With Denny’s biting the dust, the options for all-night dining have become even more limited.
Of the places that are open 24/7, I believe we’re down to just the Big Sioux Cafe, the Roadhouse Cafe and iHop. For this post we’re focusing on Big Sioux and Roadhouse in particular.
Both restaurants offer some pretty good food with consistency and attentive service, at least every time I’ve been to either place.
The menus are huge, with dozens and dozens of options served all day. What they excel at is breakfast, what I get pretty much every time I’m at either of the diners. Their menus might be slightly different but I haven’t compared them that closely. I’ve heard there’s a “midnight special” at the Big Sioux from midnight to 4 a.m. that is french fries and gravy for a dollar. Add some cheese curds and you have the Canadian delicacy poutine!
It’s obviously not three-star food, but I’ve always found what I’ve ordered to be tasty, with pretty large portions and small prices.
A friend and I checked out Roadhouse Cafe recently at about 11 p.m. and the restaurant was at least half full. The cafe is right in between the convenience store and the Long Haul Saloon. If this place was downtown, it would be probably do double the business, and that’s saying something, as they seem to be doing pretty good business already.
I was pretty hungry and ordered the biscuits and gravy, wheat toast and two eggs. You can order breakfast items a la carte or choose from one of the many breakfast items. My fellow diner ordered the Big Sioux Breakfast that includes two eggs, toast, choice of meat and hash browns. It’s cheap, filling and delicious. Perfect after-bar food.
The biscuits with sausage gravy was good, but had much more pepper in the gravy than I remember previously. The eggs were nice and not overcooked. You could easily tell they were real, not Egg Beaters like some places use. It’s not the most photogenic dish, but that’s a tough task with biscuits and gravy.
It ended up being a ton of food for only $9. You can’t get a whole lot better than that.
Both the Roadhouse and Big Sioux are great, homey places to east anytime of day.
What do you order at either place?