A day at Bridger Bowl is sure to burn some major calories—and who knows if you’ll even want to stop for lunch? But even if you’re planning on just cruising the Alpine Lift all day, why not treat it as an excuse to fuel up on Bozeman’s finest breakfast fare beforehand?
You won’t find a trace of noveau-Bozeman at the Western Café, a greasy spoon that’s whipped up gut bombs downtown for almost a century. Ranchers, cowboys and skiers alike gather here, contributing to worn patches on the counter that show where elbows go. It’s the sort of place you’ll have to atone for with many runs later, thanks to enormous cinnamon rolls, pie, biscuits and gravy and classic diner breakfasts.
Fuel up for a day on the slopes at the Nova, where locally-sourced daily specials sidle up to fresh dishes like the Nova Skosh (a salmon-laced scramble), turkey hash and locavore benedict. Echoing the restaurants’ local commitment, the walls feature cheery local art, usually for sale.
Billing itself as “Artisan comfort food,” the Feed Café slings creative breakfasts featuring bold combinations: bread pudding French toast, “Toad in a Hole” (rye, lamb bratwurst and egg) and a Monte Christo with strawberry siracha. Styled with rustic elegance, it’s the kind of place you’ll find yourself dreaming about on the chairlift later.
Dash by the Daily en route to Bridger Bowl for a quick, eat-on-the-go breakfast: A mocha, breakfast sandwich and a fresh-baked pastry. You literally can’t miss it (unless you come in on Griffin Drive.)
Transport yourself to an artisan Parisian bakery en route to the hill and be warned—many unsuspecting patrons have accidentally devoured an entire baguette en route to Bridger. So get two, plus a pastry and a simple coffee to go. Note: this is gluten at its finest and it is not fair to take your wheat-intolerant ski buddies here.
Instead, take your friends with special food needs to the Community Food Coop, where organic breakfast burritos to go and a full coffee and smoothie bar power your powder day. If you’re looking for ethical, sustainable, organic, free-range, soy and delicious, it’s here. The second downtown location also carries breakfast items, but if you need espresso, hit one of the local coffeeshops, as the downtown location just serves straight-up coffee.
The Cateye is one of those quirky, longstanding Bozeman institutions that starts a ski day off right. The place heaps on both attitude and breakfast, with a no-nonsense list of rules (“if you have a fork, you don’t need a spoon to stir your coffee”) that powder-bound skiers gratefully accept in exchange for creative, yummy breakfast fare.
This is not the place for dietary restrictions, as the café can get a bit sassy about substitutions and you wouldn’t want to miss out on heuvos gringos, buttermilk biscuits and pancakes, and stuffed peppers, anyway.
With a long day of shredding and sunshine (or powder … sometimes both) ahead of you, be sure to make the appropriate preparations: A hearty breakfast from one of Bozeman’s local joints.