While in Richmond Hill for some business the other day, I decided to stop by Montana’s Cookhouse at 8735 Yonge Street for a quick lunch. After all, they do have this banner outside about certain lunch dishes being ready in 15 minutes, guaranteed:
After pondering the lunch choices, I decided to try the Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10.99) with a Pepsi ($2.99). I was pleased that a side Caesar salad was available at no extra charge, unlike some other restaurant chains. After taking my order, my server quickly returned with a countdown timer set at 15 minutes, showing that they are serious about the guarantee. Obviously if my food still has not arrived when the timer hits zero, there would have been a discussion about free lunch with apologies. With real consequences, this is the true form of accountability, unlike the distorted version preached in some religious circles. For practising real accountability, and for providing a legitimate link between two separate themes of this blog, Montana’s gets bonus points.
It turned out lunch was ready way before the 15 minutes was up. In fact, there were more than 8 minutes left on the timer when my pulled pork sandwich arrived (add a few seconds for the time it took for me to get the camera from its case to take the picture):
The pulled pork sandwich was amazingly good. It was served on delicious garlic bread, plus both the meat and the sauce were excellent. Nothing about the taste indicates that it was ready in less than 15 minutes. In other words, it was gourmet quality at fast food speed:
The service was fast and attentive, with my Pepsi refilled as soon as the glass was near empty. My server was cheerful and provided a great lunch experience.
Montana’s exceeded my expectations for a quick but good lunch. In fact, I was so satisfied with lunch that I decided to return for dinner on another day.
After ordering, I noticed two minor problems and mentioned them to staff. One was fixed immediately, while the other needed further follow up but was taken seriously.
Since Montana’s is proud of its ribs, I decided to get the Beef Ribs and Wings Combo ($23.99) in honey garlic with sweet potato fries and corn:
The wings were very good, being nice and crisp. I would consider Montana’s to be a strong contender for Best Chicken Wings. If you are able to, have some wings there.
The excellent sweet potato fries were another highlight of dinner. Being tasty and crispy, it is a great side dish choice that is highly recommended. The corn and cornbread were satisfactory as well.
The beef rib met my expectations. There were lots of meat and I was filled up. Definitely not hungry afterwards. Both the beef quality and the preparation were good, but on the other hand, it did not stand out as exceptional. If I really wanted to have beef ribs, I would order them from Montana’s again, however, given the choice, I would get more chicken wings instead.
Service at dinner was enthusiastic and attentive, which I would rate as very good.
Bottom line: Montana’s is a top pick for lunch, and worth considering for dinner. Order wings if you can.