The shiny chrome spigots of the soda fountain, the cozy wooden booths, the red lunch counter with its cast iron stools, the old-time jukebox filled with 45’s, the mint-green milk shake mixer in front of a backdrop of Coca-cola glasses and sundae dishes… they just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

In 1922, William and Ianthe “Postie” Post founded The Parrot and invented an experience that has changed little since. Sundaes, parfaits, sodas, phosphates, freezes, milk shakes and malts from The Parrot’s soda fountain are all homemade from original recipes. Although some treats have been added over the last eighty years or so, many of the recipes date back to the founders.

The soda fountain serves up authentic sodas, mixed to order by “soda jerks” using flavored syrups and soda water. Taste the difference for yourself.

Our homemade soda flavors include cherry, lime, pineapple, grape, root beer, lemon and strawberry. For something really different try a phosphate – a tart twist on a conventional soda. We also serve fresh citrus fruit drinks from our soda fountain. Try a hand-squeezed Mexican lime, California orange or the signature red ace

All Parrot ice cream is homemade and hand-packed. It’s available at our soda fountain or in quarts to go. Combined with our homemade sauces, The Parrot creates irresistible sundaes, banana splits and parfaits topped with our home-roasted cashews, pecans or almonds. Milk shakes, malted milks and ice cream sodas are also created from our delectable sauces: chocolate, marshmallow, banana, caramel, fudge, strawberry, pineapple and the Montana essential, huckleberry. Enjoy the flavors at home too; sauces are also sold by the pound to-go.

If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, our famous Parrot Chili has had customers lined up for lunch for generations. It’s a hearty mix of steak and beans made from a well-guarded Parrot secret recipe. Come try it for lunch or take it to-go. 


A REAL Treat
Because our homemade flavored syrups, ice creams and toppings are all made from original recipes, they contain simple sugar -- not high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or artificial preservatives. Parrot soda fountain items bear the genuine taste of old and are a more natural and healthier product than most other treats you can buy today.

The glassware and dishware used for soda fountain treats have remained the same style and proportion since the store’s inception. Whereas Americans have become accustomed to “over sized” portions that have contributed to our nation’s growing waistline, The Parrot’s treats remain the same “guilt free” size from 1922. Treat yourself!


Menu:

Famous Parrot Chili
Available To Go:
Bowl......................................4.50
Quart....................................10.00
1/2 Gallon ............................17.50
Gallon ..................................32.00
 
Homemade Ice Cream To Go:
Quart.....................................9.00
 
Original Parrot Sauces
Available To Go: - $10.00/lb
Fudge - Caramel - Marshmallow
 
Lunch
Parrot Chili. Cup 3.50 • Med. Bowl 4.00 • Lg Bowl 4.50
with crackers, vinegar, tabasco - also available to go, see back of menu
Chicken Tamale. 4.50 Tamale Mac. 6.50
 
Parrot Chili is a distinctive blend of spices & fresh Beef sirloin,
hamburger & beans. Served the same way for over 80 years.
Tamale contains chunks of Chicken in a mildly spiced sauce
served in a Blanket of Corn Meal.
Tamale Mac - Tamale with a cup of Chili over the top.
 
Asst. Campbell’s Soups & Stews............................... 3.00
Chicken noodle, tomato, vegetable beef, beef stew,
cream of mushroom, chicken & dumplings.
 
Beverages
Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.00  Milk . . . .... . . . . . . . . . . .1.00
Tea . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 1.00  Choc Milk.. . . . . . . .. . . . 1.50
Homemade Hot Chocolate. . . . 1.50 Iced Tea.. . . . . . . .1.00
to go. . . . . 3.00 Fresh OJ.. . . . . . . . . . . 3.00
 
Sodas – 1.25
Coca Cola
Cherry
Grape
Lemon
Lime
Pineapple
Root Beer
Strawberry
Cherry
Coke
Cherry Phosphate
Grape Phosphate
Lemon Phosphate
Lime Phosphate
 
Fresh Fruit Drinks – 1.50
Lemonade
Limeade
Orangeade
Mexican Lime
California Orange
California Lemon
Red Ace
Fresh Lime Coke
Fresh Lemon Coke
Spanish Lime
 
Freezes – 3.50
Ice slush served over scoop of sorbet
Lemon Lime Orange Grape Pineapple Strawberry
 
Frozen Phosphates – 3.00
Sweet-tart float with scoop of sorbet
Cherry Grape Lemon Lime Pineapple Strawberry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Established 1922
Helena, Montana
 
Homemade Ice Cream
Flavors: We always have VANILLA and CHOCOLATE
We also have a Special Ice Cream & Fruit Ice (Sorbet) at all times
also available to go, see back of menu
Cone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.50
Dish. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 1.50
 
Ice Cream Soda – 3.25
Chocolate
Coffee
Pineapple
Strawberry
Root Beer Float
Cherry
All Around Chocolate
 
Milk Shakes or Malted Milks – 4.00
Chocolate
Coffee
Vanilla
Pineapple
Huckleberry
Strawberry
All Around Chocolate
 
Sundaes – 3.25 • Served With Nuts – 3.50
Whole nuts – Cashews, Pecans, Blanched or Burnt Almonds, or chopped Pecans
Chocolate
Caramel - Hot or Cold
Black & White
Marshmallow
Fudge - Hot or Cold
Pineapple
Huckleberry
Banana
Strawberry
All Around Chocolate
You may choose two cold toppings such as:
Carm/Marsh    Choc/Marsh    Choc/Caramel    Fudge/Marsh
Additional Toppings – .50 ea.
 
Special Sundaes
Parrot Special. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.50
3 Flavors of Ice Cream • Fudge, Caramel & Marshmallow toppings
w/chopped pecans

Banana Special. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 4.50
3 Flavors of Ice Cream •Strawberry, Pineapple, Chocolate toppings
w/chopped pecans, served over Bananas

Banana Split. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.00
2 Flavors of Ice Cream •Strawberry & Pineapple toppings
w/chopped pecans, served over Bananas
Substitutions add .50 cents
 
Parfaits – 3.50
Served with whole nuts – Cashews, Pecans,
Blanched or Burnt Almond or Chopped Pecans
Chocolate
Caramel
Fudge
Banana

Strawberry
Pineapple
Marshmallowcan be served with any of the above flavors or separately