My buddy Will was showing me some photos from one of his favorite places in Missoula, MT –The Oxford Saloon. It sounded awesome and their J.J.’s Chicken Fried Steak looked great. Somehow he was able to send me these photos and type this all while we were both talking. I don’t know how he did it.
“It’s like drivin 22 hours on a high mountain pass close to runnin outta gas and feeling tha lord ticklin yer hiney cuz you honna eat simethin divine!!! Amazing. Makes me feel like Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.”
He elaborated further in another email…
“The Oxford Saloon in Missoula has been running since 1883. Missoula was incorporated as a town on a few years before that so its definitely a community fixture. It is part Saloon, All-Night Diner, and Casino where there is live poker played through the night. It used to have a strip club called Mulligans that was in the rear but sadly that went out of business about 10 yrs ago. When it was open it was interesting to say the least, the place was a one-stop shop of vices I guess.
It is known for its brains and eggs, which I heard they can’t serve anymore due to health code, WTF? But its really an awesome place to people watch and take in the vibe of a classic western saloon. There are definitely some rough characters that frequent the place but its worth putting up with them to eat their classic JJ’s Chicken Fried Steak. This is an 8oz chopped sirloin fried and smothered with a unique red eye gravy, accompanied by eggs, texas toast and hashbrowns.”
I like his email subjects for the photos…
“Oh one other thing to note is their world class gun collection that sits over the bar, just in case someone gets a hankerin’!”
The Oxford Saloon & Cafe – 337 N Higgins Ave. Missoula, MT 59802
William Brockmeyer is the Creative Director at Mirror NYC.