Located in Bozeman, Best Western Plus GranTree Inn is convenient to Bridger Creek Golf Course and Montana Arboretum and Gardens. This casino hotel is within close proximity of Montana State University-Bozeman and American Computer Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 120 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-panel televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Windows open for fresh air and mountain views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 42-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Try your luck at the casino and enjoy other recreational amenities including a casino and an indoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 8 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Bozeman? This hotel has 336 square feet (30 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
Find grocery deals and steals at Cafe Courier in Bozeman and save money on your overall purchase.
Here you can find a large number of high-quality staples, such as tasty and healthy oil and vinegar options.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
Ready for a change? Switch up your weekly meal selections with some bold spices and seasonings from here.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Cafe Courier offers a range of classic and signature breads, all of which are fresh and baked to perfection.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Cafe Courier has all of your pasta necessities.
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Cafe Courier and sip your way through tasty goodness.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Cafe Courier and stay on the go all the time.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Keep your whole family healthy and full with a selection of tasty canned good items from Cafe Courier.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Hungry for a tasty meal but don't have the time to spend in the kitchen? Frozen food is an easy solution.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
For the curious, Cafe Courier boasts a central location to nearby parking.
Cafe Courier will satisfy all your grocery needs, from milk and eggs to meat and cheese, so get started on that list.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Montana Ale Works, home of American comfort food.
Eat healthy and feel better with Montana Ale Works' low-fat and gluten-free plates.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Reserve your own room at Montana Ale Works so that you can create your own private party.
Fridays are for fun! Come check out the vibe at Montana Ale Works.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Montana Ale Works.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Montana Ale Works, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Bring the Montana Ale Works' great food to your place.
At Montana Ale Works, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Cyclists are in luck. Montana Ale Works provides bike parking.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Montana Ale Works will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Montana Ale Works.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Montana Ale Works.
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Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Starky's Authentic Americana for all of your favorite American dishes.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Your group can sit comfortably at Starky's Authentic Americana, a local restaurant.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Starky's Authentic Americana is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Starky's Authentic Americana tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Starky's Authentic Americana offers catering.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Commute by bike to Starky's Authentic Americana and find easy bike parking.
Deep pockets not required! Starky's Authentic Americana takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
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Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Starky's Authentic Americana to have a bite of deliciousness.
For a casual American classic, Starky's Authentic Americana will serve you up a delicious meal in Bozeman.
Pop over to Mackenzie River Pizza Co. for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
For a hot slice or a steaming bowl of pasta, the menu is chock-full of your favorite carbs.
At Mackenzie River Pizza Co., you can score healthy food such as gluten-free, low-fat and vegan eats.
This pizzeria welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the pizzeria.
Bike parking is also available outside the pizzeria.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Mackenzie River Pizza Co. — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Mackenzie River Pizza Co., where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Mackenzie River Pizza Co.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Mackenzie River Pizza Co.. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Mackenzie River Pizza Co. a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Mackenzie River Pizza Co.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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