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First time posting on chowhound! I am heading to Bozeman this next week and am hoping someone can give me great ideas for delicious chow. We are traveling with our friends and would like to treat them well! Thanks so much for the help.

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  1. I haven't been to Bozeman in a while, but two local favorites are Looie's and MacKenzie River Pizza Co. There's are several MPPC outposts elswhere in MT. Won't measure up to good New England/NY pizza, but considering where it is....

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    1. re: ClaireWalter

      Thanks for being my first reply :) I appreciate the ideas.

    2. There is a good brewpub there with good food and seasonal ales and beers. Don't recall name, but might be the Montana Ale Works. Bozeman has a neat museum, too!

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      1. re: alkapal

        I just checked out the Montana Ale Works - looks great! Thanks for the idea on the museum too - my husband will be fly fishing so that might be fun for me to do (in between shopping :)

        1. re: foie gras girl

          If you go down to Big Sky, the lodge on the top of the hill has (at least used to) a fabulous clam chowder! (go figure.) Their buffet was excellent. Very cool open "lodge" decor, with huge antler chandeliers and nice views all round.

          Foie gras girl, I should heavily qualify this because it has been quite a while since there. So, PLEASE take with a couple grains of salt!

      2. Looie's Down Under, Boodles, Cateye (breakfast), John Bozeman's Bistro, Pickle Barrel (sandwiches), and of course a dinner out at Chico Hot Springs if you want to make the drive (be sure to make reservations first).

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        1. re: Jane917

          Don't know where 'foie gras girl' is from or how much time she has, but bear in mind that Big Sky is 45 miles from Bozeman, and Chico Hot Springs is roughly halfway between Yellowstone NP and Livingston. also about 45 or 50 miles from Bozeman. Most people don't want to do a 90-mile roundtrip for dinner!

        2. Here are a few ideas for Bozeman and nearby Gallatin Gateway. My husband and I are former east coast (NYC) and midwesterners (Detroit) now living in Idaho. We miss many cuisines...including Deli. Well, we found a real deli in Bozeman of all places...matza ball soup, corned beef, pastrami, etc. Starkey's Authentic Delicatessen. The people who own it are from Oak Park, Michigan near Detroit and the home of some of my favorite Delis. We ate there three times. In Gallatin Gateway we stayed at the Gallatin Gateway Inn. Their restaurant, The Porterhouse, was excellent. Incredible salads, good fish and game, and excellent service. Nice place to stay as well. Have a wonderful trip!

          1. Head over to Livingston to eat a Chatam's Livingston Bar and Grill -- a sure bet. Make reservations though. MT Ale Works is ok for bar food, but great beer selection -- try the Montana locals: Blackfoot River (all of them), Lang (Tri-Motor), Bayern (most of them), and there's one out of Billings that's awesome. I'm not much of a fan of the local Bozeman brews though.

            MacKenzie River is merely edible. If you're into "real" pizza, find something else to eat. A fun place to eat is the Mint Bar in Belgrade -- a real Montana atmosphere. I find Bozeman a little bit pretentious and the food generally not that spectacular. But, have to second Looies as a nice place to eat. If you're willing to travel, there are a few places in Livingston that are really delightful places to eat. If you're willing to travel a bit farther, try Chico Hot Springs in Paradise Valley: really good food, good service, and a nice place to stay.

            1. I'm sure you've been here and gone already Foie but I just had to add my 2 cents for anyone else who may think to look at this post before heading to Bozeman Montana. I've lived here 6 years, moved from the midwest, Bozeman is really lacking in the "Great Restaurant" category.
              McKenzie River has mediocre pizza, Mind you I think Chicago (IL) pizza is tops. However, McKenzie makes a cobb salad that is amazing, It's a meal in itself, we get them every couple of months, talk them into giving you samples of the dressings, I think the house is best.
              The Deli suggestion for Starky's would be OK, but, there is another hidden treasure for a sandwich which most locals don't even know about called Franks, it's 1 street off of main a stones throw from Montana Ale Works sort of directly behind Heebs, the grocery store kitty corner from MAW. Franks makes a Rueben sandwich which is world class, and I've tried a lot of ruebens.
              An amazing hamburger can be had in Gallatin Gateway at a Bar/Restaurant called Old Faithful/Stacy's, the place has all the "charm" you'd expect from a cowboy bar, their burgers are to die for.
              Another unsung surprise in Bozeman is Bar 3 BarBQ, Pulled Pork sandwich is great, ribs & other things a very good too, It's authentic smokehouse BarBQ. Bar 3 has yet too figure out the Brisket though, so avoid it maybe.
              Livingston, 25 min away, has 2 places I like, Rib & Chop House is a good steak house with reasonable prices and very good food. 2nd St Bistro has a Sunday Pizza deal which has us going "over the hill" every 4 weeks or so, It's an "all you can eat" deal, pizza & salad, the pizza comes out every 8 minutes or so and is brought to your table to have a slice, each pizza is a different "chef choice" creation, so variety is the key word, everything from Margherita to BBQ Chicken & Hawaiian Pineapple, just relax & wait for the next pie to come out, a great experience.
              Breakfast at Main Street Overeasy is a must. Boodles is good but quite expensive, count on $40-45 minimum.
              Looies specializes in making all kinds of foods.......Continental, Italian, Indian, Sushi, ....I don't eat there. Avoid any Chinese and Ferraros Italian, have yet to be impressed by any Chinese here and have never failed to be disappointed in Ferraros.
              There you have it, a few gems here I can recommend, Bozeman is a great place to visit, but, you really wanna live here, it's a special place.

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              1. re: ChazInMont

                Thanks to ChazInMont for all the listings...I'm headed to Bozeman next month for a week of snowmobiling and sightseeing, so am trying to map out the eating as well. I'll be sure to try some of the recommendations here and report back.

                1. re: ChazInMont

                  Thanks to some other posts, we went to the Mint in Belgrade recently and it was fabulous. I'd recommend it to anyone and it is well worth the 8mile drive to get there.