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One thing that I LOVE to do is EAT!! Butte may not be known for it’s plethora of chain restaurants, but there are plenty of delicious places to get some good grub. Here is a list of must try restaurants. Feel free to call or text me if you want more suggestions. The page isn’t big enough for all my favorites!
Located in uptown Butte in the historic Bertoglio Warehouse — built in 1900 — is Casagranda’s Steakhouse and Guido’s Bar. The original warehouse closed down in 1975, but the building was given a new lease of life as a popular and much-loved restaurant. Casagranda’s is known for its steaks, which are a staple of their menu. They use specially seasoned, hand-cut, Rocky Mountain grown beef to create mouthwatering steaks that will have you returning again and again. One of my personal favorites here is the red port wine sauce or bow tie pasta. My husband loves their Art’s Spicy pasta. We always share the Ahi tuna appetizer and the delicious green beans. All their dishes, breads, soups and salads are made to order using the finest and freshest ingredients. Their menu is complemented by the many spirits and fine wines in their Guido’s Bar. For a homey and welcoming dining experience, Casagranda’s will not disappoint.
Named after its location in the historic Uptown District of Butte, Uptown Café has been a firm favorite of Butte residents and visitors for the past 30 years. Opening its doors in 1985, Uptown Café continues to serve charming breakfasts, light lunches, and intimate dinners, and brings culinary creativity to the city of Butte. Must-try dishes include their Caesar salad, Mexican halibut, and their shrimp cocktail. The incredible clams maison is served with most dishes and is TO DIE for! Besides their regular menu, there are also daily specials plus a salad bar in the café. Service is friendly and exemplary, with waiting staff caring for every diner’s need. A visit to Uptown Café guarantees to be a dining adventure.
Providing the freshest baked goods in the whole of Butte is Great Harvest Bread. Their breads are baked fresh every morning. For the last 30 years, Great Harvest Bread has been serving great tasting breakfasts and lunches to the people of Butte. Popular choices from their menu include their breakfast sandwich of egg and cheese, French toast, omelettes, classic and signature sandwiches with a choice of fillings, salads, and their cheeseburger. Also, their cinnamon chip bread is divine. Slather some fresh butter on it and you will be hooked! For a healthy and wholesome option, Great Harvest Bread in Butte is one to visit.
Owned and run by Micalyn Sweedman and Christine Martin, the Hummingbird Café in Butte is a popular destination for both locals and newcomers. Personal favorites of the staff and regulars include the shared plates, such as the pesto tomato bread, the ‘Avo-No-Queso’ vegan quesadilla, and the Greek platter of homemade hummus and falafel. Other must-try eats include their succulent pancakes, tantalizing bagels and delicious omelettes. They also exhibit local artwork. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages, and a dish to suit every dietary requirement, it is no wonder that the Hummingbird Café features on every list of must-visit eateries in Butte.
Bringing home-style cooking to Butte is the Montana Club. A lodge-style restaurant, the atmosphere of the Montana Club is homey and welcoming. The menu consists of classic American dishes but with a contemporary and creative twist you might not expect. Must-try dishes from their menu include the chicken scaloppine pasts, the halibut hemingway, and the pan-seared chicken medallions topped with candied pecans and mushrooms and drizzled with a spiced honey sauce. All their mains dishes are made to order using the freshest ingredients. Value for money, a comfortable setting and friendly service are the key aspects to the Montana Club.
Famed far and wide for their renowned ‘wop chop’ pork chop sandwich, the Freeway Tavern is a must-visit when in Butte. A popular spot for Butte native Evel Kneivel, the restaurant features many photographs and memorabilia of the patron. Owned by ‘Muzzy’ Ferroni, the Freeway Tavern reflects his Italian heritage in the menu, and the tavern has been a popular destination for both locals and visitors for more than half a century. During lunch, there is rarely an empty seat to be found. Other delectable dishes from their menu include their sizzling hot fried chicken and their ‘jojos’ fried potato wedges. The Freeway Tavern is the place to go for comforting eats and the traditional taste of Butte.
