If you find yourself out of town and in this hidden gem of a spot, this restaurant will blow your socks off.

If there is one thing Montana does well, it's small business. Big Sky Country has family-owned and operated restaurants, hardware stores, grocery stores, and more scattered across the state.

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Why do we have so many? Back in the day, if you wanted dinner or supplies, you had to provide it or help make that happen within your area. Montana has many small communities that are hours away from Costco or Walmart locations to pick up all types of goods.

What has happened is Montana is scattered with businesses that are constantly overlooked due to size or access to the area.

Anytime we see lists of the best restaurants, sandwich shops, or other food joints, they tend to be located in Montana's largest cities.

Lucca's via Facebook
Lucca's via Facebook
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Occasionally, these publications can surprise us with businesses or restaurants that are overlooked, but not often. Then they surprise us, not all the time, but this is one we are proud of.

Lovefood made a list of The Best Out-Of-Town Restaurants in Every State, and Montana's could rival any large Montana city's restaurant.

This small restaurant has been nominated for a few James Beard awards and focuses on keeping Montana green.

The restaurant is PREROGATIvE Kitchen in Red Lodge.

PREROGATIvE Kitchen via Facebook
PREROGATIvE Kitchen via Facebook
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Looking at the menu will make you drool with anticipation. The buffalo Brussels sprouts, bison ravioli, foot-long lobster roll, and other savory treats. One thing that stands out is the prices.

The food is affordable for people of all incomes and can feed a family without breaking the bank.

PREROGATIvE Kitchen via Facebook
PREROGATIvE Kitchen via Facebook
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PREROGATIvE Kitchen is housed in an old bakery, and the restaurant has made nods to this history around the dining room.

When people think of cowboy towns, they usually think of Livingston, but Red Lodge is a gem constantly overlooked.

If you find yourself in Red Lodge anytime soon, this restaurant might need to be on your itinerary.

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