Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

    The one thing about traveling with families is someone ALWAYS has to eat. While bringing your own food and saving some money is great, sometimes it is so necessary for the sanity of everyone to get out of the car, stretch your legs and get some fresh food.

    This post will be updated throughout the summer as we eat our way across Montana. And don’t be fooled – some of the BEST food is in some of the most unlikely places!

    In case you missed it, be sure to check out our post all about what to do and where to stay in Virginia City and Nevada City too!

    This post is sponsored by the Southwest Montana Tourism, which we are so thankful for. However, our experiences and what we tell you here are exactly what we have told (and will tell) our family and friends! 


    Virginia City/Nevada City

    Let me start by saying that we ate at a lot of different places in this area and there was really nowhere we wouldn’t recommend. Here are our first-hand tips and suggestions!

    Star Restaurant in Nevada City

    This is actually the only restaurant in Nevada City….but it’s a really great one! We were surprised by very fresh salads and homemade chips. It’s a great place to take the family with seating outside when the weather is favorable. Previous to this year, the Star Bakery and Restaurant were one in the same, but the bakery was sold this year so they are no longer connected inside. Very cute and highly recommended!

    Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

    Star Bakery in Nevada City

    Not to be missed for a breakfast treat on the way to the train. The cinnamon rolls were some of the best we have EVER tasted. They also have fresh cookies, bars, scones and ice cream. What more do you need?!?!

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    Nacho Mamas in Virginia City

    This seems to be the most “bang for your buck” in the area. We fed our family of 6 (with left overs) for $35. Their burritos are HUGE and are just $9. Plus quesadillas and nachos for the kids, along with tacos. The menu isn’t super extensive, but it was fresh and very, very good! Plus the atmosphere is very family-friendly inside, even for families with a “pile” of kids like us!

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    Wells Fargo Steak House in Virginia City

    Want a date night? Or just a really, really great meal? This is it! There’s plenty of white noise from the crowds to drown out kids if needed, and paper on the tables for coloring too. So, don’t feel like you need to leave your kids behind. Note that there is no specific kids menu, but options for pasta and meatballs that our kids loved.

    Mtn Papa was thrilled with his steak and I enjoyed a Chicken Marsala. Side dishes are big enough to serve family style so everyone gets a taste.

    And don’t forget dessert – the gelato was AMAZING and we are still talking about it. Prices are also likely the highest in town, but you’re getting the best!

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    Bob’s in Virginia City

    We grabbed a quick pizza from here and took it to eat while we waited for the train. It was fast (about 15 minutes), fresh and really good!

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    Virginia City Creamery

    Another “don’t miss this one”! Homemade ice cream made right in the shop. Worth spending $20 on to feed the whole family (and going back another day too). This place is busy all.the.time – we witnessed plenty of people having ice cream for breakfast (which you can totally do on vacation!) Go ahead and try some different flavors – we were not disappointed!

    Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

    Cousin’s Candy Shop in Virginia City

    In my opinion, taffy is really great fresh (and not so great when it’s not). They pull their taffy right in the window so you can watch and then sell it for under $12/pound in the shop. Again, we “vacation splurged” (um, maybe I see a theme arising here!) and were incredibly impressed. The shop is also full of pretty much every imaginable candy there is out there, plus fresh chocolates and fudges. The fudge is also worth every penny! Parents, be prepared to either let your kids look around as they like or keep a tight rein. It’s a busy shop and there is a LOT to touch and see and WANT! You know the saying…. “like a kid in a candy store”…..

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    Helena Area

    Helena is such a bigger area than

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