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

JillyJill May 11, 2009 06:14 AM

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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    BN1 RE: JillyJill May 12, 2009 11:34 PM

    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. http://www.lionsheadrv.com/
    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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      JillyJill RE: BN1 May 13, 2009 02:37 AM

      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.

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        judybird RE: JillyJill May 14, 2009 05:56 PM

        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.

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          BN1 RE: JillyJill May 14, 2009 10:31 PM

          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.

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            JillyJill RE: BN1 May 18, 2009 07:14 AM

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

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              BN1 RE: JillyJill May 18, 2009 07:42 PM

              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.

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        Ronald_j_willems RE: JillyJill Jul 24, 2013 09:57 PM

        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. BlueOx RE: JillyJill Jul 29, 2013 08:08 AM

          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

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