Billings might be an old-fashioned, family-friendly town, but there are still a handful of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. For many, a breakfast run to Denny’s is a tradition in itself, but the favorite chain also dishes up some tasty holiday fare. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the full menu is available as well as seasonal specials.

There’s also the local Cracker Barrel, another breakfast staple in town that will be dishing up some delicious Thanksgiving fare. Whether you stop by for grits, eggs and sausage in the early morning or make it a laid back Thanksgiving with dinner at the “CB,” you can bet every dish will be delicious.

A Local Twist

The Montana Club features scratch-made dishes with Montana flare, and it’s a must for any visitor (Thanksgiving or not!). Committed to providing a friendly, family approach to the holidays, the local chain is open “until late” and is regularly known for their steaks, BBQ and seafood. However, on the holiday, they up the ante with homemade favorites and sides.

Montana Sky serves their regular breakfast and dinner menus, while the upscale Ten restaurant plans to be open if enough reservations roll in (so make yours today!). Always call the day before to confirm openings at these locations, just to play it safe. (And if you get into a pinch, you can always count on the local IHOP).




Who wants to hang out in a garage during their vacation? Everyone in Billings, because it’s where the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. throws the best parties, events, and acoustic jam sessions. Located in downtown, this sprawling brewery-turned-hotspot has tennis courts as part of the play, tour, sip, dine approach. Whether you want to play a game, take a tour of the brewery, or just sip on a cold handcrafted pint at the state’s official Tennis Racquet Garage of Fame inside the brewery, you can design your perfect day.

Why tennis? The city has a number of gorgeous courts, and many were in disrepair. Some were so lacking in maintenance that they had all but disappeared. Yellowstone took on the challenge of renovating the courts in 2015, turning them into club and community courts.

More on Yellowstone Valley Brewing

At First Ferkin Friday, tapping starts at 6 p.m. Guests can try the special cask-conditioned ale that’s only tapped once a month. However, it’s a bit of a secret treasure. You might need to specifically ask brewers Jeff Grissom or Andre Brown for the First Ferkin—otherwise, word might get out and there won’t be enough ferkins to go around!

Located on 1st Avenue, the brewery is a major landmark in Billings and a must for any beer (or tennis!) lover. Special events happen most weekend nights, so stop by for a cold one and get to know this truly fusion-rich brewery that could.


Give the dad in your life a Father’s Day he’ll never forget at the Montana Brewing Company. Award-winning beer includes the Fat Belly Amber, Sandbagger Gold, Whitetail Wheat and Sharptail Pale Ale. Don’t forget the classic Custer’s Last Stout. You’ll find the perfect pint to pair with some of the best and biggest gourmet fare in Billings.

Established in 1994, the company quickly became one of the most popular restaurants in Billings for locals and visitors alike. Their Wood Fired Nachos have been voted as the best in Billings, covered with a blend of cheeses, black beans, olives, green onions, salsa and sour cream. Add chicken for extra juiciness, and get the roasted garlic and brie if you’re still craving more cheesiness.

What to Order

The Brew Chip is a must for a starter; which is Montana-style poutine with fries smothered in bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream. Local favorites include the Chicken Strip Basket and cod Fish ‘n’ Chips. A separate mac ‘n’ cheese menu is sure to satisfy, from the Bayou Mac to the Rocky Crab Mac.

A big burger, pasta and sandwich menu offers all the comfort food you can manage. Check out the Pub Burger with green chili jalapeño pesto and pepper jack or the Hickory Burger with BBQ sauce, cheddar and bacon. Montana Brewing Company is the ultimate destination for every dad. Which brew will you try first?



Billings might bring to mind classic American meat and potato dishes, but sometimes those meat (and meat alternative) and potato favorites use a tandoori oven! There’s only one Indian restaurant in the entire city, which means they’re serious about representing the oldest cuisine on the planet—and they do so with gusto.

