The recent post about the Savory Olive in Bozeman (and my reply about Headwaters Restaurant in Three Forks, MT) made me think that I should report on some other restaurants I discovered in my travels last summer. It seemed unusual to find so many good ethnic restaurants in this part of the country, most of them by pure chance. I hope this information will still be current.
Hong Kong Chef, 2009 Brooks St., Missoula, MT. The yu hsiang sauce, suggested by the waitress, was some of the best I've had anywhere. Everything is cooked without MSG. Highly recommended.
Takara Japanese, 309 Lakeside, Coeur d'Alene, ID. The sushi wasn't quite up to Seattle standards, but still had good flavor and freshness. The cooked items were better, though. Teriyaki salmon is served using Alaska king salmon. The teriyaki sauce was excellent the first time I had it but a little thin the next time (different cooks, I think). Overall I rate the restaurant as excellent.
Dragon Inn Chinese, Sandpoint, ID (on Hwy. 200 toward Ponderay). I came into town late and this restaurant was open, so I tried it. The sauce was light and well flavored. No MSG is used, and the owners are very friendly. There seems to be some stiff competition from a Thai restaurant in town and some other Chinese places. There is a link posted below to a Sandpoint dining guide. I honestly don't know which is the best restaurant in town-- I just know I had a good meal here.
A Taste of Thai, 837 Poleline Rd., Twin Falls, ID. This is not exceptional Thai food, but I enjoyed it as much as the acclaimed Bangkok Thai in Salt Lake City (and for a much lower price). I had my standard ginger tofu (phad khing) that was a little flat compared to places in Seattle such as Bai Tong, but still flavorful. It's worth the drive off the Interstate, and the restaurant is next to the overlook for the Snake River Canyon.
Guadalajara, 3350 CY Ave., Casper, WY (there's also one in Cheyenne). This is part of what seems to be the new trend in Mexican restaurants of serving authentic interior Mexico style food rather than the Tex-Mex or border style. I won't say that Guadalajara is completely successful in attaining their goal, but it does come across as very flavorful, enjoyable, and spicy when requested. The salsa is not bad either. This was a welcome contrast to some of the less than stellar Mexican food I've had in the region.