Missoula Restaurants

9 Best Missoula Breweries to Visit This Summer

A list of the best Missoula breweries can be extensive understanding that this Montana town has a long and varied history of brewing beer. To the locals, Missoula is a beer town. The early start of the best Missoula breweries began in the late 1990s to the early 2000s. This town is a craft beer pioneer, serving hop beers 10 years before they became widespread and as well known as they are today.

A summer day in Montana calls for a delicious beer to be enjoyed and savored. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast happens to be nearby some of the best Missoula breweries. Let our mountainside retreat be your summertime oasis while enjoying the better things that life has to offer, like beer! If you are looking for a summer escape into the mountains amongst gardens and views of the breathtaking Bitterroot River, book your stay with us today! Continue reading

10 Incredible Missoula restaurants That Need Your Support This Summer

Montana is often thought of as a meat and potatoes kind of place with being in the middle of American cattle country. But Missoula Montana is a definite exception to that rule! Missoula restaurants serve up everything from extremely local fare to amazing international cuisine. However, due to the pandemic, many of these special places have had to completely close down or get creative in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

These Missoula Restaurants are a beloved part of this small community and need your help now more than ever before. It’s time to give back to this town that we all love and want to see thrive in the future.

While you are here supporting the local economy come stay at our locally owned bed and breakfast. Our mountainside retreat is the perfect romantic getaway this summer. While exploring all this town has to offer and supporting local restaurants let us be your home away from home for your stay! Book your room at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast today Continue reading

The Best Local Dining in Missoula

Local Dining in Missoula, MontanaWe can’t believe summer is almost over in Missoula.  It’s been another season filled with wonderful adventure and delightful guests.  While we’re looking forward to the cool and colorful months of fall ahead, we aren’t quite ready to let go of summer yet. Come join us for a last minute summer getaway, and experience the best dining Missoula has to offer. There are a lot of great ways to eat locally in Missoula, including food trucks, local bars, breweries and distilleries, and restaurants doing their best to serve up delicious, locally sourced dishes.  In fact, the sheer choice of places to dine in Missoula has never been better.  Come join us this summer, and give yourself plenty of time to eat your way through the best local dining establishments Missoula has to offer.   Continue reading

What’s on Tap: The Best Beer in Missoula

Craft Beer in MissoulaThe craft beer craze sweeping the nation is no stranger to the hip college town of Missoula.  In fact, Missoula has a pretty long history of brewing.  There is no shortage of places to find a finely-crafted pint of local or international beer in Missoula.  In Fact, Missoula ranks #2 in the nation for craft breweries per capita, second only to Portland, OregonCome to Missoula for the delicious beer, and stay for the excellent hospitality. Book your stay at our incredible Montana Bed and Breakfast today, and discover the thriving craft brew culture in Missoula. Continue reading

10 Incredible Restaurants to Try in Missoula

Top Restaurants in MissoulaMissoula is a hip and trendy town, often called the “best town” for one reason or another.  It’s been rated one of the best towns for beer drinking, mountain biking, and recently, one of the 10 best cities for singles.  Missoula truly does offer something for everyone.  Whether you want to spend your time outside, at museums, drinking beer with friends, shopping, or eating really great food, there are plenty of reasons to make Missoula your next vacation destination.  Book your room at our romantic Bed and Breakfast, and come explores the best restaurants Missoula has to offer. Continue reading

Missoula Montana Wineries

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Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery (pictured above) has been growing wine grapes in the Rattlesnake Valley since 1998 and making wine since 2003. By using solar power as well as locally grown fruit and grapes, they have shown a commitment to making unique wine styles in a sustainable manner.  All of their wines are certified organic with no added sulfites and “Made in Montana.” Their tasting room, located at 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, is open November-March on Saturdays from 4-9pm and April-October: on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 4-9 pm.  Call 406-549-8703.

