Best Appetizers

Top Hat

Whether you prefer a classic appetizer like buffalo wings or prefer something like kimchi fries, the Top Hat appetizer menu has you covered, plus the ingredients are locally sourced.

134 W. Front St.

728-9865

tophatlounge.com

Finalists, Best Appetizers

2. Jaker's Bar & Grill. 3515 Brooks St. 721-1312. jakers.com/missoula

3. Plonk. 322 N. Higgins Ave. 926-1791. plonkwine.com

Best Asian Food

Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed’s well-mixed Asian blend of dishes are made with vegetables and meat cut fresh every day, the sauces and dressings are hand made. The varied menu has something for everyone including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks

721-7333

mustardseedweb.com

Finalists, Best Asian Food

2. Sa-Wa-Dee. 221 W. Broadway. 543-9966. sawadeemissoula.com.

3. Masala. 206 W. Main St. 926-6444. masalamt.com

Best Bakery

Bernice’s Bakery

The fresh baked from scratch goods at Bernice’s Bakery include beautiful and delicious cupcakes, cakes, pies, croissants, cookies, healthy, fresh lunch menu and much more.

190 S. Third St. W.

728-1358

bernicesbakerymt.com

Finalists, Best Bakery

2. Black Cat. 2000 W. Broadway. 542-9043. blackcatbakeshop.com

3. Le Petit Outre. 129 S. Fourth St. W. 543-3311. lepetitoutre.com

Best Barbecue

Notorious P.I.G.

The original Notorious P.I.G. opened in April 2015, and soon became a local favorite for authentic St. Louis-style barbecue. So much so that it opened a second location at the corner of Brooks and Reserve. The restaurant has won multiple local awards and has been featured by national food writers and personalities like Food Network host Hannah Hart on her show “I Hart Food.”

247 W. Front St.

926-1344

3621 Old US Highway 93.

926-1461

thenotoriouspigbbq.com

Finalists, Best Barbecue

2. Famous Dave's. 2915 N. Reserve St. 541-7427. famousdaves.com

3. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

Best Barista

Florence Coffee

Opened in 2003, Florence Coffee is family owned and operated. Readers say “Nothing in Seattle compares!” Various locations.

florencecoffeeco.com

Finalists, Best Barista

2. Loose Caboose. multiple locations. 541-1748. loosecaboosemissoula.com

3. Drum Coffee. 600 South Ave. W.  721-5290. 1001 E. Broadway. 721-3786. drumcoffeemt.com

Best Breakfast

Paul’s Pancake Parlor

Paul’s offers offer more than just your ordinary pancakes and traditional breakfast foods and is a family favorite. Sometimes there is a wait, but it is worth it.

2305 Brooks

728-9071

paulspancake.com

Finalists, Best Breakfast

2. Catalyst. 111 N. Higgins No. 111, 542-1337. thecatalystcafe.com

3. Burns St. Bistro. 1500 Burns St. 543-0719. burnsstbistro.com

Best Breakfast Burrito

Market on Front

For $6, you can get a loaded burrito with scrambled eggs, Daily's bacon, shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheese, seasoned breakfast potatoes and chipotle aioli.

201 E. Front St.

541-0246

marketonfront.com

Finalists, Best Breakfast Burrito

2. The Breakfast Club. 1132 S.W. Higgins Ave. 926-1240. thebreakfastclubmt.com

3. Ninja Mike's. 200 W. Pine St. 926-1145

Best Brunch

Burns St. Bistro

Burns Street Bistro’s brunch is based on a different theme each week. The biscuits and gravy is a sure thing every week and a reader favorite.

1500 Burns St.

543-0719

burnsstbistro.com

Finalists, Best Brunch

2. Caffe Dolce. 500 Brooks. 830-3055. caffedolcemissoula.com

3. Tamarack Brewing Co. 231 W. Front St. 830-3113. tamarackbrewing.com

Best Budget Lunch

Five on Black

Five on Black’s Brazilian food is not only affordable but healthy and delicious. Build your own bowl by choosing a base, protein, side, sauce and toppings.

