The bottom line is that without real professionals in the kitchen or the front of the house, the Saloon is well on its way to losing the vast majority of its local trade to Home Ranch Bottoms.
It has been a a pleasure as well as an education to eat our way through Chef Good’s culinary evolution, as well as just hang out with him and his wonderful wife Alley over the years. It is quite clear to MagoGuide that Tim’s career is far from over and we want to be there for whatever new directions he decides to take. The rest of you need to get your butts over to The Last Chair and find out what all the fuss is about.
Home Ranch Bottoms (HRB) is the product of fusing a dive bar with a barbecue shack, a KOA campground, and a western tchotchke shop. This isn’t foodie hype dude, it is the very rare exception to the rule that you can’t get world class q at an establishment that also serves beer, much less a full bar. This is destination dining in the North American Redoubt, so you obviously have to earn it big time. HRB is off the grid 40 miles up an intermittently paved dirt road just across the North Fork of the Flathead River from Glacier National Park.
One of our first hikes every year when we get to the North Fork in Montana is to Hornet Lookout. It’s the easiest of all the North Fork hikes and the views are wonderful.
While fishing for trout at the pond in my father-in-law’s Northwest Montana home, I noticed that there were hundreds of beautiful, silent, blue flying insects near the edge of the water. Abandoning my fly rod for my camera, I lay on my stomach amid damp earth and pungent Canada goose droppings to take some close up photos.
In our North Fork travels we have had the good fortune to meet Kevin and Kenna Halsey. Kevin recently participated in the local Celtic Festival and Highlight Games and generously agreed to write a story about the event for MagoGuide. And we had North Forkers competing. Read all about how Kevin Halsey and Shawn Angew did in these events.
In our earlier post entitled “Mess of Collards” we shared the secret of making really tasty collard greens. Well, you can’t really have collard greens without cornbread to soak up the likker. Our cornbread has a different twist, however… it’s gluten free.
How about a mess of collard greens? It’s that time of year when collards are plentiful and there is nothing better with fried trout and cornbread. So here is a recipe that we’ll be including in “Mago at the Market” when it comes out later this year.
Sometimes a restaurant we visit doesn’t quite merit a post of its own. There might be several reasons for this. Maybe there’s just not enough to say about the menu or perhaps we’ve not visited there often enough to have formed a solid option. On occasion it’s because we simply didn’t like the restaurant all that much. So here are some restaurants we’ve been to in the last year in Northwest Montana that didn’t merit a full Morgan-Hart-describe-every-dish review, but we thought that our adoring fans might be interested anyway. We hope that you enjoy these quick bites and the photos.
Floating down the North Fork River is a summer tradition and we’ve always wondered what it would look like from below. Taking our GoPro camera along on this trip gave us an opportunity to see this familiar float from a new perspective. Come join us as we float on top of and below the North Fork River.