Where you're at: Backcountry Burger Bar on the West end of downtown Bozeman. Booths line the wall, and a few small tables sit in the window. The restaurant isn't too big, and the menu isn't crazy, but it doesn't need to be. It's burgers, the great American pastime (and the only real reason I can't call myself a vegetarian). 

What you're eating: I got the Trapper, a mushroom burger with sautéed onions, beef gravy and fontina cheese (honest disclaimer: I had no idea what fontina cheese was until I looked it up as I was writing this. It's fancy cheese, which I guess I should have expected). I also got poutine, the famous Canadian bar food of fries, cheese curds and gravy. If I'm ever somewhere with poutine on the menu and I don't get poutine, I'm absolutely being held hostage. I love poutine. 

How it tastes: Not all burgers are made equal. Luckily, this one is one of the better ones. Backcountry knows how to throw down on a grill, and it shows. The burger had just a tiny bit of crunch on the outside without being dry at all, the fancy cheese was melty and gooey, and the sautéed mushrooms and onions made me feel like I was at least eating a vegetable in some form. Vegetables still count if they're drenched in beef gravy, right? And the poutine was dope. It's hard to screw up fries and cheese drenched in gravy, but some places do manage to do it. Backcountry doesn't screw around; they know you want some straight-up poutine, and they're here to give it to you. 

The Bite: I generally avoid eating meat, just because it makes me feel gross physically and mentally. But places like Backcountry Burger Bar make sure I can never actually be a vegetarian. 

A previous version of this article incorrectly said Backcountry Burger Bar was on the South end of downtown. It has been edited for accuracy.