Boise Restaurant Guide – 52 Restaurant Choices! Updated: July 2018

Robin-Bob-In-Kitchen_Looking-RightIf you are looking for places to eat in Boise, this should help you find some restaurants in Boise and in the surrounding area – at least some of them – that we have visited and liked. There is a large variety. I will not rate them here, but to make this list, the restaurant will have to rate 3-Stars or higher. 5-Stars is the highest. Absolutely nothing wrong with 3-Stars! Most of these restaurants have their own websites where you can get more information. On some of the posts, too, you will find a link called Blog Post:. Click on that link for an article and more information with photos that we wrote. Happy hunting!
This list should include: Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc), Bistro, Buffets, American Home Style and Diners, Indian and Pakistani, Mediterrean Cuisine (Greek, Egyptian, Persian, etc), Brewpubs, Pizza, Italian and Drive-Ins and more when we visit them. This is an ongoing adventure and, hopefully, a never ending quest. One must eat! If you find something in the listings that I have overlooked and not included, please let me know and I will correct it. To search for “your favorite” cuisine, use Control+F and enter your search request. Look for this statement for these resturants: They use local products whenever possible! Think Local – Buy Local!

And please, let these folks know that you saw their listing here on the Boise Foodie Guild Blog. Thanks!

American Home Style and Diners

Eddiues 50 Diner SignEddie’s Fiftys Diner located at 3095 North Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, ID 83703. (208) 853-9800. Diner style fare with a 1950’s twist! Relive those awesome years when Elvis Was King, and still is! Open 7 days a week, 6:30am – 3:30pm. Here is the menu from the State Street Diner. They also have a diner at 7067 Overland Rd., Boise. (208) 377-3340.

Eggfactory_logo_jpegThey use local products whenever possible! The Egg Factory. Best known for breakfast. They are located at 8061 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83704 (208) 322-0191 and at 6882 W State St, Boise, ID 83714 (208) 853-2037 and in Nampa at 820 Caldwell Blvd, Nampa, ID 83651 (208) 466-2728. They are open 7 Days a Week
6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.. They say on their webpage, “Enjoy the kind of food you’d cook if you only had the time!” At The Egg Factory the secret to our food is no secret. We simply cook with the freshest and finest ingredients money can buy, make everything on our menu from scratch, cook all foods to order and are constantly focusing on the details. To spice things up, we also frequently create a new special for you to enjoy for a week or two. It’s how we discover new things to add to our regular offerings and it gives you a chance to help create our next menu. So whether you are on the go or have the time to join us in your neighborhood destination we’ve got you covered. Our complete menu is available for carry-out.” Look at Their Menu. It is varied but definitely breakfast, along with sandwich platters, chicken, burgers and country platters.

Orchard_House_Logo_3_BestThey use local products whenever possible! The Orchard House is located in the Snake Rivber Wine Country at 14949 Sunnyslope Rd., Caldwell, Idaho 83607 (208) 459.8200 Everyday 7am-9pm. Three menus are available on their webpage, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It is extremely difficult to get a good meatloaf when you are away from home, but their’s is absolutely wonderful. And they have great breakfasts also. If you are visiting the Idaho Wine Country, stop in here to eat. You can also get some awesome Idaho wine. Here is their Breakfast Menu, their Lunch Menu and their Dinner Menu. Some of the best home style cooking in the area.
Blog Post: The Orchard House

The-Original-Pancake-House_LogoThe Original Pancake House. They are located at 5900 W Fairview Ave., Boise, Idaho 83704. Located at the NW corner of Fairview and Curtis, next to Mister Car Wash. They are open Mon-Fri: 6:30am – 2:00pm, Sat-Sun: 7:00am – 2:00pm. (208) 321-2614. An awesome breakfast! They offer Brunch. They say, “In 1953, Les Highet and Erma Hueneke founded the Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes, they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim. Their restaurant has garnered recognition from the James Beard Foundation. There are over one hundred franchise locations worldwide. Our location in Boise, Idaho is a locally owned and operated family business.” Their menu is HUGE! Here is a PDF version of The Menu. A less comprehensive menu Is Here. Yes, there is a “Kids Menu”.
Blog Post: The Original Pancake House

Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Thai)

SakanaSuchiBoise_LogoOk. It’s really a great thing when you come across a restaurant, such as Sakana Japanese Sushi and Steak House in Boise, and it severely challenges your benchmark Asian restaurant, Sushi Joy and Shige Japanese Cuisine. Yes. Sakana is that restaurant and it rates, now, as our benchmark with a solid 5-Star sushi/sashimi/Japanese cuisine. It is superb! The Wait Staff is kind and extremely helpful. The sushi chef, Xing, is from China and his talent is awesome. A wide range of Japanese dishes such as Hibachi, Bento Box, sushi and sashimi (which is superb!), tempuira, teriyaki and the list goes on. It is well worth your trip to go there. They are located at 7107 W State Street, Garden City. (208) 853-4993 and they are open Mon – Thursday: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 11am – 11pm, Sunday: 12 noon – 9pm. Children are welcome, parking is good and alcohol is available – Mango Mojitos are super! Here is a link to our blog review for Sakana Japanese Sushi and Steak House. And here is another blog review we did and some different photos – Sakana Sushi Revisited.

