Unexpected Eats in Southeast Montana

2024-02-12 21:23:13

Get ready for a foodie adventure in Southeast Montana that's all about finding awesome eats in the most unexpected spots. Forget the fancy restaurants – we're talking about stumbling upon local gems in the middle of nowhere. Picture this: digging into finger-lickin' BBQ, savoring delicious steaks that could rival big-city joints and treating yourself to mouthwatering desserts in places you'd least expect. It's not just about the food; it's about uncovering the unique flavors and cultural vibes of Southeast Montana, one tasty surprise at a time. So, if you're up for a culinary journey off the beaten path, out here in Southeast Montana is the place to be.

The Backporch in Roundup Montana

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When it comes to BBQ, Roundup, Montana might not be the first spot you think of, but The Backporch is changing minds, one mouthwatering rack of ribs at a time. This place is the real deal, not just for BBQ but also for a killer cup of coffee and cinnamon rolls the size of your head. Can you believe they snagged the 2023 James Beard Semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant in the country?  Enjoy 15-hour smoked pulled pork, ribs with that perfect smoky flavor, homemade coleslaw, cornbread, and sauces – it's next level. Word is spreading abroad about this hidden gem along the backroads of Montana. It's worth the detour.

BD Bar & Grill in Fallon Montana

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Here's the lowdown on why you need to swing by BD Bar & Grill in Fallon, Montana. It may look like just another bar in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it town, but let us tell you, it's a culinary hidden gem. Now, if you want to dive into some local goodness, go for the steak fingers – it's a crowd-pleaser around here. Just like most small-town Montana towns, the service is as friendly as it gets, making it the perfect pit stop off the highway. Trust us, you won't regret making a detour to this unassuming spot for a meal that's anything but ordinary.

Custer Battlefield Trading Post and Cafe in Crow Agency Montana

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Sho'o Daa' Chi (Hello in the Crow Indian language). If you're in the heart of Crow Country, right across from the Little Bighorn Battlefield, the Custer Battlefield Trading Post and Cafe is not just your run-of-the-mill souvenir stop – it's a must-visit and here's why. Not only does it have a full range of souvenirs and collectibles, from Custer key chains to beautifully beaded American Indian Crow style cradles. Do not miss their full-service cafe. If you're up for a flavor adventure, you've got to try the Indian tacos, buffalo burgers and daily soup with Indian fry bread.

NOTE: The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument will undergo a major renovation, starting in 2024. For the most up-to-date information on construction restrictions, see the website

Bloom Coffee House & Eatery in Glendive Montana

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Introducing Bloom – a locally-owned specialty coffeehouse, eatery and evening wine bar serving great food & beverages.  Located in the charming historic Glendive Greenhouse (est. 1917), Bloom offers a unique atmosphere, including cozy indoor space plus stunning and massive outdoor backyard alcoves.  It is the perfect place for friends, wanderers and adventurers to gather. Indulge in a drink outside in their courtyard—it's this captivating blend of quaint charm and breathtaking beauty. Skip the to-go order – you won't want to pass up the chance to experience it. We highly recommend the breakfast bowls.

The Gem Theatre and Pub in Wibaux Montana

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The Gem Theatre and Pub, a true historic treasure, was the first theater in Wibaux, dating back to 1914. In 2011, Sandy Stinnet and Jim Devine, the original minds behind Beaver Creek Brewery, kicked off a renovation project with a vision to transform it into a top-notch dining and entertainment spot. Today, The Historic Gem Theatre & Pub isn't just a place to eat and drink—it's the go-to destination in the area for fantastic food, awesome company and unforgettable moments. The pasta dishes are unbelievably delicious, and you can never go wrong with their prime rib.

Black Iron Grill in Miles City Montana

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When the common question is "Where should we eat?" in Miles City, Montana, the go-to answer is usually "Black Iron Grill," and it's no surprise. The Black Iron Grill goes the extra mile by collaborating with local ranchers and suppliers, ensuring you get the freshest and top-notch food and drinks around. Whether you're in the mood for tender steaks, refreshing drinks or irresistible desserts, you really can't go wrong with a visit here. You can't go astray with a traditional burger, or Montana's beloved choice, delicious steak.

Next time you find yourself in a new destination in Southeast Montana, resist the gravitational pull of the tourist traps. Instead, let your curiosity guide you to the uncharted territories of local gastronomy. Your taste buds will thank you for the journey, and you'll carry home not just souvenirs but a collection of unforgettable culinary memories that will forever be etched in your travel diary. Bon appétit and happy exploring out here.