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Don't be alarmed if you approach what you think is the ice cream truck, and you see a block of swiss cheese emblazoned on the side. Sweet teeth are soon forgotten with one whiff of molten cheese emanating from Cheddar's Gourmet Grilled Cheese.

Though diners can sate cravings with simple cheddar and swiss sandwiches, paired with creamy tomato-basil soup, this food truck's specialty is grilled cheese with a twist. Between slices of colby jack and provolone, diners opt for ham or turkey, topped with basil or pickles. Signature sandwiches include the Gold Rush, which stuffs mac 'n' cheese inside, and the BBBT, with bacon, basil, blue cheese, and tomato.

Location Varies
Helena,
MT
US

In 2009, the Wall Street Journal took an investigative foray into the world of grass-fed cattle ranching. Journalists purchased steaks from five U.S. producers and fired them at a backyard barbecue outside of Phoenix. They then proceeded to rate each cut, unanimously concluding that the new york strip steak from La Cense Beef was superior to its competitors and even ?comparable to a strip at an elite steakhouse.?

The ranchers at La Cense Beef were hardly surprised by this conclusion. On 88,000 acres in western Montana, they raise healthy cows by following methods first practiced on the ranch in 1869. Through sustainable practices, the team has been able to avoid the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones. They hand-cut, vacuum-seal, and immediately freeze each steak before shipping packages with instructions and cheat codes to help unlock the beef?s natural flavor.

945 N Montana St
Dillon,
MT
US

Each morning, the smell of fresh-brewed joe fills Sweetwater Coffee, mingling with the scent of just-baked cookies and scones emerging hot from the oven. But smell isn't the only sense that's indulged here; as eyes slowly open wider with every sip of a latte or americano, they take in the colorful works from local artists that hang on the shop's walls. Meanwhile, tastebuds luxuriate in the flavors and textures of sandwiches and salads constructed by one of the friendly staffers. Of course, the cafe also indulged minds hungry for knowledge by offering complimentary Wi-Fi to its customers, who can use it send emails, get homework done, or run searches on how to remove coffee stains from laptop keyboards.

26 E Bannack St
Dillon,
MT
US

The Smiling Moose Deli has been a Colorado tradition since 2003. Born in Edwards, CO nestled in the Vail Valley, the Smiling Moose has grown into 13 restaurants in the state and 1 in Wisconsin. We are extremely excited to announce that we will be expanding into Montana, Texas, Indiana, and South Dakota in 2011!

2631 W Main St
Bozeman,
MT
US

Craft beer flows from 10 taps inside Neptune Brewery's bar, though that's only a fraction of more than a dozen pours brewmaster Jon makes in-house. His rotating lineup includes everything from batches of gluten-free mead to a citrusy Belgian-style ale. He also brews a creamy chocolate porter that doubles as a marinade for a half-pound, locally sourced burger, which cooks wrap in bacon and optionally stuff with cheddar or gorgonzola. The remaining menu takes cues from pub grub the world over, with items such as Scottish Ale-infused brats and chorizo taquitos served with cinnamon-citrus yogurt sauce. Feasts unfold inside a cozy, with a 300 gallon salt water aquarium behind the bar.

119 N L St
Livingston,
MT
US

For the specialty pie that bears the pizzeria?s namesake, Gunny?s dough-spinners pull out all the stops, piling on chicken, bacon, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and alfredo sauce. Patrons can join in the fun by customizing their pies with up to 15 toppings?from ground beef to bell peppers?and the option for gluten-free crust. The rest of Gunny?s menu encompasses other pizzeria favorites, including boneless wings tossed in parmesan-garlic sauce and handmade meatballs piled into sandwiches. Beer, wine, and Coke soft drinks can accompany feasts, which unfold amid frequent entertainment such as karaoke and the day?s biggest games on TVs throughout the bar.

67 Village Dr
Belgrade,
MT
US