Sushi Joy - Chinese and Japanese Cuisine, BoiseThey use local products whenever possible! Sushi Joy – Sushi | Japanese | Chinese Cuisine, 2275 West Main Street, Boise, ID 83702. (208) 433-8888. Closed Monday. Online ordering and delivery is available. “Modest eatery serving classic Chinese and Japanese fare with a large sushi menu in a casual setting…Claimed as the best Sushi place in Boise, Sushi Joy is proud to bring authentic Sushi and Japanese food to an under-served neighborhood. Our creative and fun appetizers, inventive sushi and sushi rolls, and traditional Japanese food are all great reasons to have our regulars keep coming back. For Chinese food lovers, we also have a great selection for you to choose from. You are invited to join us for a pleasant dining experience with our friendly staff in a well designed space. Our online ordering service is also available for your convenience. Thank you for visiting our site. Happy Dining! ” Their menu is far to extensive to print here, so be sure to look at their webpage and click on “Menu”.
Blog Post: Sushi Joy – Japanese and Chinese Cuisine

17Jan2015_1_Thailand-Express_SignThey use local products whenever possible! 2025 12th Ave Nampa, Idaho 83686 (208) 501-7975 Thailand Express webpage. Here is their Menu and Prices. “Our chef has years of experience working in top tier restaurants and provides some of the best Asian food in the area. Whether you are looking for quick and easy lunch specials to share with coworkers or something a little fancier for dinner, you will find it here. We have both spicy and mild dishes for the whole family.”
Blog Post: Thailand Express by Chef Pong

Yen-Ching_Logo They use local products whenever possible! Yen Ching Boise, there is also one in Nampa. In Boise they are at 305 N 9th Street, in Downtown Boise. (208) 384-0384. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. They specialize in Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan cuisines. They also have a full bar, but children are welcome. Here are their Lunch and Dinner Menus. This is probably one of the best stand alone Chinese restaurants in town. They are a sit down restaurant, not a buffet. And they serve only Chinese foods.


Bar_Gernika_2_LogoThey use local products whenever possible! Bar Gernika – Basque Pub and Eatery. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., (Boise Downtown) Boise, Idaho (208) 344-2175. Hours Monday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday: 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. (The kitchen closes one hour earlier.) Sunday we rest – except during San Inazio! “Bar Gernika has been a fixture on the Basque Block for almost 20 years and serves authentic Basque foods, wine and desserts. We have great sidewalk seating to enjoy the weather on The Basque Block. So relax and enjoy our menu. Look at their Menu. And yes, children are welcome.
Blog Post: Lunch At Bar Gernika

Sojourn to the Basque Market in BoiseThe Basque Market is located at 608 W. Grove St.(the Basque Block), Boise, ID 83702 (208) 433-1208. Store Hours: Store: Mon, Wed, Sat – 10:00am – 6:00pm, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 10:00am-8:00pm. Lunch Tapas: Monday – Saturday 11:00pm – Close. Evening Tapas: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 5:00pm – 8:00pm. PARRADA PINTXO FRIDAYS! Friday Nights 5-Close $15/Person All You Can Eat for ONE HOUR! Happy Hour: Monday – Friday – 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Paella: Wednesday & Friday – 12:00 Noon, Thursday Evening – 6:00pm. “Join us each and every Friday evening from 4:30-8:00pm when we will be offering scrumptious three course dinners. Choose a starter, entrée and dessert from the weekly menu. Each week the menu will change with items the Chef is able to source. Prices will start at $25/person +tax and gratuity. Wine pairings for each course will also be available for an additional charge…Kaixo! We serve Lunch and dinner Pintxos (Basque for Tapas) and Paella year round. You can purchase hard to find gourmet meats & cheeses, and imports from the Iberian Peninsula! Please use the tabs at the top to navigate our website. Enjoy!”
Blog Post: Sojourn To The Basque Market in Boise

Basque-Hotel_LogoLeku Ono Fine Basque Dining. Find them at 117 S. 6th Street, Boise 83702 (Part of the Basque Block) (208) 345-6665. From their webpage, “Welcome to Leku Ona which means “Good Place”. Jose Mari Artiach was born and raised in the Basque country, where he resided until emigrating to the U.S. as a Sheep Herder. His love for his homeland, its culture, and especially its food drove him to open Leku Ona in December 2005. The restaurant and adjoining boutique hotel in the heart of Boise’s Basque Block enable Jose Mari to recreate a little bit of home for guests to enjoy. Leku Ona’s Basque cuisine is prepared by Basque chefs. A selection of fine wines from the region are also available to accompany your meals.” Look at their menu. Dinner Menu. If you are lucky, you might even see, and talk to if you wish, Boise’s Mayor Dave Bieter, who is Basque.

Bistro and Coffee

17Dec2015_1_Brickyard_Sign They use local products whenever possible! The BrickYard is a wonderful bistro-type restaurant in the beautiful and historic downtown Boise, ID. “… We are now open for Sunday brunch! Every Sunday from 10am-2pm! Happy Hour – Monday – Friday 3-6pm with half-off all lounge beverages, even top shelf items … With a fine steakhouse, exceptional service, casual lunch, top shelf scotch, and Dueling Piano show … the BrickYard is a place with multiple personalities! Located in historic downtown on 6th and Main, The BrickYard is much more than a fine steakhouse. With its multiple personalities, The BrickYard begins its day as a casual lunch venue hosting a daily $8 lunch special. Whether you’re looking for a quick business lunch or have time to relax and enjoy the finer points of an afternoon indulged by a leisurely multiple course afternoon meal, The BrickYard is your destination. As the day progresses you will find one of the better Happy Hour deals Monday – Friday downtown from 3:00-6:00 you will receive half-off all of our lounge beverages…including our beloved top shelf scotch and small batch bourbon selection.” 601 Main Street, Boise, ID 83702 Hours: Mon-Wed: 11am – 10pm, Thu: 11am – 10pm, Fri: 11am – 2am, Sat: 5pm – 2am. Phone: 208.287.2121 Great burgers and other food. See our review at BrickYard Steakhouse, Spirits and Dueling Pianos.

