2nd Street Sushi
In addition to picking up accolades for best anniversary spot, 2nd Street Sushi is also the go-to place for Asian food for the fifth consecutive year. From a wide variety of its sushi namesake to its famous chicken teriyaki and tasty appetizers, 2nd Street Sushi, located at 322 South Second Street in Hamilton, makes a repeat customer out of everyone who comes through the door.
Bakery and soup
Located at 310 South first Street in Hamilton, the Red Rooster is the place to go for a bowl of hot soup. From creamy tomato or french lentil to New England clam chowder, the Red Rooster has the tastiest soup to pair with a large selection of sandwiches and specials, or go for a big bowl and make it the main course. If you are staying or going, make sure to try some of Red Rooster’s freshly made baked goods during your visit.
Best take out
From the more than 20 different pizzas to the 30 different sandwiches, wraps pastas and salads, Kodiak Jax is not hurting for choice. Maybe the most difficult decision is to stay or go, because all of the items on the menu are available for takeout as well as dine-in at their locations on 109 SouthFirst Street in Hamilton or 514 Main Street in Stevensville. By letting locals bring it home, Kodiak Jax brings home the award for Best Take Out.
For fifteen years, The Kitchen has been slinging the best breakfast in town, and locals have been coming back for more. This is one place that understands hungry. Take a signature dish, chicken fried steak with hash browns and toast, quite the full plate to get people ready to take on the day. Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 102 South Second Street in Hamilton, The Kitchen is all about generous portions, quality food, and reasonable prices.
Buffet and pizza
With a name synonymous with a good pie, Pizza Hut is a go-to a family dinner, party or delivery. Dine-in customers can also take advantage of the restaurant’s ample-sized buffet bar, so there is always something available for everyone. Pizza Hut has locations at 1002 North First Street in Hamilton.
Nap’s Grill by a landslide
Winning by a landslide, Nap’s Grill, at 220 North Second Street in Hamilton, pulled in the prize for the valley’s Best Burger. While its fare also includes steak, fries and chicken, the cornerstone of this classic American restaurant is the burger. Nap’s gets their meat fresh every day, and pounds out 300 patties each morning, with customers more than ready to make sure they are gone by day’s end.
Burrito and salad
The Filling Station
There’s is a range of choices to pick from at The Filling Station Grille in Hamilton, a winner for both Best Burrito and Best Salad. This gas station themed eatery serves up everything from traditional American food like a good old-fashioned burger to Mexican and vegetarian dishes. Stop in and fill up your tank, er, stomach, at the The Filling Station, located at 203 West Main Street in Hamilton.
Business lunch and sandwich
River Rising is a lot more than just a bakery, they are also one of the best places around to grab some lunch. With gourmet sandwiches like the herb roasted chicken and red pepper or the turkey and wild mushroom, there is something for everyone at this winner for Best Business Lunch and Best Sandwich. River Rising is located at 337 Main Street in Hamilton, and is open Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For the third year running, Bitterroot Beanery is the people’s choice for a nice, hot beverage. With multiple locations in the area, and serving only free trade coffee, Bitterroot Beanery has people up and down the valley hooked. Give them a visit in one of their has four locations: 600 South First Street and 1002 North First Street in Hamilton, the Town Pump at Woodside Cutoff and 2424 Meridian in Victor, open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dinner romance and vegetarian
Spice of Life
With favorites like tofu satay, Spice of Life makes an effort to always have a selection of vegetarian dishes for those conscious about what they eat. It also has various no-dairy and gluten free offerings, as well as dishes for those without specific dietary concerns. The restaurant also features live music on the first Friday of every month. So whether it is a special occasion or if you just want a taste of the joint’s fresh, organic food, come in to Spice of Life, located at 163 South Second Street in Hamilton.
The Signal Grill
If you’re looking to make dinner special and indulge a bit, tune in to the local choice for Best Dinner Splurge, The Signal Grill. The Signal uses many local Montana ingredients in their ever-changing menu. With specials such as the black-coffee rubbed cowboy steak or the coho salmon with blackberry merlot sauce, meals at The Signal are unforgettable. The Signal Grill is located at 131 West Main Street in Hamilton, and is open for dinner during the week and brunch on the weekends.
With a name that couldn’t be more synonymous with fast food, it’s little wonder that McDonald’s grabbed the top spot in the awards. The golden arches is the go-to for people who know what they want, and need it in a hurry.
As a state liquor store, Cheers Unlimited in Hamilton offers a good selection of alcohol at affordable prices. Why go to a private store and pay more for the same product? The people in the Bitterroot can’t see a good reason, which is why Cheers is their Best Liquor Store. Cheers Unlimited is located at 376 South First Street in Hamilton. it is open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Lunch under $5
Those who need an inexpensive lunch in a hurry anoint the sandwich giant Subway as their pick for this year’s Best Lunch Under $5. Always ready to get you in, out and on with the day, Subway has four convenient locations in the Bitterroot: 3909 Highway 93 North in Stevensville, 395 Woodside Cutoff Road near Corvallis, 5502 Old Highway 93 in Florence and 1146 North First Street in Hamilton.
Fiesta En Jalisco
A family run restaurant with a dozen locations in Idaho, Montana and Washington, Fiesta En Jalisco is this year’s choice for Best Mexican food. Every year, the family makes a trip to Mexico, and always brings back something new to incorporate into the restaurant. It might just be the chiles, or maybe it is the traditional and authentic food that has warmed up locals to this favorite restaurant. Fiesta En Jalisco has two locations in the Bitterroot, at 1659 North First #9 and 201 Main Street in Stevensville.
Higherground Brewing Co.
In an increasingly competitive category, Higherground has been voted this year’s Best Micro Brewery. Sip a Clear Water Crystal Ale or a Flash Flood Milk Stout while eating some of the brewery’s freshly made brick-fired pizza, soup or salad. If you are in a hurry, grab a growler fill and take some of the beloved beer to go. Higherground Brewing Co. is located at 518 North First Street in Hamilton. It is open Tuesday through Sunday until 8 p.m., and closed on Mondays.
The Broad Axe Lodge
Tucked away in the woods is a local secret, the tastiest prime rib around. The place? The Broad Axe Lodge east of Sula. The winning dish is served on the weekends, but there is always something on the menu to please, from Alaskan halibut to shrimp scampi and lobster tail. In addition to the restaurant, the lodge also has cabins for rental. The Broad Axe Lodge is located at 1237 East Fork Road near Sula.
This year’s choice for Best Restaurant Service goes to the team at the Skalkaho Steakhouse. With waitstaff this good, coupled with the beautiful surrounding scenery, this family-run operation has been doing it right with smile. Drop in for the grub and stay for the friendly attitude at this restaurant, located eight miles southeast of Hamilton at mile-marker seven on the Skalkaho Highway.
The Wild Mare
A good steak is a rare find, and the best steak even harder to come by. So the honor is all theirs that The Wild Mare has been voted the Best Steak in the Bitterroot. Whether you try the flat iron, sirloin, rib eye or filet mignon, you’ll reach the same conclusion; this place knows meat. Even if steak isn’t your style, the restaurant has your back with a large menu including burgers, salads, chicken and pasta. The Wild Mare is located at 283 Second Street in Corvallis.