Restaurant Roundup: Wing-eating challenge, early dining specials

Aug. 23, 2018

Summer’s final Fridays on the Plaza is already here. The lunchtime food truck gathering with live music is organized by KSFY-TV and held outside its studios at 12th Street and First Avenue. Here’s the list of food trucks planning to be there: Dakota Snow, Hunny & Bunny, Kabab King, Krazy Concessions and My Place Mobile Cafe.

Granite City is unveiling its newest seasonal features today. Try chicken and waffles, the Triple Threat pork tacos with bacon jam, pulled pork and crispy bacon, or the Bourbon Barrel steak tips. Here’s the mouth-watering description for the dessert: “Warm cinnamon and sugar-dusted churro donuts with RumChata creme anglaise and bourbon bacon caramel sauce.” And the special brew that will be tapped at 4 p.m. today and available until Sept. 20 is the Blue-Eyed Brunette, a bourbon brown ale.

Nikki’s Burrito Express is closed until Sept. 4 because the employees are on vacation. The restaurant at Eighth and Indiana took a similar break last year.

Big J’s Roadhouse BBQ & Grill in Harrisburg has started a wing-eating contest. Tyler Lems set a new record of 50 traditional wings on Wednesday. Most diners attempt to tackle the challenge on Wednesdays when the restaurant offers all-you-can-eat wings for $15.99. Record-breakers win $100 and a gift card to pay for their meal.

Big J’s has expanded its delivery service from Harrisburg to a 15-mile radius of the restaurant. That’s means people in southern Sioux Falls and Tea can have food brought to them. There’s a $4 delivery charge and no minimum order.

Flyboy Donuts has been delivering doughnuts every Thursday to Bozieds gas station in Brookings for several months. Now, college students don’t have to leave campus to grab a fresh doughnut. On Thursdays, they’ll be able to find Flyboy at Union Coffee, Java City and the two Jacks C-stores.

Chef Lance White is having his second pop-up dinner Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Signature Flight Support, where he runs the cafe and his catering service. This month’s feature is an Italian dinner with a la carte choices for the three-course meal. “You can order as much as you want or just have one dish,” White said. Dinner guests can bring their own wine. Reservations are required and can be made for 6 or 8 p.m. at 605-777-2928 or

Lance White Chef Services also provides a family meal service that has expanded delivery to two days a week. He offers customers three choices every week. They can order by midnight Sunday for Monday delivery or by midnight Wednesday for Thursday delivery. He lists the weekly offerings on his Facebook page and website.

Red Lobster has started an early dining special with a generous window of time to order. Each weekday features a different deal from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s the rundown: Endless Shrimp Monday for $15, To-Go Tuesday for 15 percent off online orders, 4-Course Wednesday for $15,  Petite Ultimate Feast Thursday for $20 and Fish Fry Friday for $10.

Fast-food restaurants are luring customers in with new beverage concoctions just as much as new food combinations. The latest offering comes from Taco Bell. It’s the caramel apple freeze. At least it’s not pumpkin spice.

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Restaurant Roundup: Wing-eating challenge, early dining specials

This week’s roundup has news from Fridays on the Plaza, Granite City, Nikki’s Burrito Express, Flyboy Donuts, Big J’s Roadhouse, Chef Lance White, Red Lobster and Taco Bell.

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