Etc Magazine Write Up
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Crawford’s is an upscale bar and restaurant situated in beautiful historic downtown Sioux Falls. Surround yourself with century old quartzite and brick walls, funky & energetic ambiance, tempting & flavorful dishes, innovative cocktails & an extensive wine & beer list. Take notice of our namesake as you are stepping over the threshold, the original 1963 Crawford’s logo is still there.
The decor unabashedly integrates masculine and feminine; wild west meets gypsy…from the cowhide paneled bar & reclaimed wood tables to the hand painted and jeweled wallpaper and Moroccan chandeliers…no detail is left untouched. The same holds true for the food; from your prime cut of steak to the wild-caught salmon, every element is carefully considered.
The natural stone bar top is beautiful Sioux Quartzite. See if you can find a few perfectly round white circles known as “moons” on the pink stone. Some believe these “moons” are where spirits have touched the stone and left their mark; chemically the “moons” are the result of ancient radioactive flecks that were trapped in the formation of the rocks over 1.2 billion years ago.
The bar foot rest is an old iron railroad track. It took a 10,000 pound jack to create the arch and anchor to the floor. Beautiful antique columns from India are around the back bar and cow hides line the front of the bar and the top of the back bar.
Black soot runs up the mens’ bathroom brick wall from where the meat was smoked, the blood trough still runs along the north cellar wall and a rusty old nail hangs in the quartzite wall under one of the large gilded mirrors. When restoring the building to its original beauty Louis Bauch’s meat cleaver was discovered, hidden neatly away for almost a century, it is displayed in a special spot in Crawford’s today.
After Bauch’s Meat Market closed in the late 1930′s the building housed clothing and shoe stores one included our namesake, Crawford’s Men’s Wear. Look down when you step over the threshold of our front entrance, you will notice the original 1963 Crawford’s Men’s Wear logo.
Crawford’s is located in downtown Sioux Falls on Phillips Avenue between Tenth Street and Eleventh Street.
Aside from street parking on Phillips Avenue, Tenth and Eleventh Street, there is garage parking directly behind Crawford’s.
Street parking is free on weekends and after 5pm. Garage parking is free on weekends and after 6pm. During the day (Monday thru Friday) parking is 60 cents per hour.