Having been to this restaurant before, as well as to one in Carmel, Indiana, we knew what to expect. We were hungry for bison, so we came in for a late lunch. Normally, the acoustics of the Bozeman location, a repurposed/refurbished old hotel, are really noisy, but it seems that perhaps they added a buffer layer of insulation to the ceiling to alleviate that; it was pleasant this time. The seating outside is charming; the street-side is right on Main, facing Bozeman's terrific shopping/dining/entertainment district, while the back is a private courtyard shielded from the side street.
The server suggested to me that I order the bison burger "(the Valejo")---named after T.T.'s ranch near Bozeman---"medium" instead of my customary "medium well". He said they have a tendency to overcook the buffalo, etc., which surprised me, since it is their signature meat. So I ordered it as he suggested; this particular burger comes with Monterey Jack, grilled onions, and sauteed mushrooms. I chose the Oatey Wheat bun which is very good. When it came, the square-cut fries were perfect, the lettuce/tomato sides dressings were fresh, & my burger was completely raw in the middle---not what I was expecting at all from the server's description of a "bit of pink, but not bloody"!
So while I enjoyed a second cup of their fabulous Chicken Tortilla soup (Soup of the Day for Thursdays) "on the house" (thanks to our server), he sent the burger back with the understanding that it should come back Medium Well, since they obviously weren't having any issues with overcooking that day!
The soup is very much like White Chili, minus the green chilies, white navy beans, etc. It is very simple---roasted chicken chunks, yellow cheese, thin tortilla strips, and a spicy broth---to which I added sour cream. It was GREAT!
Thank goodness for the soup, because when my poor Valejo came back a second time, it still was completely raw in the middle. By this time, I was no longer hungry, so we boxed it & brought it home. The next day, I microwaved it to cook the middle, & it was still quite edible. For $16 with only one side (the fries), yes, the bison burger is pricey here...food for thought! The cup of soup is $4, and the Chicken Tortilla is well worth it, in my opinion.
My advice: Order as you normally would! I make bison burgers here at home, & never have any issues with them getting "overdone". The key to ground buffalo is to fry or broil it more slowly, at a lower temperature. Then it is the PERFECT BURGER!
By the way, my husband had the bison meatloaf sandwich on ciabatta & he loved it :)It's only $11 with a side of fries. (Iif I'd realized we could substitute, I would have chosen the squash casserole as a side instead, which I've had previously, & it is very good & unexpected ;)