Restaurant Roundup: Alligator bites, help pick grapes for wine, where’s the chicken?

Aug. 29, 2019

Swamp Daddy’s Cajun Kitchen in the Jones421 Building downtown is featuring alligator bites and a gator po’boy on its menu while supplies last. The hunks of meat at battered with a gluten-free mix and fried.

Last week, we told you about Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich and the buzz surrounding its debut. If you didn’t get to try one already, you might to have to wait. Demand is outstripping supply nationwide. The Sioux Falls stores sold out earlier this week but received another shipment, according to an employee Thursday afternoon. They’re expected to go quickly.

Want to help pick grapes that will be turned into wine? Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery east of Canton will start picking its Brianna grapes at 7 a.m. Sunday. They’ll feed you doughnuts in the morning and pizza for lunch. Email events@calicoskieswine.com if you’re interested.

WoodGrain Brewing Co. is hosting a Rapid City food truck next week that’s known for its bacon-stuffed hamburger patties with homemade spicy jellies. The Good Stuffed will be parked at the brewery at Ninth and Phillips from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Burger choices include options such as the PB&J and Amazing Popper, along with sides of tots, fries and onion rings. After that, the truck will head to North Dakota for a few events.

Friday might be the last time this season to eat at the Broken Trellis food truck when it’s in Sioux Falls. The last event on the calendar in the city for the Yankton-based operation is at Dawley Farm Village from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The truck will be in the parking lot at First Bank & Trust/Coffea Roasterie on the north side of the retail center. Here’s the menu, which includes two new sandwiches:

It’s a good thing for fans of boozy baked goods that these dates don’t overlap too much. Intoxibakes in the Jones421 Building is closed until Sept. 4 because co-owner Shannon Gilbertson is marrying into the family of the other co-owners, mother and daughter Holly Jorgenson and Josie Layton. The Boozy Bakery in JJ’s Wine, Spirts & Cigars on 57th Street will be closed from Labor Day through Sept. 10. And, in case you didn’t know, both bakeries make baked goods without alcohol too.

Johnny Carino’s is throwing a party Saturday night with USA Powerlifting, which is having its bench press national competition this weekend at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. For $12.99, get an all-you-can buffet at the restaurant on South Louise Avenue with spicy romano chicken, five meat Tuscan pasta, angel hair with artichokes and house salad. There’s a $10 all-you-can-drink special on Coors Light and other drink specials. DJ Mobile will provide music.

If you love German food, Strawbale Winery has created a new event, Wurst & Wine. The dinner Seot. 6 at the winery near Renner will feature wiener schnitzel, sausage, potato salad and sauerkraut, with kuchen for dessert. Tickets are $35 and include a glass of wine with the meal. Additional German-style wine and German beers will be available. The event, which will include live music, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Make reservations by Saturday.

And here a few deals that end Sunday:

  • Order a Domino’s pizza online through Sunday, and get it for half-price.
  • Sonic Drive-In’s late-night special ends Sunday. After 8 p.m., shakes are half-price and ice cream cookie sandwiches are $1.49.
  • Enjoy Crabfest, which ends Sunday, without leaving the office or house. Red Lobster is offering free delivery through Sunday for all menu orders placed online.

For all the news from the local dining scene, visit our Food & Drink section. Recent headlines include a new coffee shop opening in Hartford with an amazing patio, a pizza shop that wants to open across the street from USF, Taco Town Buffet’s opening and Squealer’s Smoke Shack’s plans for a new building with a rooftop patio in Tea. 

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