I couldn't put it off any longer. I had to find out if I agreed with the Midwest Living Magazine article "The Midwest's Best Burgers," which ranked Lewie's in Lead, South Dakota in the top 25. That's a pretty big deal. Anybody can put up a sign claiming to be the best.
They called it Lewie's Saloon and Eatery. I've always known it as Lewie's Burgers and Brews. And, despite the fact that it's only about 25 miles from my front door, I must admit I've only been there twice before. I will also confess that I had never eaten one of their now nationally ranked burgers. There was something at stake in this because I have always considered the Sugar Burger from the Sugar Shack on Highway 385 between Deadwood and Hill City to be the best burger in the Midwest, or perhaps even the best burger anywhere. So off I go to seek my own personal validation of this rather lofty pronouncement by some unknown reporter who may not have ever actually been to South Dakota, and who had obviously not been to the Sugar Shack.
Once inside Lewie's I decide to sit at the bar rather than a table so I could get an up close and personal experience. The view of the wall behind the bar is impressive.
Oh, one more thing. This is not about burgers, but I really want to mention another place I discovered personally for the first time recently. If you want the best pizza you must go here.
There are also a few other local non-food places that I would like to talk about some time soon, including one with a classic Bob Dylan poster on the wall and another with a "What Would Neil Young Do?" poster. What's on the wall can establish the mood and personality of a place, so be observant in your travels. And I'll see you down the road.