What To Eat in Montana
The Big Sky State is a bonanza of big eats: ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls, pillowy steaks, deluxe burgers, and plate-wide pancakes. The western regions are huckleberry country, so look for the winey fruit made into ice cream, syrup for ice cream, candy, and pie.
Wine-deep and just this side of sweet, huckleberries make for a beguiling syrup on vanilla ice cream. It is such a perfect combination that whipped cream and nuts are superfluous.
A pork chop sandwich can be a whole breaded-and-fried boneless chop on a bun or it can be a patty of ground pork, like a hamburger. While the whole-chop variation is a connoisseur's choice, there is no slighting the extra succulence of a ground one, which is how it's done at Pork Chop John's in Butte, where this oinky sandwich first was served.
Pancakes are everywhere. Montana's are not necessarily the most creative or deluxe, but they certainly are the biggest. The really good plate-size flapjacks deliver crisp surface and fluffy insides. One's a meal. A stack of three is an impossible challenge.
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An Italian-American supper club with over 70 years of history, Lydia’s serves good meats with a constellation of side dishes from pickled beets to homemade ravioli.
Just off the busy streets of Missoula is Double Front Chicken, home to crispy fried poultry, thick-cut fries and overflowing appetizer baskets.
Bigfork’s Pocketstone Cafe is a sweet tooth’s dream of raspberry scones, cinnamon-swirled buns with cream cheese frosting, and ‘the galaxy’s best pancakes.’
In the newly renovated RSVP Hotel, Farmer’s Daughters serves such healthful comfort food as beet-cured salmon on fresh sourdough with vegan cream cheese.
Just outside the west entrance to Yellowstone, Running Bear Pancake House fuels park visitors with warm cinnamon rolls, buttermilk pancakes & eggs.
In an old-fashioned brick building heading down to Missoula's Hip Strip, Bernice’s Bakery offers healthful lunch, good coffee, and house-made desserts.
Family owned since 1972, Bridge Pizza serves delicious handcrafted pizza, pasta, sandwiches & salads, plus microbrews, wines, and happy hour specials.
In the heart of Missoula, Montana, the Hob Nob Cafe is a locals' favorite for fresh baked goods, brunch, and good coffee.
Missoula's Tamarack Brewing Company, overlooking the Clark Fork River, is the place for for house-brewed beer and a varied Mexican-American menu.