Family-Style Dining + Small Town Montana: a Perfect Thursday

If there are three things I love in life, they are small towns, butter and homemade rolls. (You guys, deep down I’m a really simple country girl…with a crazy love for butter.) So last week, when I had a friend in town visiting from the east coast, we decided to combine our mutual love of small town Montana with our love of food and take our maiden voyage to a place we’ve both been wanting to try: The Dinnerbell.

The Dinnerbell.

The Dinnerbell AKA homemade roll headquarters for Western Montana.

Located off Interstate 90 at the Gold Creek Exit (between Drummond and Garrison, Montana), The Dinnerbell is a deli and store that’s a fun stopping point when you’re traveling through Western Montana. But the best part—and what brought us here in the first place—is the home-cooked dinner they offer every Thursday.

Take a look…

Pretty sure this made-on-site jam and rolls will be in heaven.

Pretty sure this made-on-site jam and rolls will be in Heaven.

Prior to dinner here, I didn't like peach jam. And now? I love it.

Prior to dinner here, I didn’t like peach jam. And now? I love it.

The first Thursday dinner of the month: meatloaf.

The first Thursday dinner of the month: meatloaf.

These were by far the creamiest mashed potatoes I've ever had. Plus, they were delicious.

These were by far the creamiest mashed potatoes I’ve ever had. Plus, they were delicious.

Apparently I'm also a big fan of pie.

Apparently I’m also a big fan of pie.

Dinner was served completely family style, with help from the Sommer's family.

Dinner was served completely family style, with help from the Sommer’s family.

Dessert: cherry pie and peanut butter pie. PS: the peanut butter in the pie is HOMEMADE.

Dessert: cherry pie and peanut butter pie. PS: the peanut butter in the pie is HOMEMADE.

A few other things I loved about dinner in Gold Creek, Montana: they opened the meal with a prayer (The Dinnerbell is owned by Marion and Rhoda Sommer, a Mennonite couple), dinner is served family style and they end each meal with a hymn. Plus, their setting is beautiful. After dinner, we hung around on the lawn outside, visited and watched the sun go down.

Katie and Milo listening to the song at the end of the meal.

Katie and Milo listening to the song at the end of the meal.

The barn added to the ambiance of the evening.

The barn added to the ambiance of the evening.

Three friends + full bellies = a perfect Montana moment.

Three friends + full bellies = a perfect Montana moment.

The boys taking in the view.

The boys taking in the view.

A few things to note: 
-The Dinnerbell only serves dinner on Thursdays and reservations are required. Call 406.288.2579 to reserve your spot.
-Dinner starts promptly at 6 p.m.; be sure to arrive a few minutes early.
-On the first Thursday of the month, they feature meatloaf as their entree. The other Thursdays feature fried chicken.
-Cost: $13.50/adults (for ALL YOU CAN EAT).
-After dinner, be sure to check out their on-site store and deli. I left with a bag of rolls and a package of chocolate crinkle cookies (which, by the way, are delicious).
-Gold Creek is about a one-hour drive from Missoula, Helena and Butte.

As for me, if I ever go missing on Thursday nights you’ll more than likely be able to find me in Gold Creek, Montana. I’ll be the one eating all the rolls.

xo,
TT

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