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Eddie's Supper Club

3725 2nd Ave. N., Great Falls, MT - (406) 453-1616
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/12/2005 4:19:00 AM
Eddie's is supper-club heaven, loved by generations of Montanans and visitors (it opened in 1944) as a comfortable place to go for cocktails and campfire steaks. There are two halves to it: a coffee shop, which is lighter-feeling, more casual, and with a varied menu that includes sandwiches; and the more serious restaurant, which is atmospheric and has a big-deal menu of beef and seafood.

We like sitting in the supper club if only for its décor: large, handsome pictures of horses, all kinds of them: trotters in action, a bucking horse tossing a cowboy, western horses at work tending cattle. The picture at the back of the room, which has a horse's head in the foreground and a herd of cows in back, is especially beguiling. "We call him Mr. Ed," our waitress said. "His eyes follow you all around the room."

Booths are supremely comfortable, lights are low, and the staff are able pros. Steaks are grand. "Tastes just like that old Marlboro Cowboy cooked it over the campfire," advises the menu. Our waitress told us that the secret of the steaks is not the fire over which they are cooked, but the house's special wine marinade. This seeps into the meat and gives it a special tang, but also coats the surface so the exterior of the steak develops a crunchy caramelized crust as it cooks. The T-bone we ate was spectacularly good. And an off-the-menu hamburger, which has the marinade folded into the meat, was wild.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
T-Bone Steak
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The supper club is a style of restaurant unique to the Midwest and Plains. Eddie's defines the genre: source of big drinks and beautiful steaks in plush-upholstered booths. Being in Montana, it also is a coffee shop and liquor store.
"The supper club is a style of restaurant unique to the Midwest and Plains. Eddie's defines the genre: source of big drinks and beautiful steaks in plush-upholstered booths. Being in Montana, it also is a coffee shop and liquor store."
Michael Stern





Eddie's Campfire T-bone: rich as butter, easy to slice, the perfect High Plains steak.
"Eddie's Campfire T-bone: rich as butter, easy to slice, the perfect High Plains steak."
Michael Stern


The walls are decorated with all kinds of pictures of all kinds of horses. Here's a rodeo star having just removed his rider.
"The walls are decorated with all kinds of pictures of all kinds of horses. Here's a rodeo star having just removed his rider."
Michael Stern


There is a regular 9-ounce burger available. We chose the 12-ounce Campfire Burger, which was barely hoistable in its bun with the full panoply of condiments. The waitress boasted that Eddie's hamburger meat is mixed and ground daily. Based on the taste of the one we ate, we believe her.
"There is a regular 9-ounce burger available. We chose the 12-ounce Campfire Burger, which was barely hoistable in its bun with the full panoply of condiments. The waitress boasted that Eddie's hamburger meat is mixed and ground daily. Based on the taste of the one we ate, we believe her."
Michael Stern


Served in little round scoops atop Ritz crackers, Eddie's finely chopped chicken liver is rich and luxurious … perhaps too much so before a pound or two of beef.
"Served in little round scoops atop Ritz crackers, Eddie's finely chopped chicken liver is rich and luxurious … perhaps too much so before a pound or two of beef."
Michael Stern


This roquefort-topped salad comes with dinner. Choice of homemade dressings includes Green Goddess, Cream or Oil Blue Cheese, 1000 Island, French, and Chef's.
"This roquefort-topped salad comes with dinner. Choice of homemade dressings includes Green Goddess, Cream or Oil Blue Cheese, 1000 Island, French, and Chef's."
Michael Stern


Home of the great western painter Charles M. Russell (and now of the C.M. Russell Museum), Great Falls is in some ways the heart of Montana. Eddie's is the culinary heart of the heart.
"Home of the great western painter Charles M. Russell (and now of the C.M. Russell Museum), Great Falls is in some ways the heart of Montana. Eddie's is the culinary heart of the heart."
Michael Stern


Music for all ages! The band performed a special number for the kids.
"Music for all ages! The band performed a special number for the kids."
Jay Constantino


Tommy and Jay swinging to a great tune
"Tommy and Jay swinging to a great tune"
Jay Constantino


The guys swinging to a tune
"The guys swinging to a tune"
Jay Constantino



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