5 Delicious Appetizers
Sometimes, I enjoy appetizers (or if we want to get fancy, tapas/hors d’oeuvres (I have to Google that every time just to spell it right)) just as much if not more than an actual entrée.
A great night out in Billings for me is some wine, good food, and good conversation with good friends. With appetizers, you get to munch on a bunch of different stuff and it can be an affordable way to frequent some of Billings’ fine restaurants.
Below is a list of some of my favorites at the moment. Please note, I’m not saying these are THE BEST appetizers in Billings (I certainly have not had the opportunity to taste every appetizer…yet. So I could never be the judge of “the best.”) They also aren’t in order of “first to last (1-5)”. I love them all equally and you can’t make me choose a favorite.
1) Nachos at The Granary: Granary nachos offer a huge portion of cheesy, saucy mexican(ish) goodness. What the heck is in that special sauce that is drizzled all over them? You can get them with chicken or shrimp (“shrimp on nachos?” you ask. Yes, it is delicious!) or a combination of both.
2) Sliders at Jake’s: Who knew a cute little baby burger could taste so darn delicious! These juicy burgers are served on the softest lightly grilled buns, cheddar cheese and grilled onions on the side. And if that isn’t tasty enough, they also give you a side of au jus to dip them in.
3) Mushrooms at The Rex: The Rex has the best deep fried mushrooms. They are battered in a light crumbly seasoned coating and fried to just the right crispness. The mushroom inside is delicious and juicy. They’re served with delicious ranch dressing. (They’ve also got very good sauteed mushrooms…my personal preference just happens to be the fried.)
4) Garlic Ribs at CJ’s: I love the smell of CJ’s Bar and Grill. Their smoked dishes permeate the room and make me instantly hungry. If you enjoy ribs, you must try the Garlic Ribs. CJ’s also has wonderful barbecue ribs but I find the Garlic Ribs to be different than any other ribs you’ll find in town. They are smoked over hickory and marinated in garlic, teryiaki and soy sauces. They are tender and delicious.
5) Honey Coconut Rock Shrimp at The Granary: Yes, The Granary made it on the list twice. I couldn’t choose between their Nachos or Rock Shrimp so I had to include them both. The Granary’s Rock Shrimp are coated in a honey batter and then served over some sesame asian noodles. Then, they have these other crispy white noodles (apparently they are called crispy rice according to their menu) on top. They are so good.
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