Where to Eat and Drink in Missoula Right Now

Buckle up, this is a long one. 

We had no idea Missoula, Montana is such a foodie city. In the four short days that we were there, we ate, and ate, and ate, and ate. Oh, and we drank a lot too. Here’s our favorite spots - and there’s a lot of them, because we simply couldn’t narrow it down. And believe it or not, there’s still so many places we’ve yet to try! (Guess we have to go back!)


Black Coffee Roasting :: From the moment we walked into Black Coffee Roasting we were hooked. The warehouse-chic ambiance, the friendly baristas, the bold, smooth coffee and the creative and extensive toast menu, it has everything we’d want in a coffee shop and more. We went back every day!

Clyde Coffee :: We oftentimes judge a coffee shop by their drip coffee, and Clyde Coffee passed our test with flying colors. Beyond their strong drip coffee, the menu is extensive, the breakfast menu is delicious, and the modern ambiance is welcoming and delightfully understated.

Drum Coffee :: This became part of our daily routine, as it was a two minute walk from our hotel. Not only do they have great coffee, but you can tell they have a loyal local following. The owner of Drum is actually the drummer (hence the name) for the band Fitz and the Tantrums. Rock on!

Loved getting our buzz on at Clyde Coffee

Sally loved morning walks to Drum Coffee!


Catalyst Cafe and Espresso :: Breakfast lovers, take note. Catalyst Cafe and Espresso is THE place for breakfast in Missoula! Fresh, hearty, made-from-scratch, and affordable, it’s the kind of place where you can’t go wrong. Be sure to try their Traditional Cheddar Potato Casserole for some cheesy, breakfast-y goodness!

Caffe Dolce :: Tucked away in a residential neighborhood just off of Downtown Missoula, Caffe Dolce is a true hidden gem. The building is strikingly gorgeous, with tall ceilings, big windows, and intricate Italian embellishments. But beyond the building, the food, drinks, and baked goods are fantastic. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner with an Italian flair - so come for one, or stay for all! 

Scotty’s Table :: Set in the lower level of the Historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula, Scotty’s Table uses local ingredients to create their creative and upscale Mediterranean fare. It’s our go-to spot for brunch, with a picturesque outdoor patio and a fresh and healthy menu filled with delicious options. Try the Granola Extraordinaire!

Green Source Missoula :: Call us basic, but we LOVE a good smoothie and/or green juice. We were ecstatic when we stumbled upon Green Source Missoula, a one stop shop for smoothies, cold pressed juices, energy bowls, and more. Cheers to your health!

The Top Hat :: There’s nothing average about The Top Hat, a music venue meets bar and restaurant that’s just as fun as it sounds! Their locally sourced house-made dishes are fantastic, and their dinner menu is just as extensive and diverse as their musical guests! Some of our favorite dishes are the Fish Tacos and the Spicy Jerk Chicken Wrap - but you truly can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

Iza Restaurant :: Pan-Asian cuisine at its best, Iza Restaurant has everything from curries to dumplings to zesty bento boxes - all in a casual and cozy environment. Grab a seat in one of their elevated booths, order some boba tea and edamame, and your lunch (or dinner) will be off to an epic start!

Biga Pizza :: Having won countless awards for their made-from-scratch, handcrafted pizzas, Biga Pizza is a MUST when visiting Missoula. Heck, we’ll go as far as saying that it’s a must when you’re visiting Montana! IT’S THAT GOOD. We’d drive back just for a Pompeii pizza and a Chopped Mediterranean Salad. They don’t take reservations, and the wait can be long, but it’s so very worth it. 

Plonk Missoula :: With a name like Plonk, we weren’t sure what to expect. It’s a foodie’s paradise, with an innovative dinner menu, experimental cocktail menu, and a surprisingly extensive wine list… and the ambiance is sophisticated and romantic! It’s the perfect spot for a date night, and if the cashew ‘raclette’ is on the menu, make sure you order one to share!

Alli went for a PB&J while Bobby opted for a healthy salad.

