Yesterdays Caf-A, Dell, Montana

Ed Moore

Mission Viejo, United States

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After you cross the state line, driving north from Idaho into Montana on Interstate 15, you enter a big valley with no services. Life is tough here. There are no gas stations. No homes. Cell phones don’t work. And I like it. It’s just you and miles and miles of beautiful scenery. After you travel about 35 miles, you see three buildings on your right. So you take Exit 23 and turn right onto the dirt road leading to the buildings.

Ahead of you is Dell, Montana’s pride and joy – an eatery called Yesterday’s Caf-A, and it has the best food on Planet Earth. Yesterday’s Caf-A is a converted one-room brick school house complete with bell tower and bell. The building was constructed with locally made brick from the red butte directly behind the school. It was built in 1903 and filled with school children until 1963, when the school consolidated with another in a nearby town, leaving this one vacant.

The interior and exterior of the school are much the same as they were 80 years ago. The maps, chalk boards, hardwood floors and school books still fill the building.

But the school is now a restaurant featuring homemade pies, soups, roll and hamburger buns, daily lunch and dinner specials – including a world-famous prime rib sandwich. The seating is “family style” – so you might find yourself seated next to some locals or other visitors. Out-of-towners are welcome here, and no one bites, so it should be OK. If you ever get up this way, stop by. It is well worth taking an hour or so to enjoy some local flavor and a terrific meal.

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