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The Missoula Winery, located at 5646 W Harrier in Missoula, features two signature wines: their Soul Red (a lovely blend of Grenache and Tempranillo, a well rounded wine for all occasions) and their Missoula White (a wonderfully fruity white wine on the drier side, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc).  They host unforgettable events and even have a wine club.  Call 406-830-3296.

Wanting to eat in a soothing wine bar atmosphere?  Some local Missoula restaurants can recommend the perfect meal to match the perfect bottle of wine:

  • At Red Bird, located at 11 N. Higgins Avenue Suite #100, you can either partake in the full dining experience with their fine dining section, or you can stick to something light at their wine bar. If you choose the bar, don’t miss out on the delicious fondue – cheese or chocolate. Their restaurant hours are Tues-Sat from 5:00-9 ish and wine bar hours are Mon-Sat from 5:00-10 ish.  Contact: 406-549-2906.
  • New to Missoula, Plonk Wine, located at 322 N. Higgins Avenue, offers a great selection of fine wines as well as a full bar menu. For a lighter portion of food, try the chef’s cheese board with your drinks. It comes with a variety of cheeses and fresh bread.  Their restaurant hours are Sun-Mon. from 4 pm to close and Tues.-Sat. 11:30 am to close.  Every night they serve food until midnight.  Contact: 406-926-1791.

If you just want to buy some local wines and you want to know where the best selections are, try some of these local Missoula spots:

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Looking for a relaxing stay in Missoula?  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers scenic views of majestic mountains and the gorgeous Bitterroot River.  Guests enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning.  Hosts Elaine and Brady welcome you to stay at their lovely bed and breakfast inn.

Missoula Montana Sports Games and Fun

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Image of our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast pool table by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Missoula Montana Sports Games and Fun

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is thankful to be located near Missoula, Montana sports games and fun.  We are home to the University of Montana Grizzlies as well as the Missoula Maulers Hockey team.  Being located in snowy Montana, our B&B guests can enjoy Winter Wonderland Skiing as well as one last Wednesday Beer Run in 2015.  The upcoming events include:

Griz vs South Dakota State

Sat Nov 28 2015, 12:45 PM – 06:00 PM

The Montana Grizzlies have booked a seat in the NCAA FCS playoffs for a record 23rd time after receiving an at-large playoff bid by the FCS football selection committee on Sunday morning. With the bid, Montana (7-4) will host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (8-3) at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Nov. 28, in a 1:00 p.m. (MT) kickoff. Fans can watch the game via live web stream on ESPN 3. Tickets for the playoff game are on sale now at GrizTix.com, and at the Adams Center Box Office on the UM campus. Season ticket holders have until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday to secure their seats.

Location: Washington Grizzly Stadium 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT

Griz Basketball vs San Francisco

Fri Dec 04 2015, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Griz Men’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Missoula Maulers Hockey vs Casper Coyotes

Fri Dec 04 2015, 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Hockey is in the air at the Glacier Ice Rink! Head on down and cheer on the Missoula Maulers at home this week.

Location: Glacier Ice Rink Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball vs Cal State Fullerton

Sun Dec 06 2015, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Missoula Maulers Hockey vs Butte Cobras

Fri Dec 11 2015, 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Hockey is in the air at the Glacier Ice Rink! Head on down and cheer on the Missoula Maulers at home this week.

Location: Glacier Ice Rink Missoula, MT

Griz Basketball vs Great Falls

Tue Dec 15 2015, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Griz Men’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball vs Florida Atlantic

Sat Dec 19 2015, 03:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball *Lady Griz Classic*

Sun Dec 20 2015, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating

Mon Dec 21 2015 through Sun Dec 27 2015

Get into the holiday spirit as you skate among snow banks, trees and lights during our Winter Wonderland holiday skating rink. We’ve got extended public skating hours throughout the week, and when you’re done, warm up with a hot chocolate from the concession stand! Skating times 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, 5pm-8pm December 21st – 27th. Santa Claus is coming to town… on his Zamboini! The big man himself will join us for three Winter Wonderland skating sessions to skate with kids and pose for photos: December 22: 5:30 to 7:00 pm December 23: 1:30 to 3:00 pm December 24: 9:30 to 11:00 am

Location: Glacier Ice Rink Missoula, MT

Last Wednesday Beer Run

Wed Dec 30 2015, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. “5 Miles to Beer Thirty” Run.  There are a lot of things to get serious about; this ain’t one of them. It’s all about getting together with a bunch of like minded knuckleheads, going a few miles and getting together for a beverage or two afterward. What could be more fun on the last Wednesday.