India Grill is a staple in Billings, with a party room perfect for special occasions and corporate gatherings. Catering off-site is also available, and even though this destination is famed for home-cooked, authentic fare, there’s also an American menu to suit every diner. Try the rice specials, like biryani, or the baked to order bread whether naan, roti or paratha is your preferred carb love.

The Spice of Montana

Dinner specials include the India Grill Special for one or two people with papadam, a crispy appetizer, followed by a samosa and tandoori chicken. Next up is the seekh kabob, rice naan and one or two entrees (depending on the number of diners), and your choice of dessert.

Lamb is the star of many dishes, including the Lamb Coconut featuring tender cubes of lamb simmered in a spicy sauce with grated coconut. The Bhuna Ghost Lamb is only for the bravest of diners, extra spicy with ground onions, ginger, yogurt, garlic and a blend of spices.


Montana is known for prime cuts and great steaks, so is it any surprise that it’s also a burger mecca? Start your journey at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes, a local chain with delectable vegetarian options, too. The Iceburger is a low carb option, the Black Bean burger is a favorite for vegetarians and meat lovers alike, and the classic Mooyah burger is an American staple that’s made the chain “semi-famous” as they claim!

The Burger Dive is a retro destination with checkered floors and an innovative menu. You’ll want to try the “I’m Your Huckleberry” burger with huckleberry chili sauce, bacon, goat cheese, arugula, and roasted red pepper mayo on a Grains of Montana bun. It just won the World Burger Championship for 2016.

Burger Delights

King’s Hat is a favorite local drive through known for fish sandwiches, Sloppy Joes, and of course burgers. Don’t forget to try their malted milkshakes with scratch-made ingredients. It’s a slight spin on the traditional burger drive through, but well worth checking out.

The Rendezvous Casino and Burger Grill is located within the casino and offers home cooked goodness to increase your odds with Lady Luck. Burgers are just $4, but you may also want to try the chicken fried steak, fried chicken sandwich, or the delicious fish sandwich. In Billings, options are limitless. Where will you fill ‘er up?



Reserve your table for two at one of Billings’ most romantic restaurants. Lilac is a polished eatery featuring New American fare like Montana beef tartare, French onion soup and green tea noodles with poached prawns. On their brunch menu, you’ll find Irish turnovers, zucchini cake French toast and croque madames.

TEN is a fine dining restaurant at the Northern Hotel by executive chef Nick Steen. Here, you’ll discover starters like crab cakes, scallops and a charcuterie board. Beef cuts raised in Montana include the flat iron, New York strip and tomahawk. Bison osso bucco, pork belly and scallop pasta are sheer indulgences.

Intimate Dining

Jake’s is a traditional, wood-paneled steakhouse that’s a Billings staple. The dinner menu features dueling shrimp, a selection of steak cuts, and the option to add Alaskan crab, boursin cheese sauce, and the secret “great topping” to any entrée.

The Rex is a historic establishment serving bacon wrapped hot links, deep fried mushrooms and calamari rings and tentacles on the appetizer list. For entrées, try the Montana raised buffalo rib eye, lobster tail or Alaskan king crab, or the stuffed chicken breast. Special Valentine’s desserts can be found at most restaurants, making this a truly unique V-Day.


You might think of Billings as a steak and potatoes kind of city—and it is, especially when you add in some authentic south-of-the-border spices! There are some prime Mexican restaurant choices in the area, like Guadalajara, the gourmet Mexican restaurant known for their super quesadilla, fajita salad and traditional tostadas.

Sarah’s Mexican Food is a local hot spot, featuring reasonable prices and fresh flavors. The tiny, family-owned establishment has built an incredible following, thanks to delicious dishes and friendly staff.

Heat Things Up

January in Billings can be cold, but it’s nothing Dos Machos can’t handle. Try their strong drinks and legendary sides, like a spicy margarita paired with a Mexican pizza or Mexican omelet. The Dos stir fry with beef and chicken always satisfies, and the bowl of pork chile is just what you’re craving on a chilly night.

