Be Adventurous

In the last few years, the food scene in Sioux Falls has exploded. We have a wide variety of options to choose from on a daily basis – and you can explore almost any international flavor right in the comfort of your own community. But to really get the most out of your culinary experience—you need to be adventurous.

Follow me each month on the blog as I explore a few of Sioux Falls’ eateries and give you a quick glimpse into some of my favorites at each spot.

Today’s visit is just a few minutes walk from our office doors—ODE to Food and Drinks. ODE offers a lunch menu with a rotating feature, a patio with an impressive view and some of the best food in the downtown area.

Usually, I choose the lamb burger made with local grass fed lamb and topped with a cherry/walnut compote, romaine lettuce and tomato. It comes on a toasted egg bun but I always opt for the lettuce wrap, which really isn’t a wrap but turns the dish into a great little salad. I then either get fries or the sweet potato chips, and I always grab a side of avocado aioli.

Today, however, I opted for the Fancy Grilled Cheese + Jalapeño Bacon. Every once in awhile, it’s good to try something new off a menu so you can explore all the flavors of your go-to spots. First, this gives you a fuller glimpse into the restaurant’s capabilities. And second, remember to get the most out of your experience, you have to step outside of your normal routine.

Now, grilled cheese would be classically defined as normal, but I’m glad I opted for it. The cheese was perfectly melted, and the rye bread had a buttery finish to it that was well done. The jalapeño bacon was the right amount of spice and didn’t overwhelm the subtle flavors of the cheese. Plus, it looked great.

Over the lunch hour, I recommend giving yourself the full hour to enjoy your meal. Typically the restaurant has quite a few occupants at this time, and if you have to come from 12:00-1:00 pm, you’re going to need the whole time. If you’re able to come in a little earlier or a little later, you’re more likely to be able to get out within 45 minutes or so.

During the summer hours, you can enjoy a relaxing view of the Big Sioux from their patio, which is laid out to offer privacy while still showcasing the beauty of the river. ODE has a great Saturday brunch, a wide range of unique drinks on their drink menu and always has something special prepared by Chef Bob on their rotating dinner feature menu.

Oh, I almost forgot. Today was Cookie Tuesday! Now what could be better than a little nibble of chocolate cookie to end an amazing meal. Check out ODE and let us know what you think. And follow along with us next month as we continue to explore the culinary delights waiting for you in Sioux Falls!

Other favorites at ODE include the Goat Cheese Salad, the Cuban, Ghost Pepper Cheese Sauce and anything on the rotating feature list.