Best New Restaurant 

The Laughing Grizzly

Keegan Eisenstadt opened the Laughing Grizzly on West Broadway in December, at the location that formerly housed Cyrus Skinner’s Steak House. Eisenstadt calls his establishment’s vibe “whimsical” and “silly.” Mardi Gras beads adorn a bison head above the fireplace and a massive, brightly lit roulette-style wheel near the front door invites patrons to spin it to win a free drink. And the menu? Eisenstad calls it “Montana comfort food, with a little green chili kick,” and he knows what he’s talking about. Eisenstadt used to live in New Mexico and likes his spice. That shows in the restaurant’s fare, which is dotted with items such as the green chili cheeseburger and Mission Mountain Chicken, which, served with a sour cream chili sauce over a roasted red pepper polenta, carries just the right amount of kick. Laughing Grizzly Bar & Grill: 2300 W. Broadway St, 926-3375

  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters

Finalists, Best New Restaurant

2. Market on Front: 201 E. Front Street, 541-0246, marketonfront.com

3. TIE:
Walking Moustache: 206 W. Main St, 549-3800, walkingmoustache.com
Romaines: 3075 N. Reserve St, 317-1829, romainessalads.com

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