The other night, some friends and I were going to go out for dinner and we faced that all too familiar question, "where should we go?" That’s when we started reminiscing about our favorite Sioux Falls restaurants that have come and gone.

I made a list of the top 13 restaurants that should come back to SF.

Everything from barbecue to bagels made the list.


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    Luiz Rocha Rocha/ThinkStock

    Timberlodge Steakhouse

    When Timberlodge Steakhouse was in Sioux Falls, it was my absolute favorite restaurant. I would be happy with just the bread and Parmesan butter, and the wild rice soup. My favorite entrée was the Prairie Chicken. It was a chicken breast with bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce. Timberlodge was located on 41st Street where Last Stop CD Shop is now.

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    Karla Brown/Townsquare Media


    At one time, there were three Bonanza restaurants in Sioux Falls. The salad bar was a favorite. Remember the cheese block? I had three favorite items at Bonanza: the Texas toast, the chocolate fluff, and the potato and dumpling soup.

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    Debbi Morello, Getty Images

    Valentino's Grand Italian Buffet

    The pizza, the chicken noodle soup with the thick noodles, the fettucine alfredo, the dessert breadsticks…I miss everything about Valentino’s! The Valentino’s building was demolished and the site is now home to a Verizon Wireless store.

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    Brandon Bourdages/Thinkstock

    Nap's Alabama BBQ

    Remember when Famous Dave’s and Naps Alabama BBQ were basically the only two BBQ restaurants in Sioux Falls? Today, there are plenty of eateries that specialize in BBQ, but I would love to have the Nap’s pulled pork served on a piece of bread again. That was good stuff. Nap’s was at the corner of 41st and Western where Mattress Firm is located now.

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    Three words: Monte Cristo Sandwich. The burgers were always a fan-favorite too. Bennigans was located on Louise Avenue where Sickie’s Restaurant is now.

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    Karla Brown/Townsquare Media

    Lone Star Steakhouse

    It’s only been closed a few months, but I want Lone Star bread and cinnamon butter. The Texas rice was delicious too.

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    Hamburger Inn via Facebook

    Hamburger Inn

    You will never have another double cheeseburger like the one from the Hamburger Inn. The atmosphere of the tiny space with just a counter and stools added to the whole experience. Mama’s Phried and Philly’s now occupies the location.

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    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Sirloin Stockade

    I’m a sucker for a good buffet. They always had such a huge selection of food on the buffet, and of course, delicious buns. The building no longer exists on 41st Street. The lot is now owned by Graham Automotive.

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    TGIFridays via Facebook

    TGI Fridays

    TGI Fridays had a fun atmosphere and great appetizers. The ribs were delicious. TGI Friday’s was located by the Empire Mall. A new strip mall is being built where the restaurant once stood.

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    Ground Round via Facebook

    Ground Round

    There is absolutely no reason Sioux Falls should not have a Ground Round. Build one on the east side. People want their chicken tortilla soup! The desserts were divine too. The 18th Amendment is now located at the former Ground Round site at 41st and Grange.

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    Holey Bagels and Heavenly Bakery

    The bagels were huge! They were great plain, but even better when made into a sandwich. That place always smelled so good. Red Rossa Pizza occupies the old Holey Bagels space today.

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    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Boston Market

    Every time I see the commercials on TV, I start to drool. I want Boston Market mac n cheese and a corn bread muffin. Boston Market was located on 41st Street where Qdoba is now.

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    Carlos O'Kelly's

    Oh, how I miss those jumbo margaritas. Men’s Warehouse now sits on the former Carlos O’Kelly’s site

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