Bruno's: Best Italian
I really like this restaurant. I have been following this restaurant through several moves in town. The first place they were in was an old bank that had been a bar at one time. But the basement where they had all of the groups at was haunted. At least that is what the head waiter tells me. Many people would cancel because they did not want to be down there. Then they moved way out to the west end and now right into the hot spot of the west end.
The owner used to teach chef school and this is a family business. All of the sauces are made from scratch.
Favorite Dish: I like it all.
Jake's: A Popular Downtown Restaurant
Warning!! I was going to delete this review, but as the title states, this is a popular downtown restaurant. When we moved to Wyoming 26 years ago, this was the Billings Restaurant recommended to us by locals. We seem to have nothing but problems when we go there. Often it has been with the male waiter that we frequently get, who never seems to get things right, and one time actually chased us out of the dining room accusing us of not paying the bill, when what he had in his hand was the sizable tip we had left him. The last time we went, however, it wasn’t the staff, as we had a lovely waitress, but my husband's prime rib was so tough, that he didn’t eat it. I had tried duck for a change, and it was good, although not outstanding. We were headed for the theater, so we did not have time for him to order something else. The person who was sent to our table (manager?) said he was so sorry, and that he would take my husband’s martini off our bill. Martini? Huh? The martini was fine, it was the prime rib that was terrible! We asked that the cook chop it up into small pieces so that the cook could see how tough it was, and to put it into a container so that we could feed it to the magpies. When the waitress returned with our bill, she said that the cost of my husbands entire dinner, except for the dessert, would be taken off our bill. And talking about desserts, we did have a delicious cake, and when I say we, I only shared it with him as it was HUGE!!!! One could have fed two or three people off of that one piece!!! So if you ignore my warning, and give Jakes a try, be aware you might want to share the desert. As for us, at this time our feeling is that we will never go back to Jakes again.
This restaurant, located in the heart of down town Billings, has been a favorite of locals for years. This has a pleasantly decorated dining room with a 1930s urban Western look. The menu is varied and includes steaks, chicken, seafoods, and homemade desserts. The dining room is smoke free.
Favorite Dish: The prime rib at Jakes is excellent(Well at least use to be. What my husband had was a very low grade!!!).They slow roast it the old fashion way, starting with an actual roast. There is a choice of 14 or 18 oz. slices. Note, however, that this is available only for as long as it lasts. so go early if Prime Rib is what you would like to have.
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The Rex: Wild meat
The meat in this restaurant is a mixture of different local wild meats. Pheasant to buffalo - you can find it here.
This is in the 'historic' part of Billings across from the old Depot. When the Rex first moved in - it was a really bad neighborhood. It has been cleaned up so much! Still would not leave my car unlocked there - like I do in other parts of Billings - but it is much better!
Favorite Dish: I love buffalo! The prime rib is good also.
Montana Brewing Company: Beer made on site
This place has great beer and pizza. The beer is made on site and they experiment and make new brews on a regular basis - so try something new.
Favorite Dish: I like the pizza. I have tried several different types and it is always good.
Golden Corral: Stay away!
This is an all you can eat restaurant. You pay a price to get in and you can refill your plate as many times as you please.
They do not clean correctly at this restaurant! Several times we have had different types of food poisoning hit the area because of this place. I do not recommend taking your life in your hands by grazing here.
Favorite Dish: NOT!
Famous Daves: It does alright
This is a favorite place for my Poor Souls Society to go to dinner. The booths are big enough to have several pregnant women in them on both sides. It is redneck comfortable. They leave the Christmas lights up year round. The paper towel holders are made from pipes and each one is a bit different.
We usually close the place down sitting there talking. They do serve beer and wine. I am not a big bbq fan, but for those at the table that are, they really like it. Several of them think the bbq catfish is the best.
Personally I think the corn bread is wonderful. It has a honey taste to it and is some of the best anywhere. The apple side dish is really good. It is very sweet.
