Wednesday was the grand opening of ODE to Food & Drink Restaurant in the former Wild Sage Grille space in Cherapa Place downtown Sioux Falls.

ODE's focus is on using fresh, local (when possible), ingredients and a mix of traditional and creative menu items. They serve a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and happy hour too.

Beth Warden, Patty Dee, and I went there for their very first lunch service. As we walked into the restaurant we were greeted with a smile by co-owner Theresa Flannery.

Theresa explained to us that this is truly a family venture with brothers, sisters, and in-laws filling multiple positions in the restaurant with "mom even babysitting while we put in 20 hour days."

Theresa Flannery ODE Restaurant
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Once we were seated our server Mary arrived at our table with an engaging smile and cheery disposition. The menu had lots of options. Beth and I ordered the Blackened Tuna Sandwich. Patty ordered the Pork Ball Banh-Mi Sandwich.

Server Mary / ODE Restaurant
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Our meal was prepared by Teresa's brother-in-law Bob Allen. He is an experienced chef having worked with the likes of Wolfgang Puck and in well-known restaurants like Roy’s on Maui and Postrio in San Francisco.

And boy did Bob's experience and that of ODE's kitchen come to life on our lunch table. My Blackened Tuna Sandwich was served on a toasted Ciabatta Bun (fresh made at Breadsmith) with Avocado Olio, sprouts, & tomato. My choice of side was the cucumber salad.

The whole meal was an absolute party in my mouth (was that too much?). Both Beth and I agreed it was a fabulous lunch pick.

Patty had the Pork Ball Banh-Mi which is a Vietnamese hybrid sandwich that she described as "delightful!"

ODE - Pork Ball Banh-Mi
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ODE is a spacious, well lit restaurant with large windows overlooking the Big Sioux River. My pictures don't do it justice.

In summary: Great staff, delicious food, wonderful atmosphere. I can't wait to return and try another tasty meal and maybe have Patty buy me an "adult" beverage out on the patio!

ODE Restaurant
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ODE Sign
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