It isn't fair to compare Two Dog Flats Grill to trendy urban restaurants or high-falutin' resorts. Keep in mind that this place is open only three months a year, that the help is seasonal (mostly college students) and that the location is within a national park (far removed from most supply lines). Given all this, Two Dog Flats really delivers a very good dining experience for hungry hikers and nature lovers.
The ambience really is quite unique and pleasant. Every table gets to take advantage of the huge picture windows, which afford fine views of the surrounding mountains. There is also interesting artwork: three paintings of mountain and Western scenes (one of which is very, very large) plus five tapestry hangings featuring sketches of Western figures (cowpuncher, Indians, gold panner, etc.) by Montana's famed cowboy painter Charles M. Russell. Taken together, this provides a very genuine Montana park experience.
We found service to be very good. The host was attentive and courteous. Our servers (on each of the three times we ate there) were unusually friendly, courteous and efficient. In fact, one of them stopped by and greeted us warmly when she saw us on a return visit.
The menu offers a variety of options, some of them Montana sourced (bison, huckleberry, etc), some organic, some gluten free and some whole grained. I live in Montana, and I can tell you that very, very few restaurants here do that. Everything we ordered (once for breakfast and twice for dinner) was well prepared and tasty. We received our orders within a reasonable time. Particularly good was the chocolate cake (a huge slice), the side salad (a good mix of various greens and vegetables), the bison burger, the trout and the vegan vegetable soup.
Because the Rising Sun facility (where Two Dog Flats is located) is somewhat off the tourist track and doesn't get tour buses, the location is quieter and more relaxed than other Glacier park locales such as Lake McDonald, Many Glacier or East Glacier. The restaurant is just off the historic and scenic Going to the Sun Highway, and is the closest eatery to Logan Pass and the many trails in that area. It is an easy three minute walk from the Rising Sun cabins, campground and motel units. It's right next to the stop for the free hiker's shuttle. The clientele is a fun mix of hikers, campers, sightseers, retirees and families from all over the world.
No, this is not Vegas, Rodeo Drive or SoHo. It's Montana, and Two Dog Flats offers a genuine national park experience at a reasonable price.
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