Where to Eat & Drink
Dine Out in Kalispell, Montana
No matter your taste or budget, Kalispell has a variety of dining options that are sure to please your palate. From bakeries to breweries and farm-to-table restaurants, Kalispell has an array of places to taste Montana. As you make your way around town, you’ll likely see a few recurring themes and flavors making their way into a variety of dishes, particularly huckleberries and Flathead cherries.
Ask any local in Kalispell where to eat and you’ll be greeted with a slew of recommendations, from baked artisan breads and sweet potato sticky buns from Ceres Bakery to perfectly tossed pizza at Moose’s Saloon and huckleberry-filled milkshakes at Norm’s Soda Fountain. For Montana-inspired flavors, try the bison, elk and yak burgers at Hops Downtown Grill or head to Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern to have a steak paired with a quality wine list. Rounding out local restaurant offerings: mouth-watering BBQ at DeSoto Grill, bangers and mash at Brannigan’s Irish Pub, authentic-style tacos and burritos at House of S&M or delectably seared paninis at Bonellis’ Bistro. And honestly, that’s just the beginning.
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With our location in the heart of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell’s heritage is firmly rooted in agriculture and ranching. Today’s dining landscape is made up of community gardens, local farms, plentiful farmers markets and restaurants and grocers who carry local products. A few local farm-to-table favorites: Kalispell Kreamery’s cream-on-top milk, Greek yogurt and ice cream, and local elk, bison, beef, lamb and pork from Lower Valley Meats and Farm to Market Pork.
Two longtime local favorites: Flathead cherries and huckleberries. A drive around Flathead Lake will take you past cherry orchards that line the lake on Highway 93 and Highway 35 and each May, the cherry trees bloom and fill the drive with gorgeous blossoms. In the height of summer, you can snag locally grown fruit at roadside stands around the lake. If you’re hiking in the mountains around the region, keep your eyes open for Montana’s most beloved purple berry, the huckleberry. These small purple berries only grow in the wild at certain elevations and you can find them in a variety of offerings, from taffy to ice cream and lotions to BBQ sauces.
Local craft breweries produce more than 40 varieties of ales and lagers that are made with Montana-grown malts, hand-picked local hops and the best flavors of the area—huckleberries and Flathead cherries. In addition to breweries, you’ll also find local distilleries that serve up small-batch spirits—including whiskey, gin, absinthe, rum and vodka—that are handcrafted in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy wines at MontaVino Winery, Glacier Sun Winery and Water's Edge Winery & Bistro or sip some craft cider at Rough Cut Hard Cider.
Warm Winter Libations
Whether you’ve been out exploring Kalispell’s trails, taking in the view of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park or cruising down runs at local ski areas, winter in Montana is perfectly complemented by sipping on hot drinks made by local mixologists and baristas.
Warm drink lovers of all ages are welcome at Norm’s Soda Fountain for apple cider and hot chocolate, Ceres Bakery — where you’ll find fresh-baked goodies and coffee, espresso, tea and steamers — Sable Coffee for caramel apple cider, hot chocolate and steamed milk, and Bonelli’s Bistro for tea, coffee, espresso and steamers.
Creative and cozy adult beverages can be found at Whistling Andy Distillery — including Montana coffee (made with harvest select whiskey and fresh coffee), CHAI (hot chai tea with hibiscus coconut rum) and cider and shine (moonshine whiskey with warmed apple cider) — and Spotted Bear Spirits where you’ll find winter-themed libations that include the alpine (hot cocoa, mountain mint peppermint schnapps), cold crusher (apple cider vinegar, honey and limoncello) and hot butters batter (butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vodka).
Head to First Avenue Taphouse for hot toddies, warm whiskey and coffee with Baileys, Brannigan’s Irish Pub for apple cider with spiced rum and MontaVino Winery for mulled wine.
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