Pretty much the most awesome birthday a guy could ever hope for!
As much as I have loved Great Falls radio, it has fallen too far in the last couple of years, and I *needed* to have more options. To the rescue — my wife, with the AWESOME gift of a Sirius-XM radio for my car! Check out this action:
I will still listen to Great Falls radio occasionally, but holy cow — having satellite radio in the car is just…beyond happy.
Then some amazing, thoughtful, loving, and kind well-wishes from family and friends, primarily via Facebook. All VERY much appreciated — especially this one from my amazing friend Kelly (owner of Treat Animal Wellness down in Boz!) — this has got to be the MOST AMAZING BIRTHDAY CARD / GRAPHIC / IMAGE EVER CREATED IN ALL OF HISTORY. Thank you Kelly!
(Remember, kids — there is never NOT a good time for DOGE.)
Then I got asked to do a voice-over for a TV commercial — pretty much one of my dreams in life — woohoo! No word yet on when it will air, will let you know.
Then off to a tasty lobster dinner at Dante’s with my wife — excellent service from Ryan, a former co-worker and all-around great guy — and who surprised me with this sinfully delicious chocolate-lava slice of cake!
And what better way to top off a birthday in Great Falls than stopping in at the Sip-n-Dip to hear the legendary Piano Pat?
Now THIS is a nifty “sponsored post” on Facebook that got my attention — “We dare you to find a better burger in great falls.”
It was actually brought to my attention by my wife when she was cruising Facebook last night — she asked me where the Bighorn Bar & Grill is at, and I thought for a minute, and said I didn’t know. She said, “Well, you liked it on Facebook…”
Uh…I did? Turns out that I did indeed — back when it was called Mary’s Midway! It’s the place along Vaughn Frontage Road kind of across the street from Cattlemen’s Cut.
We’d been to Mary’s a few times — good stuff, nice relaxed atmosphere — but not in the last few years. But now apparently it’s got a new owner and a new name — very cool.
So – the Bighorn has issued a challenge! Can’t wait to head out there this weekend and try a burger!
We enjoyed lunch on Friday at the Family Affair restaurant — our first time there!
It’s tucked along the east side of the Snyder’s/Van’s building along 7th Avenue North between 25th and 26th Street. It’s small inside — only 11 tables, very cozy. Nothing fancy — just home-cooked meals. The waitress said that they have been there for 40 years, but based on talking with some friends and co-workers, it’s pretty much a hidden gem — not a lot of people know about it.
We ate at the Celtic Cowboy in downtown Great Falls just a few days after it opened nearly a year ago, and it was…weird.
The overall atmosphere was pretty awesome — it’s a beautiful restaurant and pub, plenty of space, very nice furnishings, lots of Irish-themed posters and decorations and wall-hangings. The Irish-themed menu was a little difficult for me to understand, full of things that didn’t sound too appealing to my very limited tastes, so of course I went with my default: a burger. The beef was pretty good, but it was served on “soda bread” — something I had never heard of, and which was absolutely horrible. It ruined the burger, seriously. The fries were decent, and the service was nice, if not exceptional.
But the really weird part? The plates – and I use the term loosely. They don’t use ACTUAL plates — just flat pieces of something that appear to be made of the same stuff as the little “book” that restaurants present the bill to you in. It might sound like a very small detail, but it was very…disorienting. Stuff on the “plate” is prone to roll around or move, and if you shake a little bit of salt (etc) on your food, the salt (etc) winds up all over the table. And stuffing the side orders such as the French fries into little metal “cups” was similarly odd.
So. We hadn’t dared to venture back to the Celtic Cowboy since then — until today. We had heard rumors that things had been “shaken up” in the kitchen for a while, and that some changes had been made, etc., so we tried it for lunch today, and it was definitely a more pleasant experience.
Very sad news — the Great Falls Bagel Co. is closing in a few days.
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!
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.