This post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you book or purchase through these links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Billings, Montana? I’m going to bet it isn’t food, right? Haha, I didn’t think so! Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. Although I had never been to Billings, I had been to Montana and I would never have guessed I was about to visit a fantastic foodie destination. But I was. And I did. Now, I’m sharing my guide to the best Billings, Montana restaurants including what to order!
Billings, Montana Restaurants
I have categorized these into breakfast/brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks/dessert for easy finding. As always, don’t miss the map below with the exact locations of all of these yummy Billings, Montana restaurants!
Breakfast & Brunch
The Sassy Biscuit
Breakfast is the first meal of the day so the first restaurant you should head to is The Sassy Biscuit Co. I’ve really gotten into breakfast/brunch places lately. This is kind of a big deal for me since I have never been in love with breakfast and generally skip it at home.
The Sassy Biscuit Co. prides itself on “comfort food served with a sophisticated twist”. Honestly, this is exactly the type of place I want for breakfast or brunch. The sophisticated twist to elevate typical breakfast food is what I need to create a spark between this meal and myself.
I can confidently say The Sassy Biscuit sparked with complete sass…right, Biscuit? 😉
I started with the Blueberry Vanilla-Mosa, one of the housemade mimosas. This is also a big deal because I’m not a fan of blueberries. The vanilla offset the blueberry very well and it was quite possibly the best mimosa I’ve ever had. Okay, admittedly, I haven’t had very many but again, the creativity here just calls out to me!
I love eggs benedict but the traditional version gets old. When I saw The Bennie, I knew I had to order it. A Hawaiian take on the dish, it got me with its caramelized pineapple hollandaise. Yep, you read that correctly! This delicious hollandaise topped some shaved ham, my over-medium fried egg, and a fluffy biscuit. It gave the perfect balance of sweet to savory.
Simply fantastic. I can confidently say it’s the best eggs benedict dish I’ve ever had and…this time? This time, I’ve had plenty!
Can’t you taste it now? A caramelized citrus hollandaise sauce drizzled over shaved ham on top of a fluffy biscuit? 😋
If you need breakfast on-the-go or have an early morning and want to get something ahead of time, stop in at Le Fournil. A traditional French bakery, it has an assortment of freshly-baked bread each morning.
Unfortunately, I got there after it closed so I will have to save it for another trip. Be sure to head there earlier in the day to grab a treat.
The Burger Dive
I knew ahead of my trip that The Burger Dive was a must. Once again, I enjoyed the elevation of a traditional all-American classic burger. There’s a reason this burger joint has won World Burger Champion awards and has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food!
My entire meal at The Burger Dive
But, hold up. There was a dilemma before that entire meal photo above. The backstory is I was trying to choose between two burgers because of their sauces. I knew which burger I wanted based on the menu description. Choosing between the Huckleberry Hatch chili barbecue sauce and the bourbon date and coke barbecue sauce was a problem for me.
This girl loves condiments. I dare say that sometimes food is just the vehicle for the condiments. A little food with my condiments. You get the idea.
To solve this life-changing problem (🙄), I got a side of both to dip my fries in. Who needs regular ketchup when you have Huckleberry Hatch and bourbon date and coke barbecue sauces??
Because we were in Montana where huckleberries are the local thing and because you know, it won Burger Champion at the World Food Championships in 2016, I had to order the “I’m Your Huckleberry” Burger.
My decision, as well as this burger, didn’t disappoint. Bacon, goat cheese, arugula, Huckleberry Hatch barbecue sauce, and a red pepper roasted mayo apparently was the makeup of the winning flavor combination. As usual, I had to make my own changes as I ordered sans bacon and substituted the garlic basil mayo from The “Date with Jim Beam and Coke” Burger for the red pepper roasted mayo. Perfecto!
About to bite into deliciousness!
I dined at The Fieldhouse on the suggestion of my fellow blogger friend, Andi. Opened in 2012 by Ben and Krystal Harman, The Fieldhouse has become a popular fixture for both locals and travelers alike.
The interior was very simple, minimalistic, and definitely paired well with their concept of sourcing locally grown, whole foods.
I started with bread and asked for huckleberry sauce on the side. Remember the whole condiment discussion from earlier? Well, in this case, I got the bread solely to try the huckleberry sauce. I could have turned it up to drink and even ordered some to-go!
