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Bozeman’s Gallatin River Grill Bestows Culinary Gratification

Monday, June 20th, 2011

While I was in Bozeman, Montana I invited my friends Sean and Libby to join me at the Gallatin River Lodge for a fine dining experience at their restaurant (Gallatin River Grill). The Lodge is located just west of town and is situated on 350 acres. The restaurant portion of the lodge is divided into two areas…we chose to sit in the “Patio Room,” which is only open during the summer months. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide fantastic views of the ranch and the wildlife that enjoy the nearby pond.

We began our evening by selecting a glass of wine from their extensive list, which was enhanced by an appetizer of sautéed wild mushrooms. I don’t ordinarily go out of my way for mushrooms, but it seemed of interest to my friends, so I just went with it—and, I’m so glad I did…they were outstanding.

For our next course we each ordered a salad, I had the “Farm Salad” with candied walnuts, fresh apples and chevre. Sean had the Caesar that was adorned with whole slivered anchovies…. and Libby opted for the house salad.



For our entrées we decided we’d each get something different…I chose the Blackened Rainbow Trout with corn pico and yellow split pea sauté…it was fabulous. Libby opted for the Grilled Sirloin with roasted vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. Sean had the special, which was Grilled Elk Sirloin accompanied with a morel mushroom cream sauce and blue cheese onion fritter. I don’t think I had ever tried Elk before…all three of us rhapsodized over the dish—it was so tender and full of flavor that Libby and I almost wanted to exchange entrées with Sean. It’s always exciting trying new things…the next time I see Elk on a menu, I’ll be very apt to order it.

“We strive to use local ingredients here at the Gallatin River Grill, while at the same time keeping each season in mind. Specials often include fresh seafood, bison and duckling,” says Craig Seguin, Executive Chef, who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

The Grill has a creative mix of palate-cleansing desserts to choose from, so we decided we’d each get something different and share (it’s so nice dining with close friends for this reason alone). I ordered the Vanilla Bean Crème Brule with fresh berries (which is a house specialty)…absolutely heavenly. Libby ordered a trio of unique and colorful flavored sorbet, and Sean had the huckleberry ice cream with cinnamon waffle and fresh fruit. All the desserts were marvelous.

As the setting sun concluded the day, so did our lovely evening at the Gallatin River Lodge and Grill. Note of interest: the Gallatin River is where the 1992 Robert Redford movie, “A River Runs Through It” starring Brad Pitt was filmed.

If you live in Bozeman, or are traveling to the area looking for a fine-dining excursion, make sure to stop by. If you’ve eaten at the lodge before, please leave a comment below and let my readers and I know what you thought. You can click the following link to see more pictures from the Gallatin River Grill.

Gallatin River Lodge and Grill:
9105 Thorpe Rd
Bozeman, MT

(406) 388-0148
GRLodge.com

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You NeedBe Goin’ to WeeBee’s in Bozeman

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Today’s restaurant landscape is made up of a sea of franchise concepts, which might be great for consistency, but not for creative uniqueness.  I will admit, there are a number of franchise eateries I enjoy out there, but there just isn’t anything more enjoyable than a first-rate local restaurant.

While in Bozeman, MT I had the tremendous pleasure of dining at WeeBee’s Café, an establishment that encompasses all aspects of a quality dining experience. The enormous, attention-grabbing architectural building will beckon your curiosity.  Once inside, you’re greeted with contemporary delight—the décor is modern with a casual and comfortable feel.

The menu at WeeBee’s is creative and fresh, with an international flair—one of the dishes we thoroughly enjoyed was the Indian Spinach Curry.  All menu items are made from scratch using as much locally grown and farmed raised goods they can find.  Each dish is artistically arranged and presented, which will induce a mouth-watering reaction.

There are three dining areas, the main floor, the second floor and the upper deck(s)/patio, which I imagine offer amazing views of the valley during the more temperate periods of the year (I was there in the winter).

The wine list is extensive, as is the large variety of imported and tap beers.  I particularly enjoy the “flights,” available in both wine and beer—the beer flight is made up of all local breweries.

The desserts at WeeBee’s will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth, especially the homemade Gelato.  We also tried the chocolate platter which allows you to sample a variety of goodies, including chocolate covered bacon…which I have to say I was not a fan of. :-) The Apple Blitz was also outstanding, although it was a bit meager.

Overall, WeeBee’s Café is very impressive and fires on all cylinders…my only slight critique would be that our server was a bit ill prepared with his knowledge of the menu and the various ingredients…all-in-all it was an outstanding experience.

It’s always exciting in life when your expectations are exceeded…that’s what I found when I was in Bozeman, MT and discovered WeeBee’s Cafe. Click the following link for more of my pictures from WeeBee’s Cafe in Bozeman, Montana.

If you’re not already convinced to visit WeeBee’s…check out their commercials below…

Lemongrass Thai Restaurant Review

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The decor at Lemongrass Thai restaurant in Bozeman, MT has a modern flair while paying reverence to its Thai traditions.  Its atmosphere is both cozy, while being open and airy, much like a lounge rather than the traditional restaurant layout.

I have a lot of experience eating Thai food as it’s one of my favorite ethnic dishes—and, I’ve even been to Thailand, so I know what the traditional Thai fair is like.  Lemongrass Thai takes the traditional and adds a subtle nouveau presentation (which includes not offering chopsticks).  I’ve only been to Lemongrass a single time, so it’s tough to say too much either way, however I did enjoy a very nice meal there.  It wasn’t the best Thai food I’ve ever had, but was certainly good.

The service was adequate, however my server was not all that personable.  It was not very busy during the time I was there, which can often be an indication, however in fairness it was lunchtime and there is a bit of competition in the area for the lunch crowd. It could also be their marketing, I could not find a website for Lemongrass, instead they seem to be relying on a Facebook page to market themselves online.

I would give Lemongrass Thai 3.5 out of 5 stars and would definitely recommend checking them out if you live and/or are passing through the Bozeman area.

Here are their digits:

Phone:
406-551-2168
Hours:
Tues – Sun:
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Coffee Pot and Mountain Arts Pottery in Bozeman

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I often have people suggest places for me to try and/or visit—I love it because the suggestions are almost always spot-on.  The Coffee Pot and Mountain Arts Pottery in Bozeman were no exception.

Conveniently located right off the main highway on your way to/from West Yellowstone, The Coffee Pot is a great place for a light lunch, wonderful coffee & teas, and the most scrumptious pastries you’ll ever enjoy (as good as Grandma makes).

I had a slice of Quiche Lorain…let me tell you, this wasn’t your Costco variety, this was home-made with quality ingredients you can taste. I then had to try one of their pastries for dessert…I opted for a peach turnover—the crust was flaky and so full of peaches I could hardly contain my excitement.

The Coffee Pot/Mountain Arts Pottery are housed at the same location, which makes for more than just a place to tantalize your taste buds…it’s an experience.  You’ll find yourself enamored with the variety of handthrown pottery…from platters, mugs, dishes to canister sets—all in wonderful glazes. The two business are run by a lovely couple, Dave and Jennie Lockie.

The “Mountain Arts Pottery” studio is located in the back of The Coffee Pot, where Dave and his small team collaborate and produce everything you see in the store. It’s really quite an operation with very humble beginnings as Dave tells it.  I had a wonderful time meeting Dave and Jennie and I’m sure you will too.

I have found Bozeman to be a place filled with wonderful surprises, unique and eclectic places abound.  If you’re in the Bozeman area, you simple must stop by The Coffee Pot/Mountain Arts Pottery.