Last month we took the family to the South Dakota Black Hills area to see Mount Rushmore, Custer National Forest, the Wind Cave and Jewel Cave, and more buffalo in the road than you can shake a stick at.
My mother-in-law “Nana” came along, too. To celebrate her birthday, we took her to Kevin Costner’s restaurant in Deadwood – Jakes at The Midnight Star.
This was my second time eating at Jakes. Paul and I had visited 14 years ago on our honeymoon. The restaurant is still as wonderful as it was then. The food is top notch, the service excellent, and you don’t have to dress up since many people are in town to ride their motorcyles, even when it isn’t Sturgis week. Many of the local bigwigs eat there, too. (It was rumored that the older gentleman at the table next to us owned several casinos in the area and had just bought another one.)
The children had kid cocktails and I tried a Lunar Ale from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, MO – very good! Nana and I started with a wasabi salad and the children and my husband had a seafood bisque. Rave reviews by all.
Paul and Nathan both enjoyed a fillet of beef and Nana and I had an amazing macadamia encrusted salmon served on top of baby red potatoes and spinach accompanied by a balsamic reduction. I have to say it was the best piece of salmon I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant. It was perfectly cooked – very moist but not underdone either. The sweet tangy sauce was a perfect sweet compliment to the fish, and the crunchy texture of the nuts a nice contrast to the vegetables.
The desserts were terrific, too, and Nana, who eats gluten free, ordered a three layer chocolate mousse that looked as good as it tasted. I had a key lime pie angel food cake. It was very nice, though not as limey as I hope. I’m very picky with my key lime desserts though I enjoyed having chocolate and lime with this one.
Our only complaint was that Lucie’s spaghetti and meatballs were too spicy for a child. It was a good dish, but not kid friendly. However, the restaurant is just fine to take your children too as long as they are capable of behaving themselves. Even though our reservation was for a late dinner, 8:30 p.m., Lucie and Nathan behaved like proper ladies and gentlemen.
Besides seeing Mount Rushmore and exploring Wind Cave, our dinner to Jakes was the highlight of our trip. If you’re in the area, plan to go. Reservations are recommended.
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