In The Heart of Montana

There’s a new hotspot for fine dining in Montana! Stetson Restaurant at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown, Montana has surpassed all expectations this last week. New owner, Bob Steinmann, has brought in Chef Robert Phillps as executive Chef. Robert brings 30 years of experience to create an outstanding menu with an artistic flair. Robert takes pride in creating with the freshest of ingredients.

The Yogo Inn sits on the site of the Old Milwaukee Railroad Depot. Part on the Old Depot is actually the present day kitchen of The Stetson. This is the Area where Robert will create an incredible dining experience for you. While your meal is being created you may enjoy a glass of wine and take in the western atmosphere. Stetson’s has windows on two sides looking out into the courtyard and the other two walls are adorned with incredible pieces of western art.

We had Just spent the day Hiking on of the Great trails in the Little Belt Mountains west of Lewistown, the area was once the hang out of the Great Western artist Charlie Russell. The area is an amazing place to explore, view wildlife and take in the scenery that may take your breath away.

Back to Stetson’s, The three of us being extremely hungry and thirsty wandered in and were shown to a great seat by their very friendly staff. We order a bottle of wine from their very extensive list and settled back to browse the menu.

After a Glass of wine and some conversation I decided on the Rack of Lamb coated in Dijon mustard, seasoned bread crumbs, pan seared and baked to perfection. Served with a creamy smooth port wine glaze and melt in your mouth garlic mashed potatoes.

Sherry decided upon the Cajun Shrimp, these enormous shrimp are coated in blackening seasoning and broiled. Served also with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and topped with Beurre Blanc and snow peas.

And Alan went for the Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Scallops, broiled and topped with Beurre Blanc and snow Peas, along with the garlic mash potatoes.

When the dishes arrived after another glass or two of wine, we were pleased to see how beautiful our plates looked. They were all works of art and the aroma was absolutely incredible. Seemed a pity to dive in and destroy the masterpieces that lay before us, but hunger won out and we went for it. The dishes were absolutely… amazing! We each shared what the other had ordered, as it wasn’t just a meal. It was an experience.

That evening, we spent quite a bit of time in Stetson’s, as the food was so unbelievably great and we savored each bite. As we finished up, we realized we had not saved room for dessert. We all ordered coffee and sat back to discuss the memorable day we had in Central Montana. We decided we would come back soon, and next time, save room for dessert!

To experience Stetson’s is to experience the; Heart & Soul of Montana

Tom Ski is a master of the great outdoors. You can find Tom fly fishing in Montana, photographing elk and bison, watching birds from a hide or in the long grass, talking about life on his radio show and writing about his adventures at NewsBlaze.