UPDATE; South Dacola Restaurant Review w/ Angry Guy

I just couldn’t resist to bring this back to the front of the line, there has been some new comments that make me laugh balls;

This has nothing to do with the review, I just liked the image

I made the snap decision to have lunch at Senor Wiener earlier this week. I would have written my review earlier, but the chili dog I had left me with a case of the lingering trots.

Let’s start with the obvious. Penis jokes are funny for about the first 2 minutes you are there, and then it becomes apparent that this tired entendre is all that this place has going for it. I will admit that the service was prompt and enthusiastic, but only 6 seats were filled with butts when we walked in, so no shocker there.  I should also note that I had to wipe my table off before we sat down, since it still hadn’t been cleaned since the last pseudo rush they had experienced. Lazy.

Not wanting to task the Wiener Staffers too greatly, I ordered the beef chili cheese dog on a wheat bun. The dog itself was MAYBE 10 degrees above room temp, despite sitting in the warming tray for god knows how long. The bun had been sitting around long enough to take on a strange rubber-like quality that resisted the flimsy plastic utensils. The paper sheet on the bottom of the basket, once soaked with the copious amounts of Hormel-esque chili and ‘Not-So-Nacho’ cheese, conveniently shredded into small bite size fragments to supplement my fiber intake for the day. The Waffle fries had also taken on the same ‘warming tray qualities’ as the wheat bun. Not a huge surprise, but would it kill them to make the fries to order once the lunch rush has died down? Seriously.

Here are a few pointers that will help keep your doors open an extra few months while you look for jobs next year:

  1. If your food isn’t at the required temperature, you’re going to FAIL FAIL FAIL! Get it right!
  2. Make your own chili. It might cost a little more, but a decent chili dog might up your street ‘cred’.  You need all the help you can get.
  3. Get a better Nacho cheese. Your SISCO brand cheese sauce is disgusting.
  4. Lose the paper liner in your baskets. Seriously gross.
  5. Don’t use the word “Chicago” ANYWHERE on your menu. Too many people have had a real one, which yours ain’t. (so I’ve heard)
  6. Cook your fries to order after the rush, and toss your old ones more frequently. Nobody minds waiting 3 minutes for hot fries, especially if they are going to slather them with your second-rate chili.
  7. Wipe your tables down! I shouldn’t have to do it myself. BIG F on that one.
  8. Store your bread products in a manner that makes them more edible than bouncy.
  9. Get a real garbage can, and then change it when it needs to be. Your tiny Wal-Mart kitchen can is weak and is a sign of how much time and effort you put into this inevitably failed venture.
  10. Before you think about opening a second location over by the new Target, maybe you should get this one right first.

I’m going to end this with a prediction. Senor Wiener won’t be in business for another year. If it is we’ll have a South Dacola New Year’s Sausage Fest 2010 there, my treat.


#1 Super Average Girl on 11.18.09 at 2:16 pm

Consider it a date. I thought it was “OK”. The food was quick. The portions were huge. The decor was silly. The cost was what I would expect. I would not give rave reviews, but you exaggerate. Oh, Angry Guy….STFU

#2 Thanus aka Shine on 11.18.09 at 2:20 pm

You forgot to mention how hard it is to even get to the parking lot when coming from the west due to 41st. I agree on the Hormel-esque chili and the waffle fries that bounce like their rent check in six months. I unfortunately had their tri-fecta of death, the chili cheese fries, big mistake. It seems like they spent too much money on their gift shop and embroidered booths and not enough on the quality of food.

#3 Costner on 11.18.09 at 2:23 pm

Senor Wiener won’t be in business for another year.

I’d put money on the fact that you’re right. You have to sell a lot of dogs and plastic penii to cover the rent on 41st street. They will most likely follow the same path as the last place that bragged about adding locations and selling franchises. Remember Wings? Three locations opened within the first couple of months, and all three were broke and closed within the year.

#4 Sy on 11.18.09 at 4:26 pm

11. Name the various dogs after locals who warrant the honor.

Detroit L3wis = footlong, heavy ketchup & mustard, lots of toppings, served on a garbage can lid. Painstakingly prepared and presented. You pay what you think it’s worth, but they’ll take whatever they can get.

