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Situated right on the Missouri River, Yankton, South Dakota is a charming and picturesque town to pass the time away. After you’ve worked up an appetite walking the trails or fishing, Yankton has plenty of delicious restaurants and bars to satisfy your hunger. Check out Yankton’s 10 best restaurants to visit the next time you’re in town.
For fans of Mexican spice, El Tapatio is Yankton’s premier Mexican restaurant with an equally buzzy atmosphere. With 100 percent authentic recipes brought from the State of Jalisco (also the home of the Mariachi music you’ll find playing in the background), it’s safe to say the dishes are as traditional as they are delicious. The dinner combinations are a great way to sample the menu and come highly recommended. Tostadas, chimichangas, enchiladas and, of course, burritos are certified winners with customers. The festively colored restaurant and friendly staff are as inviting as the meals they serve.
El Tapatio, 2502 Fox Run Parkway, Yankton, SD, USA, +1 605 260 1701
As the name suggests, Murdo’s On The River has an unbeatable location overlooking the Missouri River. The outdoor decking is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer with friends. One of Yankton’s best restaurants for meat eaters, Murdo’s On The River has a menu of classics such as surf ‘n’ turf (with Canadian walleye and sirloin steak), spicy orange chicken wings, and rack of ribs, which are among the highlights. Regulars note that both the food and service are consistently top-notch. Weekends and evenings are usually busy, but the scenic views alone will be worth the wait.
Murdo’s On The River, 55421 Hwy. 121, Yankton, SD, USA, +1 402 388 4455
Established in 1977, Minerva’s Grill and Bar is one of Yankton’s top restaurants. With nine locations across the Midwest, Minerva’s is an iconic dining destination, catering to numerous celebrities, presidents and film stars over the years. One of the first restaurants in the region to serve native fish and wild game, the diverse menu offers great locally inspired dishes. The classic but hearty meals will be a treat for any appetite, in-house aged steaks (the whisky sirloin is particularly good), authentic pasta bowls such as Caprese shrimp capellini and healthy, freshly tossed salads are excellent.
Minerva’s Grill and Bar, 301 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, USA, +1 605 334 0386
Charlie’s Pizza House has no shortage of fans. With neon signs and a big open dining space, the ambiance is lively, perfect for eating out in big groups. The fresh ingredients make the classic pizzas (margherita, Hawaiian Elvis, BBQ chicken) sing, and there’s a host of specialities if you’re feeling adventurous. There’s also freshly made salads and delicious chicken wings for those who fancy something lighter. Regulars agree there’s no place better to reward yourself after a big day out on the lake.
Charlie’s Pizza House 804 Summit St, Yankton, SD, USA, +1 605 665 2212
Tokyo Japanese Cuisine is Yankton’s best-kept secret, but hardcore fans can’t help but spread the word. Service is pleasant and swift, and the meals are beautifully presented. Bento boxes, sushi rolls (the Godzilla roll is a favorite) and traditional salads are fresh and creative, even die-hard carnivores are converted to the sushi side. And for an alternative to sushi, try the hibachi and spicy tempura.
Tokyo Japanese Cuisine, 2007 Broadway Ave, Ste J, Yankton, SD, USA, +1 605 260 3388