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Best of the Black Hills 2022 reader rankings provided by Rapid City Journal.
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
Winner: Best Appetizer
Runner Up: Best Happy Hour & Best Sports Bar
The second Omaha-area location of Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews opened this week outside Westroads Mall, across from Topgolf at 701 N. 104th St. The location was a Joe’s Crab Shack until it closed a couple of years ago.
The small chain, established in 2012, serves an extensive menu of burgers in 50 varieties, chicken sandwiches, mac and cheese, wings and entrees such as meatloaf and fish and shrimp platters. It also has both alcoholic and nonalcoholic milkshakes.
The other Sickies in the metropolitan area is at 1203 Cornhusker Road in Bellevue. There also are outlets in Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota; Sioux Falls and Rapid City, South Dakota; Kissimmee, Florida; and Las Vegas.
It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
By Debbie Hall – Food & Beverage Magazine
It started from Garage to Table in 2012, and now Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews is celebrating this milestone birthday of 10 years. In comfort food tradition, Sickies Garage will be offering a limited-time menu that includes some original Midwest-inspired fare and new sweet finishes, including the frosty Birthday Cake Shake.
“When we first opened Sickies Garage, we were just having fun and playing with the car and motorcycle theme we all loved. Now, to have expanded to eight locations with at least two more coming later this year is beyond any expectations we originally had,” said Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews Partner Scott Upton.
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Sickies Garage has more than 50 burgers on the menu. Yet you can’t go wrong with the signature Sickies Burger, loaded up with an Angus beef patty, peppered bacon, fried egg, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and American cheese with a stack of onion rings and a touch of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for a nice kick. For maximum fun, pair it with a spiked Trix cereal milkshake.
By Helmut Schmidt
Sickies Garage comes full circle with newest eatery in southwest Fargo
The popular restaurant and bar, known for its “50 burgers and 50 beers” is one of three Sickies locations planned to open around the U.S. in the company’s 10th anniversary year.
Fargo’s second Sickies Garage is ready to throw open its doors, heralding the start of a big anniversary year for the restaurant chain, which plans to open two more locations in 2022 to bring the concept to 10 outlets in 10 years.
The newest Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews, which opened Monday, Feb. 14, will be special, says Scott Upton, bringing the concept around full circle.
“Being able to bring a restaurant back to our hometown means a lot to us,” said Upton, a partner in Sickies and its parent company, Starmark Hospitality.
“Some local Fargo guys started a concept. We’re one of the lucky ones to make it to that level,” he said, during a tour of the metro’s newest eatery on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
The walls at 2551 45th St. S. are crammed with vintage car and motorcycle photos, magazine covers, street signs, beer signs, license plates and other gewgaws.
Look up, you’ll see car and truck hoods suspended from the ceiling or a go kart on the wall. And if you happen to be in the bar area, a 1943 Studebaker truck is bolted above a couple of booths with “about a ton of reinforced steel” a worker says.
“I call it organized chaos,” Upton said of the mancave modern decor.
But it fits with the extensive menu, which showcases the company’s signature “50 burgers and 50 brews” and a host of other items.
This Sickies has a full bar to serve liquor and cocktails. It’s the first in the chain with a bar separated from some of the dining room seating.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on being family friendly,” but the separate bar should make it even moreso, Upton said.
The indoor dining area can hold 200 people, but one section has garage doors that can be brought down to create a room for private events, Upton said.
The kitchen has the latest in automation, including a grill that presses down on burgers to cook them on both sides. A keypad offers options to cook patties to the precise level of doneness, taking a lot of the monitoring and guesswork out of the equation for busy cooks.
Similarly, fries can be automatically dropped, with the baskets rising as each batch is finished.
All of the Sickies restaurants are corporate owned.
Two more outlets are planned to open this year, in Omaha, Neb., and the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev., Upton said.
The restaurant group has learned a lot about the challenges of going nationwide with its far-flung restaurants. The COVID-19 pandemic added lessons in supply chain flexibility and the importance of keeping and attracting good employees. Working with third-party delivery companies is now a cost of doing business, he said.
Upton would like to see Sickies grow at a rate of three restaurants per year. Once the concept hits about 15 stores, Upton said that could be a good point to consider franchising.
The Old Chicago that was once where Sickies is now, closed in April 2020 , one of Fargo-Moorhead’s early hospitality industry casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upton said the Sickies ownership group was eyeing the property, which is on 45th Street South, one of the metro area’s busiest arterial streets. However, it was hearing of EOLA, a large housing and commercial development by EPIC Companies going up just across the street, that sealed the deal.
Upton is betting that part of southwest Fargo will continue to see rapid growth and he’s excited to see how well the latest Sickies does.
“I look back 10 years ago” when the first Sickies was opened (at 3431 Fiechtner Drive S.), he said. “It’s been amazing. It’s been a fun ride.”
Why would anyone want to leave Walt Disney World for food when the Disney Resort property has literally hundreds of excellent dining options? THIS. This is why! A new drool-worthy burger and beer chain is officially open just minutes from Mickey’s doorstep.
What better place to start than a spot with 50 varieties of burgers? Located in Town Square, Sickies Garage Burgers & Brew has a burger for every personality, including Raiders fans (the Black Hole burger is an ode to our home team). The burgers come in a couple of different sizes, including their half-pound Wagyu burgers. If you’re in the mood for a huge indulgence, check out their Victory Lap Challenge- it’s five pounds of food, and if you finish it in under 60 minutes, it’s free (you even get a special T-shirt to commemorate the occasion). Are you stopping by early? Check out their breakfast burgers.
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews is right by the playground at Town Square, allowing kids to run around and have fun while the adults catch a game with 50 beers, 30 TVs, and some newly added punch bowl cocktails. The place makes the most of its auto shop theme with old cars hanging from the ceiling, roll-up garage doors facing the patio, and license plates decorating the walls. The menu has its quirky side too, especially with orders of PB&J wings and a boozy milkshake made with Trix cereal. However, the burgers are the main draw with 50 to choose from. Ask for an American Wagyu done “classic” style to fully enjoy the flavor—or for maximum indulgence, go with an angus topped with bacon and an egg with a sliced glazed doughnut in place of a regular bun.
The Victory Lap Challenge at Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews starts with two patty melts — “starts” being the key word.
Those form the bun of sorts, enclosing a middle “bun” of a grilled cheese sandwich. But then Sickies really piles it on: pulled pork, bacon, additional burger patties, two fried eggs, fried jalapenos, fried pickles and boneless wings, with barbecue and sriracha sauces to help hold it all together. And, in case that doesn’t meet your fried quotient, a mountain of french fries is served alongside, for a total of five pounds of food.
The Victory Lap Challenge is $49.99, but if you qualify for the clean plate club in an hour it’s free, and you get a commemorative T-shirt, plus your name on Sickies’ wall of fame.
The Town Square restaurant also has some new menu items, such as warm fry-sized soft pretzel sticks with beer cheese dipping sauce, $9.99; kettle chips with French onion dip, $7.99; the Mozzerati burger with fried cheese curds, marinara and mozzarella cheese, $14.99; and the Chips & Dip Burger, which is topped with kettle chips, French onion dip and provolone cheese, $12.99. sickiesburgers.co
Sickies Burger at Sickies Town Square, Las Vegas
Eater Las Vegas writes: “Burgers obviously take center stage at Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews at Town Square. The Sickies burger comes with peppered bacon, fried egg, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and American cheese, topped with onion rings and a splash of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, while the deep list includes a macaroni and cheese burger and a glazed doughnut breakfast burger topped with American cheese and peppered bacon. Pro tip: Order the tater tots with rusty bucket seasoning.”