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In the realm of dining, some things are universal: everybody loves McDonald’s french fries, for instance. Other things, however, are strictly local, as evidenced by GeeGuy’s endorsement of Taco Treat: “Since I am a local, born and raised, I have been a Taco Treat fan since before I can remember.” Amen. Just about everybody that I know that is a true “local” feels the same way about Taco Treat. My girlfriend, for instance, who is also a true “born and raised” local. Case in point: when her high-school buddy came back to visit Great Falls for New Year’s Eve, the first thing that they did when he got off the plane was head to Taco Treat.

Me – well, despite the fact that I now consider myself a true citizen of Great Falls (approaching 6 years!), the wonders of Taco Treat still elude me. I’ve tried it – and the Amigo, too. I just don’t get it. To be honest, I’d rather grab some Taco Bell. But fortunately, I have found ONE thing at Taco Treat to enjoy: Krust-Os! Crispy, cinnamony, snacky; and with a name like that, what’s not to love?

The only other place that I can think of that falls into this same “gotta be raised on it” category is Borrie’s, with the pasta sauce that only locals can love (I’m learning to love it). OK, so let’s hear it: what other eateries around town fall into this category?



  1. I never heard of Bailors (sp?) We always went to Stumps Ice Cream Factory and I saw today that they are now The Udder Ice Cream Factory.. As in the udder company :P… I hope it’s still as good!

  2. Ahhhhh – I could never wait till mid summer when Bailer’s made their seasonal home made fresh peach ice cream. My grandma always made it a special trip to go down there on hot Sunday afternoons when they had it in stock. MMMMMMMMM!!!

  3. Well, Janna Lee, it was a good while ago. I’m going to be 52 next week, so my Bailer’s Ice Cream memories are over 30-35 years ago. 😎 I don’t remember when Bailers closed, but my parents still live in Great Falls, so they might recall.

    Not food, but drink: When I was a kid we would go down to Giant Springs in the Summer and just get water right out of the spring to take home in bottles for as long as it lasted (which wasn’t long). And we’d just wade in the Spring and drink out of our cupped hands.

  4. Thanks for all of the information on places to eat. We just moved here from Indiana, and do not yet understand the lure of Taco Treat. Yikes. Some new friends of ours will be opening a Taco del Sol on 6th St. down town, and after having tried it out recently in Missoula…we are sooo excited! Fabulous burritos, and a great deal. We’ll check out some of the ones mentioned above. Sure wish there was a coffee house open in the evening…even one or two nights a week. We love love love Howards…and we thought we had the best pizza back in IN.

  5. There was a pizza store in the Great Falls Mall that served this bread they called Bobbie bread. Man that was some very tasty stuff. I also liked the Dagwoods sandwiches. Hope they are still in business. Jakers used to be called Jake’s. Good food! Black Angus was good. There used to be an all night cafe in the downtown area. also good for late night snacking.

  6. mmmmm Dagwoods… best bread ever. Now that I moved away I truely miss Taco John’s, Taco Treat and El Comedor (I’m still baffled by the fluffy taco).

  7. Great to hear about Bailar’s still on people’s minds. My great grandmother was Blanche, teh owner and my grandfather was Ken, who many of you probably knew. I am not from GF, but my memory is that the shop closed down around 1980 or so and was sold, and perhaps became a TV/elec. repair shop. Unfortunately, Blanche passed away in the late 90’s and Ken in 1994. However, I grew up hearing all the great stories about the shop, the crowds on the holidays, fun that everyone had and delicious ice cream made like no one else.

  8. My husband saw me coming out of DAGWOOD’S 14 years ago and looked up to heaven and said, “Lord, why can’t I meet a gal like her?” One week later we met at my best friends wedding and a year after that we were married… it’s been 13 awesome years!

    Our favorite place to eat is 3D’s or Taco Treat… I love Howards, but he doesn’t. 🙁

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  10. For the folks who mentioned Dagwood’s; I lived next door to the owner in the mid 80’s near the College of Great Falls. Super nice lady and actually drove a Delorean! (The Back to the Future car for all you youngsters! LOL) That seafood sub and their bread still makes my mouth water 30 years later.
    Enjoy all the beauty that is Montana and that Great Falls food for me!

  11. We have a Facebook group for people who grew up in, or used to live in Great Falls. It’s called “Remember Great Falls Montana When…” just do a search for it. There are many threads about the old places we loved to eat “back in the day,” and also some recipes from some of the old restaurants, like Burgermaster! Lots of old memories there too. Come check it out!

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