After The BIG Game - Goldy's! They use local products whenever possible! Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro (This is a Yelp connection as their website is inoperable at this time. Still good information.) They are located in downtown Boise at 108 S Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 345-4100. A superb place for an awesome, and rather large, breakfast. I have seen the lines almost a block long. Monday – Thursday: 6:30am – 2:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 7:30am – 2:00pm. Get there early! This is a very popular spot. Here is their Menu.
Blog Post: After The Big Game Goldy’s

Berryhill_Bacon_Logo They use local products whenever possible! John Berryhill’s Bacon. 915 W. Idaho St, downtown Boise. Call (208) 387-3553. From John Berryhill, “Breakfast & Lunch
8 varieties of BACON, Espesso, Coffee, Beer, Wine, Bloody Mary’s, Bimosas, Fresh Baked Goods Daily, FREE downtown delivery on the BACON bike, Casual counter service, Vegetarian & Low Fat options, WiFi available, I’ve cooked over 512,000 strips of that same tasty Berryhill Bacon, at an average of 35,000 strips each year. With our new BACON restaurant, I expect to cook over 150,000 strips each year. That’s a strip of bacon every minute we’re open! This BACON restaurant concept was born for those who love bacon… it was born for you.

2015-Parma-Ridge-Hodge-Logo They use local products whenever possible! Parma Ridge Winery Bistro. The only winery bistro in the Snake River AVA. Definitely a 5-Star bistro in the area. Outstanding food and beverage. Children are welcome. “As the new owners of Parma Ridge Vineyards, we are excited to bring joy to people through wine and spirits, food and experiences. “A relationship with your creator, intimacy with your spouse, celebrating with friends and family…with great wine and food…this creates joy and this is the theme of our winery,” says Storm Hodge. Our tasting room offers a variety of estate wines, small bites of food, on-site catering, and a beautiful vineyard space for events. Our winemaker, Storm Hodge, is also a chef by trade and is eager to engage your senses with wine and food pairings. Storm and Stephanie Hodge, owners of Parma Ridge, are both artists and are interested in bringing you the entire experience at Parma Ridge. We look forward to creating memories with you! Cheers,​ Storm Hodge, winemaker & chef and Stephanie Hodge, artist & winelover”
They are open 12-7 p.m. Fridays and 12-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday and serve food all weekend. Now serving Happy Hour on Friday from 4-7 p.m. Holiday Hours: Closed Christmas and New Years Day; open December 26-27 and Jan 2-3 from 12-5 p.m. Parma Ridge, 24509 Rudd Road Parma, ID 83660 US 208.946.5187 It’s a good idea to call ahead. Every bit a 5-Star bistro. Beautiful setting, art and people. See our review at Great Sunday Brunch At Parma Ridge Winery.

03Aug2016_1_Melting-Pot_SignVisit The Melting Pot in Boise Not really a Bistro, but the ambiance and food will make for a fun dinner or Happy Hour. Good food with a fun presentation. And yes, the kids are welcome! 4-Star restaurant in Boise. And here is a link to their extensive Fondue Menu. Check it out! More importantly, I think, is “just what is a fondue?”
According to the Cambridge dictionary, “a hot dish prepared by keeping a container of either hot oil or melted cheese over a flame at the table and putting pieces of meat in the oil to be cooked or pieces of bread into the cheese.”
And from, “In Switzerland, ‘la fondue’ means a cheese fondue and nothing else. Other types of dip-bits-of-food-in-a-communal-pot dishes are specifically called fondue-something, e.g. fondue bourgignonne (bits of beef filet fried in a pot of oil), fondue chinoise (thin slices of beef or other things cooked in a pot of broth), and so on.”
The cheese fondue at The Melting Pot consists of, “CLASSIC ALPINE – rich, sweet-yet-earthy
Featured Cheeses: Gruyère, Raclette, Fontina. Melted with: White wine, garlic, fresh nutmeg. Gluten Free $8.95” Delcicous. Here is what we had to complete this 4-Star evening. Our review can be found By Clicking Here.

Brew Pubs and Pubs

10-Barrel-Brewery-Boise-LogoThey use local products whenever possible! 10 Barrel Brew Pub, Boise. They are located at 830 W Bannock St., Boise, Idaho 83702 (208) 344-5870. Hours 11-11 Sunday – Thursday; 11-12 Friday and Saturday. (MINORS WELCOME ALL HOURS.) Really some good pub fare. They serve and wide range of pub fare from awesome burgers, fries, salads and other delicious items. The original pub, and brewery, are in Bend, Oregon. There is also a location in Portland, Oregon.
Blog Post: 10 Barrel Brewery, Boise First Visit

