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“Funky, historic building and history.”
Review of Matt's Place

Matt's Place
Ranked #14 of 110 Restaurants in Butte
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $10
Description: 1St Drive-in in the state of Montana. Authentic 40's diner with its original fountain, counter and cast iron grill. Matt's is known for its 100% ground round hamburgers, homemade fries and ice cream. It has been family owned since 1943, and prides itself on the quality of its food. Very nostalgic, listed on the National Historic Registry.
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Description: 1St Drive-in in the state of Montana. Authentic 40's diner with its original fountain, counter and cast iron grill. Matt's is known for its 100% ground round hamburgers, homemade fries and ice cream. It has been family owned since 1943, and prides itself on the quality of its food. Very nostalgic, listed on the National Historic Registry.
Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Traveling east, stopped on our way to Yellowstone. Recommended through Tripadvisor. Yummy cheeseburger and fries. Simple menu but worth the stop.

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We first visited Matt's two years ago, and I have been craving their burgers, fries and shakes since then. Matt's is good, plain, simple food -- not a ton of toppings like some of the burger chains provide. Their burgers are made with ... wait for it ... meat. Not fillers and seasonings. Just good ground beef. I don't usually eat fries unless they're spectacular fries, and the fries at Matt's are that. And oh ... the milkshakes <insert choir of angels singing here>. They are how milkshakes are meant to be. And bonus -- they make their own ice cream.

Service is quick, professional, and friendly. Very nice ladies who make you feel welcome.

We're from Alberta, so a trip to Butte is doable, but 600 miles is kind of far to go for a burger. Still, for Matt's, I would do it. We'll be back again. Matt's Place -- please never change.

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1  Thank EdmontonCarol_8
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

A block up from the historic Mount Moriah Cemetery in Butte sits Matt’s Place, a culinary artifact from decades gone by. Matt’s is an inviting white stucco hodgepodge of small sunny rooms and enclosed patios, roped together by 1955-bright-teal wooden trim, and crowned with a giant white aluminum star, dotted in dormant red 40-watt bulbs.
A waitress in her late 30’s tightly permed hair, laugh lines, and a real smile will call you “honey” and strike up a conversation the minute you walk inside. The menu is simplicity to a fault, reminding me of foreign language class exercises, every single entree listed as straight forward and clean cut as possible; an indulgence to hungry travelers who just want the facts.
I mull over the list of well salted, meaty, cheesy American goodness, and finally order a Baconburger with “everything,” and, as always, a Chocolate milkshake. “You want fries?…with the milkshake?” I’m asked with a thick mascara-laden wink. Of course I do.
Matt’s is a well steeped brew of decades of perfected all-American diner cuisine and a type of at-home kitchen table simplicity that all but tricks your mind into catching a hint of your grandmother’s perfume through the scent of sizzling bacon. But the real-world smells at Matt’s are in themselves something to daydream about. The snug dining bar is a front row seat to the warm, delicious aromas of fresh Montana beef sizzling on a worn, seasoned metal grill almost as old as the building itself, and the moist soul-warming smell of vegetable oil frying hand cut potatoes to a clean natural gold, certainly not the fluorescent yellow and right-angles of modern fast food. The warmth is intermittently cut with cool blasts of sweet air erupting from the ice-cream chest as scoops are gathered for an endless procession of milkshakes and malts.
On my left, an elderly couple sits precariously on the plush chrome bar stools, oxygen tank resting underfoot next to a cowboy hat emblazoned with a Korean War Vet patch. Without opening a menu they are served two plates of fresh chicken strips and a single cherry malt, with two straws; the same high-noon lunch every Saturday for fifty years. On my right, a mother explains to her two teenage daughters what malt is. Just like the secret recipe to Matt’s homemade ice-cream, this diner is an heirloom, a treasured Montana tradition, passed on since Matt Korn first opened the doors in 1930.
When I inquire as to the spices used in the burger meet, my waitress looks concerned, almost gauging my intelligence. “Nothin.’ Really. Maybe a bit ‘a salt.?” She hollers my question to the hunched middle aged man in an apron and coke-bottle glasses manning the grill. The same answer, “A bit ‘a salt?” This is hard to accept with how uncannily satisfying the meat is here; the kind of juicy, lingering memory of flavor that truly makes you understand the word savory. And maybe their answer is the truth, but I don’t even have the nerve to ask the same question about the milkshakes.
The shakes are what make Matt’s. Over time I’ve experienced every flavor, from the sweetly sour mountain-hike taste of the blackberry shake, to the elegant comfort of plain old vanilla, but, for myself, nothing can outdo Matt’s classic chocolate. Though be warned; try it, and no other chocolate shake will ever be as satisfying again. Matt’s chocolate shake symbolizes everything that this place is; the type of truly classic casualness that offers up every ingredient, combined in plain view, honest and unveiled so readily that one can only be left believing that there must be some non-edible magic at work. Countless times I’ve mentally dissected the landscape of creamy crystals of vanilla, stovetop chocolate syrup, and local dairy milk, and in-between every molecule sits something just out of sight. Just something, that can only be found at Matt’s.

(Open daily for lunch and dinner. Entrées $5-12.)
Phone: (406) 782-8049

©A. Pelletier 2013

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1  Thank Montana_Traveling_17
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Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

I've been going to Matt's a long time... It's an institution in a very finicky town... Since the 1930s they've been making homemade burgers, fries, milkshakes in a small little lunch counter setting. Miners, cowboys and politicians bump elbows in this unique atmosphere....

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Its just a small burger joint. However, I'd rate it as the best joint in all of Montana. Classic handmade burgers, fries to die for, and milkshakes that are worth the trip alone. There are fancier upscale places in Butte that I really like, but nothing beats Matts for value.

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1  Thank Cris B
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