Simply, if you have the chance, you need to eat here. Between the amazing bean soup, the Sheep Herder Hors D'oeuvres, the outhouses (which are the last public outhouses in Montana), the building itself, and the ambiance, you will have a great time and be happy you made the trip. I loved the food and the experience!
The Jersey Lilly
Why You Should Visit
Good food great ambience
World's best beans. Period.
We have been going here for years (actually since I was in high school, and I am now 57!). The food is wonderful - bean soup, sheepherder's appetizers (and orange slice with onion and cheddar cheese on a saltine cracker), and the steaks are great. (in particular, the chicken fried!). It is really rustic - outhouses, etc., but definitely worth the trip. We have lived in Las Vegas for 24 years, but still make a trip there each time we go to Montana.
You have to try the beans at the Jersey Lil an old piece of Montana history. The atmosphere and good food make it a worthwhile trip.
Known in generations gone by as a sheep shearing station along the old Milwaukee Railroad, Inogmar and The Jersey Lilly have seen each other trough thick and thin. The building that the Jersey Lilly is in started out as a bank before emerging as the local watering hole complete with the best fried potatoes, bean soup and authentic eastern Montana ambiance. Whiskey was free. Water was $0.50. That was 1948. Flash forward to summer 2011 and the potatoes and beans are still fantastic, as well as the burgers. No meal would be complete with out the “Sheep Herder Hors D' oeuvres” …yes, you read that right. Sheep Herder Hors D' oeuvres” are a cult classic that can only be found at the ‘Lil. Consisting of: saltine crackers…still in their individual packs, orange segments, quartered white onion and home-made hot sauce…served in an upcycled glass baby food jar the Sheep Herder Hors D' oeuvres combination is nostalgic for most and an oddity for the rest. Don’t worry, for you purists who are reading this- the “facilities” have remained the same. The “Heifer Pen” and “Bull Pen” are still out back!
I take all my out of state friends here! They're baffled by/in love with the whole experience and comforted by the great food. It gives them a good story and me an excuse to go!
The appetizer and beans. Good food and service. Interesting restrooms. Reasonably priced drinks. A taste of the old west.