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Someone You Should Know: Helping businesses by eating chislic

Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 5:41 PM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Two men from a Sioux Falls company are out to help other businesses and their own by eating food that’s truly South Dakota’s own.

Kevin Huber and Dustin Sperlich love chislic.

“If you Google chislic, it’s native to South Dakota. And you if you ask anybody from anywhere else. They don’t know what you are talking about,” said Huber.

“My family are chislic experts if you will,” said Dustin.

Huber owns the IT Outlet in Sioux Falls and Sperlich works for the company. The two friends decided to combine their love of chislic with helping other businesses and their own.

“So we wanted to start building a brand and get some exposure. And the idea was to maybe write the traditional nerdy blog, of which only nerdy people would read. And we thought we’re not going to reach enough people to build our brand in such a way to help us grow. We decided that we should go and review chislic,” said Huber.

So every Tuesday and Thursday since around the beginning of the year, the two have a chislic lunch at a place in the Sioux Falls area. And then they do an online review.

“I’ll edit it and go back and we try to get it kicked out on Wednesdays and Fridays. So every Wednesday and Friday there’s a new episode if you will. We post them to our Youtube and our Facebook,” said Sperlich.

“What shocked me was the number of people that just thought that there was only like a handful of places in town where you can go and get chislic. It’s on every street corner, it really is,” said Huber.

And now the two are at close to eighty places in the region that serve chislic. The reviews promote these businesses. Which became really important during the pandemic.

“Sper and I made it a point to go into businesses that were trying to figure out how to stay open, what they were doing to stay open. If they were just doing to go or if they were letting people come in,” said Huber.

“I think it’s just kind of interesting just to meet the people and go out and hear their story and how they’ve been dealing with times,” said Sperlich.

And the Siskel and Ebert of South Dakota chislic, will keep searching for the native dish.

“Until we run out you know. Until there are no places left to go in the state is ultimately what we’re going to do. Eventually, it’s going to come down to family vacations or hunting trips,” said Huber.

“Sometimes there’s good chislic and bad chislic. But it’s all been pretty good in the Sioux Falls area. So there really hasn’t been a bad spot where we’ve had to throw it out,” said Sperlich.

To date, the pair’s highest-rated chislic was at Bud’s Tavern in Marion, who scored a 9.9.

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