After church on Sunday morning, Ross and I were trying to figure out where to do lunch. Somehow the idea of heading to Brookings, S.D. came about, and we found ourselves tooling down U.S. Highway 14 (fortunately the detour hasn't started yet). Our eventual destination was the Goodwill in Brookings. Ross had successfully made a lamp using a wine bottle and as the base he uses a small dish of some sort.
Well he had found a bottle with an oval-shaped bottom, so he's on the lookout for a dish of that size and shape. But first, we wanted to find somewhere to eat. He punches in restaurants into the GPS, and it displays a list. I usually like to eat at a place that Marshall doesn't have, so that weeds out the McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, KFC, Arbys and the like. We're going along the main drag, and Ross spots something on a restaurant's marquee to the effect of "out hunting rabbits." I wasn't paying attention, and we went looking for some locale in Brookings. We ended up turning around and stopping at the place that was "hunting rabbits." It was a little joint called Backyard Grill. According to its website, the Backyard Grill is an "authentic barbecue smokehouse." It uses hickory, cherry and applewood to smoke its meats for up to 12 hours. That was evident from the smoker outside. On its menu, there's pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, ribs, wings, a catfish filet, among other things. It's probably used more for catering and takeout as there's only five booths in the entire place. And at the time we arrive, about 1 p.m., those booths were occupied by South Dakota State University students, all guys. Luckily a booth opened up as we waited for our order. I grabbed a napkin to wipe off the bit of barbecue that was still on the table. One of the students who had vacated the table said he'd do it as it was their mess. He swiped at the table and called it done. We did a little bit more cleaning while our food was being prepared. I had a pulled pork sandwich, and Ross had the smoked chicken. The whole experience made me think of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," and I almost expected Guy Fieri to pop in and include Backyard Grill on its next feature of barbecue places. For just a little more than $8, I got a nice-sized pork sandwich, a mess of fries and a drink. It was plenty of food; I couldn't even finish the fries.
So after a visit to the Goodwill, we were back on the road, heading down I-29 this time on the way to Sioux Falls. It's a little later in the day, but there's still some daylight left. We only went to two places while we were there. First stop was Pawn America. And of course I have to peruse the DVD sets. Bonus - there's a 20 percent off sale on DVD sets. So I'm flipping through the TV on DVD. There's a lot of "Entourage," "Supernatural," and several of "Sex and the City." Not going overboard, I choose only two sets the first part of season 2 of "Ghost Hunters" and season 3 of "Weeds" (I already have seasons 1 and 2). There was no need to get started on yet another series. The seasons I picked up were marked at $4.99 apiece, so with the 20 percent off, I paid less than $9 for the lot. Then it was onto Barnes and Noble. This is a place one could spend hours in, but I'm not one of them. Once I did my little spin of the bargain books and the DVD/music selection, I was ready to go. But I had to wait a little bit. I ended up with a bargain book to add to the growing number of bargain books I've gotten from trips to Barnes and Noble along with a splurge on a Godiva chocolate bar.
Day trips are nice to take, but it's always good to get back home.