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Readers vote Mad Mary's Steakhouse as having the best chislic

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Flandreau restaurant serves up winning version of a South Dakota classic

During the 1870s, a German-Russian immigrant arrived in Hutchinson County, South Dakota. The man, John Hoellwarth, is credited with bringing a dish to the state that has become an icon of South Dakotan cuisine: chislic. This Russian-inspired dish comprises cubes of seasoned meat, either lamb or beef, deep fried to medium rare. While most commonly found in the tiny town of Freeman and the “Chislic Circle” around Sioux Falls, the dish has made its way onto menus across the state. 

  • Mad Mary's Steakhouse
    Flandreau

    At Mad Mary’s a steakhouse overlooking the Big Sioux River in the town of Flandreau, diners can tuck into sirloin chislic served with a side of curry dipping sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Mad Mary's Steakhouse / Facebook

  • Meridian Corner
    Freeman

    Chislic is a signature dish at Meridian Corner, and it still comes skewered in a more traditional style. Diners can choose between mutton or lamb.
    Photo courtesy of Meridian Corner

  • The Barrel House
    Sioux Falls

    At The Barrel House in Sioux Falls, the chislic is made from seven ounces of hand-cut USDA Choice sirloin, grilled to order and seasoned with a signature spice blend.
    Photo courtesy of The Barrel House

  • Red Rock Bar & Grill
    Rowena

    Red Rock Bar & Grill in Rowena serves two types of chislic, beef and mutton. Both include eight ounces of meat cooked to order and served with Texas toast and a side of ranch or BBQ sauce for dipping.
    Photo courtesy of Red Rock Bar & Grill / Facebook

  • The Attic Bar & Grill
    Sioux Falls

    Found on the appetizer menu at The Attic in Sioux Falls, this chislic comes with a choice of ranch, house-made bleu cheese, house-made BBQ or chipotle ranch for dipping.
    Photo courtesy of The Attic Bar & Grill / Facebook

  • Bumpin' Buffalo Bar and Grill
    Hill City

    The chislic from Bumpin’ Buffalo in Hill City is a full meal. Marinated sirloin tips are deep fried and served in a basket with a choice of fries, potato salad or coleslaw.
    Photo courtesy of Bumpin' Buffalo Bar and Grill

  • Safari Bar and Grill
    Renner

    The chislic from Safari Bar & Grill in Renner is appropriately called Tiger Bites. It’s made from house cut USDA Choice sirloin, grilled or fried and served with toast.
    Photo courtesy of Safari Bar And Grill

  • Bud's Tavern
    Marion

    At Bud’s Tavern in the town of Marion, chislic is made from either lamb or mutton, cooked medium rare on the grill or in the deep fryer. Fans of spicy food can add onions and jalapeños.
    Photo courtesy of Bud's Tavern

  • The Depot
    Mitchell

    The Depot in Mitchell serves up a traditional chislic–tender cubes of steak deep fried and served with toast.
    Photo courtesy of The Depot / Facebook

  • Botski's Bar and Grill
    Sioux Falls

    At Botski’s in Sioux Falls, diners can choose between marinated sirloin or lamb chislic, grilled and served with a side of ranch dressing and Texas toast.
    Photo courtesy of Botski's Bar and Grill / Facebook

The top 10 winners in the Best Chislic in South Dakota category are as follows:

  1. Mad Mary's Steakhouse - Flandreau
  2. Meridian Corner - Freeman
  3. The Barrel House - Sioux Falls
  4. Red Rock Bar & Grill - Rowena
  5. The Attic Bar & Grill - Sioux Falls
  6. Bumpin' Buffalo Bar and Grill - Hill City
  7. Safari Bar and Grill - Renner
  8. Bud's Tavern - Marion
  9. The Depot - Mitchell
  10. Botski's Bar and Grill - Sioux Falls

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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