Cloud-9-Brewery-Logo They use local products whenever possible! Cloud 9 Brew Pub. They are located at 1750 W. State St Boise ID 83702 (208) 336-0681. Children are welcome but may not sit at the bar. Hours Monday – Closed; Tuesday – Thursday – 11:00am to 10:00pm; Friday and Saturday 11:00am – Midnight; Sunday – 11:00am to 9:00pm; Happy Hour: Tue-Fri: 4pm-6pm. Great selection of Nano brews, Idaho wines anmf Idaho food. From their website, “We are Boise’s first nanobrewery, and the only certified organic brewery in the state, producing only four barrels per hand-crafted batch. We are focused on sustainable, local, and organic beers and our brewery also houses an amazing restaurant with a similar focus…We choose locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. We have made a commitment to organic ingredients in our beer and our food…Our menu offers classics as well as new tastes, from our decadent mac n’ cheese to our colorful fresh salads you are sure to find something to satisfy what you crave. Great burgers, pub-style sandwiches as well as homemade desserts like our beer-amisu will be sure to please even the pickiest eaters. We take pride in our house made soups, desserts and from scratch approach.”
Blog Post: Cloud 9 Nano Brewery Boise

28June2016_1_Juniper_Inside-BarJuniper Boise is located at 211 N 8th St., Boise, ID 83702. “We believe in ingredients. Throughout our menu you will find local eggs, non-GMO, organic ingredients, cage free chicken and grass-fed beef. We work closely with our local farmers, growers, and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor, and soul. Juniper’s Wine and Tap Beer list focuses on our incredible winemakers and local brewers and bring you gems you may not find anywhere else. The result is Idaho food and drink that is honest, straightforward, and pays homage to the region we are so lucky to call home.” Their Lunch and Dinner Menu will give you a great idea of what they offer. Online menus also includes brunch and a full dessert and appetizer suggestions. Enjoy!
Blog Post: Delightful Visit to Juniper

Piper-Pub-LogoPiper Pub. Located at 150 N 8th St # 200 (2nd Floor, SW Corner), Boise, ID 83702 Phone: (208) 343-2444 Sunday Brunch. Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 11:00pm, Kitchen 11:00am – 9:00pm; Friday – Saturday 11:00am – 12:00am, Kitchen 11:00am – 10:00pm; Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm, Brunch: 11:00am – 2:00pm; Happy Hour, M – F 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Good brew selection and food selection. Their menu is divided into 2 parts, Monday – Friday and Sunday Brunch. Both are in PDF format.

23May2016_1a_StLawrence-Gridiron_LogoSt Lawrence Gridiron. a good pub in downtown Boise, ID, 705 W Bannock St,(208) 433-5598. Monday – Thursday, 11 – 11, Friday 11 – Midnight, Saturday 9:30am – 12am, Sunday, 9:30am – 9pm, Brunch On Weekends 9:30am-2pm. A great patio area weather permitting. They do their own smoking of brisket and turkey and I hear it is outstanding. They also try very hard to source their products locally. Definitely a really good bistro in downtown Boise. 4-Stars and well wworth the trip. Here are some, Photos of Our Visit and write-up. Enjoy!

The Drink SignThe Drink Waterfront Bar and Grill. Located at 3000 North Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, ID (208) 853-5070. Their menu consists of such items as seafood, salads, homemade soups, sandwiches and wraps, burgers, fish and chips and desserts. Try them out for a unique experience on the Tiki Dock where you can eat “on the lake”. There are three distinct dining areas and the Tiki Dock is but one.


City-Buffet_Logo_JpegCity Buffet, a Chinesse buffet. They are located at 8049 W Fairview Ave, Boise (208) 888-8897. Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday and Sunday 11:00am – 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm. Call them for Take-Out orders. Here is Their Menu. This is a full buffet and you probably won’;t go away hungry. They do have lobster on the buffet at times.

Golden-Corral_LogoGolden Corral. Located at 8460 West Emerald St, Boise, ID 83704 (208)373-7101 Information from their webpage, “Golden Corral’s legendary, endless buffet features an abundant variety of delicious familiar favorites and continuous new menu offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Golden Corral’s legendary, endless dinner buffet features an enormous variety with 15 proteins including USDA, grilled to order sirloin steaks, pork, seafood, shrimp, and chicken. We are especially proud to serve USDA sirloin, aged and hand-cut daily by our in-restaurant butchers.” Their menu is quite extensive. Here is their Menu Link – Be sure to check their coupons! Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 09:30pm, Saturday and Sunday – 7:30am – 9:30pm.

Drive-Ins and Burgers

Big-Juds_Logo They use local products whenever possible! Big Jud’s Burgers. There’s a reason they call it “Big Jud’s” – These are HUGE burgers! They are located at 1289 South Protest Road, just off of W Boise Ave. Open Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm. Closed Sunday. Here is their Menu. and here is a Fun Challenge. Good Luck! From their webpage, “Big Juds is proud to source from local businesses in the community. Here are some of the businesses that we regularly work with. Double R Beef, Alpicella Bakery, Pastry Perfection, Cascade Glacier LLC- Ice Cream, Lamb Weston, B and D Foods, Sysco, J Weil Food Services. PLUS our fries always come from potatoes grown in Idaho!”

