Best Chef

Walker Hunter & Ryan Smith, Burns St. Bistro

Burns St. Bistro doesn’t play brunch safe. The popular Westside eatery likes to challenge Missoula palates with an ever-changing menu of adventurous but delicious cuisine. Recently, BSB went full-on Nordic with karelian potato pasty, lefse, savory bacon pancakes and cured smoked halibut. A week later, in honor of baseball season, they shelled out coney dogs and 7-layer dip. Chefs Walker Hunter and Ryan Smith are the winningly mad scientists behind the well-executed experiments, and they also pull off a regular menu of tasty options, among which we’re especially fond of the huevos rancheros. BSB picks up a third category this year as Best Caterer, which is no surprise, considering the restaurant got its start feeding festivals and weddings with award-winning slow-cooked meats and sides that give a new twist to cookout classics. Walker Hunter & Ryan Smith, Burns St. Bistro • 1500 Burns St • 543-0719 • burnsstbistro.com

Finalists, Best Caterer

2. Scott Gill, Scotty's Table • 131 South Higgins Ave U3 • 549-2790 • scottystable.net

3. Bob Marshall, Biga Pizza • 241 W Main St • 728-2579 • bigapizza.com

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