This bistro-style restaurant is a pleasant surprise in an area with numerous steak houses. Among the specials are Hawaiian swordfish with citrus aioli, and slow-roasted Long Island duck with apricot-mango glaze.
47 Geyser St., , 1½ mi north of Ennis on Hwy. 287, Ennis, Montana, 59729, United States
May 7, 2010
The Continental Divide never disappoints. The Continental Divide, is a unique blend of casual elegance, cheeky ease, and epicurean delights of the Big Sky Country. An authentic bistro, the Continental Divide is located in a log cabin with an array of seating options including indoor seating in the cozy lodge as well as outdoor seating on the veranda with unobstructed views of the Madison mountains. We have eaten at this restaurant for 10 +
years, sometimes taking trips from the Austin, Texas area just so we can visit this fabulous Madison Valley favorite. Proprietor/ Chief Eric Trapp's seasonally driven menu deliberately defies classification. For starters, everyone's appetizers were sent around just for the sheer enjoyment of figuring out how the chef put together such beautiful flavors. Personal favorites are the Escargots a' La Burgundian and the Baked Brie in Phyllo over cool Pear Puree; the flavors are fused in such a way that they were perfectly aligned. For entrees, we battled it out for whose was the best. I announced at the first bite that anyone at the table could taste my sauce, but they had to stay away from the protein. It was so tender, well sauced, and mouth tingling that I just could not get any Christmas spirit up to share. If you have never tried Slow Roasted (7 Hours) Long Island Duck, you have to get this entree. I absolutely loved the smooth, savory flavor of the Duck with the seductive surprise of the Apricot Mango Glaze. Wow! ...and there are way to many wines to choose from, the meal was nothing short of memorable, superb, divine. How many restaurants do you go to and remember exactly what you had, how it tasted, how it paired with wine... just so special. I can recite each meal I have ever eaten at the Continental Divide.