We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Pickle Barrel’s Bobcat Special, multiple locations
The Pickle Barrel is known as Montana’s sandwich shop, and the Bobcat Special is one of their best sellers. Topped with turkey, roast beef, Swiss and Monterey Jack cheeses, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
2. A Steak and Cheese from Paul Bunyan’s, 3150 Busch St, Butte
Thin sliced steak grilled with onion, topped with provolone, lettuce and Italian dressing, served hot on a toasted roll. Yes, please.
3. Doc’s Sandwich Shop’s Dr. Who, 214 N Higgins Ave., Missoula
Amazingly enough, the sandwiches here are named after “famous” doctors, right down to the Doogie Howser M.D. and the Dr. Seuss on the kids’ menu. You really can’t go wrong with your sandwich choice here, but the Dr. Who is especially delicious, topped with turkey, cheddar, bacon, avocado, mayo, lettuce and tomato.
4. An Out of Towner from TopZ Sandwich Company, 900 S 24th St W., Billings
Sandwiches are TopZ are unbelievably tasty. And while there’s not one we DON’T recommend (especially the beef sandwich topped with housemade queso), the most popular menu pick seems to be the Out of Towner. The combination of ham, parmesan, corn, black beans, jalapenos and Southwest sauce might seem odd, but it’s actually delicious.
5. A TAB from Mama Mac’s, 81809 Gallatin Rd., Bozeman
Mama Mac’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop is located in the Four Corners area, and their freshly baked bread makes all of their sandwiches amazing. Piled (extremely) high with turkey, bacon, lettuce, olives and avocado, the TAB is a culinary delight you’ll want to eat very carefully.
6. Wheat Montana’s Reuben, multiple locations
Wheat Montana is known throughout our great state for their legendary cinnamon rolls and other breakfast delicacies. But if you like a good Reuben, you’ll love their version.
7. A French Dip from The Montana Club, multiple locations
There are so many excellent places to get a French dip in Montana that it’s impossible to say who makes the best. But at The Montana Club, the dip begins with a butter-grilled steak roll and is topped with flavorful thin-sliced roast beef. It’s also served with housemade Au Jus.
8. Montana Sub Shop’s Steak & Cheese, 701 9th St. S., Great Falls
The name of this place is very appropriate—most of the sandwiches are named after cities and towns in Montana. If you’re loyal to your hometown, choose the sandwich named after it… otherwise, the steak & cheese sub is excellent.
9. Bayou Po’ Boy, Cafe Zydeco, 2503 Montana Ave., Billings
Cafe Zydeco is one fine Cajun joint, and their Bayou Po’ Boy gives you a taste of Louisiana right here in Montana. Piled high with deep fried shrimp and spicy sauce, it will convert even the most “meat and potatoes only” eater.
10. A Gourmet Grilled Cheese from The Coffee Pot & Bakery, 80795 Gallatin Rd., Bozeman
The Coffee Pot & Bakery serves perfectly made lattes out of housemade pottery (which they also sell). Their delectable lunch menu includes a Gourmet Grilled Cheese, a delightful combination of gouda and sharp cheddar served on homemade Ciabatta bread. You can also add slow roasted pulled pork, turkey or roast ham if you need something meatier.