17Nov2015_1_Boise-Fry-Co_Front-Soor They use local products whenever possible! Boise Fry Company – Burgers on the Side. 204 North Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702, (208) 949-7523. M- Sun 9:00am – 11:00pm Definitely one of the best fries and burgers in Boise. Well worth a 4-Star rating. Check out their website for more locations and a menu.
OUR FRIES – First, we buy the finest and freshest potatoes available. Secondly, and oh so tenderly, we prep each potato, which takes up to five steps and a half hour. Thirdly, we fry the potatoes in natural, healthy peanut oil. Finally, you choose from our homemade seasonings and dipping sauces to coat your fries.
OUR BURGERS – Our bison is local, fresh, natural, grass-fed and -finished.Our beef is local, fresh, natural, grass-fed and grass- and grain-finished. Both are hand-seasoned and formed with Boise Fry Co.’s secret recipes. Our vegan burgers are made with house-made black beans and red quinoa. And our organic wholewheat potato buns are baked fresh every day.
OUR PROCESS – We use natural, local, and whenever feasible, organic products. We produce little to no waste. We recycle our sunflower seed oil in cars.”
Blog post: A Good Night at the Boise Fry Company.

Carls-Jr_LogoCarl’s Jr. Several locations in Boise to serve you. Here are three. (1) 1700 W State St., Boise (208) 3454-1187, (2) 226 Broadway Ave., Boise (208) 344-7664 and (3) 4999 Glenwood St., Boise (208) 322-5549. Here is a link to their Menu. From their FB page, “Signature menu items include The Six Dollar Burger® line, the Western Bacon Cheeseburger® and the Super Star® hamburger. Other favorites include charbroiled and crispy chicken sandwiches, entrée salads, low-carb selections and Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes and Malts™.” Sign-Up on their webpage and receive coupons for their products. A pretty good burger and the service at the State Street location is good. And Jack says, “Zodiac sign: Taurus. As I always say, better to be a Taurus than drive one.
Other than spending time with my wife Cricket and son Jack Jr., my passion is making delicious fast food for people who love fast food. Stuff like my Jumbo Jack®, my Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger™ and my classic Tacos. Long story short, if you like bacon-chat, you’re among friends.”

Jack-In-The-Box_LogoJack In The Box. Again, several locations to serve you. (1) 3220 W State St., Boise,ID 83703 (208) 345-3656, (2) 7040 W State St., Boise, ID 83714 (208) 853-5250, and (3) 2611 S Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83706 (208) 336-8088. There are more in town. Their Jumbo Jacks are really good burgers. Here is what they offer, Menu. Here is what Jack says, “Zodiac sign: Taurus. As I always say, better to be a Taurus than drive one. Other than spending time with my wife Cricket and son Jack Jr., my passion is making delicious fast food for people who love fast food. Stuff like my Jumbo Jack®, my Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger™ and my classic Tacos. Long story short, if you like bacon-chat, you’re among friends.”

Westside-DriveIn_Logo They use local products whenever possible! Westside Drive-In. Two locations to serve you: 1929 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 342-2957 and 1113 E Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID 83706 (208) 424-0000. Abn absolutely fun place to go. Authentic and delicious Drive-In cuisine with outdoor seating – covered in winter – available at the State Street location. Mostly indoor at the Park Center location. Here is the menu from the State Street location: State Street Menu. Chef Lou has super burgers, prime rib, fish and chips, sweet potato fries and Italian dishes. Well worth the trip.

French – Pastries

09Jan2013_1b_Janjou-Patisserie_Front-Sign They use local products whenever possible! Janjou Pâtisserie. Located at 1754 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702. Hours Mon: Closed, Tue – Sat: 7am – 4:00pm, Sun: 8am – 2pm. Here is their Menu, PDF format. They also serve an awesome variety of quiche, salads and light sandwiches. Here are some of their products: Janjou Pasteries. Read about them. “Janjou Pâtisserie, an artisan boutique bakery in Boise, Idaho is dedicated to creating hand crafting pastries, cookies, and savories to satisfy your craving for a little something fresh, delicious and truly extraordinary. Janjou uses only the finest ingredients, from Belgian chocolate to vanilla beans and seasonal fresh fruit. Janjou uses ALL NATURAL butter (made by Cloverleaf Creamery in Buhl, Idaho) and hormone free, antibiotics free eggs. We use no artificial ingredients or preservatives so everything we make tastes of what was used to make it…Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas … graduated from Estella kitat Oman, a leading baking school in Israel and completed her internship at Mazzarine, a high end French Pâtisserie in the Tel-Aviv area. In 2008 she opened her artisan bakery in Boise and named it Janjou Pâtisserie after her dear mother whose nickname was Janjou.”
Blog Post: Janjou Patisserie Revisited

Greek, Mediterrean

11Nov2013_1b_Mazzah_Sign They use local products whenever possible! Mazzah Meditterean.. 1800 State Street, Albertson’s Shopping Center. (208) 333-2566. Parkcenter Blvd. (208) 333-2223 Mon-Thur: 10:30AM to 8PM, Fri-Sat: 10:30AM to 9PM and Sun: 11AM-8PM. From their webpage, “Mazzah’s top priority is you, our customer. Without you, we wouldn’t have been voted Boise’s Best Mediterranean (for 7 years in a row) 2008-2014. Our mission is to present you with impeccably prepared dishes from the Mediterranean region of the world at a comfortable price point. Our worldly chefs have meticulously fine-tuned every recipe on our menu to capture the savory and sophisticated flavors of the Mediterranean. Our concept is that good food is “good” but food that you can’t stop thinking about is even better.” Here is their Menu.
Blog Post: Lunch at Mazzah

