Making it down a glacier for tacos.
I wish I could take tacos backpacking with me, but it is just not possible. Tortillas are easily transportable and I could probably get dehydrated taco filling, but I do not know how I would take fresh cilantro, onions, salsa, lettuce, cheese, and crema outside of the refrigerator for five days!
So I had to wait until after our backcountry backpacking trip in Glacier National Park before consuming tacos. Kevin, Nate, Chris, and I backpacked 5 days, 4 nights over 58 miles and 11,000 ft. of elevation gain during the course of the trip. It was definitely challenging as I expected. Training for this trip was vital for a great experience. I kept up with the boys, even though I needed many breaks to catch my breath. At one point, Kevin poured water over my head to keep me cool in the blaring and direct sun. The views made up for the exhausting hikes. Each strenuous mountain pass hike led to breathtaking overlooks.
On our last day in the backcountry, our hiking pace exponentially increased as normal food was on our mind. We took less breaks to get back to the restaurant as soon as possible.
We ended up having burgers for lunch in the nearest village to the trailhead, but picked out beers and tacos at Bias Brewing in Kalispell for dinner. Heck’s Kitchen, where the tacos are slung, is located in Bias Brewing. It is an on-site kitchen featuring pizza, bowls, burritos, nachos, sandwiches, soups, and tacos.
I ordered the Bias Street tacos. I could choose the protein and chip dip. Protein options included oven roasted chicken, sirloin steak, or black beans. Dip options included queso, guacamole, salsa, or pico de gallo. All tacos come topped with onions, cilantro, cotija cheese, and chili-lime salsa. I went with the steak and guacamole choices.
Some of the boys were not as excited about the menu, but once they saw the tacos on my plate, they were in shock with how good they looked. I really enjoyed my tacos here. The chili-lime salsa was definitely at my heat limit, but filled with sweetness and flavor all the same. My lips left tingly and numb from the spices in the salsa. The cotija cheese reminded me of fluffy white clouds while the corn shell was soft, flexible, and fresh. The steak was slightly too chewy which is the only point I am docking from this 4 out of 5 taco. This taco was simple, but every part of it mattered and was critical to the overall value of this sirloin steak taco. Overall, I would recommend this taco to anyone visiting Kalispell.
This trip went so incredibly fast. In a blink of an eye I was back in the Burgh. Not only was I impressed with Glacier National Park, but also the tacos I had at Bias Brewing. I cannot wait to visit Glacier National Park again and experience more of the trails and the scenery the park has to offer. In the meantime, I will be planning another vacation to another national park.
Price: 3 tacos with dip and chips for $13.