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“Great breakfast surrounded by divine views”

The Crossings bar and grill
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Wisdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We leave Clark Canyon Dam very early (5:20am) and drive North on I-15 to 278 where the Big Hole Valley Scenic Drive starts. The pre-sunrise skies are pink and blue and purple and we pass big ranches – current and old – one after another. The views are spectacular and we cannot have enough of them. The Bitterroot mountains, the Pioneer Mountains, the Anaconda Range and the Big Hole river are all in site and splendid!

We catch up with a cattle drive, huge, all Angus, cowboys, Border Coolies and all, friendly as all Montanans are.

Then we suddenly need gas. Luckily, we are in Wisdom, which is the last place you can get gas on this road. We get gas and ask about a place to have breakfast – it is right across from the gas station. We are assured you can have “really good breakfast” there and we go. It’s called THE CROSSINGS and claims to have been established in 1932 by “Fetty”. There are pictures on the wall of Fetty circa 1945, sitting at the bar, feeding his PET DOE with milk, then Fetty and the Doe in his pickup…

The menu includes eclectic Montana cuisine like “THE BASIC FRENCH TOAST – Three thick slices of Texas toast dipped in egg and dusted with powdered sugar…” All in all, service is friendly if very slow but we are not in a hurry and our breakfast, when it arrives includes slices of fresh cantaloupe and the juiciest country ham I have ever tasted. Three cheers for The Crossings!

BTW, I have found this incredible site with description of all the scenic drives in Montana, it’s better than any of the travel books I have, if scenery is your thing, this is your reference:
http://www.bigskyfishing.com/scenic-drives

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This little place is everything we love about Montana. We were fishing our way through western MT and this place popped up (recommended by folks at Jackson Hot Springs) right where we needed it! Had a great breakfast, complete with from-scratch blueberry buttermilk pancakes that were AWESOME!! Our server was a beautiful young (maybe 18!) lady who handled the whole busy dining room with aplomb and apparent ease. The group filtering in as we waited (not long ... We got there before the rush!) was the usual cast of characters: bicyclists, families, local ranchers, etc. ... all with a bright summer morning smile and a howdy! Price was reasonable, coffee was super, and we even were able to soak up a little local history from the photos and memorabilia on the walls! Wished we could come back at cocktail hour to sit up at the bar (sporting local brands inscriptions) on a tractor seat barstool! ... But, pushing on ... Hoping for another surprising gem like this down the back roads of Montana!

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is the only place in town to get food, but it is quite good. We had both dinner and breakfast. It seems a good place to meet the locals and talk fly-fishing, etc. This is such beautiful country, open and wild. I suggest you go.

1  Thank BerryJ446
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We had dinner here one evening during a ski safari. It wasn't very crowded, but it was definitely the off season. My husband had the special, prime rib, and I had the liver and onions. Both were very large portions, and were served with soup or salad (both fresh tasting...the salad was a nice selection of greens dressed perfectly and the pork posole soup was great, with sliced radishes as a garnish) and a mini loaf of freshly baked bread. They offered a wide variety of beer as well as wine and overall, it was a cozy environment. The service wasn't the speediest (not that we were in a hurry!) but we probably would have ordered more beers if given the chance! Other items on the menu included fish and chips, a salmon fillet, chicken...but it was definitely meat-centric. We would definitely return.

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Reviewed July 26, 2012

On a cross-country trip through Montana, we stopped for gas in the town of Wisdom (population 98). I asked the attendant if there was any place in town to eat lunch and she smile and pointed across the street to the Crossing. We were floored by how good this place was. Nicely done knotty-pine ambience and a full lunch menu of creatively prepared sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. (I'm not sure what they offer for dinner but I suspect it's great.) Everything appeared home-made, was quite tasty and was nicely presented. I've been in towns of 50,000 that don't have a restaurant this good. What a find.

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1  Thank OnTheRoadAgain1954
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