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Bye Bye Bagels

Very sad news — the Great Falls Bagel Co. is closing in a few days.

They shared this message on Facebook today:

Great Falls Bagel Co

They made some very tasty bagels, and will be missed. :-( I think the only problem with the shop was its location — food was delicious, staff was super-friendly — but that location just isn’t ideal for such a venture, in my opinion. Maybe they can try again in a more accessible area…? That would be awesome.

Hoagieville: The Good, Bad, Ugly

Let’s talk about Hoagieville — it’s a Missoula-based restaurant that opened a store in Great Falls a couple of months ago in the spot that used to be KFC on 10th Avenue South. Here’s my review of the Good, the Bad, and Ugly!

Hoagiveville in Great Falls

First, the Good: the staff is wonderful — every time I’ve been in there (about six or seven times so far), the crew is happy, pleasant, smiling, and courteous. Service is speedy, too.

On one of my visits, after I ordered and they were nearly done getting my order ready to go, I realized that my wife might like some of their mushrooms, so I told the cashier that I’d like to add an order — she called it out to the back and started to ring it up, but the manager (or owner?) who was working the grill told her not to ring it up, they would just throw the mushrooms in for free. Very nice touch.
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ELMO’S Highwood Bar

The Highwood Bar (previously) has a new owner, a new name, and even a new menu! The sale just happened a few days ago — Dave and his wife (both retired Air Force) bought it, and are doing some mild renovation and updating.

And best of all — in addition to the regular and legendary Friday Steak Night, they are now serving a few other items ALL THE TIME!

So on Sunday, my wife and I took the gorgeous, relaxing 30-minute drive out to Highwood and for the first time ever, ate something OTHER than steak at what is now called Elmo’s Highwood Bar. Dave said that Elmo was the name of the original owner decades ago, and he thought it would be neat to add that to the name.

Krista enjoyed a delicious tri-tip sandwich (which I sampled – mmmmm), and I had a bacon-double-cheeseburger. Folks, trust me: it was the best damn burger I’ve had in several years — juicy, flavorful, just the right size (heh), and the bacon was amazing. Think it was the best burger I’ve had since our last visit to Square Butte.

And Krista said the hot slaw was – as always – beyond delicious.

Dave talked a bit about some of the changes he’s making, and getting the bar involved in some community events, and it sounds pretty awesome. Can’t wait to head back.

SO: like ‘em on Facebook, call ahead for a Friday night steak dinner, and definitely stop by for a burger on your next day-trip!

BEHOLD: the bacon-double-cheeseburger!

Spiffy new sign:

Nothing fancy – just simple and what you need:



Legendary Friday Steak Night!

A pic from a few years ago:

Big Food!

If you’re hungry and it’s time for breakfast — you know, the kind of hunger that a couple of Egg McMuffins just can’t handle — then you need to drop in at JJ’s Bakery downtown on Central.

Check out these beauties — bacon, eggs, cheese on a fluffy biscuit — and they are *huge*!


If you’re hungry and it’s time for dinner — check out this *monster* prime rib I had at Bar S a few weeks ago.

They said it was about 30 ounces, but it seemed even bigger than that. Yes, it was delicious…and yes, some of it came home for Ziggy.


A reviewer at Yelp even noted: “Don’t order the biggest prime rib unless you want to plug your toilet or have leftovers for a week and a half (its huuuuuge!)”

In my younger days, I could have devoured the entire thing…sadly, as I’ve grown older, I’m no longer able to consume more than about 20 or 24 ounces of beef in one sitting. But it sure makes for a happy pup when I get home :-)

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