Burgers I Have Loved

Friday night at Goode’s Q & Bayou Grill – the Q Burger. Two 6.5 ounce patties topped with cheese and bacon.

Q Burger!

My one beef (no pun intended) with Goode’s is the French fries – don’t like ’em. Everything else there is awesome, but the fries just don’t cut it. They’re too…crunchy? And not “potatoey” enough. Very minor quibble, though – the Q Burger is awesome enough to stand on its own!

Luck of the…Bayou?

Next time you visit Goodes’s Q & Bayou Grill – you know, to enjoy the best breakfast in Montana, or the delicious Q-Burger! – you’ll be greeted by the newest Goode’s team member! OK, so maybe he doesn’t *quite* blend in naturally with the rest of the bayou slash Louisiana slash Cajun theme, but he sure is cool. Bonus points if you know where he came from!

The NEW Goode’s Q & Bayou Grill

Fnally made it to the NEW location of Goode’s Q & Bayou Grill – and we are BEYOND amazed!

We were worried that in moving to the new location, it would lose some of its “funky” atmosphere, but what were we worried about? It’s even better now! And so much more space – the coziness of the original location, in the tiny log cabin in 15th Street, was very intimate, but admittedly a bit cramped. The new location – on 10th Avenue South at 26th Street – has plenty of space, is decorated perfectly (funky, jazzy, “Nawlins” flair), and still serves up the most amazing (and diverse) menu in town.

Of course, I had my regular – the 13-ounce Q-Burger – and it was absolutely perfect. Krista ordered the Friday special – “Nawlins BBQ Shrimp over cheesy grits” – and she was simply blown away. I’m not a big fan of shrimp – or of BBQ – but I sampled a bit, and have to admit: it was truly awesome.

AND…also learned that breakfast is now served until NOON – that means I will likely never sleep too late on a Saturday or Sunday to get a Haystack (no biggie – just the best breakfast in Montana)!

Some pix (more here):

Eatery Update!

It’s official: Goode’s Q & Bayou Grill has (finally!) moved into its new location over near Benefis! Haven’t been by to visit yet, but can’t wait to check out the new digs in the next few days. It’s at the intersection of 10th Avenue South and 26th Street, in the same building as the San Remo coffee shop. Hope they kept the funky atmosphere of the original location!

Some things for you to remember, if you haven’t tried Goode’s yet: first, it’s pronounced GOODZ – not “Good-eez.” Second, it is home to the best breakfast in town – the Haystack! Third, it’s home to the second-best burger in town, the Q-burger.

And in other restaurant news, it looks like Great Falls will soon be home a Staggering Ox, in the building where The Breaks (and the Bay Leaf!) used to live, down at 2nd Avenue South and 2nd Street. I’ve been to the Ox in both Helena and Missoula – pretty unique. I suspect that the Great Falls location could rival the Helena location in being quirky and funky, if they do it right.


We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog reading to bring you this important message:

The restaurant in Great Falls that is formally known as “Goode’s Q & Bayou Grill” is informally referred to as “Goode’s.”

Please note that it is NOT pronounced “Good-eez.” It is pronounced “Goodz.” The “e” is silent.

If you have been referring to it as “Good-eez,” please stop. Thank you.

Great Falls FTW!

I just love it when Great Falls gets recognized for having unique or special businesses – and last week The Living Room was the ONLY salon in Montana to be included in Elle magazine’s “Top 100” in the nation – kudos to Jolie!

Other “best of” lists that Great Falls has scored in recent years: the Haystack breakfast at Goode’s was named the “Best Breakfast In Montana” by The Food Network magazine – and man, they couldn’t have been more right! It has long been my absolute favorite breakfast…the sausage gravy is out of this world.

And back in ’09, Ford’s Drive In was listed as having the “best burger in Montana” by The Food Network, and of course we all know about the legendary Sip-n-Dip scoring the title of “Best Bar In The World Worth Flying To” by GQ magazine.

UPDATE: Oops! My apologies to the gang at the Downtown Doghouse – they earned a spot on the SF Weekly list of “Top Ten Gourmet Hot Dogs” for their Fly’n Hawaiian dog!

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