drives this business. Not only the selection and quality of beans, but how they’re roasted in-house and our attention to detail.” Not only is the roasting on point, but the grinding and brewing is adjusted and fine tuned by the baristas throughout the day for an absolutely perfect espresso shot. But it’s more than just a place for a great cup of coffee. “Fire Tower Coffee House is a restaurant with a coffee shop feel. We sell more food than coffee. We have very reasonable prices and I upgraded all of the ingredients,” says Nord. By upgraded, he means switched to Montana-sourced foods, using Wheat Montana from Three Forks, Grains of Montana out of Billings, and The Dive Bakery from Helena to serve fresh, warm pastries every day including the ever popular Huckleberry Bear Claws. Breakfast is not limited to the pastry case, stellar as it may be. The menu includes cooked-to-order breakfast sandwiches and burritos loaded with ham, sausage, bacon, veggies and cheese, along with a lighter fare, like oatmeal, yogurt and granola. When it comes to lunch though, Nord is arguably his own biggest fan. He especially loves the
Smoked Turkey on Cranberry Walnut Sandwich, which he’s dubbed The Best Sandwich on the Planet. Nord says it comes with this guarantee: “If you don’t like it, I’ll eat it for you.” For this sandwich, he starts with the best: Grains of Montana’s cranberry walnut bread, which offers a sweet and slightly tangy flavor with a crunch of walnuts. He spreads on a sweet, creamy apricot mayo, made in house, layers on tomatoes so fresh and ripe they are dripping with juice, and tops it off with a heaping pile of smoked turkey. The result is culinary sandwich perfection and is a must-try for anyone looking for a new take on a classic. The rest of the lunch menu features generous salads, paninis, wraps, soups and more, making it the perfect go-to lunch and afternoon coffee pick- me-up stop, all in one. Between comfy seating, unconventional decor, an ideal downtown location and great music, the feel of Fire Tower Coffee is like none other. From the moment you walk in and the heavenly aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans compliments the eclectic rock and roll vibe, you realize it’s exactly where you always wanted to be.
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