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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
- Jul 6, 2014
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15 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 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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Fairhope, Alabama
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Plenty on the menu to please all ages (we had 6-77) and friendly staff as well. It was nice to look around the store while we waited for our food. The desserts from the bakery were delicious and we bought fresh baked rolls to take with us.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Call ahead to get food service hours because they do not appear to be consistent or to follow what is in print. Reviews here intrigued us but they closed 2.5 hours ahead of what was in print...very disappointing.

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Austin, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Store and bakery/cafe. Great pastries. Locally made gift items. Home cooked lunch was great. Full service coffee bar. And they serve discount lunches to local seniors during the week - sort of the small town Meals on Wheels but with a social aspect. Family owned, we saw at least three generations. The youngest was a tween or so and super... More

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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84 reviews 84 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We visited Ward's Store and Bakery twice during a recent trip to De Smet. It was just what we were looking for - great food, great service, and a small town atmosphere. When we first visited, there were many locals eating there, which is always a good sign. The prices were very reasonable, and it is conveniently located within walking... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Great atmosphere and service. The locals like it here and visitors are welcomed warmly. We received great service after getting terrible service and food from the Oxbow in town. This place was a welcome visit and redeemed our vacation stay for us.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

The service was excellent, and Men open doors for you this is not the city. Love the sense of community and the friendliness of the staff and customers.

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