Dining In and Out: Pappy’s the Original

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

By Kaylyn Deiter


Dining Out

Housed alongside a bank in a modern brick building called The Plaza downtown, Pappy’s the Original is a refreshing take on the classic, homegrown coffee shop.

Owned by husband and wife team, Chris and Jessica Pappas, Pappy’s is a shop that serves up traditional staples like pizza, breakfast sandwiches and smoothies all made in-house. But that commitment to tradition isn’t to say that Pappy’s is stuck in the past.

What the owners call the “ultimate Greek yogurt bar” is the centerpiece of the eatery, featuring a plethora of Greek yogurt parfaits perfect for those with a sweet tooth or customers who crave something a bit more savory. High-top tables dot the interior, while a wall of windows and light up letters that spell out “Pappy’s” give one of Sioux Falls’ newest coffee shops a big city vibe.

“The owners really want to give people a coffee shop with healthy food options,” general manager Ryan Birckner said. “We serve a little bit of everything here, from pizza and smoothies to yogurt and salads, plus breakfast all day long.”

Pappy’s is a bit different than your typical coffee shop though, and for this downtown spot that’s not a bad thing. Patrons gravitate toward Greek yogurt and breakfast sandwiches during the early morning hours, while lunch can produce a crowd craving Pappy’s pizzas, salads and wraps. I’ve found myself hanging out there in the late afternoon, sipping on an Almond Be Joyful smoothie in the presence of other patrons hidden behind laptops and buried in books.


And that’s how Pappy’s is able to stand out in a city filled with coffee shops, bars and restaurants—it dares to do things differently. Pappy’s isn’t completely committed to coffee, doesn’t advertise an expansive beverage list or serve course upon course of dinner entrees, but that’s where Pappy’s shines, it’s an eclectic mix of the best of all three.

“We really appreciate everyone who comes in here and we want them to feel that way,” Brickner said. “Essentially we just want people to leave happy and feel special.”

Three reasons to eat at Pappy’s:

  1. Delicious smoothies
  2. Light and healthy breakfast options
  3. Plenty of outlets for those doing homework

Dining In

Taking that Pappy’s breakfast home is as easy as making your own granola and adding in some Greek yogurt and seasonal fruit. Spice things up by enjoying your treat out of a mason jar and you’ve got one cute and healthy start to the day.


  • granola:
    • ¼ cup water
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup butter
    • ¼ cup honey
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 cups oatmeal
    • ½ wheat germ
    • 1 cup slivered almonds
    • 1 cup or more raisins
    • 1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
    • 1 cup salted peanuts
    • 1 cup peeled sunflower seeds
  • Parfait:
    • Bananas
    • Vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
    • Blueberries


  1. Microwave first 6 ingredients for 5 minutes, stirring often
  2. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and microwave all together for 9 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes (add raisins in only during the last 3 minutes)
  3. Spread mixture out on wax paper or tinfoil to cool
  4. After granola has cooled, layer yogurt, granola and fruit in a dish of your choice


Photo courtesy of Kaylyn Deiter

This parfait was light and refreshing, just what I needed after a day spent outdoors. Eat it as a snack with fruit, or sub in some strawberries and chocolate and you’re good to go for dessert.

Three reasons to enjoy Pappy’s at home:

  1. Homemade granola makes a quick and healthy snack
  2. Mix it up with different fruits and flavors
  3. This recipe makes a large batch, keeping you in granola for a week at least

Pappy’s isn’t just another Sioux Falls coffee shop—with its extensive menu, traditional Greek yogurt and South Dakota brewed coffee, this is one downtown spot you won’t want to pass up. Take that Pappy’s spirit home with our simple granola recipe and enjoy parfaits from the comfort of your couch.



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