We had a yummy first meal at Scotty’s Table

Delicious lunch at the Top Hat

Go to Iza for the bento boxes!

Brick oven goodness from Big

Date night at Plonk


Montgomery Distillery :: This family-run distillery has developed quite the loyal fanbase, and for good reason! Montgomery Distillery’s small-batch spirits are dangerously tasty, and their specialty cocktails are spirit-forward and beautifully presented. Highly recommend their Old Fashioned and Go Gingerly!

Western Cider :: We’re not the types to typically order a cider, but had heard this place was cool… and good golly, it’s really something special! Located a little outside of town, Western Cider is a laid-back, rustic tap room with many unique and traditional ciders on tap. We were pleasantly surprised with how refreshing and crisp their ciders are, and I guess you could say we’re “cider people” now! When you go, make sure you taste the Whiskey Peach and Sour Cherry!

Amazing cocktails at Montgomery Distillery

Give us all the cider!


Veera Donuts :: We can hands down say that Veera Donuts are the best vegan donuts we’ve ever had. They’re so fresh, fluffy, and decadent, we forgot they were vegan! They make everything in-house using local, organic, fair trade, and non GMO ingredients when possible… as if we couldn’t love this place more!

Big Dipper Ice Cream :: You’ll know this ice cream shop is something special just by driving by and seeing the line wrapped around the parking lot. And there is ALWAYS a line. But don’t be dismayed, it moves quick, and Big Dipper Ice Cream is absolutely worth the wait. Their mouthwateringly creamy ice cream has been featured on Good Morning America, USA Today, Yahoo News, and several other media outlets, and we now get the hype. Try the White Mint Oreo and the Vanilla Reeses! 

There’s always a long line at Big Dipper, but it’s fast and worth it!

We can’t wait to come back for more food, drinks, and river floating!

Have a favorite Missoula spot that we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!

Where to Eat (and Drink) in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is one of those cities where the better question should be, “Where NOT to eat and drink?” … Because we can honestly say that we did not have one bad meal our entire time in Kalamazoo. If anything, we lived in a constant food coma, blitzing from spot to spot to just “try a few things” - because we were repeatedly tempted by the wide array of eateries! 

For the sake of time and efficiency, we’ve narrowed our long foodie list down to our top 3 favorite restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops in Kalamazoo. 

Warning :: this might make you hungry (and thirsty).


Crow’s Nest Restaurant :: If it’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that probably means that Crow’s Nest Restaurant is the most important restaurant in Kalamazoo. Their pro’s at everything breakfast - from their decadent french toasts to their popular eggs benedicts, everything is hearty, fresh, and totally drool-worthy. Don’t be discouraged if there’s a bit of a wait… it’s worth it.

MUST TRY :: The Banana Nut Bread French Toast and the Modern Eggs Benedict

Nonla Burger :: We’re suckers for good branding - and if we’re being honest, that’s exactly what led us to this retro order-at-the-counter burger joint. Nonla Burger serves up juicy burgers, delectable sandwiches, piping hot fries, and specialty shakes, and you better believe that everything on the menu is awesome. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a frosty bottle of Coke!

MUST TRY :: The Cheeseburger and Handcut Fries

Food Dance :: This downtown Kalamazoo restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, as it was one of the pioneers in the “Farm to Table” culinary movement - and the menu at Food Dance is still as fresh, locally sourced, and delicious as ever! They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and if we’d had more time we would’ve tried all three! 

MUST TRY :: The Food Dance Pad Thai and the Chicken Dance Sandwich

We always start the day with a hearty breakfast - thanks Crow’s Nest!

Nonla will maybe be the main reason we head back to the ‘Zoo

Food Dancing

Delicious lunch at Food Dance!


Bell’s Brewery :: Arguably the most iconic (and eccentric) brewery in Kalamazoo, Bell’s Brewing is a must-visit. With ample indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive tap beer and food menu, and a welcoming staff, it’s easy to see why Bell’s is so popular. If you’re lucky, you might even catch some live music playing in their beer garden! See their events schedule for more information. 