325 N. Higgins Ave.

926-1860

3850 S. Reserve Suite 140.

926-1305

fiveonblack.com

Finalists, Best Budget Lunch

2. Bridge Pizza. 600 S. Higgins Ave. 542-0002. 3000 Brooks St. 552-1313. bridgepizza.com

3. Taco Del Sol. multiple locations. 327-8929. tacodelsol.com

Best Burger

Wally and Buck

A longtime food cart, the new fast-casual restaurant with indoor seating serves local beef from the Oxbow Cattle Co. in Missoula.

319 E. Front St.

wallyandbuck.com

Finalists, Best Burger

2. Five Guys Burger & Fries. 820 E. Broadway. 830-3262. fiveguys.com

3. Missoula Club (Mo Club). 139 W. Main St. 728-3740

Best Caterer

Burns St. Bistro

Whether you are looking to have relaxed celebration barbecue and beer or more of a fine dining experience, Burns Street can fit your taste and budget, from weddings to meetings. 

500 Burns St.

543-0719

burnsstbistro.com

Finalists, Best Caterer

2. Silk Road. 700 S.W. Higgins Ave. Suite 100A. 541-0752. silkroadcatering.com

3. Bravo! Catering. 224 N. Higgins Ave. 541-4900. bravocatering.net

Best Chef

Bob Marshall, Biga Pizza

Bob Marshall opened Biga Pizza in 1990. It has since become a Missoula favorite, earning high marks from pizza lovers year after year. 

241 W. Main St.

728-2579

bigapizza.com

Finalists, Best Chef

2. Jess Wrightson, Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

3. Olivia Donova, Plonk. 322 N. Higgins Ave. 926-1791. plonkwine.com

Best Coffee

Florence Coffee Co. 

With five locations in Missoula plus locations in the Bitterroot and Flathead, you don’t have to look far to get your coffee fix.

Various locations.

florencecoffeeco.com

Finalists, Best Coffee

2. Black Coffee Roasting. 525 E. Spruce. 541-3700. blackcoffeeroastingco.com

3. Loose Caboose. multiple locations. 541-1748. loosecaboosemissoula.com 

Best Coffee Hut

Florence Coffee Co.

Scoring the favorite spot in another category, Florence Coffee Company's coffee huts offer a quick way to get your caffeine fix, with great drinks and wonderful service.

Various locations.

florencecoffeeco.com

Finalists, Best Coffee Hut

2. Loose Caboose.  multiple locations. 541-1748. loosecaboosemissoula.com 

3. Copper Mountain. multiple locations. coppermountaincoffee.com

Best Convenience Store

Worden’s Market and Deli

Worden’s Market is the place to shop for all your food and drink needs including specialties from around the world. The Deli, famous for the “Whoppa,” features soups, salads and sandwiches made with homemade bread.

451 N. Higgins Ave.

549-1293

wordens.com

Finalists, Best Convenience Store

2. Griz Grocery. 447 Hill St. 721-2679. grizzlygrocery.com

3. Ole's. 1600 S. Russell. 728-7681. 923 N. Orange. 721-2170

Best Delicatessen

Tagliare

The bread is made fresh, the meat and cheese is sliced fresh for your sandwich. Great selection of specialty, imported cured meats and cheeses.

1433 S. Higgins Ave.

830-3049

tagliaredelicatessen.com

Finalists, Best Delicatessen

2. Market on Front. 201 E. Front St. 541-0246. marketonfront.com

3. Good Food Store. 1600 S. Third St. W. 541-3663. goodfoodstore.com

Best Desserts

Bernice's Bakery

From wine cakes to chocolate cakes to specialty cakes like lemon coconut and PG&J you will have hard time choosing.

190 S. Third St. W.

728-1358

bernicesbakerymt.com

Finalists, Best Desserts

2. Black Cat Bakery. 2000 W. Broadway. 542-9043. blackcatbakeshop.com

3. Mustard Seed.  Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks. 721-7333. mustardseedweb.com

Best Doughnuts

Rosauers

For fresh classic doughnuts at an affordable price, you can never go wrong with a doughnut from Rosauers.

