October 28, 2008

Cheeseburger at Grandma’s

Update: Grandma’s has since gone out of business.

Rating: ■■■□□ 3/5 “Liked it”

Reviewed by James (October 17, 2008)

So the fellas and I, all developers for ScheduleTown.com, go out to lunch together pretty regularly. For a couple years now, we’ve passed by a place on Main Street called Grandma’s but never stopped in. But now that we’re World Famous Culinary Critics, it behooves us to sample all the varied delicacies of Bozeman, MT.

Before we ever set foot inside we pondered what it would be like at Grandma’s. Given its name, we imagined it would be like eating at our own grandmother’s house; the dining room furnished with antique furniture and the walls covered with knickknacks. And of course the telling aroma that someone’s been slaving away in the kitchen all day coupled with an exotic potpourri of flowers and scented oils.  We were right! I’m not lying, check out the pictures.

The menu contained a variety of classic American faire, so I chose the classic cheeseburger with fries. The server/proprietor, a pleasant man of middling age, informed us that he was short staffed and recommended we partake from a selection of games while we waited for our meal. We pulled from the shelf an old classic that I hadn’t played in nearly two decades: UNO. Even though we were starving, it was pretty fun playing the card game. An especially funny moment occurred when Erfle’s wife called on the phone and asked what he was up to. His reply: “I’m playing UNO at Grandma’s!” She didn’t believe him.

But I digress; on to the food. The burger was pretty good actually; well cooked yet holding its juices. It was accompanied by those crazy French fries with the sort-of-serrated edge; likely Ore-Ida Golden Crinkles. My colleagues enjoyed other dishes including a patty melt, cheese steak, and hot dog.  Everything was tasty but nothing spectacular. For me, it was the environment that set Grandma’s apart. Oh, did I mention they are an Ice Cream Parlor as well? I’ll check out the ice cream next time.


Erfle’s Review:

October 24, 2008

Cup of joe at Wild Joe’s

Update: A new coffee shop, Lindley Perk, has replaced Wild Joe’s at this location.

Rating: ■□□□□ 1/5 “Hated it”

Reviewed by Barnes (October 24, 2008)

Are you in the mood for some really bad coffee? If so, you should try Wild Joe’s Coffee, the public library’s little hole in the wall.

I ordered a 12oz cup of regular coffee. It was nice and hot, but the taste was burnt and poorly filtered (there was a thin layer of coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup). Since I had paid $1.50 for it, I tried to drink it. The photo shows how far I got.


October 14, 2008

Cheese Steaks at Franks

Rating: ■■■■□ 4/5 “Really liked it”

Reviewed by James, Barnes and Erfle (October 14, 2008)

Barnes: With the chilly, winter-like conditions (classic Bozeman weather) outside, we wanted something warm for lunch today. A couple of hot sandwiches from Franks sounded like just the thing. After checking out their online menu, I ordered the “Lake Charles” chicken cheese steak sandwich, which came loaded with cheese, chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and Cajun spices. In fact, there were so many ingredients that I ended up needing a fork! The taste-to-cost ratio was nearly 1:1, and that’s saying something, given the $9.25 price. I think the spicy Cajun flavor was what really made this sandwich good. It was spicy, but not overwhelming. 4/5.

James: Coming soon!



Tim’s Review:

Gandolfo’s – Yankee In the Rye Sandwich

Taste: ■■■■ 5/5 “Loved it

Reviewed by Dugas (October 14, 2008)

I don’t know if it’s the thinly sliced deli ham, the swiss cheese, the fresh veggies, the marble rye (but not too rye-y), or what, but this sandwich is damn good.  You order it and think “Yoh, I’m getting a ham & swiss on rye.  I could make that at home.”  But you’re wrong.  The sandwich you will attempt to make at home will be nowhere near the level of taste that the Gandolfo’s version upholds.  You cry a little inside.  Sorry, that’s just the way it is.  It’s okay, you can always go back since the cost is decent for Bozeman (< $7).

As you can tell from the photos, it doesn’t look like much out of the wrapper, but pick up a triangle and take a look at what you’re holding.  Maybe a dozen layers of meat, a few layers of cheese, just the right amount of lettuce & tomato, and a smidgen of mayo.  It’s all there.  So go on, get one.  Do it.  Do it NOW!!

Here’s a link to the Gandolfo’s menu:



October 13, 2008

Bow River Burgers Menu

Update: Bow River Burgers has since gone out of business. The space is now occupied by 1st Row Burgers.

