Rumour Has It

Rumour is the latest restaurant to open its doors in Missoula. It’s clubby in a New York chic meets Western Montana way. With an urban vibe, cowhide and leather seating, bar stools, comfy club chairs, dark hues and fireplaces, you can’t help but want to grab a cocktail and stay a while. John and Colleen Powers know the restaurant business and they have cultivated that knowledge to construct an inviting place to gather. They offer a full bar and an impressive wine list. Copy

Several seating areas, each with a slightly different feel, create intimate spaces for conversation. A large dining room sits adjacent to an outdoor patio. John noted that they paid special attention to soundproofing the walls – and we could tell. The ambient noise was just enough so that we could enjoy our meal without yelling across the table (which seems to be the new normal anywhere you go).

Now, let’s talk about the menu. Whether you’re stopping by for brunch, lunch, happy hour, or grabbing dinner with friends, Rumour presents an eclectic selection of pizzas, pasta, steak, fish, and more. Their street tacos, listed as a house specialty, didn’t disappoint. We tried both the chicken and the pork options; each was served with housemade tortilla chips and salsa. Locally sourced beef and bison are featured on the menu as well. IMG_3689 (2)

Try their fall-off-the-bone bison short ribs (one of John’s favorites) or prime rib (weekends only) with your choice of sauces.

Rumour serves up several gluten free and vegetarian dishes including Farm Omelette Street Tacos and Avocado Sticks, as well as gluten free dessert options.

Speaking of dessert… we couldn’t leave without tasting the white chocolate cupcake (okay, devouring) or the beignets with warm chocolate sauce. Unfortunately, the brownies had sold out long before we arrived. Another reason to go back!

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John tells us that Chef Nicholas Cebalo, one of Rumour’s Executive Chefs, knows his way around a kitchen. He started at the Ranch Club working as a dishwasher while he attended the University of Montana. Cebalo decided he wanted to work in the food industry and continued his education, earning a certificate from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, a French farm-to-table culinary school in Boulder, Colorado. He returned to Montana to work at the Rock Creek Cattle Co. and was recruited by the Powers to open the new restaurant.

John and Colleen both make the rounds, visiting, checking on meals, and chatting it up. They welcome guests into their space; it’s what makes you want to go back.

Hours:

Brunch – Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 3:00pm
Lunch – Monday through Friday 11:30am -3:00pm
Dinner* – Everyday 6:00pm to close
Happy Hour! Everyday 3:00pm-6:00pm

The casino is open during restaurant hours.

*Reservations available via OpenTable.

 

Mission Bistro is an Epicurean delight in the Bitterroot Valley

A recent move to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, just 25 minutes of south of Missoula, led me to the Mission Bistro in Stevensville. I’ve visited this little spot three times since New Year’s Eve and I just can’t get enough! Located at 101 Church Street – just a mile from Highway 93 just off of the Eastside Highway – you’ll find this brother and sister-run restaurant. Angie and Eric Loessberg, both from Stevensville, operate Mission Bistro. Eric is a professionally-trained chef and Angie has spent years honing her skills in front of the house operations. But, I must tell you about the food. Described as “Northwest cuisine with a touch a french inspiration…” there is something for every palate.

With each visit, I’ve tried something new on the menu. First, it was a New Year’s Eve special. My husband and I decided to celebrate the New Year with a bottle of Balletto Russian River Pinot Noir (2012) and an inspired cheese plate served with local honeycomb, toasted Marcona almonds, and toasted slices of Le Petit baguette. Our entrees, filet mignon and lobster (holiday specials, not on the regular menu), were cooked and seasoned perfectly. Though we had little room for dessert, we indulged in a slice of homemade key lime pie.

The second and third visits were for Sunday brunch, offered from 9 am to 3 pm. Mission Bistro’s brunch menu is both sweet and savory. In addition to what’s on the menu, they offer two quiches – one packed with seasonal veggies and cheese, the other with Kalispell-based Redneck sausage, bacon, and Lifeline Farm cheddar. Both excellent! Since we had ordered one of each quiche during our first brunch visit, my husband was eager to order off the menu. He tried the Stuffed Rosti Potato (pictured) and loved it – simple flavors, combined with great presentation.

Mission Bistro also offers an assortment of homemade muffins and pastries. We tasted the apple turnover, banana chocolate chip muffin, and huckleberry orange muffin over the course of our two visits. All delightfully satisfying.

Reservations are recommended, but not required (call 406-777-6945). There are three seating areas that fill up quickly, so I’d advise reservations unless you don’t mind waiting. Large parties can be accommodated.

Mission Bistro is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm for dinner and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm for brunch.

Please note that the restaurant is closed from January 26th – February 10th for a refresher after the holidays.

Stuffed Rosti Potato With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella, Topped With Two Eggs, Served With A Side of Salsa

Stuffed Rosti Potato With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella, Topped With Two Eggs, Served With A Side of Salsa

Sunday Quiche

Sunday Quiche