Bison isn't just a Montana thing, but it's not a bad place to go if you're a fan. Foodies from all over are raving about the farm-fresh bison you can get in Billings, and the area's chefs are making some extraordinary dishes.
In Billings, Montana, the best bison ranges from the classic Great Plains bison burger or simple and perfectly cooked ribeye to more elaborate and creative offerings. Imagine tucking into a bison Osso Bucco or a bison hash.
Here's a look at the best places to try out bison in Billings. So whether you're a seasoned bison veteran looking for your latest fix, or a first-timer looking to try the real deal, Billings is just the place. And don't forget to check out our Billings MT restaurant guide for plenty of other excellent dining choices, too.
BEST BISON IN BILLINGS MONTANA
Keep in mind that restaurants frequently change their offerings. That's especially true at the smaller, local joints that serve the best bison dishes! Most chefs are using the freshest ingredients they can get, which varies seasonally.
BISON RIBEYE @ MONTANA'S RIB AND CHOP HOUSE - BILLINGS
Voted the best steakhouse in Montana by Business Insider, the Rib and Chop House uses premium ingredients and cooks everything just right. With locations in Montana, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming, you can enjoy their simple cooking with a cajun flair throughout the West. So if you're looking to try a simple cut of bison cooked perfectly, this is the place. And don't forget to check their specials board for treats.
BISON BURGER @ MONTANA BREWING COMPANY
Sometimes a good burger is just what you need to hit the spot. Montana Brewing Company has the best selection of burgers in town. But it's their bison burgers that you should try. Check their specials board, too. They've been known to serve up a fantastic bison stew.
BISON MEATLOAF @ BISTRO ENZO
Like you'd expect from a small-town cafe, Bistro Enzo has a small menu that changes frequently. The important thing is to check their specials and see what's fresh and new. For example, bison specials from the past have included an original and delicious bison meatloaf.
BISON TARTAR @ THE FIELDHOUSE
The Fieldhouse serves a frequently changing menu of local ingredients. If you're specifically after bison, you'll want to give them a call and see what's on their specials board. But their food is superb and well worth the trip. For example, they’ve been known to serve bison tartare with a mind-blowing horseradish sauce.
Bison Short Ribs and Bison Hash @ Local Kitchen & Bar
Local Kitchen and Bar braise their short ribs and serve them alongside Colcannon mashed. The bison hash is served with candied peppers and is described as anything but your mom's hash. With big chunks of bison and vegetables, this is a juicy and flavorful dish that doesn't disappoint.
BISON OSSO BUCCO @ WALKERS
Bison is lean yet well-marbled, which makes it exceptional with braised recipes. At Walkers, you'll want to check out their bison Osso Bucco. Braised with vegetables and a wine broth, you'll never have tasted a more flavorful or tender cut of bison.
BISON STOUT @ THIRSTY STREET BREWING COMPANY
It's all in the name, right? So our local hometown brewing company, Thirsty Street, has created the ultimate Big Bison Stout. It's smooth and heavy, with a nice balance of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley.
Bison is a delicious meat that substitutes for many beef recipes easily. It's leaner, with better marbling and less saturated fat, too. Give it a try as you dine at Billings' finest restaurants, or order takeout to enjoy in your room. You won't be disappointed.