2350 S. Reserve St.

721-5430

rosauers.com/missoula

Finalists, Best Doughnuts

2. Krispy Kreme. 1025 W. Central. 926-2810. krispykreme.com

3. Black Cat Bakery. 2000 W. Broadway. 542-9043. blackcatbakeshop.com

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Conflux Brewing

The kid friendly food and engaging play areas make Conflux the perfect place for parents to enjoy a meal and beer. Plus Sundays feature  storytime and 50% off kids meals.

200 E. Main St.

926-3589

confluxbrewing.com

Finalists, Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

2. Montana Club. 4561 N. Reserve St. 541-8141. 2620 Brooks St. 543-3200. montanaclub.com

3. Paul's Pancake Parlor. 2305 Brooks. 728-9071. paulspancake.com

Best Food Cart/Truck

Wally and Buck

Wally & Buck is a Missoula born, mobile food concept that offers artisan burgers made from local ingredients. It operates from a vintage travel trailer that has been restored and re-purposed just for burgers.

319 E. Front St. 

wallyandbuck.com

Finalists, Best Food Cart/Truck

2. Big Thai Country. 240-9511

3. El Cazador. 728-3657. elcazadormissoula.com

Best French Fries

James Bar

The James Bar has more than just your traditional french fries. Try the sweet potato fries or the truffle fries or the spicy garlic fries. 

127 W Alder St.

721-8158

jamesbarmontana.com

Finalists, Best French Fries

2. Hoagieville Cheese Fries. 2405 N. Reserve St. 541-8031. Southgate Mall. 728-5008. 

3. #1 Gyros/Greek Pastry Shop. 520 S. Fifth St. W. 543-6843. 

Best Ice Cream/Yogurt

Big Dipper

There’s always the traditional flavors, but experimental flavors like Raspberry Ginger Kombucha sorbet make Big Dipper is the place to go in any weather, though the line gets its longest in the heat of Missoula's summer.

631 S. Higgins Ave.

543-5722

bigdippericecream.com

Finalists, Best Ice Cream/Yogurt

2. Sweet Peaks. 223 W. Front. 549-0028. sweetpeaksicecream.com

3. Dairy Queen. various locations. 

Best Italian Food

Ciao Mambo

With creative twists on classic recipes there is something for everyone. The pasta dishes are made with rich, savory sauces and fresh ingredients. The thin crust pizzas are baked to perfection. Also vegetarian and gluten free options available.

541 S. Higgins Ave.

543-0377

ciaomambo.com

Finalists, Best Italian Food

2. Biga Pizza. 241 W. Main St. 728-2579. bigapizza.com

3. Caffe Dolce. 500 Brooks. 830-3055. caffedolcemissoula.com 

Best Liquor Store

Grizzly Liquor

Locally owned and operated Grizzly Liquor has the finest selection of scotch, bourbon, gin, vodka, tequila and others, plus products from local and regional micro-distilleries along with craft made products from around the world. It also has event planners who can help you create your wine and spirits menu for your wedding, party or corporate event.

110 W. Spruce St.

549-7723

grizzlyliquor.com

Finalists, Best Liquor Store

2. Krisco Liquor. 1300 S. Reserve St. 549-7242. kriscoliquor.com

3. Lolo Liquor. 11300 US-93. 273-0199. lololiquorandwine.com

Best Mexican Food

El Cazador

El Cazador, opened in downtown Missoula in 1995, is owned and operated by Alfredo Hernandez. The authentic Mexican food menu and offers vegetarian and gluten free options.

101 S. Higgins Ave.

728-3657

elcazadormissoula.com

Finalists, Best Mexican Food

2. Fiesta en Jalisco. 3701 Brooks St. A. 728-1323. 4888 N. Reserve. 543-7757. fiestaenjalisco.net

3. Tia's Big Sky. 1016 W. Broadway. 317-1817. tiasbigsky.com

Best New Restaurant

Conflux

Conflux is locally owned and family-friendly. The menu features “handcrafted comfort or pub food with a Southern twist.” It uses locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is family friendly with a kids’ area and two outdoor patios and an outdoor fire pit.

