Powder House – Keystone, SD – 8/24/2016

The Powder House serves great wild game in the Black Hills of South Dakota!

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Rustic Powder House Lodge

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.img_1535

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!

img_1542We 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!

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Bison tenderloin

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!

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Stuffed quail

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.

 In our quest to become “traveling foodys”, we always enjoy stopping at the local establishments to critique their specialties.  Some of the criteria we use when rating the establishment are decor, cleanliness, wait staff, menu, prices compared to the area competition, and food quality.

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!

Black Hills, South Dakota – Custer State Park and more

After a week of “taking care of business” duties such as establishing SD residency, obtaining SD drivers licenses and transferring truck title, etc.,  Kevin and I were ready to take in some South Dakota culture and beauty.  We booked a tour through “Black Hills Open-Top-Tours“.

It was a great choice!

Our tour itinerary consisted of  Needles HighwayMt Coolidge,        Iron Mt. Road & Pigtail Bridges, and Custer State Park.

The tour was 6 hrs.   The tour offered breathtaking beauty as far as we could see, with many different landscapes (open prairie and meadows, pine and spruce forests, rock formations) and lessons in the history of the hills, land and wildlife.

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