When your travels take you to the Flathead Valley, the cozy town of Whitefish in the northwest corner has a magnetic draw. With art and shopping, and proximity to world-class hiking and skiing, it’s easy to spend a day exploring here. And when hunger descends, you have seemingly endless options for where to eat. Here are a few spots to have on your radar when your stomach rumbles in Whitefish, Montana.
Burgers are key at the Buffalo Cafe, and the Hot Date is an iconic option (not to mention the Snow Ghost, Good Medicine, or rotating chef’s burger of the week). Their cozy space is unfussy, with casual dining for the whole family, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
An outpost of Montana brewery Jeremiah Johnson, Blackstar opened up in Whitefish to bring more brews to the apres-ski scene, with pub fare fresh from the kitchen too. Jeremiah Johnson beers are brewed onsite, and hearty sandwiches, salads, and pizzas flesh out the menu.
Casey’s Sky Bar is a great place to spend an open-air summer evening, and their main floor space keeps things fresh with seasonal bites.
Just across the train tracks from downtown, Piggyback BBQ is far from being on the wrong side of the tracks. Taste the difference in their authentic pit BBQ, with full flavor and a relaxed atmosphere.
Loula’s Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and pie in a historic Masonic temple building. Enjoy breakfast until 2 pm, with their take on all the classics. And the long list of pie flavors will have you doing the math on how early is too early for a helping.
The decadent take on a French classic at Amazing Crepes can be either hearty and savory or soft and sweet. It’s well worth tasting down their lunch, brunch, or breakfast menu.
When you’re on your way down from the mountain, whether for winter skiing or summer mountain biking, hiking, or zip lining, Last Chair is the perfect stop when you can’t wait another second to fuel up.
This family-owned pizza jointserves up New York-style pies in a laid-back atmosphere. In summer, grab to-go and take it out for a picnic in the park. Handmade servings with quality ingredients are the essence of each pie, calzone, and sandwich they serve.
You don’t need to come here just for the 58 handles of local and global craft beer to choose from. The food menu at Montana Tap House also keeps you full with pub fare like poutine, cheese curds, beer queso, hand-pressed pizza pockets, and burgers.
Again, it’s not all about the beer at Bonsai, though their fresh brews are worth tasting for the 21-and-up crowd. Their kitchen also whips up a wide range of eats, from burgers and sandwiches to bowls and specialty all-beef hot dogs.
Great Northern is a Whitefish Classic. They keep it real with hearty home cooking that doesn’t put too much of a dent in your wallet. It’s also a Whitefish go-to for bar hopping, with pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, 29 beers on tap, and live music nights. They freshen up the typical bar fare by adding specialty lasagna, gyros, and fish tacos, alongside plenty of burger options and fried goodness.
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