It is January in Sioux Falls so the battle has begun! The Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle that is!

This year there are a whopping 27 participating restaurants, which means 27 burgers to choose from! More about all those burgers, here.

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I previously told you about:

And my buddy Jeff Harkness has also been burger battling. You can see some of his reviews, here.

Today we will be discussing 'The Trail Boss' from last year's winner, Papa Woody's.

Papa Woody's is located in the Jones 421 building in downtown Sioux Falls.

The official description of 'The Trail Boss' is, "1/2 lb Beef and Brisket patty topped with a hunk of hand cut potato, sautéed diced onions carrots, celery and then smothered with cheddar and Jack cheese. All piled high on a hearty Kaiser Bun and served with a dunk of Cookies Chuckwagon Gravy. Cowboy Caviar (baked beans) and a handful of trail nuggets (garlic cheese curds) finish off your dusty trail experience!"

Don’t get me wrong, this burger was great, but I do think I liked last year’s better.

The hand-cut potato on the burger was a nice touch. I'm game for added carbs everywhere. The gravy was a fun addition. We were instructed to either pour it on the burger or dunk! I like options.

Fun fact: If you dunk the fries from Boki in the gravy from Papa Woody's, *chef's kiss*.

However, if this was a side dish challenge, Papa Woody's would win. Those garlic cheese curds were sooooo good. They deserve every one of the o's!

Five down, only 22 to go.

Tour of the 2022 Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle

The 9th Annual Downtown Burger Battle begins January 1, 2022 and runs through the entire month.

This year there are 27 participating restaurants. I hope you have some stretchy pants!

If you've never participated in the Downtown Burger Battle, this is how it works:

  1. Review the participating restaurants and their burgers
  2. Make sure you check their schedule and hours before you go
  3. Go to one of the restaurants
  4. Eat the burger
  5. Use the DTSF Digital Passport to vote and rate the burger
  6. Repeat 26 more times
  7. And you could win prizes
  8. And you help one downtown restaurant win the Burger Battle and reign supreme for one whole year!
Voting criteria consist of patty, creativity, toppings, bun, and customer service.


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