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Aug 8, 2007 06:18 PM

Bozeman Montana

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.