It's hard to find this place. Deer Lodge doesn't have much in the way of restaurants, it appears. What turned me off at first was that it's dubbed a casino. Montana seems to have gone bananas over casinos, and every little burg has it's share of Mom and Pop Casinos.
The Broken Arrow is poorly signed-we drove past it twice. When we finally found it, we walked into an older, well kept restaurant. One table had a party of 6, it seems, and one of the people was the owner. She greeted us warmly and seated us, and soon our server appeared. It was an odd juxtaposition of cultures-Deer Lodge is struggling to survive in what used to be ranch country, Montana, and our server sported half a dozen facial piercings. No matter, she took our orders promptly and our food was soon on the table.
I had the Alaskan cod. It was real fish, not a thrice stepped roll of overly breaded whatisthis. It was real fish, properly cooked. My husband had the prime rib sandwich, which he pronounced very good. Both our salads were industrial style, with cold tomatoes and dressing out of the ubiquitous little plastic tub. That was disappointing, but the beer battered fries were real, homemade, hot and crispy.
Prices were VERY reasonable. The bathroom was spotlessly clean.
The walls of the restaurant are covered with art by a man named Gary Carter. He must be a Montanan, because I saw the same works in a truck stop further west. The paintings were all of a theme, old time Western stuff, like Indians, cowboys, and mountain men surprising a grizzly and about to suffer the consequences. All seem to draw heavily on the works of Charlie Russell, and not doing as good a job.
Oh, the casino? Welllllll, there were two young ladies staffing it, obviously bored out of their minds, as there wasn't a soul in the casino. I couldn't believe the amount of liquor on the wall behind them, but then, I'm not a drinker. Maybe it's normal.
It's a good stop from Yellowstone. I'd go back.
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