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Bob's

1312 W. 12th St., Sioux Falls, SD - (605) 336-7260
Posted By Ellen Young on 9/9/2007 10:18:00 PM
Bob's is well worth a stop in Sioux Falls. Ate there recently and there have been some changes. First, Bob no longer runs the place. He has sold the business, but it is being run by the new owner's son, Jessie, who worked for Bob for 13 years.

Jessie is currently making ice cream from scratch, and it is wonderful, the best ice cream I have ever had, bar none! We sampled strawberry/rhubarb and vanilla. He uses all natural ingredients, including fruit and cream, and no preservatives. It is so rich you cannot eat a lot; it's almost the consistency of fudge!

We tried the broasted chicken and broasted ribs and both were excellent. Jessie spent a lot of time explaining to us how he did the broasted chicken, as well as how he made the ice cream. The broasted chicken was not at all greasy. It is marinated in a special mixture prior to cooking. The recipe is Bob's, and he taught Jessie and his brother about the processing of the chicken. The chicken is cooked (broasted) from the inside out, versus Southern fried chicken which is deep fried from the outside in. The chicken itself was moist and juicy, and the outside was crunchy. The ribs are so tender that he removes the bones before serving. Broasted potato wedges are also part of the meal. They are cut Texas-style and are not greasy. It's hard to believe that the food had been fried!

The meals are large and filling, and the new record for eating the Bob Burger meal is now 3 minutes and 27 seconds for a free meal. A Bob Burger meal consists of a 3/4-pound homemade hamburger that is patted right in front of you before they put it on the grill; 3/4 pound of french fries/broasted fries; two soft drinks, and two homemade cookies! Jessie brings the plate of cookies out and the customer gets to choose.

The cafe itself is clean and small, with only about 10 seats around the counter. However, it appears that a good portion of the business is takeout, and they also say they do a lot of catering in town.


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A good-size Bob's breakfast requires two plates. The bacon is extra-thick, cooked flat on the grill under a heavy press.
"A good-size Bob's breakfast requires two plates. The bacon is extra-thick, cooked flat on the grill under a heavy press."
Michael Stern





The sampler I ordered featured tender ribs and Broasted chicken.
"The sampler I ordered featured tender ribs and Broasted chicken."
darin pemberton


11 seats.  Get there early.
"11 seats. Get there early. "
darin pemberton


At the counter in the morning, the coffee flows and the conversation never ends.
"At the counter in the morning, the coffee flows and the conversation never ends."
Michael Stern


Architecturally, Bob's is plain as can be. Inside, seating is counter-only.
"Architecturally, Bob's is plain as can be. Inside, seating is counter-only."
Michael Stern


The modest exterior gives little clue to the treasures contained therein.
"The modest exterior gives little clue to the treasures contained therein."
darin pemberton


Bob's is a superior urban diner with character to spare.
"Bob's is a superior urban diner with character to spare."
Michael Stern



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