We ate at the Hill City Cafe because most diners have good, downhome food. They got the "down" part right! We ordered burgers & the burgers were "down" right aweful! I couldn't even finish mine...it had a strange taste to it. We can cook better burgers at home!
We ate at the Alpine Inn & were disappointed. We ordered three steak dinners & my steak tasted like liver compared with the other two. The wedge of lettuce was a bit odd. We would not eat there again.
If you take the train to Hill City from Keystone, you can enjoy a short stop at Hill City. If you want to grab a bite to eat, your best bet will be the snack bar at the railroad depot, as you will only have about an hour or so and not quite enough time to head into town to look for an alternative. The snack bar serves hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, soda, and ice cream... It is far from gourmet, but you can get lunch in time to be back on the train.
Favorite Dish: The hot dog was small but hit the spot.
Don’t come here for dinner if you don’t want filet mignon, a baked potato and a wedge of iceberg lettuce with ranch dressing. That’s because it’s all they have – seriously. The only variable is the size of your filet (6 oz. or 9 oz.). The service is a bit perfunctory and someone needs to tell the wait staff that shouting an order into the kitchen is not the most elegant way to conduct business. On the upside, the filet was tender and delicious, wrapped in bacon for a smoky taste. The potato was fine and the ranch dressing tasty and homemade. There’s a limited wine and beer menu (no bar drinks). We had a half-carafe of a Walnut Crest cabernet sauvignon.
Dessert is another matter; there’s nearly thirty choices. I had a chocolate mousse with fudge in it (heavenly); my husband had a German chocolate version that was just as nice. And the nicest part? The bill – our dinner for two, including the wine and the desserts, was just under $40. NOTE: No credit cards - checks or cash only.
Along the strip of shops and restaurants lies this little store. They sell fudge, baked goods, and most importantly, ice cream. After dinner, if you're looking for a nice little dessert, they'll treat you right here with a generous scoop of Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
Favorite Dish: Any flavor will do you well!
Located in the middle of town, looks pretty fancy on the outside, but is really a simple cafe on the inside. Serves everything from simple sandwiches up to steak dinners. We ended up coming back a second night because we liked the food so much. Servers are quite friendly and attentive. You will be able to get in and out quickly if you want, or linger if that's what you prefer. A great choice!
Favorite Dish: The Rueben. Stacked with delicious corn beef, they did a great job.
Looked forward to eating here to try the local brew and get a meal. The beer was pretty good, but the service was terrible. I ordered a burger and my wife had a pasta dish and it took over an hour to be served! On top of that, once the meal was delivered, we didn't see our waitress until it was time to get the bill, despite the fact that we really needed refills on our drinks. The food itself was not bad, but we were wanting to get to the hotel after a long day, and these folks didn't help us with that.
Favorite Dish: The Washington Wheat beer. They did a pretty good job on this one. When in a brewery, try the beer they make....