My actual starter, however, was the Burrata with Peaches. If you are at all a fan of burrata, you have to order this. Peaches, Benton’s ham, and balsamic accompanied the burrata along with honey, basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Hmm…should I order two more of these and call it an entree? No, no…focus, Heather. There’s more on the menu.
Instead, I ordered an actual entree, the Vegan Ramen Bowl. I added the pork belly but that was a mistake in hindsight. The bowl was fabulous all on its own honestly and the pork belly wasn’t seasoned well for me.
I was too full for dessert, unfortunately!
The Vegan Ramen Bowl had a beautiful presentation too!
Also on the suggestion from Andi, I decided I had to make it to Walkers as well. Thankfully, I was able to get a reservation early when they opened. I started with the Big Skai to try out the huckleberry vodka. I’m telling you, there’s huckleberry EVERYTHING in Montana! Even though I added a sugar rim it was still a little too tart/bitter for me although the flavor was great.
I ran into another instance of wanting several things on the menu. When trying new places, this is always a good problem to have in my opinion. I solved my “problem” by ordering the three things I was eyeing and had them all come out together.
I got the Burrata here too. It was a bit different from the previous but equally as good even though it was like comparing apples to oranges. This burrata also had fresh stone fruits, peach puree, toasted pistachios and was finished off with an aged cherry vinegar. I inhaled it.
My second order was Peter V’s Poutine. I absolutely love this Canadian dish and order it every time I’m in Canada or I find it in the northern US. I even went so far as to find the best poutine in Quebec City when I was there!
Peter V’s was a bit of a different take on traditional poutine and very appealing to my taste buds. There were the usual cheese curds with a shiitake mushroom gravy, a malt vinegar mayonnaise, and herb gremolata on top of the perfect fries. I will flat out say that the malt vinegar mayo was the hit of this dish!
And my third choice (but not the least) was the Korean Beef Bowl consisting of a bulgogi-style beef, ramen noodles, scallions, radishes, and a gochujang aioli. I thoroughly enjoyed the dish, but I might have enjoyed how it was served even more.
For every Korean Beef Bowl ordered, Chef Nick Steen personally serves the dish. When he was growing up, his mother didn’t have much money. She learned to make this bulgogi-style beef from her former Korean roommate in San Francisco. Every New Year’s Eve, they ate this beef as it was supposed to make you rich. Now, he said, of course, this didn’t happen and they were never rich but it is a fond memory of his childhood.
I loved that he takes the time to come out and personally meet you and tell the childhood story behind his star dish!
All three superb dishes. Spoiler alert: I couldn’t finish the poutine!
Drinks & Dessert
A great place to grab drinks is TEN inside The Northern Hotel. I completely admit that I stumbled upon this little gem by accident. I had gone inside the hotel to take photos and this sign caught my attention pronto. A Peanut Butter Cup Martini? Oh goodness yes, please!
But first I had to focus and grab the photos I was there to grab. Then I headed straight into the lounge to avoid the rain a little longer and take the time to try this little martini dream.
As beautiful as this drink is, it tasted even better. It was like drinking the liquid version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!
I can’t help myself. I had to post several photos because it was such a photogenic drink!
Proof that I didn’t just photograph the martini but I drank and enjoyed it too!
While I fully admit that I came to Well Pared for its instagrammable interior, I decided to try out a smoothie while there. It’s a great place for a pick-me-up, snack or even when you’re just plain thirsty.
I ordered the Tropical which had strawberry, pineapple, banana and coconut water. However, I nixed the pineapple for two reasons: I prefer sweet to tart and I love the strawberry-banana flavor combination. I thoroughly enjoyed it this way and it was perfect for an afternoon break!
Big Dipper Ice Cream
If you are an ice cream fan or just wanting dessert, head to Big Dipper Ice Cream. I actually was too full to stop in but it came highly recommended by a few different people. Next time, Big Dipper!
Where To Stay in Billings
Why wouldn’t you want to stay in the historic, beautifully decorated Northern Hotel? Especially when you can get handcrafted cocktails like a Peanut Butter Cup Martini! On the flip side, they have Bernie’s Diner for a more casual breakfast or lunch.
See? Billings surprised you didn’t it? I absolutely did not see this kind of unique style and elevated takes on traditional dishes coming. I left wondering why with all of these fantastic Billings, Montana restaurants it hasn’t been touted as a foodie city and I’ve been singing its praises ever since!
Have you been to Billings? What did you think of the food scene? Which dish on this list would you want to try most?
‘Til next time…