Where to Eat

For a town of its size, Helena has some excellent restaurants.  Here are the one's that should not be missed:

  • Emiliano's 
    This restaurant takes its name from Emiliano Zapata, the Mexican revolutionary and its food can be as fiery as its namesake's politics.  The food here is excellent and it rivals any you might find in a Mexican restaurant in a big city in the Southwest part of the country. Portions are big and well worth the  $5-8 price.  Try the burros or fajitas and be sure to order a cold pint of Dos Equis to wash it down with.  The waiting space (its more of a hall than a room) is tiny and can make waiting uncomfortable if there is a long wait - which there often is.  One final warning - the green sauce is tear forming hot and the red sauce is not much milder.

  • The Windbag Saloon 
    The Windbag occupies a building that was once a brothel (actually not that long ago) and the warm and friendly vibes are still around.  This restaurant falls into the category of "western" cuisine:  gourmet burgers, steak,  fresh fish. All dishes are large, filling, and classy.  Try the Big Dorthy , to find out what a real hamburger should taste like. Be sure to order it with a side of the french fries, which is basically a potato cut into 10 thick fries.  Prices range from $8-16 dollars.

  • No Sweat Cafe 
    This little cafe is still true to its Montana hippy roots.  A sign on the door says "No Guns or Cell Phones."   The No Sweat primarily serves breakfast and lunch foods, which range from great egg scrambles to brown rice and vegetables..  Try the Tibetan Toad for a great  combination of eggs, sprouts, sausage, and garlic.  The coffee is excellent, there is a lot of it, and the friendly atmosphere will  make you want to come back often. 

Places to Drink

Helena has a large selection of coffee houses and bars.  Here are the best. Descriptions will be coming soon.

  • The Pattern House
  • Wall Street Cafe
  • The General Mercantile
  • Miller's Crossing
  • The Rialto

What to Do

Details on these things will be coming soon.

  • Last Chance Gulch

  • The Capital

  • The Great Outdoors

  • The Cathedral


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