Sure, Bozeman, Montana, has lush hiking paths, incredible views, and all the nature you could want. But did you know that the restaurant and bar scene is just as good? Our editor in chief Dawn Davis learned this from India Maxwell, a server and bartender at Blackbird, a beloved wood-fired pizza joint in the city. Here, Maxwell shares what makes this mountain town so special, from the local breweries making her favorite beer to the best food trucks.
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I moved to Bozeman about five years ago from Jackson, Wyoming, and just never left. I really adore living in Bozeman, a place where you ride your bike on the trails and through the town alleys to the restaurants. It’s sort of like an extension of where I grew up.
For breakfast, I go to Little Star Diner, a delightful spot owned by this adorable couple, Charlie Graham and Lauren Reich. They source as much as they possibly can from their own greenhouse and field, and their griddled corn muffin with maple syrup and grilled pears can’t be missed!
If I don’t go there, I will often pick up some breakfast pastries at Wild Crumb—I pine for the ham and Gruyère croissant all the time.
My go-to for lunch is Fink’s Delicatessen, which has the most delicious sandwiches in town, such as grilled balsamic-marinated portobello and peperonata sandwiches, or Rendezvous, a food truck slinging meat- and veggie-filled crepes.
Hiking the M Trail is essential for anyone visiting Bozeman. It’s an easy, winding trail to the big letter “M” built into the side of the mountain that’s facing town, and it has the best view of the entire Gallatin Valley and the surrounding peaks and mountain ranges.
A top dinner spot for me—other than Blackbird—is Ramire’s. This food truck serves these awesome (and affordable) burritos made with homemade flour tortillas. It’s no-frills, straightforward, delicious Mexican food. The pork adobada burrito with guacamole and pico de gallo is my favorite.
For after-dinner drinks, I’ll go to Open Range. They have a great cocktail bar, and the bartenders can make whatever drink you’re in the mood for. I love the Paragon, a tequila-based drink with tarragon, honey, and chile.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Lark, a cute retro hotel right in the middle of things
WHAT TO BRING BACK:
Local Montana beers, like Bozeman Brewing Company’s citrusy Gallatin Pale Ale