Location: Missoula, MT

Lady Griz Basketball vs Northern Arizona

Thu Dec 31 2015, 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Griz Women’s Basketball at the Dahlberg Arena on the University of Montana campus.

Location: Dahlberg Arena University of Montana Missoula, MT

Hosts Brady and Elaine look forward to your visit at the beautifully scenic Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Each morning their guests enjoy a full gourmet breakfast.  Missoula is home to exciting sporting events as well as entertainment venues, holiday events, and award-winning dining.  Make an early New Years Resolution to visit Montana!

By Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Missoula Food Trucks

In and around Missoula, there is a growing trend of portable eateries like food trucks and carts.  These food unique food vendors are popping up around town at farmers markets, and local events such as Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight. There is even a Food Truck Tuesday on the corner of Scott Street and Toole Avenue.

While some of the vendors are in a traditional Food truck set up, whereas others have transformed bikes, bbq pits, and carts into their own visions of mobile food.  The one-of-a-kind food trucks serve amazing food that is as diverse as the many cultural communities found within Missoula, Montana.

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The Big Dipper Restaurant (located at 631 S Higgins Ave in Missoula) also has an ice cream food truck they named “Cone Boy.”  They provide locally-made ice cream with a variety of tasty flavors like: vanilla, chocolate, huckleberry, coconut, white mint orea, mocha chip, strawberry, caradmom, El Salvador coffee, bubblegum, green tea, maple walnut, black licorice, Mexican chocolate, vanilla-Reese’s, vanilla bean, and espresso Heath.  The truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Tuesday Food Pod on Scott and Toole Street.

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The Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers provide regular and specialty pizzas made from scratch and baked in an onsite, wood-fired oven.  Their simply incredible menu reflects the abundance of produce Montana has to offer. Their oven cooks between 600-700 degrees and is big enough to cook two pizzas a time. Their food truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Clark Fork Market.

 

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The Masala Food Cart offers savory Eastern Indian dishes.  Fresh local produce and meat from local ranchers are turned into authentic Indian curries, chutneys, and pickles.  Food truck stops include Dowtown ToNight and Out To Lunch.

 

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The Kind Swine BBQ food truck makes authentic Kansas City style BBQ.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula.

 

 

Missoula El Cazador Tack Food Truck

The El Cazador Taco Truck serves authentic, made-to-order Mexican food. Not only do they cater events, but they can be found in Downtown Missoula, Out To Lunch, and Downtown ToNight.  They also have a restaurant location at 101 S Higgins Ave in Missoula.

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Mishky’s Food Truck serves fresh, handmade pizzas and tacos.  They can be found at Draught Works Brewery, Lennox Craftsmen Shop, and Downtown Missoula.

 

 

 

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Tia’s Hot Tamales offers home-cooked authentic Mexican dishes to-go.  See them at Downtown ToNight and W. Front Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

 

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The Galloping Griz Food Truck serves a wide-range of street foods on University of Montana campus as well as Out To Lunch.

 

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The Beastro Wagon (Burns Street Bistro Catering) offers slow-cooked meats and creative, classic sides that combine quality local ingredients with flavors from around the world. Find them at Draught Works Brewery and Burns Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

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The Wild Weenie Food Truck makes street dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and veggie dogs served with a variety of fresh fixings. Food truck found at Front and Higgins, Main and Higgins, and 111 W. Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.

