Special of the Day~ Last Hurrah of Summer Drive-worthy Dining Destinations

Cedar Planked Asian Glazed Alaskan Salmon

29 Aug Special of the Day~ Last Hurrah of Summer Drive-worthy Dining Destinations

Sydne George Special of the DayJust in time to make some palatable plans for a Labor Day weekend away comes this week’s Special of the Day~ Last Hurrah of Summer Drive-Worthy Dining Destinations.

With just a skinny slice of summer left, it’s high time to get out of Dodge, go for a drive and indulge in some of the best Montana has to offer in terms of food and drink.

Still in our own backyard, this week’s Special of the Day list serves up something for everyone: ranging from super casual with a spectacular view of Flathead Lake at The Raven to gourmet pizza at Biga Pizza in the heart of downtown Missoula to finer dining and out-of-this-world offerings at Showthyme in Bigfork.

You might say I have been happily tasting my way around the state this past spring and summer, celebrating life’s grand occasions, starting with a surprise birthday trip in May to the Union Grille in Fort Benton (Thanks, Jame!) and wrapping up with back to school shopping spree pizza at Biga Pizza in Missoula. Here are my must-try recommendations at drive-worthy dining destinations:

Chocolate Decadence from the Union Grille in Fort Benton

Chocolate Decadence from the Union Grille in Fort Benton

Cedar Planked Asian Glazed Alaskan Salmon from Izaak's in Craig

Cedar Planked Asian Glazed Alaskan Salmon from Izaak’s in Craig

Loon Lake Salad from Showthyme in Bigfork

Loon Lake Salad from Showthyme in Bigfork

Lobster Ravioli from When in Rome in Bigfork

Lobster Ravioli from When in Rome in Bigfork

Clams Maison from The Uptown Cafe in Butte

Clams Maison from The Uptown Cafe in Butte

Beef Wellington from The Uptown Cafe in Butte

Beef Wellington from The Uptown Cafe in Butte

Crab-stuffed Shrimp from the Uptown Cafe in Butte

Crab-stuffed Shrimp from the Uptown Cafe in Butte

Edamame from The Raven on Woods Bay at Flathead Lake

Edamame from The Raven on Woods Bay at Flathead Lake

Fennel Marmalade, Bacon and Gouda Pizza from Biga Pizza in Missoula

Fennel Marmalade, Bacon and Gouda Pizza from Biga Pizza in Missoula

If you go:

Union Grille

1 Grand Union Square

Fort Benton, Montana

406.622.1882

 

Izaak’s

105 Bridge Street

Wolf Creek, Montana

406.235.3456

 

Showthyme

548 Electric Avenue

Bigfork, Montana

406.837.0707

 

When in Rome

8270 MT Highway 35

Bigfork, Montana

406.837.7663

 

The Uptown Café

47 E. Broadway Street

Butte, Montana

406.723.4735

 

The Raven

25999 MT Highway 35

Bigfork, Montana

406.837.2836

 

Biga Pizza

241 W. Main Street

Missoula, Montana

406.728. 2579

 

Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at sydnegeorge.com.

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