I imagine that most people, when they go home for christmas, have a list of a few local places that they want to make sure to visit. Here's mine for Billings, MT:
MacKenzie River Pizza Company
A california kind of pizza kind of place, with your standard hand made pizza dough topped with a good range of toppings from pepperoni to thai chicken. They've also got big gigantic salads and "lodge poles," aka cheese smothered garlic breadsticks that come with ranch and marinara. My favorite pie from here is the Madison, which comes topped with red sauce, cheddar, ricotta, and bacon.
Cheap, quick mexican in a place with sombreros and wooden parrots hanging all over the walls. NACHOS.
Gooey, cheesy Italian, with pasta and sugo both made on site. LOVE the meatball sub, the cheese lasagna, the pizza, and the meatballs. God, I love everything they make!
For a long time Walker's has been clearly the best restaurant in Billings (and therefore probably in Montana, if I had to guess), but they were slipping a little last year quality of ingredients and imagination of menu-wise. I can't wait to go back, get some tapas, and see how they're doing now!
What are your favorite hometown establishments??