Favorite Dish: Don't really have a favorite yet.
I trust this on: Mustard Seed Fast & Fresh Asian Grill
The decor is simple. You can see into the kitchen, so you can see how clean it is. Frankly speaking, my experience with Asian restaurants is one of discuss because they are not clean. Having spent a fair amount of time working in different restaurants, I don't make excuses for dirty restaurants!
I spoke with the owner not long after this place opened and he stated that they do not add MSG to the food. He does not allow MSG in the place.
The staff has always been friendly and cheery. Personally I see that as a sign of good management practices.
Favorite Dish: I had the Maui Chicken this last time. I like sweet and sour and this was good. You can get it hotter as to taste. I don't care for my food to be real hot. But they do have a rating system as to how many dragons you want your food to be. It was only $8.95 for the dish and I got a full plate full for that. They do have some beers. The one I tried was a wheat ale and pretty good.
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Siam Thai Restaurant: Great Thai Food
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.
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Walker's Grill: From Great food "down under" to Grill & Tapas
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.
Q Cuisine: Asian Fusion--here in Billings, MT!
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!
Enzo: A Mediterranean Bistro
The New York food critic and travel writer Steven Shaw wrote, “Who would have believed that Billings, Montana could be the home of a restaurant as good as Enzo?”
Enzo has a pleasant interior decorated in Mediterranean shades of ochre and olive, with two levels and half moon pine bars. The menu features authentic Naples pizza made in an Italian wood burning oven, wonderful handmade pastas, mesquite grilled Pacific fish and aged meats, sandwiches, salads, and delicious desserts. They also feature a selection of microbrews and regional wines. We use to eat lunch here often when we would go to Billings for the day, but a friend just told me that they now are only open for dinners. That is a loss for us!
Favorite Dish: I love the pastas, but my husband usually goes for the pizzas.
The Rex: A Restaurant With Inside or Outside Dining
The Rex serves fresh seafood flown in twice weekly and top quality certified angus beef, as well as pasta and chops. The Rex’s full bar and has received awards from Wine Spectator Magazine for its high quality wine list. In 1998 a Patio Bar & Grill was added, where in the warm months you may be served lunch Monday through Friday. On this Patio menu you will fine tasty sandwiches, pizzas, salads, appetizers, rotisserie chicken, and other daily specials. Prices for a dinner entree generally run from $13 - $32
Favorite Dish: Sometimes for their daily special they offer Montana-raised buffalo steaks, excellent!
Taste of the west: Muzloader Cafe
This place is a throw back in time. It is the menu that would be on at any local home ranch house. Basic but good. And the price is right. You can get a good meal, with large portions for a reasonable price here. With the bar attached on the other side you can get a beer with your meal or any other drink you prefer. And the beer is not expensive.
Favorite Dish: Prime rib! it isn't on every night, but hey when they have it, I get it.
Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant: Nice atmosphere
I know nothing about Thai food, so if this is authentic or not could not tell you. But the food was good and I did not have to take a drink of water with every bite, as has happened to me with so many different Asian foods. It was actually a comfortable temperature. This place is brand new.
Texas Roadhouse: Don't even need sauce
This is a fun place to go. The booth area we were in was the Willy Nelson booth, with Willy Nelson all over. There are free peanuts and shells everywhere. This is a very laid back atmosphere. We had a group of 14 and we all had a good time here.
Favorite Dish: I had the 6 oz Sirloin - which is more than plenty for me. I went early so it was only $7.99. The steak is so good that I did not have to put any sauce on it. Every time I have had a steak there it has been that good. The guy next to me had the pulled pork and loved it.
I had a great ale that was on tap. They have a full bar there. Although we did have a long discussion as to if the glasses were actually as big as they advertised they were.
They decided that they were doing a a late late birthday celebration for me. Now it takes quite a bit to make me turn red. But they come in and make a big deal about it. There is clapping and getting everyone involved in the celebration.
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