Dining December 08, 2016
These 12 Restaurants In Montana Are Extremely Underrated
Some of Montana’s more well-known restaurants tend to get most of the attention (we’re looking at you, Sir Scott’s Oasis). And while they’re certainly worthy of people’s praise, we’ve also got plenty of more under-the-radar restaurants that will cook you a delicious and unforgettable meal. These are a few of our unsung heroes, the places that don’t always get all the attention they deserve.
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1. Rustic Hut, Florence
The Rustic Hut may be a dive bar, but they happen to serve some of the best stick-to-your-ribs bar food in the area. This isn’t the place to go on a fancy date night, and admittedly the service can be a bit slow―but your prime rib dinner, wrap with fries, or juicy burger will more than make up for it.
2. Local Kitchen & Bar, Billings
The Billings food scene has really come a long way over the years, with new gastro pubs popping up serving some seriously delicious entrees. Local is definitely well-loved by the people who have tried it, but their commitment to using only locally sourced high quality ingredients and supporting local charities makes them worthy of even more praise.
3. River City Grill, Missoula
River City Grill made a national list of the most underrated restaurants in every state. They serve classic and hearty home cooked meals from an unpretentious historic building.
4. Black Iron Grill & Rotisserie, Miles City
Miles City is one of the bigger “small towns” in Eastern Montana, but it’s not exactly known for its food scene. But the Black Iron Grill can always be counted on for a delicious steak or pasta dinner and good service.
5. The Mint Cafe & Bar, Belgrade
The Mint is an iconic establishment in the charming little city of Belgrade, and most of the locals already know about its amazing food. But if you’re just passing through, you might be fooled by its unpretentious exterior and no-frills atmosphere. But the steak and chops here are just as delicious as the nearby Sir Scott’s Oasis Steakhouse in Manhattan.
6. Rose Room, Pendroy
Tucked away in the quiet community of Pendroy in Teton County, the Rose Room serves steaks and seafood entrees that are surprisingly delicious.
7. Mabel’s Kitchen, Laurel
You might not think that Laurel, Montana would be the prime place to go for Mexican food. But one homemade meal at Mabel’s kitchen will convince you otherwise.
8. Shamrock Club, Wibaux
If you stop by this place for a burger or some steak strips, it will be your lucky day indeed. Shamrock Club doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s an underrated treasure.
9. Frontier Bar and Supper Club, Dunkirk
This unpretentious steakhouse on the outskirts of Shelby has been surprising passersby with their excellent food for years. If everyone knew how delicious their prime rib was, they’d never have an empty seat. And just look at this tempting dessert.
10. The Other Cafe, Livingston
The Other Cafe serves hearty made-to-order breakfasts in large portions by a friendly team. For down home cooking, it doesn’t get better than this.
11. Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar, Gallatin Gateway
The Bozeman area is full of delicious dining options, so Stacey’s sometimes slips under the radar. But the menu’s mouthwatering steaks and burgers and casual ambiance are undeniably awesome.
12. 3 Brothers Bistro, Hardin
It’s rare to find a restaurant that specializes in more than one cuisine. But the pizza, burgers, salads and sandwiches at 3 Brothers Bistro are all equally outstanding.
Montana is full of underrated gems, and that’s part of what makes it so special. Here’s a list of some of Montana’s hole in the wall restaurants that are actually amazing.