10. The Hummingbird Cafe. – When walking downtown, I decided to stop here for a quick bite. The ambiance is like Andy Warhol distorted by Butte’s natural character. The people are very friendly and attentive. The food is just fantastic. Their vegetarian selection is one of the best, if not the best I have discovered in Butte, MT. They also have a lot of vegan and gluten-free options, as well. Although I absolutely love the “Homemade Veggie Burger” here, my personal favorite is the “Mediterranean Quesadilla” which consists of hummus, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. $$.
9. Four Seasons. If you are searching for a great Chinese restaurant in Butte, I truly recommend this one. At first, I thought the ambiance of this place reminded me of German with a heavily Chinese influence. There isn’t much of a vegetarian selection, however; if you ask the owner that you want something specific, she can prepare it for you. I asked her if she could make “General Tsos Tofu” which consists of Tofu substituted in place of chicken and she basically made it and well, it turned out surprisingly great. There is a buffet on Friday and Sunday evenings, which allow you to indulge in an all-you-can-eat experience. – $$
8. Copper City Casino & Restaurant. From the outside looking in, you would expect a rather generic yet banal little diner with limited seating space, however; once you go in, you realize it’s a lot different. It’s a little plain, but still has character. The food is amazing here for the price and if you are looking to save money, you cannot go wrong with choosing this Butte restaurant. The “Chicken Fried Steak” is the most popular entree. As a vegetarian, I found a lot of great food to enjoy like the “Cinnamon Roll French Toast” and “Egg Salad Sandwich”. One thing about Copper City is the fact that you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner and I bet you could eat for under $40 a day. – $
7. Annie’s Cafe. From the outside looking in, it’s a relatively plain looking place. In fact, some may dub this Butte eatery a “dive” but don’t let it’s appearance fool you. If you are looking for a great place to eat, I recommend Annie’s Cafe. With a variety of selections to choose from, you are destined to find something to enjoy here. To be honest, they don’t really have a great vegetarian selection, however; I ordered a vegetarian omelet with assorted veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, black olives, onions, green peppers, etc) and extra cheese (cheddar) and wow, it was one of the best omelets I have ever ate in my life and I have tried this vastly popular egg food all over the world. They say first impressions are the most important and in the case of my experience here, I was sold. – $$
6. Lydia’s. Out of all of the places in Butte that I have visited, this one has the most beautiful ambiance yet, as it is extremely spacious and possesses an aura you would find in a 1930s film about scandal. The wine list is one of the finest in Butte, as well. If you like steak and can appreciate an all-you-can eat food incentive which consists of all-you-can-eat spaghetti and ravioli, Lydia’s is the place to visit. I loved the vegetarian pasta entree here, as it was nice and buttery with a nice garlic flavor. Although there is only one vegetarian entree on the menu here, don’t let that stop you from the all you can eat french fries, breadsticks, and the amazing spumoni ice cream that comes with your meal. – $$$$
5. Trimbo’s Pizza. – With everything from pizza and paninis to calzones and strombolis, Trimbo’s is the ultimate place to indulge if you are in need for a quick Italian fix. The ambiance is quite interesting, as it is located in an old Butte building which has a NY aura to it. If you are looking to challenge yourself for a free meal, enter the “Jumboli Challenge”. You can substitute and add things, making it a place to appreciate. My personal favorite here is the “Graeco Pizza” followed by the “New York Calzone”. I have lived on the East Coast practically all of my life and it is the closest food to East Coast that I have discovered, making it one of the best restaurants in Butte for 2012. I absolutely love this place and I guarantee you will too. It’s really “off the hook”. $$.
4. Christina’s Cochina Cafe. Out of all of the Mexican inspired eateries in Butte, I think I like Christina’s the best. Everything from the food to the service to the atmosphere is exquisite. The ambiance is so authentic, but spacious. The vegetarian selection is modestly nice, as you can substitute almost every entree. I absolutely loved the “Vegetarian Fajita”. If you are looking for a great time and even greater food, the next time you are in Butte, MT check out Christina’s Cochina Cafe. – $$
3. The Montana Club. With a variety of cuisine, The Montana Club is a must frequent eatery. With everything from steak and seafood to salads and sandwiches, and much more, The Montana Club remains to be one of the best restaurants in Butte. The food here is excellent. They also have a relatively extensive vegetarian selection which include “The Portabella” sandwich which consists of a portabella, red peppers, tomatoes, red onions, and Havarti cheese on homemade Italian Focaccia bread. The ambiance is very casual. If you are looking to enjoy a nice dinner with family and friends in Butte, The Montana Club is the place to go. – $$$
2. The Uptown Cafe. How can a cafe possess such grade-A quality of food? Well, with everything from individual entrees and appetizers, The Uptown Cafe demonstrates why it is one of the greatest eats in Butte, MT. Whether you are in the mood for steak or chicken or even escargot, The Uptown Cafe is the place to be. The ambiance is traditionally inspired, as their walls are covered with artwork by a local artist. One thing that I noticed is The Uptown Cafe has an amazing vegetarian selection. In fact, I truly recommend trying the “Artichoke Ravioli” as it is simply excellent. – $$$$
And the best restaurant in Butte, MT of 2012 is…
1. The Derby. It is the best of Butte! With everything from steak to seafood to sandwiches to soups, and more The Derby is the best restaurant I have experienced here in Montana’s fifth largest city. The vegetarian selection is better during lunch hours, however; during dinner, you can order almost every entree without the meat. Plus, there are an array of appetizers. My personal favorite is the “Baked Brie” appetizer which consists of brie baked inside of a pastry and then topped with almonds and a raspberry-like sauce. At first I thought it reminded me of huckleberry sauce, but it has more of a raspberry taste to it. What I loved most about the Derby was the service. Despite being busy, I thought the waitress was very attentive. If you are looking for an amazing place to eat, you have to go to the Derby. – $$/$$$