k, this is interesting and pretty damn funny. According to Roadfood.com the FIVE most famous dishes from Butte Montana are as follows. (Please hold your verbal abuse, name-calling, and hand gestures until the end, thank you.)

  1. Pork Chops
  2. Prime Rib
  3. …. All things Fried
  4. Cheeseburgers

Yea, so those are the top FIVE things to eat in Butte Montana, according to Roadfood.com.

Ok, so their lead-off batter got on base. Pork Chop Johns is an absolute treasure. Everyone has ‘their’ order, and Butte people can tell a lot about a person by what they order at Johns. Heck, to go one step further, I think you can tell a lot about a person depending on WHICH John’s location they go to. (Most people swear by the uptown location).

Original Pork Chop Johns sign
Original Pork Chop Johns sign

No I know, pipe down. I was getting there. We can't talk about pork chops without talking about the Freeway, and Wop Chops. I am pretty sure a Wop Chop with mustard and onion is 62% of Butte people's final meal request.

Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media
Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media

So #1 is solid…

Then the train goes off the rails.

Prime Rib slots in at #2? There was probably a day when the mystique of a Lamplighter King cut Prime rib could have landed prime rib on this list. I just don’t see it though. And certainly not at #2.

#3 All things fried…. How is that for a general cop-out?? Like everywhere else on planet Earth, our community has learned to bread things in batter and fry them in fat to tender goodness.

#4 Cheeseburgers. Who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? We do have some exceptional burger joints in town. From Bonanza Freeze to the Derby, Rib and Chop to well, Johns. Butte has some great options, but again are you telling your friends that are coming to town to go and try a burger? When Butte people come home are they longing for a burger? Bonanza Freeze is the one that I can see people ‘needing’.

And that brings us to #5.. Where in the blue hell are pasties on this list? The TWO things that everyone must try when they come to town, are the same two things you are filling a cooler with when you are traveling to see family around the country. PASTIES AND PORK CHOPS. Period.

I can’t believe they didn’t even talk about pasties... but then again, they used a picture like this for pork chops… so go figure.

grilled pork chop with vegetable on wooden board NOT a pork chop sandwich

After mocking their Butte selections, I did look through the site, and it seems decent. But if you do use it, you might want to back up the information provided by talking to a local. Or you might miss pasties.

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