MUST TRY :: The Official and the Lager of the Lakes

Arcadia Ales :: Located on the banks of the Kalamazoo River, we’re not sure what we love most about - their stunning riverfront views or their craft beer and gourmet food menu! (Oh, and did we mention their beer garden is dog friendly?!) We suggest rolling up just in time to catch the sunset, enjoy a cold beer (or two), and sample some of their famous BBQ or wood fired pizza. We know you’ll love it just as much as we do!

MUST TRY :: The Cheap Date and the Hop Rocket 

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange ::  If you love games, good beer, a bustling ambiance and cheap prices… go here! Everyday at 6pm the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange rings their opening bell, and up-to-the-minute popularity sways the price for each brew, similar to the stock exchange! (If you’re lucky, you might even experience a Market Crash - where prices plunge ridiculously low!) And don’t forget to venture downstairs to take advantage of their pool tables, pinball games, and more!

MUST TRY :: The River’s Edge Laser Raptor and The Hop Concept Citrus & Piney

The beer at Bell’s is delicious, and the charcuterie board is insane!

Pizza, beer, and Sally at Acadia Ales

Pool time at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange


Factory Coffee ::  Situated in a (surprise, surprise) old factory, Factory Coffee boasts a modern and quirky ambiance and a sophisticated and cultivated coffee menu. It’s a little off the beaten path, and that’s exactly why we like it - it’s quiet and unpretentious. Plus, they have a quaint (and dog friendly) patio that’s perfect for soaking in some Kalamazoo sunshine!

MUST TRY :: The Pour Over and Chai Latte with Almond Milk

Civil House Coffee ::  The folks at Civil House Coffee focus on quality and education, and it shows. With every cup they serve, they aim to make the most out of their customers coffee experience, and the baristas are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to chat! Bobby could have spent all day nerding out over pour over techniques with their staff, but we were on a little bit of a time crunch. Next time, Bobby. ;)

MUST TRY :: The Cortado and the Cappuccino

Fido Motors Cafe :: Have you ever been to a coffee shop that specializes in electric scooters too? We hadn’t - until we stopped by Fido Motors Cafe! This industrial coffee shop meets electric scooter warehouse is unconventional in every way, and that’s what makes it so cool! If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t leave without one of their vegan no bake cookies!

MUST TRY :: The Cold Brew and the Cafe Miel

Factory Coffee has a great outdoor area!

We loved the coffee at Civil House!

Getting creative at Fido Motors Coffee :)

Did we miss one of your favorite Kalamazoo spots? Leave a comment and let us know!

Kansas City Should Be On Your Radar... Here's Why.

Every once and awhile a destination takes us by surprise. As we travel more throughout the US, we’re learning that the touristy, over-hyped cities and states aren’t always the coolest. Sure, NYC has a never-ending amount of amazing restaurants and the beaches in Maui are some of the best in the world… but everyone knows that. The word is out on those spots, and the prices for flights, hotels, and experiences reflect the tourism demands. 

So what about the real hidden gems, the up-and-coming cities that haven’t become touristy or overcrowded yet? Those are what we’re after. These gems of cities are sprinkled all over our great country - and the first one on our list is Kansas City. Here’s why:


Until recently, Kansas City has always been considered a “flyover city” - not necessarily a travel destination. Over the past couple of years they’ve worked hard to change that - and they’ve done a KILLER job. You’ll pay significantly less than other metropolitan cities, and chances are you’ll like it even better. Parking is easy, traffic is (usually) light, and the city is a breeze to navigate. 

From stylish boutique hotels (stay at The Fontaine. We guarantee you’ll love it.), to free public transportation (the KC Streetcar was our favorite way to get around!), and shopping and dining options to fit everyone’s budget, Kansas City has it all. Which brings us to…


Oh, the food in Kansas City. 

