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itryalot Feb 25, 2011 04:17 PM

Chowworthy picnic fare, grocer, OR restaurants/cafes?
Will be visiting Glacier NP east and west. Staying in Whitefish and will be in Kalispell. Let's hope!

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    abacus2 RE: itryalot Mar 9, 2011 09:13 AM

    In Whitefish, go PiggyBack BBQ - real BBQ, generally well done. If you go up to Whitefish Ski Resort, the Kandehar Lodge cafe is very good, but expensive. It is open only for dinner, and reservations are a good idea.

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      itryalot RE: itryalot Mar 11, 2011 06:33 AM

      What about in Kalispell and in East Glacier area. I am wondering if we should buy food when in Whitefish and take it with us.

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        abacus2 RE: itryalot Mar 15, 2011 09:37 AM

        Can't help with Kalispell. When we went through East Glacier this weekend, there wasn't a lot open - there is one cafe open on the main street we had dessert at last year, which was fine. I can't remember the name, but it is combined with a general store, and is the only restaurant open. The Izak Walton Inn is near East Glacier, but I haven't tried there.

        If you are in Whitefish, I also recommend the Buffalo Cafe on 3rd Street near Central - great for breakfast, and very reasonably priced ($7-$8 for breakfast) - I miss the Kansas City bacon already! Everything tastes fresh, and service was good.

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        ClaireWalter RE: itryalot Mar 22, 2011 06:49 AM

        When are you going? Northern Montana, especially the area around Glacier and around Whitefish are VERY seasonal. Whitefish has a lot open in winter (ski season) and less in the shoulder seasons, The closer you are to Glacier NP, the more you'll find in summer only. As Abacus 2 noted, the Izaak Walton Inn -- off US 2, halfway between East & West Glacier and an Amtrak flagstop -- is an option. It's open year-round, it's worthwhile visiting (or overnignighting). I've head a good, hearty pre-cross-country skiing breakfast there. Also,the historic Belton Chalets is/are open year-round w/ daily food service in summer and weekend food in wineter. Bigfork is an artsy town with what I remember as good cafes and restaurants, but it's been a while since I've been there, so I can't give specifics.

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        Izaak Walton Inn
        290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd, Essex, MT 59916

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          itryalot RE: ClaireWalter Mar 31, 2011 07:31 AM

          Good question! Staying in Whitefish for a few days, Kalispell for a couple and Many Glacier for a couple. We are going in late July.

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          CarolEdgar RE: itryalot Mar 23, 2011 01:06 AM

          There are some excellent restaurants (and few wonderful dives) throughout the Flathead Valley. There are few food outlets and no convenience stores within the boundaries of Glacier National Park, so we always take a cooler with drinks and some sandwiches. That gives us the opportunity to enjoy the park without having to worry about rushing through to get to a restaurant in East or West Glacier. The historic Lodges of Glacier all have restaurants, but they are on the pricey side and they are only open in summer. On the way to Glacier, try the Backroom at the Nite Owl on Highway 2 in Columbia Falls. Great BBQ and fry bread.

          In Kalispell, a tourist favorite is Moose's Saloon. It's family-friendly with a large selection of draft and bottle beers, pizza and sandwiches. Norm's News in the historic opera house has an old-fashioned soda fountain and antique back-bar. The menu is old-style hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and soups. Norm's also has a huge selection of magazines and newspapers and enough bulk candy to keep a kid on a sugar high for a month. Montana Coffee Traders is a favorite of those who like their caffine. Wheat Montana Deli and Bakery would be a good place to pick up some sandwiches for Glacier. The new Montana Club is also getting some great reviews.

          In Bigfork, the "must try" breakfast place is the Echo Lake Cafe on Highway 83 just outside of town. In town, the new Pocketstone Cafe is getting excellent reviews for breakfast and lunch. Long-time dinner favorites include Showthyme, Bigfork Inn and La Provence.

