That's Jackie holding the coffee cup and taking the picture. I can't keep up with her anymore. One of these days I will be turning in my camera. Lately all I've been been reduced to taking pictures of signs. Like shooting ducks in a barrel. Talking about signs, we were quite hungry when we hit town and saw the sign for Ted's Montana Grill and Jackie thought it sounded like a great place for a burger. It is in the historic Hotel Baxter and it looked perfect...
While we were checking out the menu, they put out out a ramekin full of these freshly made pickles that were indeed fresh and delicious. Those are some coriander seeds on top.
Loved them so much that when we got home, I adapted my pickle recipe to recreate them, nailed it, and everyone loved them.
Two quarts of water that has been boiled to remove the chlorine, let cool
Two tablespoons of kosher or sea salt added to water while still warm
Three tablespoons of white vinegar
One and a half tablespoons of coriander seeds
One tablespoon of mustard seeds
Two or three tablespoons of roughly cut fresh garlic
Ten or so medium sized pickling cucumbers
Place cucumbers whole in a bowl with the brine for two days. Then cut them into one inch chunks and return them to the brine for 2 days or so. Then refrigerate to stop the pickling and eat. Didn't add dill here because the ones at Ted's had none, but you can if you want..
Everything about Ted's was great. Great food, burgers were perfect, historic, rich, well maintained surroundings, a nice waitress, no complaints. Thought we had stumbled onto a truly unique Montana experience. We wondered if the Ted was as in Ted Turner, a big name, land holder, and buffalo rancher in these parts, so we googled it to find out, and that's where the disillusionment began.
Ted's Montana Grill is one of a chain of 44 restaurants which first opened in was first opened in 2002 in Columbus, Ohio by Ted and some entrepreneurs as a "for profit effort to stop the extinction of the American Bison". While on the brink not so long ago, with the help of many including Ted Turner, bison have been back in reasonably large numbers for some time now, so at this point, I'm not sure how selling a few thousand bison burgers are needed to stop their extinction. Also in the very short entry, Wikipedia also mentioned that part of the restaurant's eco friendly approach was "the re-introduction of paper straws", wow!!!. Now if Ted could just use the connections his billions bought at the UN to do something about all the raw coal smoke and toxic waste the Chinese and Indians are spewing into the air and pouring into the water every day to the extent that their citizens are literally choking to death, we would have something environment friendly. It's true what they say, that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, although it didn't change our experience. Great burgers, Ted.
But as always, I digress. Ted's really was great in every respect, so much so that we made it a point to return there once more before heading to Helena, Montana. The motel signs along Route 7 leading into town are a part of Americana that are also heading slowly toward extinction, so...
And if your name is Ellen, you are in luck in Bozman...