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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Just outside the west entrance to Yellowstone, Running Bear Pancake House fuels park visitors with warm cinnamon rolls, buttermilk pancakes & eggs.
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.
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.
The Scapegoat Eatery in Lincoln, Montana, is a small, casual restaurant serving quality sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and more in satisfying portions.
Super friendly service, a vast selection of souvenirs, and good meals make the Huckleberry Patch a legendary pit stop in Hungry Horse. Uniquely Montanan!
Just over an hour away from Glacier National Park, Split Rock Cafe in Kalispell, Montana, has classic coffees and homemade goods that are worth a detour.