Costner = size, price, temp, texture varies by time of day and direction of wind, generally the opposite of the Sy dog.

Angry Guy = beanie weenie, no toppings, price = 2 cents. No matter how many you eat you’re never satisfied. (now you know the origin of the handle)

Plantiff Guy: Plain dog, shoved repeatedly, mercilessly & painfully between two buns. Free of charge since subsidized by City Hall under home rule charter decree #142-45-PG13.

Ghost of Dog: Orange colored skin shoved with multi-meat mixture of deer, elk, raccoon, chorizo, veal, baby seal & turkey. All free range and murdered by the Dude himself. Comes with a free term life policy you can convert to drink tickets as needed. Price varies by income & likeabilty factor.

Sy Dog = the ultimate, not too big, not too small, fills you up but strangely always leaves you wanting more. Heavily addictive, just ask your mom, sister, girlfriend, etc.

#5 hosenpheffer on 11.18.09 at 8:35 pm

yuck, stay in the tile biz sydog

#6 redhatterb on 11.18.09 at 8:43 pm

I ordered delivery from there one night for my daughter and myself. The fries were almost cold when delivered, and they were packed in one of those insulated bags, like pizza delivery, etc. uses. I don’t live more than a mile from them. My daughter wanted just saurkraut on hers and I had the beanless chili and saurkraut on mine. The dogs were warm enough, although we ordered the grilled and I thought they were too smokey tasting. Anyway I emailed them and complained about the cold fries and the fact that the sauces had made the buns so soggy that they fell apart. The manager replied that he would instruct the employees about the proper way and time to get the fries ready, and he said that anytime somebody wanted the sauces on the side we could request that. My grandaughter that works there said they did have a meeting about the fries. Myself I hope they get their problems fixed and remain in business because it is one more restaurant that delivers and there is a shortage in the variety of restaurants in Sioux Falls that do deliver.

#7 l3wis on 11.18.09 at 9:47 pm


I always liked the line in a LL Cool J song, “Not to big, but nothing to play with.”

AG- I agree about the chili. There is a world of difference between good and bad chili. You can also have different kinds of chili, spicy, etc.

#8 l3wis on 11.18.09 at 9:49 pm

BTW- If they have to have a ‘meeting’ about the proper way to prepare fries, they are in a lot of trouble, I suggest your grandaughter finds another job, quick.

#9 Ghost of Dude on 11.19.09 at 9:21 am

Make your own chili. It might cost a little more, but a decent chili dog might up your street ‘cred’. You need all the help you can get.

Making your own chili is actually cheaper than the hormel crap. For the cost of one can of hormel chili, I can make a whole pot of classic Texas Red. All you need is a pot, a food processor, a knife, a cutting board, and a wooden spoon. Maybe they could use a dildo to stir instead.

Ghost of Dog: Orange colored skin shoved with multi-meat mixture of deer, elk, raccoon, chorizo, veal, baby seal & turkey. All free range and murdered by the Dude himself. Comes with a free term life policy you can convert to drink tickets as needed. Price varies by income & likeabilty factor.

You forgot possum and rabbit. I caught one of each in my snares last month.

#10 Costner on 11.19.09 at 10:37 am

Costner = size, price, temp, texture varies by time of day and direction of wind, generally the opposite of the Sy dog.

So 99 out of 100 days it would be the right choice. Having the same old dog every day would get boring.

Either way I still say this place will shutter the doors before we see the end of 2010.

