south dakota burger heaven – food

The day on the Michelson trail was done. I’d ridden the best part of fifty miles uphill, avoided getting caught in a tempestuous downpour and met Jan for a car ride back to the hotel in Custer City. I’d showered, oh glorious hot water, and we caught the Preakness and the triple crown, it was turning out to be a very good day. Little did I expect it would get even better.

Jan picked out a little place, Black Hills Burger and Bun Company, family run only open from 11:00AM-2:00PM and 5:00-7:30. They take no reservations, you just show up and they take your name.

Family run, committed to quality - always a good combination

Family run, committed to quality – always a good combination

We gave our names and while we waited outside as the mountain sun began to wane Jan tried to convince me that a 900 pound piece of rose quartz in the rock shop next to the restaurant really wasn’t for us. Soon enough, they called our name and we went into the little restaurant.

We started off with a craft beer, Alaskan Amber on tap and then split a Greek salad.

Fresh and zesty with lots of feta cheese and kalamata olives....

Fresh and zesty with lots of feta cheese and kalamata olives….

Everything was crisp and fresh, and the dressing was a basalmic that complemented without overpowering the olives, the feta cheese, cucumbers, greens and tomato slices. Everything about the salad showed their commitment to food.

I ordered the “Iowan” burger, with Maytag Farms blue cheese, garlic aioli, carmalized onion and bacon. They bake their own bread for buns and the baked bean side featured a mix of beans and was as fine a baked bean combination as I have had.


As I say, “Hunger is the best sauce,” but this meal stands as both subtle and hearty. A sip of beer, a taste of beans, a bite of the savory burger… life is good.

We could have hurried out, and I was surprised they didn’t hurry us out like happens in the city sometimes but after we finished I went for the coconut custard pie. I was crossed up, expecting a coconut cream pie, but this had almost a rice pudding texture with the coconut and custard complementing each other perfectly. I had calculated with my map-my-ride tool that I had used about 4,000 calories on the ride so ice-cream of course.


Then it was back to the hotel thinking what a fine trip so far. If you head up the Black Hills way you won’t be sorry to stop by this fine food establishment.

16 Comments on “south dakota burger heaven – food”

  1. reocochran says:

    Oh, you have me drooling, Bill! I love carmelized onions on my burger snd the Greek salad looked divine. My very favorite kind of coconut cream is not like pudding nor whipped up light; I enjoy a thicker custard kind like the Pennsylvania Dutch make πŸ™‚ Surprising to find at this restaurant. So excited you found it!

  2. Joyce says:

    Black Hills and South Dakota are fun places to visit and vacation with all the west that comes alive in attractions, steaks and burgers, too. πŸ™‚ Yours looked delicious here. We always enjoyed our trips through there Mount Rushmore, the history of General Custer and the fort, too.

  3. This is the most mouth-watering to me post you’ve ever written Bill! ❀
    Diana xo

  4. Resa says:

    Okay, now I know your secret to staying slim, but what’s Jan’s?
    How does she go to all these yummy eatings with you, and maintain her beautiful figure?

  5. Chyrel says:

    Oh my! It’s 2am where I am and this post made me sooooo hungry! Also love family owned restaurants/diners and what a great way to end a ride. Ice cream!!! πŸ™‚

    • billgncs says:

      that’s the nice thing about cycling isn’t it. We spend calories having fun so we can splurge later without regret.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      • Chyrel says:

        You’re welcome. I actually found your blog under cycling tags. And yeah, calories don’t count if you’re a cyclist especially if you ride so many miles. πŸ™‚

        • billgncs says:

          my trip here was through the black hills in South Dakota – they’re not the lush mountains you have. I did 51 and 59 miles over the trip. The first 35 miles I didn’t see another soul. It was very peaceful.

  6. Jodi says:

    My BF and her family are on vacation in the Black Hills this week! I just texted her to look for this place πŸ™‚

    • billgncs says:

      great! Tell them to come early – and let me know if that big hunk of rose crystal is available next door πŸ™‚ They won’t stopping there.

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