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          Showthyme Restaurant
          548 Electric Ave, Bigfork, MT 59911

          Bigfork Inn
          604 Electric Ave, Bigfork, MT 59911

          La Provence Restaurant
          408 Bridge St, Bigfork, MT 59911

          Nite Owl Restaurant
          Highway 2 E, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

          Moose's Saloon
          173 N Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901

          Echo Lake Cafe
          1195 Swan Hwy, Bigfork, MT 59911

          Montana Club
          221 Main St, Shelby, MT 59474

          Coffee Trader
          845 E Main St, Montrose, CO 81401

          Wheat Montana Deli
          1760 S Meridian Rd, Meridian, ID 83642

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            staceya RE: itryalot Apr 3, 2011 05:47 AM

            I am originally from Brooklyn, but have lived in Whitefish for 15 years.
            What are you interested in?
            Sushi ( It IS very good) Wasbi http://www.wasabimt.com/
            Chinese food- avoid like the plague
            Tupelo Grill ( Cajun-good authentic, nice people) http://www.tupelogrille.com/
            Naked Noodle (my son works there-good for your basic noodling needs..
            http://www.nakednoodle.com/
            )I work at North Valley Hospital and we (believe it or not) have excellent food in a beautiful setting, some of the best burgers in town.http://www.nvhosp.org/
            Other spots for Burgers are the Great Norther..yummy fried mushrooms too, on a nice deck
            http://www.greatnorthernbar.com/
            Good Luck,
            Stacey

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            Naked Noodle
            27 S Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715

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              itryalot RE: staceya Apr 7, 2011 03:55 AM

              Thanks Staceya - Any brooklyn pizza? LOL

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                staceya RE: itryalot Apr 9, 2011 09:10 AM

                I haven't had pizza for a while, but I hear good things about 2nd street
                pizza, even think one of the owners is from back home, and my friend from
                Long Island likes it, (she is also a cook..so must be good!) Don't forget a
                light jacket, it gets cold here at night no matter what the time of year!

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                  mrbigshotno.1 RE: staceya Apr 10, 2011 04:44 AM

                  I've been living in Billings for 20 years, prior to that I lived on L.I. and Philly and other places. I worked for nothing at a pizza joint on L.I. for a couple of months to learn how to throw dough, when ever I've made pizza for Montanans they've bitched that the crust is too thin so I only make pizza for my family now.

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                    sekelmaan RE: mrbigshotno.1 Jul 9, 2011 10:27 PM

                    That is just a tragic story. I have been in Helena only a few months and I would kill for some NY pie.

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              staceya RE: itryalot Jul 4, 2011 12:42 AM

              You should check out the Whitefish Farmers Market on Tuesday 5-7 pm, lots of local vendors.
              Sweet Peaks ice cream is new and uniquely tasty. www.sweetpeaksicecream.com/
              The lemon dill was delicious!

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                itryalot RE: staceya Jul 4, 2011 03:21 AM

                Interesting...Farmer's Market in the evening!

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                itryalot RE: itryalot Jul 10, 2011 07:56 PM

                Last minute thoughts? Leaving late this week.

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                  staceya RE: itryalot Jul 14, 2011 10:28 PM

                  When do you get here? Did we mention Tupelos on Central Ave? Very good. My friend really likes the bread pudding.

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                  itryalot RE: itryalot Jul 10, 2011 08:08 PM

                  BTW - We want casual, diner, roadhouse places. Nothing fancy where dressing up is a necessity unless one night in Kalispell or Whitefish.

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                    mrbigshotno.1 RE: itryalot Jul 10, 2011 09:05 PM

                    Believe me, you won't need to dress up.

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                      itryalot RE: mrbigshotno.1 Jul 13, 2011 07:17 AM

                      HIlarious! I was doing quite a bit of searching on the internet the last few days and I am happy to not dress up or bring dress clothes on this trip.;

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                    lifeasbinge RE: itryalot Jul 13, 2011 07:19 AM

                    I seem to recall from the episode of No Reservations that there's some good restaurants in Livingston. I really want to go!

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                      staceya RE: lifeasbinge Jul 26, 2011 08:17 AM

                      so...how was your trip? Where did you end up eating?

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                        itryalot RE: staceya Jul 29, 2011 11:23 AM

                        Just got back; will post a trip report as soon as I get a few minutes.

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                          staceya RE: itryalot Jul 29, 2011 12:09 PM

                          Am interested in hearing..did you hit one of our 3 days of summer?
                          While the rest of the country is in a heat wave we have been having a cold summer, which came on the heels of the never-ending winter and non existent spring.

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                      sorry seeing this so late.
                      I seriousy had the best Pasta Bolognese
                      in the states at Mambo in Whitefish.
                      best friend and her family live there for 23 years,
                      on her recommendation we followed suit.
                      very very good...

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                        virginiagal RE: itryalot Sep 6, 2011 01:38 PM

                        we stopped by after church sunday morning and bought the best cinnamon rolls I've ever tasted... and I am a very good baker myself. this place is a must... if you are anywhere near kalispell. huge fresh sticky buns and lots of other pastries to choose from. they have a seating area and make sandwiches but they close at 4 pm and we arrived after they closed the previous night. their breads, croissants looked wonderful.

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