Another staple in Butte is Sparky’s Garage Bar and BBQ Grill. What was once a garage has now been transformed into a quirky restaurant. Sparky’s Garage serves up traditional American cuisine such as burgers, barbecue and prime ribs, smoked brisket, Southern-fried chicken or catfish, and pulled pork. Their barbecue sauce is homemade and comes in four different varieties. Their sweet potato fries are one of my personal faves! For a sweet treat, try their famous bread pudding. There is also a selection of microbrews and wines, with many of the beers crafted in Montana. With its vintage feel and classic eats, a trip to Sparky’s Garage will take you back in time.
For fast and fresh food, check out Northwest Noodles and Wraps. There slogan is “the healthy side of delicious”. Locally owned and operated by Helen and John Reynolds, this has become one of Butte’s go to places. Conveniently located in uptown Butte and offering business lunch delivery makes it a staple for local businesses’ lunch choice. My personal favorites are the Thai Chicken wrap with thai sausage added. I also love the noodle bowls with thai rice noodles, thai sausage, bbq chicken and half chicken broth and half peanut sauce. The possibilities are endless.
Serving the people of Butte for more than 80 years is Pork Chop John’s. Starting out in the early 1920s selling pork patties from a cart on the corner of Mercury and Main Street, John Berklund moved his business into the Doyle Hotel in 1924. The success of Pork Chop John’s continued to grow and a Butte delicacy was born. What makes the restaurant so famous is their pork chop sandwich with 3.5 ounces of premium boneless pork sirloin, which is breaded, battered, and cooked to perfection. I like mine loaded with extra onions, pickles, and mustard. Other items on the menu include traditional hot wings, chicken nuggets and ice cream. There are two locations for Pork Chop John’s, both of which offer daily specials.
A new addition to Butte’s restaurant circuit, Park 217. Promoting itself as a fresh take on fine dining, Park 217 is locally owned and serves both international and local cuisine. My personal favorites are the French Leg, the Shrimp and Scallops Au Gratin, and the Pear and Gorgonzola salad. They also serve daily specials such as duck confit with arugula and green apple, seared duck breast served with wild rice, hand-breaded beef tenderloin in homemade beer batter, and grilled porterhouse pork chop in an apple cider marinade. Housed in a historic building and with ambient classic wood and stone décor, Park 217 is destined to become a top restaurant in Butte.
A long standing Montana favorite is, Mackenzie River Pizza. This is always at the top of my list if I want a sit down restaurant that is fast, delicious. and easy on the pocket book. They are known for being a huge supporter of local schools and other organizations by having nights were they donate 20% of the bill back to that specific organization. It is a great way to support local organization and still get a delicious dinner for the family. My number one long standing favorite is the willow creek sandwich. Turkey, bacon, avocado on yummy bread. It doesn’t get much better than that! They have recently added flatbreads to their menu, I like the apple and chicken. I would also recommend the pesto lodge poles, the Mackenzie Cobb salad, and the Flathead pizza!
Matt’s Place in Butte, Montana is one of the first drive-in restaurant in Montana. Unlike later drive-ins, which frequently featured a streamline moderne style, or at least an acknowledgement of their orientation to automobile-oriented customers, Matt’s Place was a straightforward conversion of a house to serve customers in cars. Established in 1930, its chief concession to the automobile is a tall curb to keep parking cars from hitting the building and a menu on the outside of the building, advertising curb service. The interior retains its 1936 counter and 1950s lighting fixtures. I know this sounds strange, but my favorite is the hot dog sandwich, served on a hamburger bun with mustard, onions. sauerkraut, and pickles. The hand cut fries are a must try. They come on a platter big enough to share. Their homemade ice-cream makes the most amazing shakes. I love the chocolate banana make with real banana. Keep in mind that Matt’s isn’t open year round. They close down sometime in the winter and open back up again for the amazing St Patrick’s day festivities in Butte!
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