From the Torres Café to Don Luis Restaurant, you’ll find fresh salsa, homemade guacamole and unique dishes that blend genuine Mexican fare with touches of Montana. Everyone has their favorite, like the Border Boyz with their epic enchilada platter, stuffed taquitos and lil’ Mexi meals. Where will you start your gastro journey?


You might think Billings is the go-to spot for steakhouses and American fare (and you’d be right!), but it’s also Montana’s best city for Thai cuisine. Discover authentic flavors at Cham Thai & Cuisine, famous for their Mongolian beef and array of side dishes with customizable spice levels to suit your threshold. At Siam Thai, it’s the massaman curry that takes the cake along with the homemade spring rolls.


Tao New Asian offers chicken and shrimp shumai along with BBQ pork buns as their most beloved of appetizers. Next, try their signature dishes including the Thai curry with steamed or fried rice and your choice of protein. Lobster in a Thai ginger sauce, snow strawberry jumbo shrimp, and a selection of sushi, sashimi, teriyaki dishes, and a kids menu are always fine choices.

Top of the Thai

Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion is aptly named and well-known for their bento box lunches, where you can get the orange chicken, sushi/sashimi, tempura lunch box and more. Wok fried rice, egg noodle lo mein, fresh pineapple fried rice, and the Thai basil lunch are all popular picks.

You’ll also want to explore the dishes at LemonGrass, where the pad see ew is “life changing,” according to reviews, and the dessert menu demands that you save room.

Dad’s Day in Billings means one thing—it’s time to treat the special man in your life to some seriously prime cuts. Consider booking a table at Montana’s Rib and Chop House for lunch or dinner. Their pork chop sandwich, mussel and fries, and fish tacos prove that they’re not “just” a steakhouse, even though most come here for the New York strip and perfectly aged hanger steak. Snow crab legs and their Shrimptastic Tuesdays are just a couple of specials to check out!


The Rex Restaurant Bar and Grill offers happy hour and an extensive dinner menu with local brews on tap to complement the deep fried mushrooms, jumbo buffalo wings and crab cakes for starters. BBQ combos, like the baby back rib specials and chicken and brisket specials, are sure to satisfy. Just make sure to save room for that Angus beef, rib eye steak and sirloin.

A Savory Sunday

Texas Roadhouse is a classic where you can find pulled pork sandwiches, a 6 oz. sirloin steak dinner, ranger rib basket or grilled pork chop. There’s a kid’s menu featuring hot dogs and mac and cheese, or go for the smokehouse burger for a lunch that always delights.

Jake’s is the wood-paneled steakhouse tradition that locals love. Here, you’ll get stinky cheese pork belly, teriyaki tenderloin tidbits and more–including a huge dessert menu!

Great steaks, old fashioned comfort food and wine are a given in Billings. But did you know this town is also home to some of the best pizza in the state? Tarantino’s offers a wide variety of pie options like the Roman Luau, the BLT, the Blanca, and the Bionic Veggie. There are also gluten-free crust options so the whole family can enjoy!

Bullman’s Pizza is a local favorite, with all sauces and crusts made fresh daily. A few options include the Bitterroot pizza, Four Cheese pie, Teriyaki Chicken, and Crazy Mountain (with all the meats you can imagine!). Salads, sandwiches and child-size pizzas are also on the menu.

Grab a Slice

Sam & Louie’s Pizza is a must, especially if you’re craving a Taco pizza, Five Cheese pizza, Chicken Bacon Ranch pie, or if you prefer to build your own. There are gluten-free options, pasta, sandwiches, a kid’s menu, Stromboli, calzones and even appetizers if that’s not enough for a decadent dining experience.

Try MacKenzie River Pizza for a rustic environment and even more creative pies. The Cowboy Nachos and BBQ bourbon wings go perfectly with the Hot Hawaiian, BBQ pork, or BLT pizzas. This full menu is so much more than pizza, but those slices are what made it famous.