#11 redhatterb on 11.19.09 at 7:27 pm

From what my grandaughter tells me there are certain times of the day that they are extremely busy. They started my grandaughter out at $2.00 more than their regular starting pay because of the references from her previous fast food employer. The meeting about the fries was to actually tell the workers not to get them ready before the rest of the order was ready. I worked at a fast food place for two years, starting when I was in my 50s and until somebody told me I always put the fries on the bottom of the bag, because I felt they had a tendency to flatten the sandwich when they were placed on top. I was told the reason for putting them on top is because they get cold before the sandwich does, so therefore put them on top so the customer at the drive up can get to them first. Maybe the kids working the night I ordered delivery didn’t know that the fries have to be prepared last. My housekeeper doesn’t like the place because in her opinion it is too expensive. But then that is somebody whose husband took her out someplace for her birthday for a $2.00 hamburger. I still wish there was more of a variety of food places that delivered in Sioux Falls. When I want a meal that I don’t have to prepare I’m willing to pay a $5.00-$6.00 delivery fee, and I tip the delivery person too. Delivered meals are my one luxery and there isn’t much choice. I’m positive there are several older people and disabled people without cars who would use delivery if there were places that delivered food that they liked. I have also had parents of little kids/babies tell me they would use it because after leaving the kids in day care all day they don’t feel right having a sitter while they go out. They don’t want to take the kids out to a restaurant in case the kids would get fussy and disturb the other diners.

#12 The Minuteman on 11.19.09 at 10:30 pm

You all forgot the pinko commie dog!

100% chinese made seasoned with your psycho shrooms and weed, served on one of those wrap things they like out in Commiefornia.
And if a minority walks in, he gets to go to the front of the line, if there ever is a line at that place. Seems like the kind of hot dog all you pinko commie fascist bloggers would love!

‘Course that gets balanced out with the REAL AMERICAN dog.
One quarter-pound hot dog made from good old-fashioned REAL AMERICAN pig lips and sphincters, boiled in Sarah Palin’s bath water, topped by a half-gallon of non-Heinz ketchup and a big piece of REAL AMERICAN white bread, all served on a bootstrap. I can almost taste it.

#13 Mike on 11.21.09 at 12:20 pm

They have a good start, but need some major tweaking.

If you include the name like Chicago, know what is on it and make it happen, without prompting from the customer.

Fries, there is enough said about them.

I am concerned about their location. The 41st bridge is going to be rebuilt next year (maybe) how is construction going to affect business.

#14 the critic on 11.25.09 at 4:12 pm

first off, this is actually what I posted at another opinion site today. Thane told me to read this one, so I thought I would add my opinion here also.

first of all, most all of the positive posts are obviously fake propaganda. This place is going down, and in a hurry. They are more focused on delusions of selling franchises and t shirts, than on providing a quality product. The staff was incompetent and very unprofessional. They are in a horrible location, and their menu needs to wake up to reality. People in Sioux Falls will pay $8 for an excellent meal, even if in tube form. Stop with the nickel dime approach to charging, people see through that and just feel antogonized by it. For the record, The Senor will never be the one to get $8 for his big dog… PS, there were a lot of empty tables, too bad it took me so long to find one that was actually clean…

#15 sabrina smith on 12.02.09 at 7:56 pm

wow i went in to senor wiener today to see if what you guys said was true and i guess you just came in on a bad day cause the service was great and fast. the workers were super nice. the food was hot and fresh, the place was clean, the tables were all wiped down and sanatized. you should all go back and give them a second chance i think they deserve it 🙂

#16 daniel on 12.02.09 at 8:13 pm

“delusions” of selling franchises? they already have 3 bidders for franchises one in omaha one in brookings and one in rapid city…i know this because the owners daughter is my kids friend and word gets around

#17 l3wis on 12.02.09 at 8:18 pm

Hey, Sabrina Smith Daniel, when you are trying to pretend to be multiple different people (besides the owner of Senor Weiner) you should really try to use different email addresses. I’m just saying.

#18 Angry Guy on 12.02.09 at 8:37 pm

I’d bet my wiener that both of these people are, in fact, my brother’s friend’s girlfriend’s neighbor’s multiple personality delusion named Kelly with the HALARIOUS ‘blog’. I’ll give them another chance next year when I stop puking in my mouth at every mention of chili cheese dogs.

#19 l3wis on 12.02.09 at 8:41 pm

I agree. And I am being serious here. I used to love Hot Dogs, but ever since this whole circus started, everytime I see a weiner, including my own, I get nauseated.

#20 Ghost of Dude on 12.02.09 at 9:39 pm

December 2nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm
Hey, Sabrina Smith Daniel, when you are trying to pretend to be multiple different people (besides the owner of Senor Weiner) you should really try to use different email addresses. I’m just saying.

