Dining Out

Restaurants and recipes, from upscale eateries to cowboy diners


Dining Out: Holland Lake Lodge, Rustic Wonderful

Arts 2013       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

There's a little place down the road where a great meal awaits. The table is set in the dining room of a rustic lodge where nearly every seat offers a…

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Dining Out: Stillwater Fish House

Fly Fishing 2015       Photography By Heidi Long       Photography By Longviews Studios      

Three miles north of Whitefish, the Stillwater Fish House is an oasis in a land of Big Red Meat. Though Montana isn’t often perceived as a seafood mecca, owners Jesse…

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Dining Out: Dusty’s Bar

Spring & Summer 2009       Written By Chris Dombrowski       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Dusty's Bar in Brady, Montana, used to be a bank — the safe still sits locked downstairs — but the bartender's present day tab-keeping methods don't indicate any fiscal sensibilities. Patrons, regulars…

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Dining Out: Fish Food

Fly Fishing 2011       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

In a little red Victorian house just on the edge of Livingston, Montana’s historic downtown sits a café that is a local favorite: Mustang Fresh Food and Catering. Open the…

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Dining Out: Simply Good Food

Fall 2014       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Janie Osborne      

Chef Warren Bibbins’ restaurant philosophy is simple: There is a demand for good food.     With that in mind, the menu at Olive B’s Bistro in Big Sky features the…

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Dining Out: Lone Mountain Ranch Serves Up a Sense of Place

Fly Fishing 2012       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

A day at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana, begins with the squeak of the screen door opening on my log cabin. The crisp mountain air is better than…

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Dining Out: A Montana Tradition, Chico Hot Springs

Fly Fishing 2009       Written By Seabring Davis      

Almost 20 years ago, I walked into the old saloon at Chico Hot Springs with a group of friends. Fresh off the Yellowstone River, we were windblown and scruffy. A bunch…

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Dining Out: Ranch to Restaurant

Summer 2015       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Janie Osborne      

It’s late afternoon on a Wednesday in historic downtown Bozeman — well after the lunch crowd has gone back to the office — when my friend and I duck into…

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Dining Out: Innovation Meets Tradition at Bisl

Fly Fishing 2017       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Dinner at Bisl, one of Bozeman’s newest eateries, is all about the details: from the way chef Davey Rabinowitz carefully selects the best seasonal produce, makes his own butter, or…

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Dining Out: The Taste of Whitefish

Summer 2012       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Heidi Long      

Just between you and me, the annual Taste of Whitefish has a fundamental problem: too much food! How can any self-respecting food lover stay on task with a choice of…

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Dining Out: A Truck Stop Christmas

Winter 2011       Written By Toby Thompson       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

A hard wind slams windows framing the snow-raked Absarokas, as a doubtful sun rises on Christmas morning at the Yellowstone Truck Stop. In its lot, which antelope and white tail…

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Dining Out: Enoteca

Winter 2013       Written By Sabin Dana Plasse       Photography By Paulette Philpot      

At the corner of Sun Valley Road and Main Street lies the epicenter of Ketchum, Idaho, a short route to the legendary and world renowned Sun Valley Resort and a…

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Dining Out: One Fine Cookie

Winter 2014       Written By Stella Fong       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Tucked between two main thoroughfares on 17th Street in Billings is a small family-run bakery, Caramel Cookie Waffles. For 23 years, the Boogmans — Dutch-born Jan and his Montana-native wife…

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Dining Out: Gil’s Goods

Fall 2013       Written By Seonaid B. Campbell       Photography By Audrey Hall      

In a literary town like Livingston, Montana, it’s no surprise that a restaurant owner would cite Hemingway’s short story “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” as the inspiration for his new café,…

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Dining Out: Brush Creek Ranch, Feasts and Fishing

Fly Fishing 2013       Written By Kimberley K. Yablonski      

The dust from the sun-baked gravel road swirls up around the tires as Josh slams on the brakes. The truck comes to a rest on the one-lane trestle bridge. He jumps…

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Dining Out: The Ranch at Rock Creek Redefines Montana Cuisine

Summer 2014       Written By Seabring Davis      

On a busy day at The Ranch at Rock Creek, near Philipsburg, Montana, the property bustles with families riding cruiser bikes from the main lodge down the dirt road (all…

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Dining Out: Triple Creek Ranch

Fly Fishing 2016       Written By Carter G. Walker      

Aside from the spotless, starched chef whites, it’s not a stretch to imagine Jacob Leatherman as a mountain man, or to picture him opening raw oysters with his teeth. He…

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Dining Out: Wine West

Summer 2013       Written By Dina Mishev      

Each June, a valley draws the attention of the country’s oenophiles and foodies. And it’s not Napa. The annual Jackson Hole Wine Auction (JHWA) pairs some of the world’s best…

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Dining Out: Seasonal Bliss

Fall 2016       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Along Red Lodge’s main street, crisp white linen curtains and cornflower blue lettering on a cafe window called out to me like the sparkle of the witch’s ruby slippers from…

