We visit Bigfork for four months each year and Laughing Horse Lodge is our absolute favorite dining experience…and an experience is what it is. From the warm greeting of Nikki and Cooper (the two resident golden retrievers) to the delectable aromas that tease you upon entering the cozy dining room, to the uncensored and entertaining owner and chef, Kathleen.
To find San Francisco-style food, ie, organic ingredients crafted into simple yet memorable meals, in the backwoods of Montana is a surprise, but to find these wonderful meals served by an exceptional staff who obviously love their work, in a beautiful space punctuated by original art – and if the weather is good- dining in a spectacular garden…is beyond all expectation.
This past summer, Kathleen hosted a series of Chef and Wine Tasting Dinners that would have been well-received in New York or our home town. We went to all 6 and were never disappointed in a single dish, the most memorable being the tastes of Argentina (we had just returned from BA and what Kate’s kitchen delivered was equal to or superior to the dining we had in Argentina –Kate, please do this series again!.)
Our only regret is that we can’t transport this lovely gem back to the Bay area for the rest of the year.
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