200 E. Main St.

926-3589

confluxbrewing.com

Finalists, Best New Restaurant

2. Wally and Buck. 319 E. Front St. wallyandbuck.com

3. Gild. 515 S. Higgins Ave. 926-3258. gildbrewing.com 

Best Organic Food Selection

Good Food Store

For more than 40 years, the Good Food Store, has been Missoula's home for locally-produced, organic and bulk foods.

1600 S. Third St. W.

541-3663

goodfoodstore.com

Finalists, Best Organic Food Selection

2. Lucky's Market. Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks. 549-8124, luckysmarket.com

3. Natural Grocers. 2530 S. Third St. W. 728-2100. naturalgrocers.com 

Best Outdoor Dining

Finn & Porter

Enjoy great food and great service on the outdoor deck that sits off the Clark Fork River and offers a view of Mount Sentinel and Mount Jumbo.

100 Madison

542-4660

finandporter.com

Finalists, Best Outdoor Dining

2. Plonk. 322 N. Higgins Ave. 926-1791. plonkwine.com

3. Missoula Brewing Company, Highlander. 200 International Drive. 549-8193. highlanderbeer.com

Best Pizza

Biga Pizza

Biga Pizza uses locally sourced ingredients, artisan meats and cheeses with a traditional brick oven sourdough crust prepared from scratch. Seasonal menu.

241 W. Main St.

728-2579

bigapizza.com

Finalists, Best Pizza

2. Bridge Pizza. 600 S. Higgins Ave. 542-0002. 3000 Brooks St. 552-1313. bridgepizza.com

3. Howard's Pizza. 2010 South Ave. W. 721-2011. howardspizza.com

Best Pizza Delivery

Bridge Pizza

Bridge Pizza delivery drivers are always kind, considerate and on time, bringing the Bridge's infamous pizza selections to your door.

600 S. Higgins Ave.

542-0002

3000 Brooks St.

552-1313

bridgepizza.com

Finalists, Best Pizza Delivery

2. Howard's Pizza. 2010 South Ave. W. 721-2011. howardspizza.com

2. Pizza Hut. multiple locations. pizzahut.com 

Best Place to Buy Meat

Diamond Bar Meats

Diamond Bar Meats has been family-owned and operated for over 50 years. It specializes in high quality beef, pork and chicken and has affordable packages for holidays and parties.

1500 S. Russell St.

549-7272

Finalists, Best Place to Buy Meat

2. Costco. 3220 N. Reserve St. 543-6445. costco.com

3. Rosauers. 2350 S. Reserve St. 721-5430. rosauers.com/missoula 

Best Place to Eat Alone

Five on Black

Two locations for this ala carte Brazilian-styled restaurant serve up deliciousness at a fast pace. One bonus is the Pao de Queijo (cheesy buns); another is you never know who you'll run into.

325 N. Higgins Ave.

926-1860

3850 S. Reserve Suite 140

926-1305

fiveonblack.com

Finalists, Best Place to Eat Alone

2. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

3. Taco Del Sol.  multiple locations. 327-8929. tacodelsol.com

Best Restaurant

The Pearl

The Pearl features high quality food and great customer service in a quiet, upscale yet friendly, casual atmosphere. It has been featured in New West Cuisine and Distinctly Montana. Nearly any menu pick is a guaranteed winner.

231 E. Front St.

541-0231

pearlcafe.us

Finalists, Best Restaurant

2. Conflux  Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

3. Top Hat. 134 W. Front St. 728-9865. tophatlounge.com

Best Restaurant Service

Jaker's Bar & Grill

Jakers Bar and Grill is committed to providing guests with excellent food and service coupled with a fantastic dining experience.

3515 Brooks St.

721-1312

jakers.com/missoula

Finalists, Best Restaurant Service

2. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

3. The Pearl. 231 E. Front St. 541-0231. pearlcafe.us

Best Restaurant View

The Keep

The large windows give you a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Missoula, Mt. Sentinel and Snowbowl.