 

 

Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, in Missoula, Montana, will enjoy fresh gourmet breakfasts each morning.  Experience beautiful blue skies and peaceful mountain views all around. When you are out and about, try some delicious food from these Missoula food trucks.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

St. Patrick’s Day & Celtic Woman

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is pleased to announce that on Saturday March 14, Downtown Missoula is featuring their own St. Patrick’s Day parade starting at noon on South Higgins Street in Missoula, MT.  Dr. Dan Combo is this year’s Grand Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thane are Irishman and woman of the year. We encourage you all to attend as we honour these great Irish people.

On North Higgins, we recommend visiting the Iron Horse Bar and Grill in Missoula.  In addition to their homemade brews, their menu features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees.  This is the perfect place to be refreshed after seeing the Missoula’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Their daily happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm.

 

Speaking of Irish happiness, this June, enjoy hearing angelic Irish music and seeing entertaining dance when the all-female Irish musical ensemble, Celtic Woman, perform live in the Adams Center on University of Montana’s Missoula campus.  This is their 10th Anniversary World Tour.  While the group’s performers have changed over the years, cumulatively, albums by Celtic Woman have sold over six million records worldwide.

This talented group of ladies have been described as “Riverdance for the voice.”  Don’t miss the inspiring performances of this timeless music complete with bagpipers, dancers, a full band and choir in an exceptional concert.

This brand new stage production celebrates the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The Emerald Tour showcases performances of favorites from the group’s treasure chest of songs including “Danny Boy,” “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up.”  These musical ladies perform live in concert on Friday June 12 at 8 pm.

Any day of the year, Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula welcomes guests.  Friendly innkeepers Brady and Elaine will help you feel right at home.  With the majestic Montana mountain views, luxurious amenities, and homemade gourmet breakfasts, guests always leave with smiles on their faces.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this Savory Soup!

CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH THIS SAVORY SOUP!

It’s always fun to celebrate a holiday and May 5th is one of those times!
This is one of my favorite soup recipes because of its wonderful Mexican flair!  Sometimes during the Christmas holiday, our family chooses a particular ethnicity to celebrate.  This was a soup my cousin, Hal Meng, shared with us and we’ve enjoyed it ever since.  We served this soup to several guests just this week in fact.  It’s easy to make any time of year- so please enjoy!

1/2 large onion, choppedhals soup 2
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T butter

2/3 C  rice
1 tsp cumin
6 cups chicken stock

1 small can chopped green chiles
Pepper and salt
1   14-16 oz can garbanzo beans with liquid
1 chicken breast, cut into small pieces

Garnish with:
Grated jack or pepper jack cheese
2 avacados (sliced or made into guacamole)
Cilantro
Green onions
Diced tomatoes

DIRECTIONS:

Heat butter and saute onions and garlic over low heat for 10′ in large pot.
Add rice, cumin and chicken stock.  Bring to boil and simmer for 25′ until rice is tender.
Pan fry chicken with salt and pepper in a T of butter until pieces are just done.
Add chicken, garbanzos with liquid, salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for another 5′.

Garnish with toppings or allow people to add their own, buffet style.
Serve with warm, flour tortillas or corn chips!
Spice it up a bit with a habanero hot sauce.

If you’d like to know more about the historical and cultural aspects of Cinco De Mayo, click on the following link.

When making a reservation at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, you can always request a gourmet dinner (with a party of  six or more)!  Ethnic cooking is one of our specialties and one of the things we enjoy doing most.

You can always enjoy going to a Mexican restaurant in Missoula or the surrounding area.  The most authentic place we’ve discovered is La Mas Fina (Address: 1026 U.S. 93, Victor, Mt 59875     Phone:(406) 961-4997) which is a little hole in the wall near the small town of Corvallis, Montana in the Bitterroot Valley.  We also enjoy going to El Casador, in downtown Missoula as well as Fiesta En Jalisco which is on Missoula’s south side closer to our bed and breakfast.

On Friday evenings, it’s fun to enjoy Missoula’s First Friday and catch a bite to eat beforehand at El Casador!

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