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You have to move fast to see all the sights in Rapid City, as the city’s very name suggests. Roaming buffalo, expansive landscapes and a reputation for fostering pioneering spirits, this South Dakota city has many draws for those looking to experience the local lifestyle. Following on from our previous guide to the best restaurants in Rapid City, we take another look at the culinary giants of this intriguing region.
Everest Cuisine offers a taste of Nepalese and Indian food in the heart of South Dakota. Everest is locally renowned for its lunchtime buffet, offering delectable platters of chicken and shrimp tikka, lamb biryani with aromatic herbs and a selection of hot naans prepared in a traditional tandoor clay oven. In the evening, begin the repast with succulent lamb samosas, thick lentil soup or mixed vegetable pakoras before progressing to indulgent shrimp masala or a vegetable biryani with toasted nuts and spices. The colourful dishes, creamy desserts and wide naans toss up a variety of aromas in the comfortable and unassuming atmosphere of the Everest restaurant – a venue marked out for true enthusiasts of spicy, fragrant Indian and Nepalese cuisine.
Everest Cuisine, 2328 W Main St, Rapid City, SD, United States, +1 605-343-4444
With red and green walls and yellow napkins, Juniper is a colourful yet unassuming flourish in a quiet neighbourhood. Start with a portobello mushroom stuffed with burrata, tomato, basil pesto and balsamic glaze, or perhaps an antipasti platter of artisan cheese, cured meats, olives, grapes, crusty bread and generous swirls of olive oil. The main courses are a culinary triumph: choose between fresh Atlantic salmon with heirloom tomato risotto and asparagus, five spice duck with blackberry gastrique or chicken breasts pounded thinly, dredged in flour and pan fried until golden brown, served with green lightly tossed with olive oil, lemon, sea salt and black pepper.
Juniper, 5734 Sheridan Lake Rd #207, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA, +1 605-716-9463