102 Ben Hogan Drive.

728-5132

thekeeprestaurant.com

Finalists, Best Restaurant View

2. Finn and Porter. 100 Madison. 542-4660. finandporter.com

3. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

Best Restaurant Wine List

Plonk

With more than 30 wines including red, white, sparkling, fortified and dessert wine there is sure to be something for every wine expert.

322 N. Higgins Ave.

926-1791

plonkwine.com

Finalists, Best Wine List

2. Red Bird (now closed)

3. Rumour. 1855 Stephens Ave. 549-7575. rumourrestaurant.com

Best Retail Beer Selection

Orange Street Food Farm

This small neighborhood grocery store has the widest variety of domestic, craft and local beers in town.

701 S. Orange St.

543-3188

orangestreetfoodfarm.com

Finalists, Best Retail Beer Selection

2. Worden's Market. 451 N. Higgins Ave. 549-1293. wordens.com

3. Pattee Creek Market. 704 S.W. Higgins Ave. 721-2456

Best Retail Wine Selection

Worden’s Market and Deli

Worden’s wines are stored in a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar. The list is divided into regions and categories, including Australia, France, Italy, the United States, Spain, South America and South Africa. You can also sign up for a wine club and wine tasting.

451 N. Higgins Ave.

549-1293

wordens.com

Finalists, Best Retail Wine Selection

2. Missoula Wine Merchants. 311 N. Higgins Ave. 926-1911. missoulawine.com

3. Pattee Creek Market. 704 S.W. Higgins Ave. 721-2456

Best Romantic Dining

The Pearl

The combination of fine dining in a cozy, charming atmosphere make this the perfect place for a romantic night.

231 E. Front St.

541-0231

pearlcafe.us

Finalists, Best Romantic Dining

2. Red Bird (closed)

3. The Keep. 102 Ben Hogan Drive. 728-5132. thekeeprestaurant.com

Best Salad

Good Food Store

The Good Food Store deli chefs use fresh natural and organic ingredients to create salads that can be served in small or large sizes. Try the Mediterranean Kamut Salad; the broccoli, bacon and sunflower salad; penne salad with pesto; Kung Pao brown rice and tofu, quinoa and black beans and many, many more.

1600 S. Third St. W.

541-3663

goodfoodstore.com

Finalists, Best Salad

2. Jaker's Bar & Grill. 3515 Brooks St. 721-1312. jakers.com/missoula

3. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

Best Sandwich Shop

Tagliare

Tagliare Delicatessen features many sandwiches to satisfy your craving and they are named after favorite bands including the Zeppelin, the Megadeth, the Kiss, the New Edition, the Journey and more.

1433 S. Higgins Ave.

830-3049

tagliaredelicatessen.com

Finalists, Best Sandwich Shop

2. Doc's. 214 N. Higgins Ave. 542-7414. docsgourmet.com

3. Staggering Ox. 1220 S.W. Higgins Ave. No. 4. 542-2206. staggeringox.com

Best Seafood

Saketome

Fresh, innovative Asian fusion cuisine crafted from the highest quality seafood, meat and produce available.

137 W. Front St.

925-2555

saketomesushi.com

Finalists, Best Seafood

2. Jaker's Bar & Grill. 3515 Brooks St. 721-1312. jakers.com/missoula

3. Kobe Seafood & Steakhouse, 3331 N. Reserve St. 540-4480. kobemissoula.com

Best Soup

Jaker's Bar & Grill

Jaker’s house made signature soups include chicken tortilla, gluten free vegetable, gluten free baked potato, French onion and top picks — clam chowder and lobster bisque.

3515 Brooks St.

721-1312

jakers.com/missoula

Finalists, Best Soup

2. Good Food Store. 1600 S. Third St. W. 541-3663. goodfoodstore.com

3. Doc's. 214 N. Higgins Ave. 542-7414. docsgourmet.com

Best Steak

Lolo Creek Steakhouse

Lolo Creek Steakhouse takes a bit of a drive and diners are accommodated on a first-come, first-seated basis. It's not unusual to wait up to an hour for a table, but the wait is worth it. Enjoy the views or take the golf cart shuttle to the adjacent Lolo Creek Distillery and Tasting Room. Once seated you can hear the sizzle of your steak being cooked on the grill. Big 7 Travel named it one of best steakhouses in America.