L.O. f*cking L.

The internets are still a mystery to some.

Mrs. Dude and I hit them up for lunch a while back. The dogs were OK (though mine kept repeating on me all day and night) and the staff seemed mystified as to how to effectively get people served. How hard could it be to put two hot dogs and a basket of fries on a tray?

It seems like things would be much simpler without the giant topping bar in front of the customer. Offer combos like a classic Chicago dog (make it right – people know) and other creations that senor wiener comes up with on his own. You could even give them dick jokes for names. Simpler menus bring in more money. You don’t see good, successful restaurants with menus written by Tolstoy.
Next, find a new location and move there. The concept has a great opportunity as a late-night after drinking spot. Drunk people love greasy food. They are also looser with their wallets. There are no good bars near the current location and people can’t walk there from anywhere but the parking lot. Move downtown near Wiley’s – hell, buy a hot-dog cart and sell them DT as soon as possible. It would bring in some serious money, but would also be great advertising for the main location.
By moving downtown, you’ll get the late night crowd, and the DT lunch crowd. 41st has a lot of traffic, and I’m sure some expert told you that’s the place, but it has a lot of drawbacks too. Have you ever tried to make a left turn into your parking lot at 12:15pm? Can people walk to your place from their office? Exactly.

#21 EggBert on 12.02.09 at 10:01 pm

Dear fellow Senior weiner friends: The EggBert family seniors (Gramps Grumpa & Granny Gumption) each enjoyed a weiner from the Senior Citizens Weiner during Prez O’Bummer’s speech on Tuesday night (as Granny was gettin’ her itchy parts & bouncy buns MOIST and needed to get out of the basement for a breath of fresh Republican air & some bites of senior weenies). Grumps didn’t like his weiner but DID purchase a stress weiner to squeeze so he could have double the pleasure at home while Granny loved sucking on her boiled raw & naked weiner – stating, “This delicious ding-dong sure tasted an awful like Great Uncle Hank’s hank.”


EggBert (I stayed at home and watched O’Bummer bow down before GWB’s ass and beg forgiveness from the Republican leadership while admitting it was actually his own fault that 9/11 & the collapsing economy happened – PERIOD!)

#22 Costner on 12.03.09 at 7:19 am

sabrina smith: the food was hot and fresh

But the real question is…was the foot just hot, or was it “piping” hot??

No way in hell will this place succeed under the current business model, and no way in hell will anyone buy franchises to an unproven entity. I still say they won’t exist in a year. Prove me wrong.

#23 Jason Zimmerman on 12.04.09 at 7:11 am

OMG this place had some of the best food i have ever ate!! I have been around to different wiener places, and these are one of the best places i have ate at. The staff was great and one of the fastest team i have seen. OMG ever been to subway, it takes you forever to get through that line, and theirs are sooo much faster!!

#24 Ghost of Dude on 12.04.09 at 10:58 am

Looks like at least one of Mr. Wiener’s staffers reads this blog, and so do all the voices in his/her head.

#25 Costner on 12.04.09 at 11:58 am

Shills. Are they really so dumb that they can’t even write a positive review that doesn’t look like it was paid for by the owners?

#26 eric moris on 12.04.09 at 2:35 pm

Great food!!! great service!! cant get enough of that place, i have ate there everyday since they have opened!!

#27 trent taylor on 12.04.09 at 2:35 pm

OMG this place has the best food ever!!! I have ate there almost everyday and cant get the same food! Sooooooo many toppings such great food!!!

#28 Angry Guy on 12.04.09 at 11:26 pm

You have to give these idiots credit and feel a little sorry for them at the same time. Creating unique gmail addresses just to leave comments in support of their friend’s/boss’/boyfriend’s failing business really says something about the level of stupid we’re dealing with. Mouth breathers unite! Never has there been a time to come together and defend all that is mediocre and nauseating. Stand up, be heard. Let these anonymous blogger antagonists know that you and your redundant, uneducated multiple personalities won’t sit idly by and let shitty, flash in the pan hot dog joints be slandered without retort!!! Notice my multiple exclamation points. They let you know that I am serious and that I represent more than just ‘myself’ when I say that I enjoy hot dogs!!! Soooo not buying it. idiots.

