By Aaron Kell
This ranking is purely subjective based off of my own tastes buds and preferences. To determine this I visited many restaurants offering brunch in Missoula, MT. I took into account a few variables: price, menu, and service/wait time. As we all know, the person who invented Brunch deserves a gold medal, some mornings (or afternoons) it’s even a life saver.
- The Shack
Address: 222 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802Phone:(406) 549-9903
This place has one of a kind atmosphere with it’s decor. You will feel as if you stepped back in time into a western saloon. The menu has much to offer, from broiled Rainbow Trout, to Chicken Fried Steak, to plain cold cereal. If you are a fan of omelettes then this is your place! They have up to 15 omelette varieties to choose from. Optimal dining times would be during work week, as there is a wait usually on weekend mornings.
- Hob Nob
Address: 531 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801
Just the name itself says “cozy” and that is what Hob Nob is. This breakfast and lunch spot is the perfect stop before the Missoula Farmers’ Market or riding your bike to campus. Brunch is now complete with bakery items baked in-house, and ever changing breakfast and lunch specials. A well kept secret of the Hip Strip is the fantastic burgers Hob Nob offers as a lunchtime special in summertime.
- Paul’s Pancake Parlor
Address: 2305 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801
Of course Paul’s kills it with the pancakes, but the Parlor’s menu actually offers much more. From BLTs and Polish Hot Dogs to Sirloin Steaks and seafood, Paul’s has something for the group that just can’t decide! For the breakfast lovers at heart, Paul’s offers many variations to their breakfast combos to ensure no classic (or new!) favorite pancake flavors or sides are left out.
- Old Post
Address: 103 W Spruce St, Missoula, MT 59802
A classic Missoulian favorite for Sunday brunch with your friends. Complete with tasty Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, the deck at The Old Post is the best way to enjoy your eggs. The French Bread in the “Stuffed French Bread” is made from handmade brioche bread, topping scrambled eggs and bacon. For those who can’t say no to a good breakfast sandwich, give the J-Mac a try. It’s worth the extra charge to get your egg (cooked over-hard) and sausage on a bagel instead of the English Muffin, if that’s what you prefer. Something unique about The Old Post is they serve a Southern favorite here, in Missoula, MT! Get it as a side with your next authentic scramble.
Address: 111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
The Catalyst is a Missoula favorite. Throughout nearly all hours of service, it’s likely there will be a wait. However the friendly wait staff and cozy basement with several couches and chairs, and a selection of current magazines make this wait tolerable. The many different sandwiches and soup specials make The Catalyst is a hot spot for lunch, but brunch is what keeps you coming back. Whether it’s an omelette, breakfast sandwich, or huevos rancheros, a recommended favorite side dish is the potato casserole, served in its own pastry dish. For those who can take the heat, try the Green Chili version of the potato casserole.