Sofia's Greek Bistro, BoiseSophia’s Greek Bistro is located at 6748 North Glenwood Street, Boise, ID 83714. Phone:(208) 853-0844. At this writing, their website is being upgraded to WordPress. Here is a copy of Sophia’s Greek Bistro Menu. From the Idaho Press Tribune, “At Sophia’s Greek Bistro, it’s in with the old and in with the new. The old? Traditional, authentic Greek recipes passed down through owner Litsa Manolis’ family. The new? The restaurant uses a burgeoning online presence – including a clean, user-friendly website and a robust Facebook page – to help spur success… Freshness and authenticity mark Sophia’s, said Litsa, who noted that the staff rolls its own dolmades – a three-hour endeavor. While both lunch and dinner are served at Sophia’s, options for the latter are more extensive. Litsa said some of the most popular dishes include: – Hippie Dippie gyro – combination of beef and lamb served on pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onion and hippie dippie sauce (spicy tzatziki). $7 – Greek Sampler Plate – one tyropitakia, one spanakopita, hippie dippie, hummus mitti, feta leelee and three warm pita breads. $16.”

Indian, Persian

19Aug2014_1_Dinner-And-Movie-Night_Bombay-Grill_Sign They use local products whenever possible! Bombay Grill – Tripadvisor (Indian). 928 West Main Street, Boise, ID 83702. (208) 345-7888. Hours: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:30 pm. Family-run traditional Indian eatery with specialty dishes and a lunch buffet served in a homey space. Our initial published review said, “A really superb Indian restaurant in Boise. The food is prepared fresh and is not “canned”. The aromas and flavors take me back to when I was in India in 1955. Loved it!” Others have said, “Today was our first time eating the lunch buffet at the Bombay, and it was the best meal I’ve ever had in my life! Truly quality Indian cuisine. Everything was exquisite, tender, and full of flavor. The lamb was especially delicious. I wished I could’ve made more room in my tummy, because my mouth wasn’t finished when I got full! Probably hands down the best eating experience I’ve ever had!”

21Mar2013_1j_Kabob-House_Front-DoorKabob House (Persian). 9140 W Emerald St, Suite 600, Boise, Idaho 83704. (208) 323-1112 Email: Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Lunch Specials: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. From their webpage, “For over 20 years, Kabob House has been synonymous with Middle Eastern fine dining. We take the cuisine and culture of Middle East to the next level with a breathtaking restaurant and delicious cuisine.” and some of their foods include, “Rib Kabob – Tender and juicy marinated lamb rack, grilled. Tekka Kabob – skewers of lamb or beef pieces marinated in special herbs and spices and broiled over the grill. Sambosa – Turnovers filled with potatoes and split peas. Chainaki – Teapot soup with lamb chops, vegetables, and other spices cooked in mended teapots in oven served with Rice. “The Chef’s mastery of traditional spices and flavors makes each dish an opportunity to experience classics and delicacies in new and exciting ways. Every plate becomes a culinary journey. Kabob House also features Indian and Turkish cuisines that surprise you with sophisticated tastes and sensibilities.”


Asiagos-Card They use local products whenever possible! Asiago’s Downtown. “Asiago’s Downtown is an unpretentious, intimate setting, combining old world designs with modern accents. Located in the newly renovated Gem-Noble building, the dining area surrounds you with turn of the century brick walls, Italian tile floors, and original art inspired by early to mid-1900’s european works…We pride ourselves on providing upscale service in an unpretentious manner and setting. We want our guests to feel comfortable while dining with us-jeans and shorts are just as acceptable as business or evening wear.” Here is Asiago’s Menu. “Italian-inspired. It’s one of the things that makes Asiago’s a memorable destination. We combine familiar Italian flavors and age-old fundamentals of Italian cooking with our own creative license to prepare a distinctive menu of pastas, entrees, salads, sandwiches, soups, and seasonal specials. Whether you enjoy traditional Italian flavors or appreciate a more adventurous, eclectic approach to your Italian cuisine—Asiago’s is sure to delight…Fresh is our passion at Asiago’s, you could say we are fanatical about it. Beginning with pasta made in-house daily, each menu item is prepared in our kitchen from scratch. All of our dishes are cooked to order allowing modifications to accommodate personal taste or preference…The menu prices are value conscious and range from $5-$10 for lunch selections, $9-$19 for dinner pastas, and $12-$25 for our seasonal specials.”
Blog Post: An Afternoon at Asiago’s

09May2015_1_Lucianos-Sophia-BDay_SignLuciano’s Italian 11 N. Orchard, Boise, ID 83706. Phone: (208) 577-6415. Fax: (208) 577-6428. Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday – Closed. “… A casual, yet classy, and affordable Tuscan inspired dining experience featuring scratch made classics from both Northern and Southern Italy as well as a few surprises…Enjoy your friends, family and our food and atmosphere but don’t forget to finish your experience with a fine glass of port and a giant slice of our house-made bittersweet Guiness chocolate cake or any of our other house made desserts.” This is a superb 5-Star restaurant with quality Italian dishes but will not empty your pocket book. It might be wise to call for reservations. Enjoy a Taste of Italy!
Blog Post: Happy Birthday Sophia at Luciano’s!

Olive-Garden_Logo_JpegOlive Garden located in Boise at 320 N Milwaukee Street, Boise, ID, 83704 (208) 322-3327 or in Nampa at 16401 North Marketplace Blvd, Nampa, ID, 83687 (208) 442-8129. They are open Sun-Thu 11:00AM-10:00PM, Fri-Sat 11:00AM-11:00PM. “Keeping with modern-day Italian traditions, we’re expanding our menu to provide more choices, variety and better-for-you options. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients presented simply with a focus on flavor and quality that is uniquely Italian,” from their website. Click Here to see their menu.

