For a delicious down-home meal in the Black Hills head to the historic Alpine Inn, a small lodging resort with a big history, well known for its dining experience in particular. This eatery has a German influence in its dishes, offering such things as schnitzel, smoked bratwurst, spaetzle, and strudel. These items are available for lunch, served 11 am to 2:30 pm and additions such as filet mignon are added for dinner, served 5 pm to 9 pm (closed Sundays). A well-known Alpine Inn desert dish is the Bread Pudding, with no raisins or nuts but melted caramel, something you have to try before you leave.
The history of this spot is truly interesting, first set up in 1886 as a haven for mining executives and frequent Sunday diners. It was first called Harney Peak Hotel, known at the time to be a shining beacon within the ‘one mile of hell’ of Hill City. It was called this because there was a church on each end of the street, the middle dotted with over 15 bars and saloons privy to gunfights and the like during the city’s miner heydays.
You will get a true sense of family here, German immigrant Wally Matush picking it up in 1984 and keeping it in the family since then. Dining at the ‘showplace of the city’ will give you the culturally insightful options of eating on the scenic porch, within the historic lounge, or within the European, Old World, Sun, or Mural Rooms.
‘Willkommen and Bon Appetite!’