Dining In and Out: Crawford’s Bar & Grill

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

By Kaylyn Dieter

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Dining Out

Originally the site of a butcher shop in 19th century Sioux Falls, Crawford’s Bar and Grill is steeped in a history nearly as old as South Dakota itself.

Today that history plays a role in everything from the jeweled walls and cowhide upholstery to the natural stone bar and artisanal food at this upscale eatery located in the heart of downtown.

“Ultimately what we want our customers to take away from their time at Crawford’s is a great experience,” co-owner Dave Graham said. “This is a place where they can just let their worries go and enjoy time with friends and family.”

Arguably one of the most unique restaurants in the city, Crawford’s touts an atmosphere all its own. Velvety furniture of all shapes, sizes and colors line the entryway, while a sizable bar composed of authentic Sioux quartzite gives way to rustic wooden tables as the restaurant stretches further back. With the kaleidoscopic Moroccan chandeliers and blue-hued walls literally adorned with jewels, it’s like being inside a genie’s lamp—if that genie also happened to harbor a flair for the Wild West.

“The inspiration behind the decor started as a collaboration between my wife and I,” Graham said. “She wanted one thing and I wanted another and we ended up with what we have today.”

But although stepping into Crawford’s is half the fun, the festivities don’t stop there. Culinary prowess is just another way this restaurant stands out from the crowd.

A seasonal menu makes staples hard to come by, but nevertheless Crawford’s makes it easy to find things to love with its handcrafted style, unexpected pairings and whimsical spirit. I mean, who else would do s’mores complete with mini fire pit for dessert?

“We want to be a place that serves quality steak and quality seafood,” Graham said. “We try to source locally when we can and help make an impact on the local economy. At the end of the day this is a fun business to be in with great people here in Sioux Falls.”

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This all to say that if you’re wanting dinner to be more Chopped than Rachael Ray, have a knack for the creative, and are looking for a downtown dining spot that’s a bit more upscale and out of the box, Crawford’s is the place to be. I promise you won’t regret this latest dining out adventure, and neither will your taste buds.

Three reasons to eat at Crawford’s:

  1. Dessert menu to die for
  2. Cool bar seating
  3. Trying something new (and delicious)

Dining In

Not feeling the downtown dinner rush tonight? Eager to test out your creative culinary cooking chops at home instead? Get the evening started with some spinach and artichoke dip courtesy of addapinch.com, a signature appetizer that’s a sure-fire favorite on the Crawford’s menu.

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ cups parmesan cheese, grated
  • Pinch garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until well combined and pour into a shallow baking dish.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve warm.
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(Photo courtesy of Kaylyn Deiter)

Probably the easiest spinach and artichoke dip I’ve ever tried, and quite possibly the most delicious. Enjoy this recipe hot or cold, with bread or chips and you’ve got yourself an appetizer that is sure to please everyone on the guest list.

Three reasons to enjoy Crawford’s at home:

  1. Make this appetizer into a full-blown meal with a side of chicken or pasta
  2. Entertain at home
  3. Save some quarters on those parking meters

Crawford’s is a dining experience to remember. The decor alone is reason enough to keep coming back, top that off with a menu full of delicious options and this could be your new favorite place. Take that Crawford’s vibe home with our simple take on their classic spinach and artichoke dip. Add a few jewels to the wall and maybe a chandelier or two and you’ll have everything you need for a Crawford’s night at home.

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