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Dining Out: Comfort Food

Winter 2009       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

There are few things as lovely as savoring a glass of sweet tea, leamonade and vodka over lunch on the patio of Sweetwater Restaurant in the summer. The atmosphere is made better…

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Dining Out: Pompey’s Grill

Arts 2011       Photography By Alex Tenenbaum       Photography By Janie Osborne      

Matt Isreal, head chef at Pompey’s Grill in the historic Sacajawea Hotel, doesn’t play dress up with his words the way most talented chefs do. Even so, you get the…

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Dining Out: Cosmopolitan Cuisine at TEN

Arts 2014       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Step through the oversized double glass doors into the lobby of The Northern Hotel and the noise of bustling downtown Billings stops. There’s a cool hush whispered by the sleek contemporary…

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Dining Out: Saffron Table

Arts 2016       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Andleeb Dawood wants to make you smile. Before I step into Saffron Table, I smell the velvety aromas of the kitchen wafting through the open door to the patio. The…

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Dining Out: The Old Hotel

Fly Fishing 2010       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

On the kitchen shelf of The Old Hotel are cookbooks from around the world. There are several books on chocolate, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese and Mediterranean cuisines and, the most apt for…

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Dining Out: Beyond Sushi

Fly Fishing 2014       Written By Dina Mishev       Photography By David Agnello      

Get 29-year-old Dustin Rasnick talking about sushi rice and his face and voice get as animated as any 10-year-old boy’s when talking about race cars or outer space. “Really good…

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Dining Out: Simply Irresistible

Summer 2011       Written By Dina Mishev       Photography By David Swift      

Every September for the past five years,  I’ve ridden my road bike 206 miles in a single day. Since 2008 that day has ended at Jackson’s Blu Kitchen, renamed The…

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Dining Out: Rainbow Ranch Lodge: A Delicious Excursion

Winter 2016       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

From the scenic curves of Highway 191 in Gallatin Canyon, one might never guess that a luxurious experience waits behind an unassuming log and river-rock lodge near Big Sky. The…

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Dining Out: Tradition, with a Twist

Summer 2016       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Chef Travis Stimpson grew up cooking with his mother and grandmother on their family’s cattle ranch near Lodge Grass, Montana. Back then, dinner was pot roast and potatoes.  “Where I…

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Dining Out: Café Kandahar

Winter 2015       Photography By Heidi Long      

Step off the pavement. Leave the trail. Explore. These phrases are frequently tossed around in Montana, but rarely in connection with dining. At Café Kandahar, award-winning chef Andy Blanton is…

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Dining Out: Barn Dance

Home 2009       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

Entertaining at the Double T River Ranch does not include a cattle drive or rodeo. It’s not about the cowboy way or roughing it. It’s about being a good neighbor and…

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Dining Out: Conserving Montana One Table at a Time

Arts 2009       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Jennifer Smith-Mayo      

At the Friday morning Farmer's Market in downtown Livingston, Montana, a hearty lot of vendors display their summer bounty. It’s early. The sun hasn’t yet peaked over the historic brick buildings; businesses…

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Dining Out: The Narrows at Shore Lodge

Arts 2010       Photography By Heidi Long      

McCall Idaho, is a freshwater pearl buried deep in the Payette National Forest. It doesn’t matter from which direction you approach this treasure, the scenery is diverse but spectacular. Perched at…

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Dining Out: The Belton Chalet Tap Room

Winter 2010       Photography By Heidi Long      

Apgar Mountain in Glacier National Park appears slightly distorted through one of the leaded glass windows in the Belton Chalet's tap room. Maggie, the bartender follows my gaze as she buffs wine…

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Dining Out: In Full Bloom

Fall 2015       Written By Christene Meyers       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Named for the flower that signals early spring, the Billings restaurant Lilac should never be underestimated. Like that fragrant blossom, chef and proprietor Jeremy Engebretson’s cuisine is beautiful and resilient. …

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Dining Out: The Mint Bar

Summer 2010       Written By Peter Vandergrift       Photography By Tony Demin      

The Mint Bar. Arguably the most popular name for a drinking establishment in Montana (with The Stockman a close runner up), these saloons pepper the state from Main Street to the…

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Dining Out: Sweet Surprise

Winter 2012       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Janie Osborne      

Robin Béquet never thought she'd own a confection business. With 27 years of experience in technology sales management and business management, she said it was a series of fortunate events…

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Dining Out: The Onyx Bar and Grill

Arts 2012       Written By Cathy Moser       Photography By Lynn Donaldson      

Anyone who knows anything about Lewistown would likely rave about its magnificent, century-old buildings impeccably crafted from locally quarried sandstone. Few would rave about the younger buildings built of native…

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Dining Out: High Country Adventure

Arts 2015       Written By Kimberley K. Yablonski       Photography By David Agnello      

If you are fortunate, there are places life takes you that stay with you long after you have left. Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa is just such a place for…

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