Sioux Falls is not afraid to help a neighbor when they are in trouble. Local restaurants even come together to help each other. One Sioux Falls eatery is helping another after an unfortunate chemical leak forces it to shut down for an extended time.

Phillips Avenue Diner in Downtown Sioux Falls is stepping up to help Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen. They are hosting one of the most delicious fundraisers in town to date.

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Last week, Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen couldn't open due to a glycol leak inside the Jones421 Building. The sad news: Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen has a lot of damage due to the glycol leak and won't be able to open for at least several weeks. The entire restaurant is destroyed.

Businesses across the Sioux Empire have been doing what they can to help Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen. Now Phillips Avenue Diner will be raising money all day on Wednesday, February 28th. Plus, helping Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen will taste really good.

On February 28th, Phillips Avenue Diner will donate 10% of the day's proceeds to Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen. February 28th is also National Pancake Day! So you can enjoy a sweet sack of pancakes while helping an amazing local Sioux Falls restaurant.

Phillips Avenue Diner has not been the only business trying to help Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen owners during this tough time. The owners of Intoxibakes started a GoFundMe page just last week. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the restaurant. At the time of this post, the goal just went over the halfway point!

Mark Wednesday, February 28th down in your calendars! Visit Phillips Avenue Diner to enjoy some scrumptious pancakes and help Swamp Daddy's Cajun Kitchen.

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

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