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“A Must if Helena, MT”
Review of Chubby's

Chubby's
Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Clancy
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“A Must if Helena, MT”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

If you have a rental car or staying with friends, you must go to Clancy, MT, which is about 15 miles outside Helena. It's a crowded joint, bar atmosphere, we had to wait a half hour for a table for six. But, it was Friday and they had their prime rib special, which was too big and needs to be shared, (a small share plate fee of $4). The onion rings are the best I ever had.. Huge big tasty onions.. not oily and fried perfectly to perfection. Skip the salad.. it's just green lettuce, with nothing else.. somewhat disappointing. But otherwise, the food was excellent.. and they had very special butter corn.. real butter corn, which is different from just a small bowl of corn.. It's great!!!! I'd go there just for the butter corn and onion rings.. but the prime rib was exceptional as well and the wait was worth it... There is a small casino area to pass the time if you're waiting. So, while Helena does offer some different eating experiences.. you MUST try out Chubby's.. It's Great!!!!!!

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Helena, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“If you don't eat meat, this probably isn't your place”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

When my son in law arrives in Helena from where ever the army has posted him we head to Chubby's. Our favorite is probably the prime rib- available on the weekends but all the food is great. Gizzards, chickens, burgers,onions rings, fries- it's all good. Not much in the way of desserts but since you won't be able to clean your plate- not a big loss. Huge portions, reasonable prices. This is a bar with a dining room in the back and they don't take reservations. You're likely to find a lot of hard working folks who stopped for a beer after dinner and stayed on for dinner. We like it so much that my company had our Christmas Party there and it's not the kind of place you'd think of for a company event. Come early on the weekends cause they start serving dinner at 5:30 and fill up quickly. You can wait in the bar for your table or eat in the bar if you'd like. Wonderful folks, Wonderful food.

  • Visited September 2012
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Helena, Montana
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“Best little secret in the Helena area”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Get on I-15 south from Helena, take exit 182, Clancy, Turn right and go around the bend. Sitting on the left is Chubby's bar and grill. This place is the real deal. Best burgers anywhere with prices that are extremely reasonable (under $9 with fries). For an extra treat order the onion rings, you won't regret it. Friday and Saturday night Prime Rib.... You may have to wait awhile and on summer nights step out the side door to the horseshoe pits and picnic table to wait while you have a drink. Or, enjoy the bar that was probably one of the first buildings in this small town. Chubby's has it all. Top it all off with the huckleberry ice cream or cheesecake and you'll keep going back!

Visited September 2012
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Montana
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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“Best Steaks in Helena”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Although not actually in the city of Helena (about a 15 minute drive straight down the interstate towards Butte) you will not find better food anywhere in town.

Fancy and upscale? Its not. Chubbys is a smalltown Montana bar with a small eating area in the back room.

But Montana isn't a place you go for fnacy and upscale. You go for good food, and Chubby's has it.

Steaks are huge and delicious. Burgers are giant, and also great. Fried chicken is the best anywhere. A few other things on the menu, but I'd bet chicken, burgers, or steak is was 90% of the folks order here.

Its not exactly cheap- we pay $10-20 per person depending on their choice. But the food is excellent, the portions are huge, and everyone in the place is very friendly. You cannot do better anywhere in Helena.

Only one word of warning- service can be slow. They must cook everything over a single candle in the kicthen, since wait times of 30+ minutes are not uncommon, and we've even waited longer than that. They don't claim to be fast food though, and I don't mind the wait.

  • Visited July 2012
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Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun place to eat outside of Helena”
Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Had a great prime rib dinner with a delicious salad, corn and baked potato. Service was excellent and the prime rib was very good. Enjoyed my visit here.

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