The Main Event
It is possible to create a satisfying meal off the tapas menu but for gastronomes yearning for a full course traditional meal, Walkers main menu rivals those of the best restaurants in cities three times the size of Billings. Executive Chef Marlo Hix makes dining an exquisite experience. Her proficient staff follows through with a delectable offering of birds and fishes, steaks and chops as well as the distinctive pastas that made Walkers famous…such as the andouille shrimp, roasted chicken, sweet peppers and gumbo file in their signature dish, appropriately-named Walkers Famous Bourbon Street Pasta. In addition, you will find grilled buffalo sirloin, braised lamb shank, sweet potato spaetzle and mushroom-dusted venison loin. You can also choose western favorites, such as the straight-up New York steak or the classic Walkers Burger -- juicy ground sirloin grilled to perfection, topped with caramelized onions, peppered bacon, Swiss cheese and whole grain mustard, and served up with crispy pommes frites. Other entrees feature chicken breast, pan roasted duck breast, and grilled Atlantic salmon. All entrees include seasonal garnish and a choice of either the soup of the day or Walkers’ trademark salad. Entrees range in price from $11.95 for papardelle pasta with Roma tomatoes and fresh basil, to $27.95 for the beef tenderloin. Top off your meal with Walkers old-fashioned warm apple crisp topped with locally made vanilla ice cream or take a walk on the wild side and try the sinfully rich crème brulee.
Besides the food, the wine, the artful décor and charming waiters, there is something about Walkers that keeps people coming back. Maybe it’s the way Honaker and his staff make diners feel at home…maybe it is basking in the comfort of everyday items of the West turned into works of art….maybe it is the live jazz on Sunday nights, a weekly feature at Walkers where, more often than not, you will find Honaker on the drums. Or maybe it is because Walkers is a reminder that fine food, elegant surroundings, and sophisticated palates work as well in Billings, Montana, as they do in New York. In a restaurant where boots and gowns, burgers and nori crusted sole, and barbed wire and china happily coexist-- diners are reminded of how delicious life is in the West.
Walkers has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for several years as well as the subject of reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Billings Gazette, Frommer’s Guide, Montana Magazine. It has also served such celebrities as Mel Gibson, Lou Gosset, Jr., Jon Voight, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Poet Alan Ginsberg, Jazzman Chris Botti, and most notably President Bill Clinton.