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Livingston/Bozeman area in October

I will be in the area for my first visit the 1st week of October and besides doing some hiking and horseback riding I want to check out both towns restaurants. I've had a hard time finding many recommendations . Can anyone help? I will have a car, don't mind driving at all and any budget is fine. Besides restaurants, any bakery or coffee shops recommendations would be great too!

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  1. We`ve found Bozeman/Livingston a tough call for good food. I`m sure that there are places there that we`ve have yet to discover but we have tried.
    In livingston we have had brkfast at the cafe in the old train station a few times & it`s been OK. The Mexican place across the street has been Ok for huevos rancheros, not excellent but not terrible either.. We had heard good things about the Livingston Grille but it was closed the day we attempted to go for dinner.
    We`ve kinda` given up on Bozeman & now just go to Ted`s Montana Grill....it`s never brilliant but it is consistent. Back in June we stayed in Bozeman overnite & the weather was wet & very cool. Stopped at Ted`s for dinner.....the braised bison pot roast with mashed potatoes/green beans. I have to say that it was excellent & sure tasted wonderful after walking around downtown in cool drizzly weather..
    Good luck, let us know if you find a great spot!
    BTW, Community Foods in Bozeman has pretty good soups, etc.

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    1. re: rancher rick

      Thank you! I think you experienced what I am finding....not too many food recommendations. The co-op in Bozeman is on my list to check out. I'll have access to a kitchen so I should be able to take advantage of their food. And I will try Ted's.

      1. re: makecake

        I think cooking your own meals is probably the best bet if you are staying somewhere with kitchen facilities/ We usually end up buying food for dinners at Community Foods & since we stay at the Marriott Residence Inn we are able to cook diiners. It`s always better & of course, much less expensive.. We have a reasonably generous restaurant budget when we travel but "hate" sspending good money on mediocre food.
        The margarita`s at Ted`s are very good(Ted`s Signature). This past June we did a Margarita tour down to Santa Fe & surprisingly, the best ones were at Ted`s in Bozeman.

    2. Blackbird Kitchen

      Salumi Platter
      Roasted Beet Salad
      Speck Pizza


      1. Stacey's Bar Gallatin Gateway.

        Mushroom Swiss Burger medium rare, house made chips, PBR'S... and a Taxi

        1. 2nd Street Bistro


          Save room for an after dinner drink at the Murry Bar in the same building.

          1. When dining in Montana you just need to chill and while eating review the great day you just had, get involved with the people and have fun. The food always tastes better after the outdoors and good exercise. Fall will be in the air and you will be hungry...

            1. Where are you hiking and riding?

              1. Manhattan Cafe, Saturday only, Sausage Patty and eggs with a side of sausage gravy, white bread, coffee.

                Manhattan again, The Oasis, Steak Fingers and beer of choice. There like deep fried thick square strips of prime rib.

                1. Chico Hot Springs NY Strip, and a soak before or after dinner. Baked Brie appetizer. Mud Pie dessert. Need reservations. I'd spend the night there too.

                  1. Emigrant. Old Saloon. Shirley's Omelet and a spicy Bloody Mary. They both need each other... Total Food Bomb.

                    1. Bozeman. Sola Cafe coffee and baked goods.

                      1. You might consider a bottle of port and a cigar sitting on the river... I don't smoke but for 2 times a year.... Fall always includes a Macanudo, some Port and the Gallatin, Yellowstone or Madison River.

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                        1. re: rcspott

                          Belgrade. Chalet Market. Beer Sausage Sandwich, Dr Pepper, Teriyaki Jerky. Say hi to Glenda.

                        2. Belgrade. New Day Bakery. Really just a from scratch donut shop. Plain Old Fashion Donuts. Buy six and head to Spotted Horse Coffee. Drink coffee and share donuts. Check out Wendy's gallery next door. I don't own Spotted Horse Coffee...


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                          1. re: rcspott

                            Goodness.....thank you for all the rec's! I will check into these also

                          2. I've been here over a decade, and the food scene hasn't improved all that much. In Livingston, hmmm, I wouldn't eat at 2nd St. Or, I should say, I wouldn't go out of my way to do so. If you're definitely in Livingston, that would be my default. You couldn't pay me to eat at any of the other restos there.

                            In Bozeman, I would probably recommend Blackbird for dinner. Ted's is tantamount to Sysco food truck: everything but the beef is pre-prepared and defrosted. It's a chain, and just because he (Ted) happens to be here most of the year doesn't change that fact.

                            Stacey's in Gallatin Gateway is more of a 'surroundings' experience than a culinary one. If there are certain things that you hope to cross off your list while in Montucky let us know : )

                            We mostly buy good ingredients and get together and cook.

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                            1. re: holdthecow

                              holdthecow......I wasn`t really "endorsing" Ted`s so much as conceding a "default". by eating there. For a university town plus galleries, etc. Bozeman really has a deficit on the culinary side. We love the city & sitting on a patio on summer`s afternoon. with a cold drink, in our case, a margarita, is wonderful.
                              Next visit we will try The Blackbird..
                              Remember Spanish Peaks? We had a few B+ meals there "back when" tho` it was inconsistent.
                              Heard that it went under after some owner maritall stuff. hit the fan! Too bad...my wife liked it a little more than I did but we did have some good dining experiences there..

                              1. re: holdthecow

                                HTC just curious how long it's been since you were at the 2nd Street Bistro. Three of us we're there there a month ago and all had a great meal.

                                1. re: rcspott

                                  rcspott [are you the former "spot" on the boards? : ) ] -

                                  here's my thing or two w/ 2nd Street. in ascending order:
                                  - the food is okay. the price point is, as typical w/ MT better-restos, not justified, tho.
                                  - they served me a 2" moth the last time i was there - that's why it was the last time. i lived in Lvstn at the time and had been there quite a bit, not overly eagerly. the last time i was there, my salad was brought out and had a 2" dead moth on the rim of the plate, clearly visible. how that was missed i can't imagine. the moth was bad enough, but how it was handled was worse. i was brought "another" (who knows if it was) salad. no courtesy apology, even just a "your cucumber G&T is on the house", anything would've been appropriate. but as is ever the case here in Montucky, nada.

                                  i looked back over my postings here bcuz i thought i'd already recounted that tale, but didn't see it. and it's worth mentioning. it's the kind of experience that forever crosses a place off of my list.

                              2. The only thing I really know in Livingston is the Rib and Chop House. If you want to go a little past Bozeman you can try Sir Scotts Oasis in Manhattan. Its in a dumpy little building but it seriously has the greatest prime rib ever. Bozeman has Teds Grill, The Bistro, I like Fiesta Mexicana, Cafe International is a good place for brunch, mackenzie river pizza is always good, The Garage has good burgers, Starkys is pretty good, the Ale works is good, La Parrilla has good wraps/burritos for a quick easy lunch, Cafe Zydeco, those are some of my favorite places to eat in Bozeman and if your in Belgrade I would recommend Damasco's and the Gallatin River Grill.

                                1. makecake how was the visit, do you have any reports on your dining experiences while in Bozeman area?