I hope all your autumns are going swimmingly. I’m wearing shorts today (am I brave or just stubborn?). We don’t usually get much of a real fall here on campus, but this year has been wonderful. It’s my favorite season, and by now I’ve gotten through about three weeks of REAL fall weather. Like, sweater, scarf. no coat weather. Isn’t that exciting?! Gorgeous oak leaves are skittering across the sidewalks; I’ve had to keep myself from picking up the pretty ones so often. There was one this morning that was yellow on the tips and faded into dark orange. I wouldn’t want to lie and say I didn’t pick it up. I did. But then I let it go, because I can’t start collecting leaves. I can’t.
I kind of want to go find it.
ANYWAY. Some things:
A. I didn’t get a ticket for the game this weekend; I completely forgot / kept putting it off. SO instead of going to the game, I’m going CAAAMPING! I have been so busy with school and work lately that I’ve had no time to camp and I’m psyched I get to squeeze in a warmish trip before winter sets in. (I’m not going to collect the beautiful leaves I’ll inevitably find…).
B. I’m talking to one of the local coffee shops about hanging some of my art for a couple of weeks, so cross your fingers for me (and then go see them!). I’ll keep you updated on that.
C. All the leftovers in my fridge – leftover from my mama’s visit – have got me thinking about food in Bozeman. I’m writing a restaurant review on one of the new ones in town and I just wonder how yet another delicious place could be added to my list of choices. I’m always confounded when looking for a place to eat out; there are just too many excellent choices. I feel like that’s kind of awesome and interesting and bewildering so I should share, right? How can all of these restaurants and cafes and lunch spots be doing so well? I don’t know, but I’m going to list a few go-to favorites for going out in honor of parents’ weekend.
1. Montana Ale Works
Montana Ale Works is pretty much the traditional “my parents are in town so we’re going here” spot. It’s also where I have my birthday dinner, my date dinners, and any other time I can validate it dinners. I get the Jake burger or the Bison Patty Melt every time because you get those delicious thin fries and the meat is sooo good. Bison meat over beef any day (unless I want jalapenos and cream cheese on that beef – Jake). If you haven’t been here (have you been living under a rock?) go here. Seriously. Especially if your parents are here for the weekend. It’s a higher end place, so a bit more expensive, but absolutely worth it.
2. Naked Noodle
Oh Naked Noodle. If you’re sick, if you’re starving, if you’re taking care of a sickie, if you just gotta have dat Pad Thai, GO HERE. A few weeks ago when I was suffering some serious strep throat, Naked Noodle spaghetti and meatballs is all I could think about. My roommate ended up driving me there because she couldn’t stand the ceaseless complaining. Any other day than a sick day though, and I’m eating that Pad Thai (#allofthepadthai) with their house-made Stash hot sauce.
3. Mackenzie River Pizza
Mackenzie River is the first place I ever went out to eat in Bozeman. They started here and are now in a few other cities and states; and they have the best pizza creations (at least the most tasty/creative – there A LOT of yummy pizza places in Bozeman). But this is where I go when I’m looking to go out with friends; this might actually be where my roommates, my club girls, my guy friends and I go every time we’ve gone out. It’s a good place for it and it’s a good visiting parents dinner as well: less expensive than Ale Works, more casual, less diversity of food choices.
4. The Garage
And The Garage, my most recent obsession and favorite. They have everything: pulled pork, ribs, sandwiches, soup, BURGERS, salads, friiiiieees. Go there. I don’t even want to explain it to you because it’s my favorite. (Also I’m starving at this point). The menus are on license plates, the lights are car lights or behind hoods, the benches are made of particle bo the metaphor goes on and it succeeds. It’s a good place for dates, friend dates, groups, whatever excuse you need, eat here.
5. The Roost, Pho Real, Copper, Saffron Table, The Hungry Cat, Red Tractor Pizza, Pita Pit, Rice, La Parilla, AND EVERYTHING ELSE. It’s all so good. This isn’t even taking into account breakfast food places of which there is a ridiculous abundance.
And now I’m hungry.
Stay hungry, my friends,