05Feb2015_1a_DaVincis-Eagle_SignOverall, a good visit and meal at da Vinci’s Italian in Eagle, ID. They are located at 190 E State Street, Eagle, ID. (208) 939-2500. They are open 7 days a week from 4:00pm – 10:00pm. Overall good flavors in the food and good wines. My only negative comment is that there seemed to be an overuse of salt. Things were salty. But the layers of flavors – after you got by the salt – were very good. You can read their menu by Clicking Here. From their website, “All Full Size Entrees Include Our Bottomless House Salad Bowl With Da Vinci’s Homemade Italian Dressing And Freshly Baked Tuscan Bread, Or Substitute A Caesar Salad For An Additional $2.95.all Chicken And Veal Dishes Are Complemented With A Side Of Angel Hair Pasta With Aglio Olio Or Tuscan Tomato Sauce. Add Extra Chicken $2.50 Add Extra Veal $4.50″
Blog Post: da Vinci’s Italian Night


Bolillos - Mexican RollsAlejandra’s Mexican Restaurant in 208 Main St, Marsing ID 83639. (208) 896-5339 Here is their web link – Alejandra’s Mexican Restaurant, Marsing, ID A really good Mexican restaurant and food. All is prepared fresh and daily. A little out of the way, but if you are in the Snake River Wine Country, it might be a good place to stop for some good Mexican food. But don’t be prepared for opulence and high class surroundings. You won’t get it. What you will get is some awesome food. Great company with the staff and a fun time. “Alejandra’s offers authentic Mexican food served and prepared by the owners Samuel and Maria Correa with more than 20 years in the restaurant business and Maria’s authentic recipes to delight you.”
Blog Post:Alejandra’s Mexican Restaurant, Marsing, ID

Chapala-LogoChapala. There are about 7 different locations in and around Boise. This is the one we like best: 3447 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, ID 83714-6542 (208) 342-5648. Their webpage states that “Chapala Chinden’s atmosphere keeps patrons coming back time and again … The Chinden location, a newly remodeled building, is the site of this months centerpiece above. With exceptional service and cuisine to match, the elegant ambiance features Flautas, Carnitas, Sopitos and Chicken en Mole. Of course the quintessential margarita and other festive drinks are also available. Come and enjoy your meal here, be it for business or family gatherings.” They have two menus. This is the menu link: Chapala Menus. Be sure to check the website for printable Meal Coupons, like buy one and get the second for 50%.

Enrique's-Logo300x269 They use local products whenever possible! Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant. They are located at 482 W Main St, Kuna, Id, 83634, about 15 miles south of Boise. (208) 922-5169 The drive is well worth it. Their hours are: Buffet Thursday 11A – 3P, Friday 11A – 2P, Sunday 11A – 3P. Summer Hours: Monday – Saturday 10A – 10P, Sunday 10A – 9P. Winter Hours: Monday – Thursday 10A – 9P, Friday & Saturday 10A – 10P, Sunday 10A – 8P. Their webpage says, “The only Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant owned by Enrique and Ana is located right here in beautiful Kuna, Idaho! We love hearing from our friends. Give us a call, send us an e-mail, or come on down to see us.” Their menu is quite unique. Here is a Menu Link, in PDF format. Absolutely a 5-Star restaurant, but not 5-Star prices!
Blog Post: Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant


Anyone for a "Flying Pie"? They use local products whenever possible! Flying Pie Pizza. There are two locations in Boise at 6508 Fairview Boise,ID (208)345-0000 and 4320 W State Boise,ID (208) 384-0000. There is one location in Meridian at 601 S. Main St. Meridian, ID (208) 888-9500. They do deliver. There is a great history behind Flying Pie and you can See It Here. Their menu is quite large and you can View It Here!. And be sure to look at It’s Your Day. “It’s Your Day – Every day Flying Pie offers a lucky few people the chance to step into our kitchen and make their own 10″ specialty pizza for free! It all depends on what the name of the day is. Check the list below – or call Flying Pie – and tell your friends when their day is coming…and soon they will be telling you when your day is near! That’s because each participant gets to register a “vote” for upcoming names. That is how we choose the new names. Clever,huh?

“It’s Your Day!”
1) Ya gotta have i.d.
2) There are specific times where this happens.
3) This is not an entitlement! You are a guest and have to do what the crew says.
4) If you get too serious about any part of it, we may have to throw you out.

Smoky-Mtn-Pizza_Logo They use local products whenever possible! Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill. They have several locations, but the one I have chosen is at 1805 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702. (208) 387-2727. Here are some other Locations. If you go on your Birthday, your meal is Free! Monday-Thursday: 11am-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 12pm-9pm. A recently remodelled and beautiful patio is available in the warmer weather. “Located in Boise’s North End; Voted Best Patio; Pizzas, Pastas, Salads, Grill; Takeout, Delivery; Family Friendly; Enticing Wine Selections; Happy Hour 7 Days a Week; Hot and Cold Sandwiches; Online Ordering,
Online Ordering APPLE App Download, Online Ordering ANDROID App Download.” They also deliver. Just call them and pl;ace your order. Here is a To-Go and Catering Menu and a Restaurant Menu. Both are in PDF format.


