Cat is road-tripping. In the meantime, here’s a prescheduled post for your reading enjoyment. Original post here: 

If you know anything at all about Montana, you probably associate the state with big skies, stunning vistas, and an infinite number of excellent outdoor activities. Food, besides steak, rarely makes the list.

Luckily, I did a lot of eating on my trip and have plenty of recommendations (I also did a wee bit of eating out back when I lived there). The next time you visit this goooorgeous state, check out the following restaurants for a culinary treat:

1. Helena, MT

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Helena highlights include:

On Broadway, 106 East Broadway Street, Helena, MT

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Their housemade pasta is delicious, the servers are incredibly friendly, and they have a dessert menu that is extremely hard to resist. (I had their gorgonzola angel hair pasta and key lime pie – YUM!) Bonus: the place also has a lovely, intimate atmosphere that is great for date nights.

Mackenzie River Pizza Co., 111o Roadrunner Drive, Helena, MT 

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You’ll want to try their pesto lodge poles. As for pizza, I enjoy the thai pie (remember when I made one of my own?), but it’s hard to go wrong with their other offerings.

Big Dipper Ice Cream, 58 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT

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Not only is the ice cream delicious, the business owners are excellent human beings and support great causes. I recommend the Mexican Chocolate shake. 🙂

2. Bozeman, MT

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Plonk, 29 E Main Street, Bozeman, MT

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This place is great for getting your fancy on. The atmosphere is noisy, but full of character, and the wine and cheese selection is fantastic.

Cateye Cafe, 23 N Tracy Avenue, Bozeman, MT

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Ready for breakfast after a late night at Plonk? This is a great option. The Gravy Love (biscuits, gravy, country potatoes, and your choice of bacon or sausage) is my jam.

The Garage, 451 E Main Street, Bozeman, MT

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Full disclosure: I totally used to work here. That’s how I fell head-over-heels for their Blue Moose Clam Chowder and other soups. Seriously, go there for soup. YUM.

Next week, I’ll feature my favorite places to eat in Missoula, Great Falls, and West Glacier. TBC!

Am I missing any of your favorite spots? What’s good? 🙂

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Cat loves to eat tasty homemade things, yet isn’t terribly fond of the process of making them. She prefers recipes that take shortcuts when possible – without compromising flavor. Her dog, Cheeto, likes stealing her creations from the dining room table.

She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.

She is also allergic to felines.
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