Juicy steaks, gourmet tacos, and ice cold distilled spirits were just a few of the tasty indulgences that Mr. TWS and I enjoyed in Montana this summer. On our “Small Towns, Big Eats” road trip from Bozeman to Missoula, we also rode horses, went kayaking, and even mined for sapphires. Some of these experiences we’ve shared in posts already and more will be coming. But for now, let’s get a taste of Big Sky Country eats, drinks and other highlights in this collection of ten Montana on Instagram photos.
These delicous tacos at Victory Taco in Bozeman are chock full of freshness and made with imaginative concoctions of quality ingredients in fun menu items such as those shown below: “The Fin” (grilled mahi, pineapple salsa, red cabbage, fresh guacamole, cilantro lime cream) and “The Bird” (Ancho lime chicken, roasted tomato sauce, red cabbage, pickled onions, cilantro).
Mr. TWS and I devoured our pizzas at Biga Pizza in Missoula. Fresh ingredients such as those found in the mushroom & arugula pizza below (portabella and button mushrooms, herbed mascarpone, roasted garlic, mozzarella, fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes and herb oil). No wonder this place is so popular.
Before taking off on our trail ride in Superior, we were treated to a wonderful BBQ lunch along the Clark Fork River cooked up by Ray Rugg, owner of Rugg’s Outfitting and one of our trail guides. I can just about hear the sizzling of these local beef burgers and the fresh salmon filet.
Looking at this photo never ceases to make my mouth water. It’s a tender and juicy 16 oz. charbroiled rib-eye served at the Silver Mill Restaurant in the small town of Philipsburg.
Not the first of the Montana Mules (bourbon, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice) we sampled in Montana, but certainly one of the best was this refreshing mugful at Headframe Spirits in Butte.
At the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, you can step back in time on the “Living History Farm” which includes the shed below, a farmhouse, and other buildings and artifacts of Montana’s homesteading era of late 19th century.
We got a very nice night’s sleep at this cool new renovated motel in downtown Bozeman. Originally a fairly typical small town roadside motel, The Lark was a wonderful surprise with its artistic decor and elements of luxury in a casual and hip atmosphere.
Across Main Street from The Lark is the historic Baxter Hotel building which is no longer used for lodging accommodations. Upper floors are residential apartments and the ground floor houses businesses such as Ted’s Montana Grill, a restaurant owned by billionaire (and Montana ranch owner) Ted Turner.
Peonies were definitely in season in June when we visited the Clark Fork River Market (held Saturdays May through October) in Missoula. They were in abundance at the flower stalls we passed while perusing the market’s wealth of local grass-fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and a variety of tasty homemade goods.
For more about our Montana trip, check out our previous posts, “Saddle Up: Horseback Riding in Montana” and “Tasting Montana, One Town at a Time: Bozeman” and stay tuned. Please follow us on Instagram, too.
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