Steaks, Chops, Etc. Full Service Restaurants

Angels-Logo-2 They use local products whenever possible! Angel’s Bar and Grill Renato is located at 99 Main Street, Boise, Idaho 83702. 1-208-342-4900 or 1-208-342-3971. From their webpage, “Angell’s is still the savvy diners’ mainstay as our patrons enjoy award winning food, wine and full service bar, all offering a sophisticated selection of current trends, seasonal ingredients and regional flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Located in downtown Boise, Angell’s is an upscale, stylish and contemporary spot for those seeking a memorable dining experience in comfortable surroundings. Angell’s boasts the best patio dining during the summer and in the cooler months, the intimate atmosphere inside provides patrons outstanding food, wine and service throughout the year… Fine dining at Angell’s Bar and Grill includes a dedicated and professional staff serving you in a relaxed but decidedly modern, luxurious and friendly atmosphere. Our innovative menu features a wide variety of seasonal and regionally inspired preparations of aged beef, chops, chicken, pasta and fresh seafood. Angell’s remarkable selection of fine wines and inventive cocktails will enhance your unforgettable Boise dining experience.”

BerryhillAndCo_Logo They use local products whenever possible! JohnBerryhill & Co.. 121 N. 9th St. in the heart of downtown Boise. (208) 387-3553 Reservations are encouraged. Sunday Brunch. “Restaurateur, caterer and celebrated chef John Berryhill presents his popular fine yet casual restaurant dining in sexy uptown digs, right in downtown Boise. Berryhill’s downtown Boise restaurant is within 2 blocks of Boise’s finest hotels and attractions…enjoy the experience, it’s all about you! Berryhill’s Northwest cuisine influenced by an array of flavors from around the globe. Rated among the best downtown Boise Restaurants, you won’t want to miss out on this fine dining experience.”

26Aug2015_1_Capitol-Cellars_Entrance They use local products whenever possible! The entrance at 5th and Main in the Belgrade Building. Capitol Cellars, Boise. A full service and wonderful place to have a fine dinner. Every bit a 5-Star restaurant in Boise. From their webpage, “Located in Boise’s historical Belgravia Building, Capitol Cellars opened its’ door in March 2015. Capitol Cellars takes pride in serving local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full coffee bar and an extensive wine list … 110 S. 5th Street, Boise, ID 83702 208-344-9463 (WINE)” Look at their menu and wine list – Capitol Cellars Service List Truly a fun and exciting place to go. It’s like eating in a wine cellar and the kids are welcome, too! Go and enjoy yourselves and tell them we sent you!
Blog Post: Great Visit To Capitol Cellars

Chandlers-Logo-Jpeg They use local products whenever possible! Chandler’s Steaks and Seafood, located in Hotel 43, 981 West Grove Street, Boise, Idaho 83702. Phone: 208.383.4300. E-mail:, or use online reservations. Here is a copy of Chandler’s Menu. Here is part of an article from Opentable. “Chandlers announced today that it has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Steakhouses in America. The list of winners is derived from more than 5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. “We are very pleased by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said General Manager, Stuart Mitton. “We are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at Chandlers and gave us such high marks. The steakhouse transcends the average dining experience and is best described as a delicious ritual,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “We are thrilled to highlight the honorees of our inaugural Top 100 Steakhouse Diners’ Choice Awards for creating meat-driven meals that occupy a sacred place in our collective culinary consciousness.”

Cottonwood_Grille_Logo_JPG They use local products whenever possible! Cottonwood Grille. 913 W. River St., Boise, Idaho 83702. (208) 333-9800 Sunday Brunch. Here are their menus Cottonwood Grille Menus. From their webpage, “Set along the scenic Boise River, and featuring an expansive patio for outdoor dining, the Cottonwood Grille has created a dedicated following who enjoy fresh seafood, Double R Ranch premium Northwest beef and local game in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Since 1999, Cottonwood Grille and the Hormaechea family of Boise have been welcoming guests into this magnificent setting to enjoy incredible food, outstanding wines and attentive service…Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch, the Cottonwood Grille offers you the distinctive flavors of the Northwest and impeccable service to create a dining experience unmatched in Boise. A great choice for everyday dining, romantic nights out, business entertaining, group events, weddings and receptions…Virtually everything is hand-made daily, from scratch, including all stocks, sauces, even our bread, baked fresh every morning.”

20May2015_1_Ruths-Chris_Sign They use local products whenever possible! You can find more by clicking here Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boise. Make reservations online or reserve their Party Room. They have a full and extensive Menu that can be viewed online and get an idea of what they offer. Not ready for dinner? Try their Happy Hour Menu for lighter offerings. “… Our Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl Happy Hour features $8 food specials and premium cocktails.” You will find the menu items either equal to or greater than Chandler’s Steak House or to the Cottonwood Grille. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boise is definitely a 5-Star restaurant. Here is what we had. Two of us ate for $123.00 and it was worth every bite. Definitely a Special Occasion restaurant; Great for “Date Night”.. Enjoy! 208-426-8000, To make Reservations. Times: Lunch, ​​Monday-Saturday 8-3pm (Private Events Only); Dinner, Sunday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday-Saturday 5-11pm. ​Happy Hour, 4:30pm – 6:30 pm
Blog Post: Fine Steaks at Ruth’s Chris in Boise
Blog Post: A Visit to Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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