Badlands National Park Restaurants

  • Wall Drug Ice Water and Coffee
    Wall Drug Ice Water and Coffee
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  • Buffalo hot dog and onion rings
    Buffalo hot dog and onion rings
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  • Cedar Pass Lodge
    Cedar Pass Lodge
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    Wall Drug: Buffalo burgers and hot dogs

    by meteorologist1 Updated Oct 6, 2013
    Buffalo hot dog and onion rings

    If you are looking for a place to have a buffalo burger or buffalo hot dog, which is a typical food of the American West, Wall Drug, located just outside of Badlands National Park has it. This is a great place to stop on your way to or from the Badlands.

    Favorite Dish: Buffalo hot dogs were delicious! They do taste different than regular hot dogs.

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    Wall Drug: Free Ice Water and 5-Cent Coffee

    by meteorologist1 Written Oct 6, 2013
    Wall Drug Ice Water and Coffee

    Excellent place to stop before or after visiting the Badlands. Wall Drug definitely feels like an oasis in the middle of nowhere. The food is excellent, including their pies. Free ice water and 5-cent coffee!

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    Badlands Lodge Restaurant: Park Restaurant

    by Toughluck Written Oct 26, 2011

    We were they during off season (October), thus, breakfast was a continental buffet - cold cereal, toast, bagels, hardboiled eggs, juice and coffee. Then, they only served breakfast and lunch. During the main season, there is a full menu and service through out the day.

    Favorite Dish: Simple, but filling and not expensive.

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    Badlands Loop Picnic Shelters: on picnicing at the Badlands

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 28, 2009

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    One of the things we liked best about Badlands National Park were the picnic shelters. The tables themselves were typical but they had a curved enclosure that not only protected you from sun from above but behind as well. These also provided some protection from the considerable winds that sweep through the Badlands. These were spread out over the course of the Badlands Loop Road and made great stops to grab something to eat, enjoy much needed liquid replenishment in this arid environment, and soak in the scenery out of your vehicle without being too exposed to the elements.

    It was odd to be back in this arid desert-like environment again. It reminded us a lot of our eight weeks that spring spent in the US Southwest and in particular, of White Sands National Monument which also had spacey picnic shelters not so unlike these.

    Favorite Dish: Cheese is great to carry in your cooler. It keeps well and goes well with most anything. It was rough going finding good bread in South Dakota so we opted for Wasa bread. Powder mixes like Gatorade are easiest to carry as they take up little space and you can make them up whenever you need them.

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    Bigfoot Pass Overlook: Picnic spot

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 11, 2008

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    If you want to bring your own picnic meal to the North Unit of Badlands NP there are only two Picnic sites available for you - we missed the Conata site on unpaved Highway 509 about halfway along the Loop Road but we did manage to stop at the Bigfoot Pass Overlook site. It is quite a scenic spot, with views of both the flatlands below in one direction (2nd photo) or turn the other way for the rugged erosion area in which the Pass is located (3rd photo).

    Both picnic areas have pit toilets, trash cans and, of course a few picnic tables - nice ones with fancy curved shades from the hot sunshine. Due to the danger of wild fires in the park, no campfires or camping is allowed at these sites (and there is no water either). However, you are allowed to prepare meals on charcoal cookers which have much less danger of causing a fire.

    Favorite Dish: We had not come prepared for picnicing and were not far from the Cedar Pass Lodge restaurant, so we merely had a good look around and read the Information Board on the sad story of the nearby Wounded Knee Massacre of Dec. 29, 1890.

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    Cedar Pass Lodge: Your only choice in Badlands!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 11, 2008

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    Our 2-hour drive from Hill City, combined with our choice to take the scenic but slower Badlands Loop Road inside the park instead of Interstate 90, meant that it was getting close to 1 PM by the time we finally arrived at the Visitor Center area in the eastern end of Badlands National Park. This is where you will find the one and only restaurant in Badlands, the Sioux-operated Cedar Pass Lodge where you can sample their speciality of sorts: "No visit to the Badlands is complete without trying the Sioux Indian Taco made from our special fry bread and seasoned buffalo".

