Wilderness Town Profile: Gardiner, Montana
Gardiner, Montana is home of the famed north-gate entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It’s also the home of some of the greatest pizza parlours we’ve encountered.
There are so many delicious restaurants that Simon and I have tested out over the years, but I would like to focus in on one place that is an absolute must-eat destination: K-Bar.
It is the sort of place that you just know the food is going to either be the most disgusting thing you have ever eaten, or the most amazingly delicious food you would have never thought to try when you see this place from the outside.
Let me start with what K-Bar looks like.
On the outside, there is a huge red sign with those light bulbs framing the word K-BAR in a clown-ish font. The sign on the outside of the bar reads: “Must leave alcohol inside.”
On the inside, signs read: “No Hunting or Trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Survivors will be prosecuted again.” Or another favourite: “Patrons are requested to refrain from disposing of cigarette butts in the urinals as they become soggy and difficult to light.”
Just the look of this bar says late night, smoke filled, shady pool hall in small town USA.
So the food should be on par with an awful, cliche dive bar, right?
The sauce is what got me; I absolutely love it. When I asked the owner what the secret is, he said it’s his wife’s secret, but might have to do with a lot of fennel and garlic.
My fiancee feels it’s the cheese that makes this pizza. Apparently, the wife of the owner grew up on a dairy farm, where this unique cheese was discovered and made en mass by the family. Deeeelicious!
Can I tell you, also, that from the owners to the staff to the patrons, you will not find a nicer group of people than at the K-Bar? Bar none, they are amongst the kindest people we’ve met on our trips. Each person comes out to make sure we’re having one of the best food experiences of our lives.
Gardiner, Montana…to be continued.
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