Dickey’s Barbecue Pit ~ Rapid City, South Dakota

Before we left town for Spearfish, we decided to grab lunch at a barbecue place I had stumbled upon in the mall a few days before. It also appears that they used to have a location on one of the main strips, but that doesn’t seem to be open anymore, at least not during our visit in September. Dickey’s Barbecue is actually a chain that has locations in nearly every state, but surprisingly, this is the first one we stumbled upon!

This particular Dickey’s Barbecue is located adjacent to the food court in the Rushmore Mall, but has it’s own seating (and they also cater!) You order at the counter, where they slice your meat option right in front of you, add your sides to the tray, and then you pay and take it to your table.

Andrew and I both ordered the brisket platter, I got mine with mashed potatoes and a side of waffle fries.

Andrew opted to get sides of beans and mac and cheese.


They did offer a few kinds of sauces, and will provide you with a cup when you pay of whatever selection you would like. We did notice a bit later that they also have dispensers located by the drink machine!

We love our barbecue, and in our opinion Dickey’s is good for barbecue in a hurry. It’s slightly better than getting fast food from a normal fast food joint, but quite pricey for the quality of barbecue.  If I didn’t have to tightly budget, I’d visit again, but also think other places would be more worth my money.

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Firehouse Brewing Company ~ Rapid City, South Dakota

Following our “failed” hike at Bear Butte State Park, we drove back into Rapid City for dinner. Many people have talked up Firehouse Brewing to us before, so we figured we’d give it a shot. Firehouse Brewing is located right downtown in an old firehouse. The decor reflects the building’s history and I loved all the fire patches that have been given to the restaurant over time.

For our meal, I chose to order the Battalion Brisket. This included brisket and queso in between two slices of sourdough.


While it wasn’t bad, I wasn’t sure why everyone raved about the place. Queso cheese and brisket are two unique flavors that probably shouldn’t be mixed together!


Andrew tried the Bacon Cheddar Burger and decided to get the Mac and Cheese Bites as a side. Again, he enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything to write home about. Just your standard restaurant burger.

They also had a few BBQ sauces to choose from on the table. Normally, I would have added some to my brisket, but with having the queso on there, that was already more than enough flavor to mix together, that I didn’t actually add anymore!


Following our meal, we stopped by Firehouse Wine Cellars next door to sample a few of their wines. There you pay by the sample, so choose wisely! I did end up picking up one bottle of dessert wine, but most of their wines were to dry for my liking!

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Best Western Ramkota ~ Rapid City, South Dakota

This past fall, the annual fall pastors conference for our state was held in the conference center attached to the Best Western Ramkota, so it was suggested that all participants book a room there. While it was not the quality of last year’s Holiday Inn stay, the hotel was still decent, but I do think next year I’d stay somewhere on the other side of the interstate or closer to downtown where I tend to spend most of my time during the conference.

Our room was located on the first floor of this sprawling building. We had to drive around the side and park in a lot closer to our room for ease of access. Our room had two queen beds and a sliding patio door that led you to a “lovely” view of the parking lot.


The coffee maker and a large mirror were located just to the left upon entering, right outside the bathroom. I actually like having a counter a mirror space outside the bathroom as it can be a great place to do hair/make up without hogging the bathroom, or trying to cram both of us in the bathroom space at one time! As you can see the bathroom was a bit cramped!

Our two beds were on one wall, and a large TV sat on an entertainment center that also housed a microwave and mini fridge. There also was a small table/desk and chair.

The Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City does have a few fun perks in that they have a restaurant onsite (Minerva’s, although this means no free breakfast included.) and they have both a standard swimming pool and a waterpark pool in separate rooms across the hall from each other. Due to having the waterpark, they require all guests to wear wristbands if using either of the pool area, but this helps keep out non-paying people from using it! We didn’t use the waterpark space as it’s just us two adults, but did enjoy some time in the pool and hot tub. The main pool area also contains a small kiddie pool off to the left of the entrance, the hot tub is to the right.

Because of the hotel’s crazy expansion of buildings, there also is a nice courtyard area in the middle. You can access if from several hallways and also the main pool area. They have several tables out in that area where you could enjoy a meal. Some lower rooms even open up to the courtyard, and they also have little doggie clean up bag posts so you could take your furry friends out to that space.

While this is not my favorite place to stay in Rapid City, it worked out just fine for the time we were there. We probably won’t stay here again, but I wouldn’t discourage people from staying here either! For me the location just wasn’t as great as others.

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