Gone but not forgotten Butte restaurants and foods. Which ones do you miss them most?
We recently were discussing what Butte's signature food would be, thinking it would have to be either a pasty or a pork chop sandwich. Boy, were we wrong. Suggestions ranged from the Pekin to a Town Talk maple bar and, to be honest, it's hard to argue with any of them. One suggestion that really stood out was one of those famous sandwiches from the cooler at the Deluxe Bar on Front Street. Remember those? Remember how incredibly thick and delicious they were? We would always get the ham or the roast beef. One half sandwich and a bag of chips was a perfect lunch for a Butte kid, or at least that was the way my family always did it. But today, the Deluxe is long gone and it's sandwiches are a fond and delicious memory. What other things did you used to eat in Butte that you can't get anymore? Here are some of the things we remember and miss.
A milkshake from Matt's Drive In. Man, those were incredible. And they were huge. They'd use homemade ice cream in those huge metal mixing tumblers and serve the whole thing to you. Even after you finished your glass you could still get at least another fill and then some. And they were heavenly.
Prime Rib from the Lamplighter. Whoever decided to name their "petite" cut had a sense of humor. Even their smallest dish was laughably big, especially to out of town guests. And their King Cut? Even Fred Flintstone would have trouble finishing it. But sheer size aside, the steak and prime rib at the Lamplighter was some of the best anywhere.
Pecos Bill from Paul Bunyan's. Simply one of the best sandwiches ever invented. Turkey, salami and roast beef, all freshly sliced, on an equally as fresh sandwich roll, topped with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Simple and delicious. And like the Lamplighter, Paul Bunyan's was known for their huge portions.
What are the other dishes from Butte's past that you miss the most?
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