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428 N Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT 59802
406.549.2940
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Yummy! Consistently good!

We love this little food joint in the back of Charlie B's. It's fun to enter through the alley. The food is Cajun and delish! My husband loves the gumbo jambalaya dish, I love the étouffée. Both are served with warm bread. The pictures hanging around the bar of customers are wonderful. During... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Bobbi C
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Geraldine, Montana
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Geraldine, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We love this little food joint in the back of Charlie B's. It's fun to enter through the alley. The food is Cajun and delish! My husband loves the gumbo jambalaya dish, I love the étouffée. Both are served with warm bread. The pictures hanging around the bar of customers are wonderful. During the day is the best time to... More 

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Helena, MT
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387 restaurant reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This place is in the back of Charlie B's bar on Higgens, not far from the old train station. An authentic old time bar that has the authentic "feel" other places try to have. And a cast of true characters up and down the bar, some of whom who may visit too often and too long! But, march yourself to... More 

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USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Loved this little place. The Po Boys and Gumbo were tasty. We had just come from New Orleans, and it still hit the spot!

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San Francisco
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67 reviews 67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I give them an A for atmosphere and value, and a B for food, but a D for cleanliness ... I hate to see a counterperson alternate between food handling and cash handling without changing those little plastic gloves. Or maybe that's part of the atmosphere!

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Seattle, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

A very happening place. This is an authentic Montana drinking spot. They also serve food in the back. I did not eat there but many people were chowing down. Met 2 drifters outside and bought them drinks in this bar. One drifter had a cat in his jacket

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Pensacola, FL
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60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Ok, it Cajun food in Montana, but they could hold their own in Louisiana. The red beans and rice was,excellent and the roll was as tasty as any I have had in NO. It's inside Charlie B's bar, but that just adds to atmosphere. Both places should,be on anyone's visit to Missoula.

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22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

To find this place you have to walk to the back of Charley B's bar which is old, smokey, and always a source of interesting characters. The walk it worth it! The tiny kitchen cranks out some authentic, tasty Cajun/creole dishes. Call ahead for take out and find a beautiful spot in Missoula to enjoy. Love the gumbolaya and po... More 

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136 reviews 136 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is a place the locals go. We saw both rural Montana types and college students. Has a cajun flavor to the food. The portions are big. I eat a fair amount, and struggled to finish it. The people working there are very friendly. The quality is good - better than you'd expect for bar food - not gourmet. Looks... More 

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Midwest
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168 reviews 168 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Cajun food in Missoula, Montana? We had to check it out... Turns out this place is a food window in the back of a bar, past the pool tables and rows of tables packed with locals. You order you food, take a seat in the bar, order a beer and wait for them to bring your food. I've eaten my... More 

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Montana
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63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The Dinosaur is in the back of a great bar. Don't worry it, it isn't rough and Missoula accomodates all types. The oyster poor boy is amazing - huge sandwich. The gumbo is also quite good. Great fries and onion rings. Amazingly, once you order they will find you no matter where you sit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 428 N Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT 59802
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
  • Phone Number: 406.549.2940

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole

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