It is rare for a restaurant to bring together class and a friendly atmosphere, but that is exactly what Fourteen North has accomplished. Although this comes as no surprise since co-owners Josh and Justine Palmer are both MSU alumni. They said they are going for a ‘gastropub’ atmosphere, which Mr. Palmer described as, “a friendly tavern environment with high-end food and drinks.”
Only having opened in June, the restaurant is now bustling with happy customers by six o’clock, and though it is a bit busy, the restaurant maintains a homely feel. Walking into the main room there are stained-glass chandeliers, a long staircase and a large wine display across from the bar area. If you are looking for a quieter meal, there is also a smaller room upstairs that has art and a gorgeous window looking out on the night sky. [pullquote]This restaurant is certainly a place where you could bring your family to have a nice meal, or go with your friends to grab a drink or two.[/pullquote]
Aside from the atmosphere, the food is excellent. Everything is made in-house with fresh ingredients. Most of the food is local as well, with the obvious exception being the seafood. The head chef, Mason Zeglen, was classically trained at the New England Culinary Institute and the Sous Chef, Casey Williams, was featured on the show “No Reservations” when it came through Livingston. The whole kitchen staff must do a fantastic job since the food is unique and delicious.
At first glance, the menu looks limited, but there are drinks, desserts and specials each night, all of which could definitely come together to create a filling meal. I was not able to try any of the drinks, but there was a huge selection. This included a few beers on draft, 15 to 25 wines by the glass, and over 50 by the bottle, not including the specialty drinks. Mrs. Palmer said that the most popular drinks were the Dirty North, the 14 North Manhattan and the Spa Water Martini.
I had a meal with a friend and tried one item from each section of the main menu, which is split into items called Smalls (appetizers), Stacks (burgers and sandwiches), Bigs (entrées) and Greens (salads). The Small was the Drunkin’ Pig, otherwise known as tempura bacon with a Cold Smoke beer cheddar sauce, every college guy’s dream food. The Stack, which was probably my favorite part of the meal, was the Chorizo Burger with corn salsa on top. The Big was a vegetarian Butternut Squash Tortellini, and the Green was a scrumptious Granny Smith Salad with maple spiced pecans. Those were to die for. There was no room for dessert after the generous portions, but the S’mores crème brûlée sounded amazing.
Overall, Fourteen North was an enticing food experience that did not disappoint. The food is a little pricy for Bozeman with an average price point around $14, but the quality and quantity are well worth it. Don’t miss out on this uniquely-Bozeman experience — it’s one of the nicest places around. As Mrs. Palmer said, “Just come in and have fun!”.
Fourteen North is located at 14 North Church Avenue and is open from 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Parking is available in the adjacent parking lot. Menus and other information are available at facebook.com/14northrestaurant.