Garretson, South Dakota is graced with three wonderful places to eat out. Even if your idea of going to the outdoors is being as primitive as possible, two out of three of these eateries will only enhance your experience while camping at Split Rock Park or Palisades State Park.
The Cookie Jar Place (605) 594-3404 (601 Main Street, Garretson, South Dakota) is open seven days a week during the summer, and six days a week during the rest of the year. Joyce Olofson is busy every day cooking up a different menu item, and fresh baked wheat and sourdough bread, both of which can be purchased for take out. A visit to the Cookie Jar Place would not be complete without trying a bowl of Lena's Bean soup. A special blend of 9 beans and 4 lentils, this is a must try!
If you don't care to eat in, you can always buy the bean soup mix to prepare back at your campsite, but be aware that it is a 24 hour painstaking process. The Cookie Jar Place offers a variety of sandwiches, soups, daily specials and baked goods. They also sell a variety of South Dakota products. Be sure to explore the wide selection of watercolors available by local South Dakota artist, Nancy Kentfield.
Christmas In The Attic (605) 594-2225 (505 3rd Street, Garretson, South Dakota) offers a different sort of diversion, home made ice cream. Featuring the ice cream made by Family Treats in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, flavors like Snickers and Mint Chocolate Chip grace the ever changing selections. Open seven days a week, Christmas In The Attic serves up authentic ice cream treats including malts and sundaes. Located within reasonable walking distance of Split Rock Park, visiting Christmas In The Attic for an ice cream fix is an outstanding way to spend a summer afternoon while in Garretson, South Dakota.
Crabby Bills located in downtown Garretson (don't worry, you don't need an address) is suppose to serve up the best crab and peel and eat shrimp you will ever eat this far inland. The owner, a former cook for a US Navy admiral, has taken his love and talent and turned it into a culinary experience.