Nestled on a corner of downtown Rapid
City and tucked behind the statue of a younger President Ronald Reagan, the
neon “Open” sign of Tally’s Silver Spoon glows as a welcoming beacon to all who
are walking the busy historic streets. Chef
Benjamin Klinkel has found the perfect blend of the homey environment of a
traditional diner and the chic food of a modern eatery. One almost expects
people to yell, “Norm!” when walking in the doors, which was the chef’s goal
when he purchased the traditional diner Tally’s and paid homage to Rapid’s
venerable café--first opened in 1930--by keeping Tally in the name. Though delicacies such as foi gras and
mussles can be ordered, this definitely does feel like a restaurant where
everyone knows your name.
|With Ronald Reagan and the neon sign, Tally's has invited customers in since 1930.|
Tally’s Silver Spoon is open for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is the perfect spot for each meal. Breakfast is served all morning and until
2:00 p.m., so whether an early meal or a true brunch is desired, the food here
meets all needs. Using fresh and local ingredients,
the pancakes, eggs, breakfast burritos, and omelets are all great traditional choices. I personally loved the eggs Benedict and a
signature mimosa—my truly perfect brunch.
However, if a more unusual or unique breakfast is what is craved, the
lox plate or the duck confit can be ordered.
|Mimosas...the most important part of brunch!|
|So good...so gone!|
For lunch, the traditional burgers
are great choices, coming in both the smaller size—Rosie, quarter pound—and the larger size—Dick, half pound—to
cover all appetites. Onions, peppers,
blue cheese, cheddar, ham, swiss, etc. can be added. A buffalo burger is also an option. There are, of course, other sandwiches and
salads as well, but what customers won’t see on the table is a ketchup or
mustard bottle. This is where the “silver
spoon” part of the name comes in; condiments are brought out separately and
individually in small ramekins at customers’ requests. House-made, fresh pastas are also available for the lunch and dinner crowds.
Supper is when Tally’s really comes
to life as an upscale bistro.
burgers and sandwiches are still available, but many other interesting items
are worth a look.
Begin with the curried
mussels—the signature starter.
For the entrée,
try the Black Cow, a coffee-encrusted steak recommended by the server to be
cooked medium-rare (is there any other way it should be cooked?!) or the Autumn
Oak Pheasant, on a bed chestnut stuffing and Brussel sprouts.
Both are great dishes worth trying.
If these options aren’t unique enough, try one
of the pork options for which Tally’s is known.
Tuesdays are Pinot and Pork nights, with a different pork dish every
week paired with Pinot Noir.
chefs have won the South Dakota Pork Producers competition on several occasions,
including being named restaurant of the year by the group again in 2015—they know
Tally’s is the only place
(or one of very, very, very few) in the Black Hills that has foi gras on the
regular dinner menu—yes, silver spoon for sure!
There is also a chef’s tasting menu called the “Indecision Menu” that
can be ordered with two, three, four, or five courses that can then be paired
|The Black Cow|
|Beautiful Autumn Oak Pheasant, with burning leaf on top--don't worry, that part isn't eaten!|
Speaking of wines, Tally’s wine
list is impressive for a small diner.
start, there are fourteen white wines and twenty-one reds for by-the-glass
Port, late-harvest, and ice
wines are choices for dessert.
there are many quality and unique whites, reds, sparklings, single-varietals,
and blends for by-the-bottle purchases.
I already mentioned, Pinot Noir has a special place in Chef Benjamin’s heart,
and though the entire wine list is impressive, the list of quality Pinots
impressed me…a real Pinot Noir lover. Of course, all wines are served in Riedel stemware, showing that this establishment takes its wine drinking very seriously.
|Whites and reds on the list, all served in beautiful Riedel stemware. Yes, I'm a wine glass snob!|
No good meal would be complete
without dessert, and Tally’s hits the mark here, too.
There are multiple options for sweets after
the meal—if a diner has room to eat more!
The ‘Smores Pot de Crème was a rich, sweet treat; however, Date Night
was over-the-top delicious!
date ice cream, caramel sauce, and toffee bits (ALL house made) are served in a
bowl with a purple salt rim (the salt is tinted purple so it is easily seen and
added to each delicious bite taken).
Truly a sensation for all of the senses, I enjoyed every last bite of
|Date Night and 'Smores Pot de Creme|
|Get a bit of salt with every delicious bite!|
Chef Benjamin has done a perfect
job of pairing an inviting ambiance with contemporary, excellent food.
Keeping the familiar name Tally’s and the
familiar feeling of friendliness, Tally’s Silver Spoon is a must-stop for all
Black Hills area foodies.
and the neon sign welcome all to the historic Duhamel Corner, no matter what
time of day.
For breakfast, lunch,
supper, dessert, or drinks, Tally’s definitely feels like the place where
everyone knows your name. From the Le Cordon Blue culinary institute to Rapid
City, Chef Benjamin Klinkel—who also owns the currently-being-remodeled Delmonico
Grill—has made his name known for excellent food!