January in Sioux Falls only means one thing...Burger Battle! This year's Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle is pretty intense. A record 37 savory burgers from local Sioux Falls restaurants are looking for your stomachs and votes.

When it comes to burgers, there definitely is one for everyone, especially in Sioux Falls! Sponsored by First Western Bank & Trust, the 11th annual Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle features burgers residents can sink their teeth into. Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or a little extra heat with your meat? You'll find it on this year's Burger Battle ballot.

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We're getting down to the wire! You only have a few more chances to try 37 burgers in this year's battle. It's a challenge but it can be done! The next burger on this on-going journey is from WoodGrain Brewing Company. Their burger entry is called the Smokehouse Brisket Cabernet Burger. 

According to a previous article from my co-worker Jeff Harkness, the Smokehouse Brisket Cabernet Burger is "a cold-smoked 1/2 lb. patty made from a custom blend of brisket and chuck, covered with a Cabernet Sauvignon cheese sauce, topped with sharp cheddar, red onion, pickles, romaine lettuce, tomato, and house-made Southern Perfection Burger Sauce on a toasted brioche bun. Served with a side of house-seasoned pork rinds." WoodGrain Brewing Company partnered with the food truck called Southern Perfection BBQ. This partnership was like a match made in heaven.

Christine Manika (TSM)
Christine Manika (TSM)

This patty blend is one of my favorites in this year's Downtown Sioux Falls Burger BattleAlthough this burger is a little messy to eat, the flavors make up for the mess. The cheese sauce and the Southern Perfection Burger Sauce sealed the deal for me. On top of enjoying this delicious burger, WoodGrain Brewing Company brewed a special beverage to pair with the meal called the "Smoked Copper Ale." My fiancé, Chris approves this brew!

More reviews from this year's Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle can be found here:

Don't forget! Residents can vote for their favorite burgers by Wednesday, January 31st on the DTSF Mobile Passport. Hurry before it's too late!

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If you are visiting or new to Sioux Falls and trying to find your way around, chances are you really don't need to pronounce street names correctly. All you have to do is enter your destination into Google Maps and your phone will show you the way.

But what if you are trying to tell someone where your cool friend or family member lives in our fine city? Some of our streets and avenues have tricky spellings that may throw visitors for a loop when trying to sound them out.

No one is going to mess up on the big thoroughfares like Minnesota Avenue, Western Avenue, or Louise Avenue but what about these?

Gallery Credit: Ben Davis

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Beyond the well-traveled tourist paths, there’s a whole different world of food exploration throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. From tiny restaurants in historic towns serving up generations-old recipes to small town dive bars that not only have cheap, cold beer, but unique and unexpected homemade dishes.

We’ve created an exploration of off-the-beaten path restaurants nestled in the charming landscapes of the tri-state area. Take a detour from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary flavors as you travel the roads not-so-often traveled. 

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