For the past 15 years when in Belgrade-Bozeman Montana we'd stop for a great steak in an old fashioned western steakhouse , The Mint Café and Bar on Main street in Belgrade. Always overflowing with a busy crowd seeking great beef in many cuts we returned in June 2016 to see sad changes in the menu. Gone is the steak house although the monogrammed MC leather sofas and chairs remain,. The back space has been opened up for apparently fewer tables and fewer customers.
As we read the menus we were surprised at only 3 cuts of steak offered. The menu seemed short with about 8 entrees. The service proved quite weak as it was first night for an unsupervised waiter. He forgot to tell us about specials until after our order was in even though we asked him about specials! He was unaware of the happy hour specials which was posted on the way to the restroom. We delayed our order to ask for the happy hour special of beef sliders at 2 for $5.00 ..If we had known better, we would have reordered other entrees. The sliders were the best part of the meal with fresh rolls and beef lightly cooker, so flavorful and juicy .
Having come for steak, it was disappointing when only one chose the steak., a small filet mignon ( $ 27) which appeared smaller than the stated 6 oz. Tasty but very small. About the size of the patty in the slider. Others got the shrimp and chorizo rice dish which was more rice than flavor. Shrimp were small. ( $16.50) The beef stroganoff stated as "sirloin steak tails" had dry hard bits of steak in a beige thin sauce unlike any stroganoff served elsewhere, missing the sour cream and rich brown sauce with chunks of beef , all missing here .Rather insipid
The service continued bumpy with unfilled water glasses and uncertainty.
This proved not the traditional steak house in Belgrade for decades. The new owners and chef have taken the brightness out of this restaurant with perhaps less expensive dishes but no value.
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