April 23, 2013

Veggie Burrito from Taco del Sol

■■■■□ 4.0 / 5 “Simple burritos at their best”

When I moved to Missoula in 2002, Taco del Sol was the place to get your mission-style burritos. People went nuts over that place! With lines constantly running out the door, you’d think you were getting soup from the Soup Nazi.

Burrito and ginger ale Bite Nachos

I remember eating a burrito from Taco del Sol in Missoula for the first time, peeling away the bits of tinfoil like a total noob and thinking “why the heck are these people so excited to eat burritos?”

As I started to better understand Montanans and the local culture, I realized that people loved the option to eat at a local company that rolls entire healthy meals into affordable ($5-6) burritos. These burritos are packed full of fresh veggies, protein, and fiber.

It turns out the Bozeman location isn’t all that different. Shortly after arriving, a wave of people showed up behind us until the line reached the door. A chalkboard menu is hung above the ordering counter displaying a short list of burrito, taco, nacho, and kids meal options. I’ll tell you right now that if you’re looking for the world cuisine fusion that you might find in the burritos at La Parilla, then you’ll be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a classic mission-style burrito like I enjoyed, then you’ll be plenty satisfied. With fresh food like that, it’s hard to go wrong.

If you asked what makes Taco del Sol unique, I’d have to say that it’s probably the simplicity of the restaurant. With a handful of food offerings combined with a clean interior and extra-friendly service, they’ve got the recipe for something quite rare in the area: a quick, filling, affordable meal in downtown Bozeman.

Reviewed by Craig Dugas

Address: 17 S. Tracy Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715
Web: http://www.facebook.com/tacodelsolbozeman
Phone: 406-404-1350

March 16, 2013

MOBB Salad at The Nova Cafe

■■■■□ 4.3/5 “Think Organic Denny’s. And then realize that’s actually a compliment.”

If you’re driving down East Main Street on a weekend morning, it’s likely that you’ll see a bunch of people waiting outside for a table at one of Downtown Bozeman’s iconic breakfast/brunch/lunch eateries, The Nova Cafe.

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Locally sourced ingredients is the pitch at The Nova Cafe. The menu is a solid collection of breakfast and lunch items that should satisfy pretty much any diet, including locavores, vegetarians, vegans, omnivores, gluten-free-goers, health nuts, hearty meal lovers, and so on. After you soak up the eclectic interior, you’ll find that the posters on the walls, cards on the table, and menu in your hands let’s you know where your food was sourced. It’s even worth mentioning that the coffee was recently switched over to local coffee bean roasting company Ghost Town Coffee Roasters, because it’s a wicked good cup of coffee.

I ordered the MOBB salad this visit since I’ve been interested in locating healthier eats in and around Bozeman. Topped with a generous handful of Gorgonzola cheese, thick bacon, and 1/4 of an avocado, the salad definitely satisfied. What made this salad a bit different was chilled sauteed squash and zucchini with herbs, an odd topping that definitely added a little something to the meal.

As one reviewer on Yelp put it: “Think Organic Denny’s. And then realize that’s actually a complement [sic].” I can’t help but chuckle when I read that, since it’s definitely understandable. Of course if I had to pick between Denny’s and The Nova Cafe, you’d find me eagerly waiting outside for a table at the local alternative.

Reviewed by Craig Dugas

Address: 312 E. Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715
Web: http://www.thenovacafe.com
Phone: 406-587-3973