Wednesday, July 13, 2011

From rowdy to ribeyes

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The Cattle Baron Supper Club and Babb Bar have certainly received a lot of attention over the years. Most recently, New York magazine singled out the Native American-owned establishments for its feature, "50 State Dinners (Plus One): Food Treks Worth Taking This Summer."

Highlighting the Cattle Baron makes sense, but as big magazines tend to do, the details have been embellished for better Old West copy.

After mentioning the world-famous steaks, NY mag writes:

This Native-American-owned bar and restaurant on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is also known as one of the rowdiest places in the nation, with a volatile mix on any given night of National Park employees, bikers, Canadians, and both native and non-native Americans. So, it's a dude destination where you're just as likely to witness a fistfight as you are to get your fill of fresh Montana beef.

Maybe back in the day; not so much anymore. Playboy once called the Babb Bar the second rowdiest bar in America. But in 2000, owner Bob Burns opened the restaurant in hopes of changing the venue's reputation. From the friends I know who've eaten there, the change worked. Burns spoke about it last year to Montana Tavern Times.

“It's different now,” he says. “The people come in and see the quality of the restaurant, and they don't let their hair down like they did before.”

So, go for the steaks. Just don't expect the fistfights.

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