When thinking of Montana cuisines, a lot of meat and potato’s come to mind, but one stop in Missoula, and you’ll find a variety of restaurants to suit even nearly everyone in your group. These restaurants are guaranteed to bring something new to your plate every time you stop in.
Night Out on The Town
Plonk $$ – $$$
322 N. Higgins
If you are looking for classic cocktails with a unique twist, Plonk is the eatery that will satiate your adventurous spirit. With low lighting, deep colors, a variety of seating, and an outdoor patio (open in the summer months) look no further for the perfect date night out with your significant other or a fun night out with friends. You will never get tired of Plonks’ changing dinner menu. A few menu staples will quickly become your favorite such as the Ploughmans Board or Chef’s Cheese Board, but as the seasons change, so does Plonks menu. Plonk looks to highlight the seasonal foods that bring out the most of each season. This, with the metropolitan dining room, creates the feeling that you could be in a large city rather than in Missoula, Montana. Are you thinking of hosting a large party or having a private gathering? Plonk has a private cellar that accommodates 24 people with four to seven-course menu options for events. Plonk has it all if you are looking for an upscale dining experience. Plonk is open for dinner service only, walk ins welcome. If you’d like to read more about Plonk, check out their website https://plonkwine.com/.
The Camino $$ – $$$
125 N. Pattee St.
In 2019 Missoula welcomed a new Mexican restaurant to its impressive lineup of downtown dining. The Camino quickly became a necessary stop when visiting Missoula with blue corn tortillas, fresh salsa, and unique taco options. The Camino created a relaxing feel with cool blues, clean lines, and cozy seating that will keep you in your seat long past the last chip and salsa. The Camino provides traditional Mexican dishes with varying spice levels. If you are not one for spicy dishes, ask your server how spicy the dish is you are ordering. The Camino is a beautiful place for your family to enjoy a relaxing traditional Mexican meal or dine out with friends. The atmosphere and menu have something for everyone. Located in the Mercantile Hotel, the Camino is a fresh take on Missoula’s food scene. Open for dinner and brunch on the weekend. We suggest making a reservation before stopping by for dinner. Make one online at their website https://www.thecaminomissoula.com/.
Breakfast Eats and More
The Catalyst $ – $$
111 N. Higgins
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and The Catalyst has you covered with build your own plates, omelets, gluten-free tostadas, and more. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, The Catalyst has a menu item to suit your dietary needs. Pair these unique dishes with their cozy indoor eating that features a balcony, and The Catalyst is a beautiful place for families and friends to meet up or have solo dinners. The Catalyst has been a staple in the Missoula area since 1991, making it one of the local favorites for breakfast and lunch. You can find The Catalyst filled with full tables and happy conversations any time of the day. During the warmer months, seating moves outdoors, creating a European dining experience while enjoying your morning coffee. Want to look over their menu before stopping by? Check out their website with the full menu here: https://www.thecatalystcafe.com/.
Burns Street Bistro $ – $$
1500 Burns St.
If you are looking for something off the beaten path, then Burns Street Bistro is the spot for you. With its unique location and truly innovative menu, your lunch and breakfast will never be the same. Burns Street Bistro, or simply Burns Street as the locals call it, offers themed dishes, seasonal specials, along with tried-and-true favorites. This place is sure to be a hit with the foodie in your group! Having a party or wanting to cater to a small gathering, Burns Street offers private catering for events while viding the same outstanding meals you’ve come to love at their West Side location. With its open floor plan and order at the counter set up, Burns Street Bistro is a casual dining experience with high-end meals. Check out more at the website http://www.burnsstbistro.com/!
Taste of Montana
Wally and Buck $ – $$
319 E. Front St.
For years sitting outside the KettleHouse Southside Tap House during the summer months, a modified trailer could be found selling local grass-fed smash burgers to the community, enjoying the weather. In 2019 Wally and Buck created a walk-in location on Front Street across from the new Missoula Public Library. Are you looking for dinner and a view? Wally and Buck have you covered. Just a short walk to Kiwanis Park, you can enjoy your burger and view of the river, a truly Missoula experience. Wally and Buck bring Montana to your meal, featuring some of Missoula’s own brewed beers and ciders. Open for a late lunch and dinner, Wally and Buck is a
Missoula grown burger joint that offers fast, delicious, locally sourced meals for all. Take a quick peek at their menu and offerings at https://www.wallyandbuck.com/!
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