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May 11, 2009 06:14 AM

U.S. 20 in Idaho (and, I suppose, technically Montana)

I'll be driving U.S. 20 West.from Yellowstone.
Looking for places within a max of a half-hour or so of U.S. Route 20 in Montana and Idaho.

I'm interested in chicken, sandwiches, BBQ, ice cream parlours, regional specialties, etc.
No real calling for Mexican or Seafood


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  1. You start in Yellowstone, but where are you going? Hwy 20 goes all the way into Oregon. For chow dining, I’d think you would have to go into Ketchum/Sun Valley. We used to get trout fresh from the pond at Alice’s Restaurant at Lionshead near Targhee Pass just out of West, but that probably dates me.
    I had a good breakfast in Ashton. I never caught the name of the restaurant, but I drove into town on the main street (#47 to Mesa Falls) and spotted all the cars. I have just about starved to death on the rest of the route until you reach Boise.

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    1. re: BN1

      BN1 -
      I start in Boston, MA and end in Newport, OR.
      But since the board is split up by region, it seemed easier to split up the trip suggestions as well.

      1. re: JillyJill

        For the end of your trip, go to the Pacific Northwest board and search on Oregon Coast postings from June of 2008. We have several recommendations in Newport. It would be under my screen name, judybird.

        1. re: JillyJill

          Too bad Big Sky is more than 20 miles off Hwy. 20. I've never found a favorite in West Yellowstone proper. For casual lunch and dinner, I like Eino’s, which is 10 miles north of W. Yellowstone along the Gallatin Hwy. on the way to Big Sky.

          There are places to eat along Hwy. 20 in Island Park.

          1. re: BN1

            What's in Big Sky? If it's good, I'll check it out.

            1. re: JillyJill

              Frodnesor's post in the link I provided in my previous post gives an excellent rundown of what's currently available in the area. Here is that link again.


              Click on the links I provided. They will give you an idea of what the area is like and where you can eat.

      2. There is no place to stop for 300 miles from Idaho Falls to Mountain Home except for a burger joint in Arco. Eat in Mountain Home before journeying east, or eat in Idaho Falls before journeying west!

        1. Just back from visiting a friend in West Yellowstone, MT. Here's the places we liked:
          - Cafe Madriz - kind of tapas, pretty good
          - Woodside Bakery - Breakfast & Lunch, if there is a line, skip it, becomes a long wait with slow service
          - Bar N Ranch - high end dude ranch with good food, fairly expensive, great setting, 6 miles west of town
          - Buffalo Bar - Good bar food, great craft beers served at perfect temperature