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I-90 Report-- Rapid City and La Crosse--Breakfast

Chrislrob | Oct 8, 200306:48 PM

So I finally did my whirlwind tour to Mt. Rushmore from Chicago. The trip was great, but that first day—1000 miles—I’m going to have to advise against it. Anyway, I have two very good breakfast recommendations. The first is for “The Breakfast Nook” in Rapid City: a nice, friendly, bright, clean diner in a little strip center just off La Crosse Street (No, that’s not a typo.)

My pancakes were excellent and my GF loved her malted waffle. And should you feel the urge to gamble on your way back from the bathroom, connected to the well-lit diner is a dark, dank, sad-looking casino, consisting of about eight video gambling machines. It was open at 9:00 am on a Sunday and the guy was selling drinks. In any event, the rooms were a study in contrast.

The restaurant was very good.

Down the road in La Crosse, WI, there is a place called “Fayze’s”. I think they sell breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located downtown, it looks pretty upscale, lots of light-colored wood everywhere. Big place, too. It was recommended by my hotel clerk. Sparklingly clean. They have a large assortment of breads and pastries and serve sandwiches (and some breakfast items) on a roll (Lebanese?) called “Talame”. Soft, yeasty and very good. I know because I bought some to take home. For my breakfast, I had a sausage patty, two eggs, hash browns, and pancakes (three medium ones). All was included with the meal. Total cost? $2.95. The breakfast was excellent and I would have eaten it in the alley for $2.95. The room and the service made it just that much better.

For example, my waitress, after noticing my dismay at reading an article about Brett Favre abusing yet ANOTHER team, was even kind enough to print out a receipt for me that said, “Bears Suck”.

See, it’s the little things…

Other stuff:

I tried buffalo beef jerky. Tastes like lean beef. I prefer my beef fatty.

I was advised on this group to stop by Sioux Falls Brewing Company. On my way back and exhausted, I hungrily drove through Sioux Falls without remembering that I had planned to stop there, pulled over to the side of the road 10 miles outside of town, slapped the steering wheel and drove back into town, determined to try some chislic and red beer.

They are closed on Sundays.

It was a Sunday.


So, in the interest of time, I had Burger King, which is basically the same thing only different.

Breakfast Nook
720 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 399-3975

Fayze's Restaurant & Bakery 135 S. 4th Street La Crosse,
Wisconsin 54601 608-784-9548

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