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The best way I can think of to sample the character of a small town is to stop by and enjoy breakfast with the locals at a mom-and-pop diner or coffee shop.  Unlike eating at a chain restaurant, which are mostly identical, when you dine locally, you get to mingle with the local residents, and enjoy the variety of cuisine that makes the town thrive. In Red Lodge, Montana, good luck on finding a chain restaurant, but luck is on your side, as you'll find an amazing dining experience awaits you at Red Lodge Cafe.

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  Red Lodge Cafe is located on Broadway Ave, which happens to be the main drag, in Red Lodge, Montana. The time is 08:30 in the morning on Friday, August 25, 2017, and I'm on my way to Yellowstone National Park, and I've stopped at Red Lodge Cafe for breakfast.

Photo:  You know you're in Montana, when you enter a restaurant, and you're greeted with an American flag.

Photo:  The dining room is quite large, and features all tables, and is quite rustic in character, in fitting with the small town of Red Lodge.  There are murals on each wall, and the kitchen to the rear of the restaurant.  I noted that all of the diners appeared to be locals, despite the fact that Red Lodge is on Highway 212, which is a major route from Billings to Yellowstone National Park.

Photo:  Red Lodge Cafe is serious about breakfast, as the breakfast menu is good all day.  The menu offers something for every taste.  As I was looking at the menu, my friendly server Lynn let me know that today's special was prime rib, cooked any way I want it, and eggs for $12.25.  OK, count me in!

Photo:  My friendly server, Lynn, delivers my breakfast with a smile, on two plates.  Lynn kept my coffee cup full, and treated me well.  Note the jar of ice water on the table, along with the small glass.  This seems to be the normal in this part of the country, as I was treated to this fine service at a few other restaurant I enjoyed during this trip.

Photo:  I asked Lynn to take my photo, with my breakfast in front of me, and as she set down the coffee pot, I grabbed it, and toasted her as she took my photo.  I got a huge laugh out of her for this crazy demonstration of my sanity.

Photo:  My delicious prime rib breakfast arrived on two plates.  Trust me, it tasted even better than it looks.  Note the eggs over easy are cooked separately, which I don't ever recall seeing in the 60+ years I've been enjoying eggs prepared this way for my breakfast.

Photo:  When Lynn mentioned the "Prime Rib Breakfast Special," not on the menu, I could not resist ordering it, as it had probably been three years or so since I'd enjoyed prime rib for breakfast.  At $12.25, it wasn't a bargain, but you definitely got what you ordered:  A delicious breakfast.  I didn't have to wait very long, as my breakfast arrived about 15 minutes after ordering.

The prime rib was so tender that I didn't need the knife to cut it, as the knife served as a decoration.  I ordered my prime rib cooked medium, and it arrived perfectly cooked, juicy, tender, and just a little pink, exactly the way I like it.  The eggs, hash brown potatoes and the toast were cooked perfectly.   This is one of the best breakfasts that I've enjoyed in a long time!

Rustic dining, in a rustic, mountain town is found at Red Lodge Cafe.  The food is delicious, the staff, and local diners are friendly, and the breakfast experience makes you want to return to the mountains of south-central Montana, and the Red Lodge Cafe.

Red Lodge Cafe
16 Broadway Ave.
Red Lodge, MT 59068
406 445-3011

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