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Ward's Store and Bakery

127 Calumet Ave, De Smet, SD 57231
(605) 854-3688
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in De Smet
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Aug 14, 2014
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  • English first
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We rolled in to De Smet at 1:45 pm, 15 minutes after Wards closed. We tried another establishment which was a major disappointment. After sandwiches in the room that night (since Ward's was closed for dinner) and breakfast at our B&B, we popped into Ward's for lunch and fell in love. The food was delicious, decor authentic, and authentic warmth... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The store is an old country store and the history of the place is very interesting. There are very few DeSmet choices for dining and so this is the best available. The staff are super friendly and very helpful and gracious. The food is typical diner fare and not incredibly memorable.

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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We did dinner during the pageant, Food was OK, but the famous lemonade was the worst I have ever had. I was still tasting it later! Location is good for walking around the main street of town.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Ward's served up darn good pulled pork and cheeseburgers for us on a recent pageant night in De Smet. Store staff were very friendly and helpful in making gluten-free suggestions and kid-friendly choices for our dinner. My 8-year old niece loved the cream soda choices they had and went with orange that night. We loved the old-time feel of the... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Welcoming and friendly staff, good quality food, but limited selection. The staff were all friendly and helpful on local fare. Great little place to stop. Lunch menu included hotdog, hamburger, and pulled pork sandwich. Dinner menu added lasagna. Will stop here again. Also served breakfast.

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Canton, Ga.
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We arrived after the lunch hour, so they had a limited menu, which was fine for us..chicken salad sandwich, BBQ sandwich and a hot dog. (The chef leaves at 1.30pm). The staff was super friendly. The building is a historic building that once belonged to Pa Ingalls.

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was thrown a little off guard when we walked in for breakfast and the locals stopped talking and looked at us, but I am also from a small town so I know how that goes. The breakfast menu was small but to the point. I recommend ordering a breakfast including eggs because the pancakes are a little bigger than... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

With very limited options of places to eat, based on reviews we stopped in at Ward's for donuts before our tour to find out what the lunch schedule would be. The hand written sign said they would be open until 2:30, but we were told to be there by 1:30 to eat. Food was really good and so was the... More

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Pierre, South Dakota
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

As someone else mentioned, check times and availability. We got there on a Saturday just in time for coffee and a roll, but that was it. Then they closed, even though the display case was full of baked goods. What did they do with the leftovers? Sell them Sunday? (not open) Off the main highway but on the main street.... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you are doing DeSmet you are probably doing the Little House on the Prairie thing and if so, don't miss Ward's. It has been in the same family for decades and makes great food, pastries, and coffee. Check out the specials as they are usually a home run. They also carry gifts and clothing.

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