#29 l3wis on 12.04.09 at 11:46 pm

I guess I just feel sorry for the banker that gave them a loan.

#30 EggBert on 12.06.09 at 4:48 pm

Dear Angered Guy:

You are just jealous that your weiner is angry, not tasty.

EggBert (from his remote blueballberry – remotely posted from Senior Weiner’s Parking Lot, awaiting some serious, steamy weiner action…)

#31 sabrina smith on 01.11.10 at 9:39 am

dear costner:
why would you want it to be pipping hot? wouldnt that, uhh… burn you?

#32 Matt on 05.18.10 at 11:47 pm

I went there for a comedy show on a Saturday night. We were one of the 8 people there. The food was subpar… I could’ve made better at home. I agree with every comment about the Hormel chili… and they use some sort of highly processed bacon product.
The place was dead, but the woman seemed pissed to wait on us. And once the phone rang, she sighed and seemed pissed that they’d might receive service on a Saturday night.

Overpriced, bad food…. I won’t be back.

#33 Chad on 08.03.10 at 5:55 pm

I ate there with a few of my friends on a Saturday. The place was empty, but seemed relatively clean. The woman working the front must have been associated with the owners, because there is no way someone that frustrated or incompetent could actually get a job around people. The woman took my friends card to process the transaction, and then walked off when she got a phone call. Shortly thereafter, another man walked up and asked for him to pay for his food again. Nice try, but that’s not gonna work.
The poor staffing should have then been an indication of what was about to come.
I ordered the chili-dog, it appeared to be covered in some substance which they claimed was chili, but was more similar to something that I would’ve eaten at a school cafeteria when I was a kid. Definitely not worth the time or money when I can do better at home….with a microwave I might add.

End result- if you enjoy rampant penis jokes this is place delivers, just don’t come here hungry.

#34 Kelley on 10.28.10 at 9:43 pm

Dear. ‘Southdacola’ followers
On behalf of Senor wiener, I would like to invite you all to our 1st anniversary party Saturday all day long. We encourage you all to drop in. We took your comments and criticisms to heart, and have made many many improvements in the past year. Come in on Saturday

#35 Kelley on 10.28.10 at 9:46 pm

Dear. ‘Southdacola’ followers and/or commenters

On behalf of Senor wiener, I would like to invite you all to our 1st anniversary party Saturday, all day long. We encourage you all to drop in. We took your comments and criticisms to heart, and have made many many improvements in the past year. Come in the restraunt on Saturday for lots of food and fun. I hope to see You all there

With love your friends at Senor wiener

#36 Kelley on 10.28.10 at 9:47 pm

Please ignore the first comment. I accidentally hit the “submit” button before I was finished. Sorry.

#37 Angry Guy on 10.29.10 at 12:28 pm

We’re just happy to see that you are using less exclamation points in your posts.

#38 Brian on 10.01.12 at 10:39 am

I am not sure what popped the name ‘Senor Wiener’ into my head this morning, but around 2 years ago or so, I was in Sioux Falls with a friend and we stopped there. Construction on 41st was already underway and the parking lot was HORRIBLE. I will say, however, that I really did enjoy the food and of course since we were being all ‘touristy’ my wife bought one of their falic-themed t-shirts. Good times.

The food was actually quite good. Now, I did get a chicago dog, but I always have the sport peppers and tomato slices left off (I do this everywhere I get hotdogs) and I have to say it was pretty darn good. It did take a while to come out though, not very fast service. We all thought the food was great, maybe their staff had been talked to, etc.. but I was looking forward to going back on my next trip up to Sioux Falls until I heard they closed.

I read all the comments, you called it. Not sure if it was within 1 year of your bet they’d close, but based on comments from locals it was inevitable. Hell, even Atomic Dog closed here in Omaha, apparently hotdog businesses aren’t thriving 😉

Sorry to revive an old post, just thought i’d toss a comment out. R.I.P. Senor Wiener! 😉