Rosie’s Cafe: A pleasant surprise for taste buds and wallets

Breakfast includes staples like bacon, eggs, and fried potatoes along with good local conversation about the happenings in Sioux Falls.

Rosie Warner. @Ron Stern All rights reserved

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, October 24, 2015 − Rosie Warner hasn’t lacked for business since she opened her diner in a nondescript strip mall here in 1984. Even without advertising or a web site, she has managed to command a loyal following of hungry patrons who come for her home-style cooking, friendly service and affordable prices.

@Ron Stern All rights reserved
@Ron Stern All rights reserved

Even after 30 years in business, many locals and tourists have never found their way to her door. Those that do will usually say something like, “I have heard about it but never been,” making it a pleasant surprise for those who try it for the first time. “Most of my customers are referrals,” says Rosie, who frequently has lines out the door waiting for an open table or counter in the 49-seat eatery.

Breakfast includes staples like bacon, eggs and fried potatoes along with good local conversation about the happenings in Sioux Falls. Lunch specials include turkey with stuffing, meat loaf beef stew, and liver & onions for a paltry $5.50.  In what could almost be described as Depression-era prices, how about a tasty cheeseburger for $2.85 or a delicious piece of banana cream pie for $2.00?

There have been four generations of Rosie’s family involved in her business and she describes her overall experience as “wonderful.” Soon she will be turning operations over to her daughter Becky.

But thankfully, some things never change. In this case, the experience of having a meal just as you would if you were sitting in your mom’s kitchen most certainly will endure.


Rosie’s Diner, 2200 W Madison St., Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104. (605) 334-7928.

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Ron Stern
Ron Stern, aka: The Global Gumshoe is passionate about excellence in hospitality and tourism. He writes full features with a focus on luxury, cuisine, hotels, resorts, tourism and travel destinations. His articles have appeared in national and regional magazines such as Shape, Cruise, Frequent Flyer, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. Other articles have been published in newspapers (print and online) such as The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sun Sentinel, Bismarck Tribune, The Jamaican Observer, the Coloradoan and travel trade magazines. Ron’s other contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and his photography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms. He has traveled extensively and is the author of five books. Ron's motto: "uncovering the sole of travel" humorously captures his spirit of walking the world travel beat as a gumshoe detective, always looking for a story.