimum order and a $5 delivery charge. Hours are the same as the restaurants: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Restaurant staff will deliver catering orders if they’re given enough notice. Pancheros offers taco and burrito bars and burrito boxes.

Eat Fit Go has started a delivery service to businesses. Co-workers can get a partner membership price, order online and have prepared meals delivered on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Mondays. The service is available as long as it’s more than a meal or two, said Josh Frank of Eat Fit Go. For information, email

Flyboy Donuts has extended the hours for its East 10th Street bakery. It will be open every day of the week until 6 p.m. The south-side location closes at 2 p.m. daily.

Wave 26 Nutrition has added evening hours. The shop at 26th and Sycamore, which serves Herbalife protein shakes and other drinks, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Wave 26 also is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Dave Hasvold and his wife, Kelly, started the drink shop seven months ago.

Cheese World at 69th and Western is taking an extra day off during the summer. In addition to Sundays and Mondays, it’s also closed Tuesdays.

Cluckin’ Good Chicken & BBQ will be closed Friday and Saturday because the restaurant will be part of PorkPalooza II in downtown Sioux Falls. The event is a celebration of pork, so don’t go looking for Cluckin’s signature broasted chicken there.

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