Each vacation brings forth at least one epic meal. For our 3 week trip pilgrimage to and around Glacier National Park, our dinner at the Snow Goose Grill takes the top spot. By far the best food we found in East Glacier and Glacier National Park.
The St Mary Lodge is located outside of the National Park, offering lodging for explorers of every budget. We did not stay on the property (see St Mary KOA) but this property was convenient to where we were and is definitely an Oasis in the sleepy little town of St Mary, Montana.
The St Mary Lodge was spectacular and I am sure it is even more riveting with a chill in the air and snow on the ground.
As weary travelers, the idea of sitting down to a gourmet meal was almost too much to fathom but we knew we wanted to bask ourselves in the first sights of Glacier National Park. This lodge sits at the footsteps of the East side of the Going to the Sun Road. It is a stunning view.
We were early to dinner so we were seated at a table immediately. I would make reservations next time though. This place is too great to miss. It has a charming décor showcasing weathered mountain living and spectacular views.
We started dinner with the Stumptown Sampler which included: House-smoked Idaho trout dip, Tillamook cheddar, bacon jam, house-made pickles, stone-ground mustard, pickled huckleberries, elk salami, and flatbread. It was delicious. All of it. And we devoured it in what felt like mere seconds. The elk salami was fantastic. And the Tillamook cheddar may have appeared in a dream or two of mine since that night.
For our entrés,
Huckleberry Salmon: Sockeye salmon, pickled huckleberries, chimi churri sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetable of the day. Yum. I mean who doesn’t like purple cauliflower!
The Ranch Hand: 1/2 lb ground chuck and brisket, cheddar, bacon jam, house-made bread and butter pickles, honey BBQ sauce, on a Wheat Montana bun. Served with coleslaw and fries. I know it was just a burger but it was so good!
Steak Frites: Montana Coffee Trader’s coffee-marinated petite tender, chimichurri sauce, French fries, and vegetable of the day. A go to for my steak loving husband.
A beautiful garden salad and steak dinner for our Granny Joyce.
And of course chicken fingers off the kids menu. Little fella was tired after a long day of travel into St Mary. He wasn’t looking for anything new (though he devoured the appetizer) after a long bumpy day in the RV. Still a lovely meal for what I believe to be “made from frozen” chicken fingers. He had no complaints.
Prices averaged around $30 a person. We did not splurge on dessert but I am sure there was something amazing to be found on that menu. The bathrooms were located down a narrow flight of stairs but were clean and easy to find.
To sum it up: We ate it all. Nary a scrap to trade between us. The views were amazing. The food was spectacular and the best eats we had the whole trip!
Don’t miss the St Mary Lodge and the Snow Goose grill on your East Glacier expeditions!