Northstar Grill & Pub opens Thursday

July 11, 2018

Northwest Sioux Falls is getting its own local restaurant this week.

Northstar Grill & Pub opens Thursday on 60th Street North on the west side of Interstate 29.

“It’s a bar atmosphere with casual dining,” owner Craig Nelson said. “We’ll have a bunch of TVs, a juke box and a couple of dart games.” There are 10 video lottery machines in a separate area that can be accessed from the pub or an exterior door.

The restaurant can seat 112, and there’s also an outdoor patio.

Northstar has several beers on tap and in bottles, including some microbrews, and the wine selection isn’t large but ranges from house choices to some higher-end options, said Nelson, who owned The Recovery Room at 18th Street and Grange Avenue until closing it earlier this year.

The food focuses on the basics, he said, with appetizers and hamburgers as the main draw.

“It’s a real simple, one-page menu,” he said. There are seven “snacks,” three “ruffage” salads, seven “between bread” sandwiches, three “meat & potatoes” steaks, three “swimmers” fish items and three soups.

But some of the items from chef Jordan Klein go beyond the basics like the Doughnut Pork – “a locally sourced glazed doughnut stacked with caramelized sweet chili carnitas, covered with Southern sweet potato slaw and cilantro.” The Drive to Fremont is “three blackened walleye tacos with red and green cabbage, tomato and sweet potatoes, drizzled with sriracha crème fresh.” Dirty Fries are smothered with “Monterey Jack cheese sauce, beef grind, hothouse tomatoes, bacon, avocados, over-easy egg with cilantro pesto.”

Chicken wings come traditional style or boneless with sauce choices of hot honey, barbecue, mango, bourbon glaze or sweet chili.

In addition to serving residents on the northwest side of Sioux Falls, Nelson said he’s hoping to draw customers from neighboring towns.

“We’re kind of hoping to get some Crooks and Hartford people when they’re heading home.”

Northstar’s hours are 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

The kitchen is open in the morning, Nelson said, but for now, there isn’t a breakfast menu.

“We might have to do a Sunday brunch or set up a breakfast thing,” he said.

The kitchen closes at 9 p.m., but Northstar offers items such as nachos and frozen pizza for late-night customers.

Northstar Grill & Pub opens Thursday

Northwest Sioux Falls is getting its own local restaurant this week.

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