Best Restaurant 

THE PEARL CAFE AND BAKERY

Readers' Pick

The Pearl recently set up shop among the stalls of the Clark Fork River Market, and the weekly waiting list for their cannoli already seems to rival the waiting list for prime Griz football season tickets. Missoula foodies saw that as just the tip of a fine-dining iceberg when they voted the Pearl's Front Street headquarters the city's best restaurant. The Pearl has atmosphere and décor perfectly matched for a night away from the kitchen. Nearly any menu pick is a guaranteed winner, with a crispy pair of pancetta-wrapped quail the hot choice these days. Owner Pearl Cash says customers love her two filet mignon choices so much they haven't let her take them off the menu for years. Pearl Café and Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us

FINALISTS:

2. Scotty's Table: 131 S. Higgins; 549-2790; scottystable.net

3. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com

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