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Jan 31, 2012 07:50 AM

Big Skt, MY Ski - Suggestions?

Hi, I am headed out to ski Big Sky in a couple weeks with a group of 8 adults. We cook in many nights, but do like to head out for a few dinners. I am looking for suggestions of dinner options: 2 more on the casual end - good food but not super expensive (entrees can be burgers, etc.). I also need suggestions of one nice spot for our last night out dinner - not too worried about cost, but definitely want somewhere food focused and known for their cooking, not their view/etc. We'd also love some suggestions for good apres-ski nachos at the base of the mountain! So far, I've heard good things about the following:

By Word of Mouth
Bucks T4
320 Guest Ranch (they have some 3 courses for $30 menu, is it worth it?)
Randow Ranch

Any suggestions/thoughts are much appreciated, and I'm happy to share the results/our experience once we return!

By Word of Mouth
Gallatin Building Wfork Mdws, Big Sky, MT 59716

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  1. I've been to that area several times but not in the past two years so can't speak to current status, but figured I'd post in case no one else does. Bucks T4 is an unassuming place with some amazing game and beef dishes, unlike anyplace else that I've ever been. Laid back atmosphere. Assuming nothing has changed, I'd highly recommend it.

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    1. re: zook

      Thanks, zook, we will definitely give Bucks T4 a try. I appreciate your responding!

      1. re: call5105

        Just in case anyone else heads out to Big Sky and is looking for tips, I figured I'd report back. We really only went out to dinner twice. Once to Bucks T4 and once to By Word of Mouth.

        Bucks T4 was great. The atmosphere is old school Montana, western steakhouse/roadhouse. The service is fantastic: knowledgeable waiters who both know and seem to really appreciate the food and what wines pair well (always a plus for me). I had the red deer, at the waiter's suggestion, and it was fantastic. A fairly small portion (for Montana sized-portions) but just enough for me. As described, the deer wasn't at all gamey, in fact was very tender and almost Filet Mignon-like. It was accompanied by a risotto which was very good, albeit served at room temp which threw me a bit. Others at the table had bison, of course, from the bison meatloaf sandwich (which was a hit both that night and the next night when the leftovers were reheated) to the huge bison steak, and fried chicken that was perfectly crispy and not at all greasy. The sides are relatively predictable for steakhouse fare, but the baked potato was a standout. Overall, a really great meal, a TON of food, and a restaurant we talked about for the rest of the week...and probably should have returned to.

        But we went to By Word of Mouth for our other dinner. It was good, more creative than many other menus we reviewed, but average compared to what I can get back home (Philadelphia) and it probably would have made more sense to go back to Bucks, given the game they serve is unique to the area. We shared fondue and the calamari to start. The fondue was very good - like that they use Swiss instead of the ubiquitous cheddar. Calamari was good, but nothing special. My entree was the chopped lamb steak, with a chimmichurri sauce and goat was fine, although nothing too exciting. The lamb was basically a lamb burger, without a ton of flavor. Others had the Friday night Fish Fry dish which they enjoyed, basically all you can eat fish and chips. One other had the bison ribs which were dry-rubbed. Again, good meal but not overwhelming.

        Big Sky doesn't have a lot of dining options for the foodie types, but I'd say Bucks T4 is a no brainer for anyone - food and service are great (it's got good accolades, too - wine spectator award, the chef prepared a meal for James Beard back in the day...) and the game selection is something you'd only find in Montana.

        1. re: call5105

          Thanks for reporting back. It's good to know that Buck's remains unchanged. I'm glad you enjoyed it.