6600 US Highway 12 W.

273-2622

lolocreeksteakhouse.com

Finalists, Best Steakhouse

2. The Depot. 201 Railroad St. W. 728-7007. depotmissoula.com

3.  Jaker's Bar & Grill. 3515 Brooks St. 721-1312. jakers.com/missoula

Best Supermarket

Lucky’s Market

The chain focuses on natural, organic and locally grown products. The store, conveniently located in Southgate Mall, and includes a huge deli and sushi bar.

Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks.

549-8124

luckysmarket.com

Finalists, Best Supermarket

2. Rosauers. 2350 S. Reserve St. 721-5430. rosauers.com/missoula

3. Good Food Store. 1600 S. Third St. W. 541-3663. goodfoodstore.com

Best Sushi

Sushi Hana

Sushi Hana has been serving authentic Japanese cuisine in Missoula for 20 years. And serves 20 different kinds of Makizushi and vegetable sushi.

403 N. Higgins Ave.

549-7979

sushimissoula.com

Finalists, Best Sushi

2. Saketome. 137 W. Front St. 925-2555. saketomesushi.com

3. Kobe Seafood & Steakhouse, 3331 N. Reserve St. 540-4480. kobemissoula.com

Best Takeout

Five on Black

Place your order and go pick it up at the Missoula Downtown or South Crossing location. For larger orders allow staff 30 minutes to complete.

325 N. Higgins Ave.

926-1860

3850 S. Reserve Suite 140

926-1305

fiveonblack.com

Finalists, Best Takeout

2. Mustard Seed. Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks. 721-7333. mustardseedweb.com

3. Bridge Pizza. 600 S. Higgins Ave. 542-0002. 3000 Brooks St. 552-1313. bridgepizza.com

Best Tea

Lake Missoula Tea Co.

Lake Missoula Tea Co. stocks several teas including Oolong, green tea, purple tea, black blend, botanical blend, chai, Puerh, Rooibos plus seasonal and new teas. Trips to Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Kenya and Columbia has allowed owners Heather and Jake Kreilick to build a source of teas.

136 E. Broadway.

926-1038

lakemissoulateacompany.com

Finalists, Best Tea

2. Butterfly Herbs. 232 N. Higgins Ave. 728-8780. butterflyherbs.com

3. Montana Tea & Spice. 2600 W. Broadway. 721-4882. montanatea.com

Best Vegetarian Food

Five on Black

The entire menu here is vegetarian. Don’t include meat or the Brazilian cheese buns in your order, and it's completely vegan.

325 N. Higgins Ave.

926-1860

3850 S. Reserve Suite 140

926-1305

fiveonblack.com

Finalists, Best Vegetarian Food

2. Masala. 206 W. Main St. 926-6444. masalamt.com

3. Good Food Store. 1600 S. Third St. W. 541-3663. goodfoodstore.com

Best Waiter/Waitress

Kellen at Conflux Brewing

Finalists, Best Waiter/Waitress

2. Cheryl, Jaker's

3. Lester Bracey, The Pearl

Best Wedding Cake

Bernice’s Bakery

Bernice’s wedding cakes are not only beautiful and delicious, they are designed just for you. Meet with a wedding cake consultant and discuss your options. You have the opportunity to taste the various cake, filling and frosting options, in every combination possible. Check out the cake photo album or bring a drawing, or a photo.

190 S. Third St. W.

728-1358

bernicesbakerymt.com

Finalists, Best Wedding Cake

2. Black Cat Bakery. 2000 W. Broadway. 542-9043. blackcatbakeshop.com

3. Cakes in the Zoo

Best Wings

Desperado

Wings for any taste even those who prefer a “tamer” wing….tangy, crispy and sweet or hot wings with red pepper or spicy teriyaki.

3101 S. Russell.

549-9651

Finalists, Best Wings

2. Buffalo Wild Wings. 2615 Radio Way. 829-9464. buffalowildwings.com

3. Thomas Meagher Bar. 130 W. Pine St. 540-4402. thomasmeagherbar.com