Midwest Living Review
With a black-and-white checkerboard floor, vinyl booths, a jukebox, a pressed-tin ceiling and a bustling atmosphere, the Dakota Soda Company calls to mind a cheery 1950s-era soda shop. Established in 2011 in downtown Rapid City, families frequent this diner for frozen custard treats and a variety of burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs. (The waitstaff wears T-shirts that proclaim "I Am A Jerk.") Guests can dine at counters, in booths and at tables, or in an attractive outdoor food court overlooking a park with a splashing fountain and sculpted granite rocks.
The vibe is fun and friendly, and the food’s fine but not spectacular. Our bison burger topped with mushrooms and onions and a well-flavored veggie burger proved tasty, but we found the fries (both standard and sweet potato) limp and unappetizing. Serving them in a Styrofoam cup didn’t help matters. Most of the burgers hover in the $6 range, but we can’t advise tacking on the extra $1.50 for fries.
Fortunately, the ice cream is a saving grace—rich, creamy frozen custard that lends itself nicely to malts, shakes and sundaes.