The Powder House serves great wild game in the Black Hills of South Dakota!
Carol and I decided to go out for dinner and try one of the local favorites in Keystone, South Dakota – the Powder House.
As are most of the restaurants around here, it a seasonal restaurant open from mid-May until mid-October.
According to their web site, the Powder House Restaurant has garnered a national reputation for serving some of the finest Prime Rib in the Mid-West, and has also established a reputation for the fine Buffalo and wild game entrees. Carol and I love wild game, so off we went!
We were seated promptly(with reservations) and the wait staff was attentive and friendly.
The restaurant interior is rustic and woodsy that really matches the local atmosphere. Soon after we arrived, the restaurant became very busy, and it was a full house!
We were intrigued by their menu. They had some interesting items, such as Buffalo meatloaf, Chef Les’ Pork Chop which was a 12 oz. double boned rack in pork chop, Vegetable Wellington-Asparagus, Red Pepper, Onion and Spinach wrapped in a Pastry with Pesto Sauce and Goat Cheese, Wapiti(Elk) & Tatanka(Buffalo) burger and bacon-wrapped trout. Other interesting items were BBQ buffalo short ribs, Elk medallions, and a game sampler platter of buffalo short rib, elk medallion, buffalo sausage, and a blended game sausage.
Not your standard fare by a long shot!
I knew I wanted to try a bison tenderloin before we arrived at the Powder House, so my menu choice was predetermined! They recommend not cooking bison steak more than medium because it is very lean. I like mine rare anyway, and they cooked it perfectly. The texture was spot on and was very flavorful!
Carol decided on having what was my second choice – Stuffed quail – three birds stuffed with seasoned wild rice, roasted to a golden brown then finished with a garnet hued blackberry sauce. Carol said the birds were cooked perfectly but the sauce was too sweet and there was too much of it, so much so, that it “drowned” the entire entree. A little “spoon push” of sauce on the plate under the quail would’ve worked better.
The Powder House met all the standards of an “excellent” rating with the exception of the sauce on Carol’s quail. So the Powder House gets 4 RV’s up! If you’re ever in the Black Hills, try it, you’ll like it!