Dining In and Out: CRAVE American Kitchen and Sushi Bar

One young foodie explores the local restaurant scene, bringing quality cuisine into your kitchen, sans doggie bag.

By Kaylyn Deiter

(Image: facebook.com/CRAVESiouxFalls)

(Image: facebook.com/CRAVESiouxFalls)

Dining Out

If you crave an urban vibe, gorgeous outdoor views and great food to boot for your next dining experience, look no further than Minneapolis transplant, Crave American Kitchen and Sushi Bar.

Crave is a restaurant with style. Located on the ground floor of downtown’s Hilton Garden Inn, the eatery brings metropolitan-posh to the Midwest with an open seating plan, futuristic, streamlined decor and an outdoor patio so extensive it will put even your wildest patio dreams to shame. Trust me, it’s cool. And if there’s one word expansive enough to describe Crave, it’s probably just that: cool.

“We really want to create that relaxed energy here at Crave,” assistant general manager Ileen Sayler said. “It’s that energetic buzz of people enjoying themselves while also being able to sit down at the table and relax, knowing they’re going to be taken care of.”

Although the restaurant clearly prides itself on cultivating an uptown vibe, the experience would be less-than-ideal if the food wasn’t high-quality enough to match. Luckily for Crave, that’s a problem this eatery doesn’t have to worry about.

Crave touts an unexpectedly harmonious pairing of all-American cuisine and high-end sushi, hence the name. Sushi aficionados can watch their dish being prepared by a cadre of chefs, while those craving something a bit more familiar have the luxury of choosing anything from burgers and pasta to fish and fries. Even if you’re picky, Crave is sure to have something to satisfy, well, your latest craving.

“I like to call it sushi for the Midwest,” Sayler said. “Crave is a place where sushi newbies can go and still feel comfortable, sushi connoisseurs can come and enjoy a great meal and even grandma can tag along and choose something more familiar. We really can fit a multitude of palates here.”

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If you’re envisioning a place to dine out that feels like a Manhattan vacation, stop by Crave. Sitting outside or in, neither the food, the views nor the professional service will leave you wanting more. The restaurant is a welcome addition to the Sioux Falls dining scene, one that makes the city feel less like a large town and more like the Midwest cultural metropolis it’s soon becoming.

(facebook.com/CRAVESiouxFalls)

(facebook.com/CRAVESiouxFalls)

Three reasons to eat at Crave:

  1. The sushi bar
  2. Outdoor seating with views of the River Walk
  3. Extensive beverage menu

Dining In

Craving an evening at home instead of a night on the town? We’ve got you covered. Though Crave is known for their lauded sushi menu, sushi is a bit difficult to recreate at home (especially for a college student turned novice home cook like myself). So instead of dipping into the realm of luxury fish, we’re going to try a luxury drink instead.

Crave sports an extensive beverage menu (complete with wine tower in the center of the restaurant), so why not try bringing a little of that happy hour atmosphere home by trying this mojito recipe courtesy of Mary Mairose of Kimball. Homemade mojitos never tasted so good.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • Juice of 2 oranges plus 1 grated rind
  • Juice of 6 lemons plus 1 grated rind
  • 2 large handfuls mint with stems

Instructions:

  1. Boil water and sugar for 10 minutes
  2. Juice and grate rest of ingredients
  3. Pour sugar water mixture over remaining ingredients
  4. Mix
  5. Let stand for at least 1 minute
  6. Strain and pick out leaves
  7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  8. To serve fill glass ⅔ full with ice, pour in 5 to 6 Tbsp juice and fill with rum

Though a bit more labor intensive than simply buying mojito mix, this recipe is worth all the work it takes to juice that much fruit (trust me, your arms might be little sore). This concoction is fruity and refreshing without overpowering the bitterness of the rum. Try it with Ginger Ale instead for a non-alcoholic treat.

Three reasons to enjoy Crave at home:

  1. Skip the wait times
  2. Don’t break the bank
  3. Customize the drinks your way

Crave is the perfect culinary addition to a city just beginning to discover its cultural identity. With a five-star menu and chic uptown atmosphere, it’s the place to be on any given night of the week. Recreate one of the restaurant’s signature drinks at home for a homegrown twist on a classic. You’ll be craving those mojitos in no time.

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