    Favorite Dish: We seem to have arrived just as the worst of the lunchtime rush was starting to abate. There was a bit of a wait before someone came to our table to take our order and she apologized for the delay, saying they were running slow because there was only one cook on duty in the kitchen. In that case, we decided to keep things simple with just a Toasted Ham & Cheese sandwich ($5) as well as a Club Sandwich ($6), washed down by two ice-cold Corona beers with a wedge of lime in each. We had a fair wait for our order, but the waitress kept coming back to check up on us and keeping us in the picture, so we just enjoyed sitting there taking in the scene. The outside heat had built up to the low 30s C while we were inside, so the air conditioning felt good! I gave the waitress a good tip for her efforts as we paid up and continued the last few miles toward our exit from Badlands via the Northeast Entrance. By the way, the Lodge receives a lot of great compliments on its relatively inexpensive Cabin accommodations.

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    Cedar Pass Lodge: Only Restaurant in the Badlands

    by apbeaches Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    The views from the Restaurant were spectacular; picture windows looking out onto the cliffs of the Badlands.

    Hannah our waitress was very busy yet personable. She willingly sharing information about her Lakota heritage. I was impressed when a man at a table near us asked her if she has to pay everytime she comes into the park. Hannah replied; "My people own the park, we lease this land & you're paying us."

    The dinner menu wasn't too inspiring; fellow diners seemed to be enjoying Indian Taco's and sandwiches. We had the Buffalo Burgers & fries; they were good. For breakfast I had two eggs that came out in a huge platter with mounds of home fries, toast & bacon. My husband enjoyed 2 pancakes that were enormous. Hannah kept the coffee and juice coming.

    Favorite Dish: Breakfast was enormous, hot & tasty.

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    Cedar Pass Lodge: Only Restaurant in the Badlands

    by apbeaches Written Aug 25, 2008

    Hannah our waitress was very busy yet personable. She willingly sharing information about her Lakota heritage. I was impressed when a man at a table near us asked her if she has to pay everytime she comes into the park. Hannah replied; "My people own the park, we lease this land & you're paying us."

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    Cedar Pass Lodge: Breakfast in the park

    by kazander Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands

    After waking up for Sunrise, which I HIGHLY recommend, we returned to the Cedar Pass Lodge for some fuel. Breakfast starts at 7:30am and we were right there waiting. The Dining room has a diner like atmosphere, but it also has fantastic views of the Cedar pass area of the Badlands. We sat right up front for the best view. Service was fast and friendly, after and enjoyable meal, and tour around the gift shop, we contiued around the park.

    Favorite Dish: Oh the famous Indian Fry bread! I was actually a bit disappointed in it, it is like a greasy, holeless donut, but not terribly sweet. It is served with honey to remedy that, but after a few bites, Lou and I had had quite enough. You might love it though, lots of other customers raved about so much, they took the recipe home.

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    Cedar Pass Lodge Restaurant: In the Park

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Apr 19, 2006

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    This restaurant is located within the park near the Ben Reifel visitor center on the eastern edge of the park. It's about average sized, and we were seated fairly promptly. Service was a little slow, and while the waitress was serviceable, she wasn't talkative or cheerful. It is nice to stretch out a little after some hiking for a nice burger and fries. The food was decent, and actually was a pretty good price for being the only dining option in the area. There were a few vegetarian options for those who look for that. It's not a bad choice if you're interested in lunch.

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    Wall Drug: Hardy Breakfast

    by paulscuba Written Jul 3, 2003

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    Ok I'm not a fan of Wall Drug. Kinda cheesy for my taste. However we needed a nice hardy breakfast the morning we go to the badlands after an early start. They were serving all the staples, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, french toast etc in nice quantities. I think a vegetarian might have had enough choices to make a full breakfast.

    Can't comment on the meals other than breakfast though.

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    Various: Food Services In and Near the Park

    by Basaic Written Nov 19, 2011

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    Cedar Pass Lodge

    The only food service option inside the park is the Cedar Pass Lodge which is open in spring, summer and fall. The menu is limited during off-season; the best options are in nearby towns.

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