The only thing tasty was the menu, which my cat nibbled on after I got home – Craig. Nah, it’s not bad, full review to come in the future.

Mama Mac’s Menu

October 10, 2008

Bozeman Wendy’s (original location)

Taste: ■■■□□ 3/5 “Liked it

Reviewed by Dugas (October 10, 2008)

As I rarely go for the fast-food burger & fries, I felt it necessary to review Bozeman’s original Wendy’s restaurant when I went there today.  Unfortunately, Wendy’s no longer carries the awesome 5-Alarm Chicken Sandwich, so today I got the “Classic #1, fries & Diet Coke.”

The thing that makes Bozeman’s Wendy’s different than McDonalds, Burger King, etc., is that there are always cars lined up at the drive-thru.  No, service isn’t slow here, but that place is always booming!  It’s no wonder, really — the food is pretty tasty, cheap, and Wendy’s tries a bit more than the competition to offer healthy sides to your meal.

Anyway, the freshnotfrozen burger was pretty good, the fries were warm & salty, and the soda was — well, soda.


October 8, 2008

Sandwiches at Mama Mac’s

Rating: ■■■□□ 3/5 “Liked it”

Reviewed by James and Barnes (October 8, 2008)

James: I opted for the daily lunch special—a hot roast beef sandwich topped with grilled onions, sliced pepperoncinis (banana peppers), and creamy horseradish sauce on fresh baked wheat bread. The sandwich was accompanied by a bag a classic Lay’s potato chips and a dill pickle spear. The sandwich was tasty, but nothing spectacular. The sandwich was a descent size but I’m not a big fan of paying $10 for a sandwich, chips, and a drink (though that is quickly becoming the norm around Bozeman).

Barnes: I had the club sandwich on sourdough bread. It was huge: three layers of bread filled with turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and mayo. It was the Big Mac of club sandwiches. Perhaps they should call it the Mama Mac.


October 7, 2008

Gyros at Starky’s Authentic Deli

 Rating: ■■■ 3/5 “Liked it”

Reviewed by James (October 6, 2008)

So today is ‘Pita Monday’ for us Scheduletown.com developers which typically means lunch at the Pita Pit, but given the great response to our TasteOfBozeman blog, Barnes and I decided to change things up this week. Oh we’re still going for a pita, but this time it’s in the form of a Gyro sandwich from Starky’s.

Starky’s Authentic Delicatessen is located in Historic Downtown Bozeman not far from our offices on Main Street. Their website still says they are open at 7AM but apparently their business hours changed sometime recently, so I was unable to order the Ideal Bagel Sandwich I was craving for breakfast.

That aside, I decided to order the Gyros for lunch today. The lunch comes served with not one, but TWO generous sized gyro sandwiches alongside kettle chips and a pickle spear. The gyro itself consists of the meat (presumably sliced lamb but I didn’t ask to be sure), chopped tomato, romaine lettuce, sliced onion and tzatziki sauce on chewy flatbread (ok, so not technically a pita but close enough!).

I’ll admit I gave away my chopped tomatoes to Barnes as I’m not a big fan, but otherwise the gyro was pretty tasty. The meat was flavorful and the vegetables fresh and crisp. The home-style kettle potato chips are too thick and crunchy for my taste but provide a nice compliment to the sandwich.

If you’re a fan of gyros or just want to try one out for the first time you cannot go wrong with this sandwich.


October 3, 2008

Chicken Fajita Burrito at La Parrilla

Rating: ■■■■□ 4/5 “Really Liked it”

Reviewed by Barnes (October 3, 2008)

In Spanish, la parrilla means barbeque grill. In English, it means delicious! The restaurant of the same name in Bozeman makes about as good of a burrito as you can get in Montana. Today, I had the pleasure of eating a chicken fajita burrito containing diced bell peppers, chicken, beans and a variety of other ingredients such as cheese and salsa. (James is seen below eating the equally tasty steak fajita burrito.)

I highly recommend asking for their “stash”. A couple lines of that hot sauce adds a great kick to your burrito.

Although the food is top-notch, I can’t give a five out of five rating because of the restaurant’s small parking lot. At noon time it is almost impossible to get a parking spot. We’ve often had to park on the side of the street a couple blocks away. But the extra little walk is worth it. ¡La Parrilla es deliciosa!