Chow - anything in Montana?
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!
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.
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.
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.
Izaak Walton Inn
290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd, Essex, MT 59916
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.
548 Electric Ave, Bigfork, MT 59911
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
173 N Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901
Echo Lake Cafe
1195 Swan Hwy, Bigfork, MT 59911
221 Main St, Shelby, MT 59474
845 E Main St, Montrose, CO 81401
Wheat Montana Deli
1760 S Meridian Rd, Meridian, ID 83642
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..
)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
27 S Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715
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!
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.