We should probably write a whole blog just about what we ate while we were there! When you think of Kansas City, chances are you think of BBQ. And rightfully so, there’s over 100 BBQ spots in the city - with new options popping up frequently. Two of our favorites are Joe’s and Q39. Joe’s is arguably the most iconic, as it’s located in a gas station, and its no-frills, hearty portions, and friendly staff brings in thousands of customers daily. Q39 is a little nicer than Joe’s, and takes reservations - which is always a plus in busy seasons. While we love the vibe of Joe’s, we’ll go out on a limb and say that the BBQ might be just a liiiiittle better at Q39 (we’ll probably offend some people)… Try both and let us know what you think. ;)

Although the BBQ was unforgettable (burnt ends were life-changing), we have to point out that there is SO MUCH MORE than BBQ here… There’s coffee shops that would put Portland to shame. Messenger Coffee (trendy vibe, insane baked goods) and Thou Mayest (they have a cereal bar… need we say more?) are two that can’t be missed. 

Other restaurants we loved were The Jacobsen (their burger is one of the best in KC), The Reiger (fresh and innovative Italian cuisine), and The Parker (located on the rooftop of The Fontaine, with the best views and cornbread in town)!

And finally, if sweets are your thing (and if they aren’t, we’re worried about you), Betty Rae’s Ice Cream will have you in tears of joy. Alli had a scoop of Cereal Milk ice cream at approximately 11am one day, because cereal + milk = breakfast. Totally acceptable. 

You’ll also want to hit up Christopher Elbow, Kansas City’s premier chocolatier. Their chocolates look like pieces of art, and they taste EVEN BETTER than they look. Trust us - we ate more than we should have!


The creative arts scene in Kansas City is thriving - it’s sophisticated, eclectic, and brimming with history and tradition. They have some of the best museums in the country - many with world-famous art! The Nelson-Atkins Museum features several famous Monet’s, Van Gogh’s, and more.. and even the architecture of the building is incredible. Some of our favorite pieces of art were the giant shuttlecocks, strategically placed on both sides of the museum - making the whole property look like a badminton court, with the building being the net. Totally random, and totally cool. 

Next time we’re in Kansas City we’re excited to tour the National World War One Museum and Memorial, the Arabia Steamboat Museum, and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum! We definitely couldn’t do it all in 4 days…

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the stunning Kauffman Center to see the Kansas City Symphony. Words can’t describe how absolutely breathtaking the Kauffman Center is. The whimsical architecture and perfect acoustics make you feel as though you’re in a dream. We danced in our chairs to Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Symphonic Dances, and marveled at the sheer talent of the musicians. It truly was the ultimate date night.


While we’re on the topic of date nights, let’s talk about the Kansas City night life. 

Did you know that Kansas City is famous for jazz? New Orleans may be the birthplace of jazz, but KC locals like to say that jazz “grew up in Kansas City”. There are several epic jazz bars in downtown KC, but our favorite, hands down, was The Green Lady Lounge. Totally unassuming, you’d easily walk past the entrance and never give it a second thought. But the moment you walk in, it’s as though you’ve stepped into a different world… The lights are dim, the decor is elegant, and the music is grooving - every night of the week!! Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE? (Just be sure to buy a drink or two!)

While we were tempted to spend EVERY night at The Green Lady, we spent time exploring other KC local hotspots - like the Tikicat. An underground tiki bar that serves Aloha vibes and tropical drinks, the Tikicat is probably not the kind of bar you’d expect to find in the heart of the midwest… and that’s exactly what makes it awesome. We were smiling from ear-to-ear the entire time we were there! 

We have this thing for speakeasies. There’s something about discovering a “secret” bar - it just makes us feel instantly cool. And one of the best speakeasies we’ve been to thus far is in Kansas City. Manifesto is located in the basement of the Rieger, that was originally a hotel built in the early 1900’s. It was ran as a speakeasy during prohibition - and was even frequented by Al Capone! Needless to say, this place is the real deal. And their award-winning cocktails, cozy atmosphere, and friendly bartenders have only elevated this historic little bar.

“Flyover city”? More like FLY-TO city! We honestly can’t wait to get back to Kansas City - our list of places to eat, things to do, and sights to see next time we’re there keeps growing… and we have a feeling this city is going to continue to evolve in new and exciting ways. Take our advice and experience it before word gets out. ;