Based on a "tip" from VT member KimberlyAnn, please note the new address for Walker's (listed below on contact information). Anne reported that the restaurant has moved from its "down under" location to a new location in downtown Billings. I'll have to return to Billings now to try the new location!
It's now "Walker's Grill and Tapas Bar"
I asked a colleague about restaurant recommendations in Billings, MT, he said,"There's a great place that's located below street level." He couldn't remember the name, but said, "Ask anyone for the 'underground' restaurant--they'll know what you're talking about.'"
We didn't have to ask anyone, we drove right by a place that to me, looked "under ground," meaning you had to step down to the entrance from the street level.
It's a nice restaurant, with a wonderful selection ranging from ahi tuna salad, to steaks, to pastas, to wonderful fresh fish selections. The menu is broken down by:
Vegetarians need not worry, there are a few menu selections that would fit your needs (some pasta dishes with fresh tomatoes, salads, basil, garlic and olive oil; eggplant and roasted vegetable appetizer)
Would recommend for a business meal or a good gathering place to meet friends.
Favorite Dish: My colleagues ordered caprese and mixed green salads (this one came with Stilton blue cheese, bacon, walnuts and a citrus vinaigrette); crabcakes (not overstuffed with filling, but about 6-8 little jujube-sized crabcakes on garlic aioli; we also ordered a gourmet pizza, and a wonderfully delicious tomato soup (chunks of fresh tomatoes) with artichoke hearts and fresh herbs. The wine list was pretty impressive--several domestic brands (Napa and Sonoma Valleys), as well as some from France, Chile, Italy; and good selection of dessert wines, too.The cocktail selection was quite good as well--I had the prickly pear martini.
If you enjoy Thai food, or are looking for a new taste, this is an excellent restaurant with very reasonable prices. You will fine a varied choice of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, noodles and rice dishes, vegetable dishes, and even a few traditional Thai desserts. Spicy dishes such as the Thai Curries, most of the soups, and a number of the entrees are served with the classic Thai cuisine spiciness. However, if you would like your dish to be more mildly spiced, you may ask for this change in the dish and there will be no problem. You will easily be able to identify the spicy dishes, as there is a picture of a chili pepper next to the dish description on the menu. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Sunday, and closed Mondays.
Favorite Dish: We have only eaten lunch here, as we usually want to make the 105 mile trip back to Cody before it gets dark. The Goong Kaew appetizer, which is a small plate with six shrimp wrapped with rice paper, then deep fried and served with a sweet chili sauce that they make themselves is excellent. I love the #1 lunch special. This includes a choice of Cashew Chicken or Chicken with Sweet Fresh Basil. I always get the Cashew, which is slices of stir-fried chicken breast, onions, scallions, green peppers, and cashew nuts. You will also get some delicious Phad Thai Noodles, and an egg roll. The egg rolls are rolled in rice paper and deep fried, very delicate and crisp, and not at all greasy. The sweet and sour sauce that is served with the egg rolls is much better than what you usually get in Asian restaurants. Not too sweet, but just enough sweetness so that it isn’t too sour.
If you want a good burger, Red Robin is one of the best places in town to get one. They have an extensive menu of different gourmet burgers with various toppings. They also have some tasty grilled chicken sandwhiches and hearty salads. This is a pretty popular place with the locals so there is usually a short wait around lunch and dinner time but it is worth the wait. The atmosphere is upbeat and friendly and the service is good.
Favorite Dish: I have had just about every burger on the menu and I just can't pick a favorite because they are all good. They have a Whiskey River BBQ burger that is smothered in BBQ sauce. They have a teriyaki burger that has grilled pineapple and teriyki sauce. They have a Lone star burger that has pepper jack cheese, a green chili and guacamole on it. All of the burgers come with all you can eat steak fries and most of them require you to use 2 to 3 napkins before you are done. If you have room for desert they have an awesome mile high mud pie.
Suds hut is a local favorite for a good steak on a budget. If you plan on going on the weekend you had better get there early as it fills up fast. It is not a fancy place but it has good food at a good price. They serve the basic pub food. They usually have a steak special for around $10 and you can also get fried chicken, ribs, burgers, etc. They also have a limited breakfast menu that is equally inexpensive.
Favorite Dish: I personally like the steaks, they have always been good but the ribs are good and if you order the chicken you get a whole half of a fried chicken. You definately get your moneys worth here.
Don Luis has a very extensive menu including great homestyle mexican food as well as American dishes like steaks and seafood. This is a smaller homestyle restaurant with a contemporary flare. It is located on a side street down town with ample parking.
Favorite Dish: I have only ordered the mexican dishes but all of them have been fantastic. I have not had mexican food this good anywhere but my grandmother's kitchen. Definately the best mexican restaurant in town.
What a wonderful surprise to find this restaurant here in Billings! Located on the block next to the Sheraton Hotel, Q Restaurant is as hip as any restaurant to be found in L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, etc. The decor was a mixture of modern details with a baroque type feeling as well. The high ceilings were covered with embossed aluminum panels; modern art from local artists adorn the walls; dark woods were mixed with periwinkle blue and aluminum accents which made for a very interesting and attractive setting.
Favorite Dish: The menu was very eclectic, featuring Asian fusion specialties. We literally ordered a feast: coconut tiger shrimp in a roasted mango sauce; a "bag" (literally a brown paper bag) or parmesan/cornmeal encrusted calamari tossed with sundried tomatoes; tempura vegetables; "Abby's legendary strawberry spinach salad"--a terrific salad with caramelized almonds, fresh sweet slices of strawberry, Stilton bleu cheese and a paprika-sesame dressing; pork loin/cashew risotto; black tiger prawns tossed with ginger/garlic soba noodles; and two soups that were to die for (hot and sour shrimp soup w/ bok choy, and a chicken chowder.)
We ate so much that we didn't leave room for dessert...but I'm sure they were just as delicious as the other items we had. Caution: go with a big appetite--despite most people's perception of Asian Fusion (usually means artfully presented, but small, colorful portions of food), the portions at Q were quite generous. Dinner for three (or in this case, "feast for three!"), including alcohol totaled only about $80. The same meal would have cost at least twice that amount in Los Angeles or San Francisco.
The drinks are outstanding, and next door to Q is a Martini Bar/nightclub.
A slice of Asian fusion heaven...in Montana's biggest little city!
Restaurants in Billings vary - but by far the best ones are the steak houses. Montana Avenue is a recently renovated street. Some of the best places to eat are located along this stretch of road. The nightlife along Montana Avenue is also some of the best to be had in the city.