big city coffee
1416 W. Grove St., Boise
208 345 3145
What to expect:As local as it gets. Located in the Linen District on the west side of downtown. Great farm to table options. Healthy & yummy. PS-If you are looking for scrambled eggs & bacon this isn’t your spot, but maybe visit for coffee & a sweet treat. Casual… if you’re staying downtown don’t fear walking in your sneaks
121 N. 9th, Boise
208 387 3553
The name says it all. Known for their BACON and Bloody Mary’s (voted Boise’s Best several years in a row) enjoy everything from your traditional breakfast with a candied bacon side to a bacon lasagna. Vegans not apply. Great patio when the weather permits. Casual attire.
108 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
208 345 4100
What to expect: A long line. You can leave your number and they will call you when your table is ready. It’s as downtown as it gets so you can explore downtown Boise while you wait. This is a Boise staple & a traditional breakfast eatery.
404 E. Parkcenter, Boise
208 297 7615
What to expect: A traditional breakfast eatery. You can typically get in within 30 minutes. Delicious food and priced better than Goldy’s. (Also Located in Meridian & Eagle)
224 N. 10th St., Boise
208 345 1055
The husband and wife owners worked for years in a resort mountain town before moving to Boise and creating a healthy yet, mouth-watering menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. Expect a line out the door (but not more than a 10 minute wait) any weekday at noon. (Closed Sundays)
201 S. Broadway Ave., Boise
208 287 4600
Tapas selection or you can buy food from the taco/pizza/smoothie/salad bar downstairs and then take it upstairs. Great local beverage selection of both wine and beer. Casual atmosphere with views of the foothills.
(Upstairs in Whole Foods)
wild root cafe
276 N. 8th St., Boise
208 856 8956
Fresh, local, amazing bread. Breakfast and lunch available! Coffee is incredible.
Shige: 100 N. 8th Street, Suite 215, Boise
208 338 8423
Located in the center of downtown Boise, Idaho. Shige Cuisine serves up Boise's finest Japanese cuisine with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Shige's, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. Casual.
Bittercreek: 246 N. 8th St., Boise
208 429 6340
Craft beer, potato pizza, farm to table finds, popcorn with bacon and rosemary! Great local vibe and relaxed atmosphere. It is a hopping place most nights and has awesome outdoor seating as well as a huge selection of craft beer. Sit on the patio and take in 8th Street while you eat. Causal
Luciano's: 11 N. Orchard St., Boise
208 577 6415
What to expect: A WAIT! Call ahead and get your name on the list. This is a Mom & Pop sit down hole-in-the-wall with the best Italian food in Idaho. Casual attire.
Fork: 199 N. 8th St., Boise
208 287 1700
Farm to table is king here. A delicious mix of the unexpected here…like the childhood favorite grilled cheese turned into an adult app & paired with a delicious organic soup or their Tuesday night Chicken and Waffles special. You won’t be disappointed with anything you choose. On Sunday they feature a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Casual.
Mi Casa Mexican: 3223 E. Louise Dr., Meridian
208 577 6534
What to expect: Not much for atmosphere as this restaurant is in a strip mall, however, don’t let that fool you! The food is amazing, the portions are plentiful and the wait staff is wonderful. Very casual.
boise meets la meets vegas
Barbacoa: 276 Bobwhite Ct., Boise
208 338 5000
You just have to see this place. Some of the best food and foothill views in the city. They have a killer Happy Hour with 2 for 1 drinks between 4-6pm. Try the BBQ duck quesadilla and Rock Steak. This is one of Boise’s more dressy restaurants, but you will still be fine in jeans.
Basque Block: Grove St. between Capitol & 6th, Boise
The Basque Market - This is probably the “go to” for locals, yet very friendly & welcoming!
Boise has the highest concentration of people with Basque heritage anywhere outside of Basque country!
Flatbread: 800 W. Main, Suite 230, Boise
208 287 4757
Positioned on the “hard corner” of 8th and Main within the most exciting high rise construction project in the last 20 years, Flatbread is at the center of downtown activity. One block from the Egyptian Theater and directly across the street from The Grove, which holds events such as Alive After Five each Wednesday, the Capitol City Market, and the annual Twilight Criterium. Full bar and Happy Hour daily. Casual.
leave the kids at home
Chandlers: 981 West Grove Street
208 383 4300
Located in downtown Boise Idaho at the new Hotel 43, Chandlers is an upscale dinner house specializing in prime corn fed steaks and Kobe-Style Beef. An incredible fresh seafood menu featuring delicacies from around the world and a three course prix fixe dinner menu featuring Idaho-sourced ingredients round out a menu that has already won praise from guests that have dined at Chandlers, not to mention the Best Steakhouse Award from the Idaho Statesman’s Best of the Treasure Valley.
Eureka: 800 West Idaho Street, Boise
208 286 4410
Eureka! is defined as expressing delight on finding, discovering or solving something. Those that truly appreciate great food, craft beer and small-batch spirits are discovering a better restaurant experience and Eureka! has elevated it to an art form. In our rustic industrial environment, we create craveable dining experiences in an approachable atmosphere while leaving enduring memories one burger at a time.
DHARMA SUSHI & THAI
624 W. Idaho Street, Boise
208 392 2834
Modern counter-serve spot featuring creative sushi & Thai dishes including vegan options.
501 W. Broad St., Boise
208 209 3837
Tasty craft cocktails, charcuterie plates, a twist on pizza and salads.