There’s something decidedly decadent about brunch. The late hour, the combination of breakfast and lunch dishes, the leisurely pace. If you count it as two meals in one, you can forgive yourself for eating too much, especially if you’ve gotten some exercise beforehand. That’s why I was able to nosh without guilt when we brunched at Phillips Avenue Diner in Sioux Falls’ historic downtown after our chilly walk in Falls Park.
Of course, I helped things along by thoughtful ordering. A spinach and tomato eggwhite omelet was accompanied by a side of fresh fruit in place of toast or potatoes. I simply had to try the lemon curd pancakes, though. Normally, they come in stacks of three, but that would’ve been over the top. So, I asked if I could have just one, and our waitress happily obliged, charging me an extra buck for the privilege. The pancake was infused with lemon essence. Juice, I think, not extract. Instead of syrup, it was crisscrossed with glaze, a dollop of lemon curd and some raspberries to add color and a flavorful contrast. Nummy! The omelet was good, too.
The neat thing about downtown Sioux Falls, besides its history, is the SculptureWalk.
SculptureWalk is an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Artists place their sculptures in the program for one year, and all sculptures are aggressively promoted to the public for sale. Artists are eligible to win any one or more of the 14 awards in the Best of Show, People’s Choice voting and the random drawings. Awards total to $15,000.
Two impressive pieces are on the corner near the diner. My favorite? ‘Look and You Will Find It’ by artist Kate Christopher. It’s so simple but so striking. The group of standing men, all with heads downcast except one, has a compelling message: the path to discovery reveals itself when we lift our eyes. I learn the truth of that every day on this amazing journey.