What brings you here: You'd been tiptoeing through the woods since 7:30 in the morning, and while there were signs of deer and elk everywhere, the only animals you saw were a few fluttering grouse. It was raining, your stomach growled, and you remembered that the old Potomac Bar, just a few miles from where you parked, just reopened. Your concentration shifted from game to beers and burgers, and you headed back to your rig and on down Highway 200.
What's new: After a 21-month hiatus, the Potomac Bar, a long-time Blackfoot Valley landmark consisting of a bar, restaurant, convenience store and gas station, reopened as Cully's Bar & Grill about a month ago. There's a huge "grand opening" banner outside, and plenty to indulge tired hunters inside.
What you're ordering: Cold Smoke's on tap, plus a handful of macrobrews. The bar is stocked with anything else you might want to celebrate (or lament) the animal you just bagged (or let get away). The food hits the spot. A recommendation: The Western Bacon Burger, topped with cheese, barbecue sauce and two fat onion rings. Order sweet potato fries on the side.
Atmosphere: While you and your buddies relive the day in the woods, enjoy Cully's fireplace, flat screen TVs, pool table and keno machines. In the fall, just about everyone walking in wears camouflage and blaze-orange. After your stomach's full, don't forget to fill your gas tank.
How to find it: From Missoula, head down Highway 200 for about 20 minutes. Look for the Sinclair gas station on your left.
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