I’m a foodie, and breakfast just happens to be my favorite meal of the day, especially going out to breakfast. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Here are my picks for the best places to catch a filling, delicious breakfast or brunch.
Goldy’s is a long-standing Boise establishment. Plenty of egg dishes, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls. I love the Eggs Benny, as they’re called here. The coffee is strong, and the juice is freshly squeezed. People wait in long lines to eat breakfast at Goldy’s, and the staff shows their appreciation by putting out a pot of hot coffee on the sidewalk to keep you going until your seat is ready. They also recently opened Goldy’s Corner, a coffee shop style place where you can hang out, whether waiting for a table or just getting together with friends.
Big City Coffee is part of the revitalized area of Boise called the Linen District. This casual restaurant is housed in an old garage, a feature that allows the staff to open the garage door to let cool breezes in during hot weather. Big City has great coffee, superb scones and other pastries, my favorite peanut butter cookies in the world, and something they call the Big Breakfast, which is enough food for at least two people, maybe even the whole table. Popular with laptop users.
Café de Paris was opened by real French pastry chefs, so you know it’s got to be good. You can feel totally like you’re in a Parisian café while munching your chocolate almond croissant, quiche, or fantastic cheese.
Fork has a Saturday brunch that is truly unique. The Capital City Public Market is held just outside on the street in front of Fork, and they will go out the door and buy produce picked that day and brought to town, then use it to concoct that morning’s brunch. Fresh is the word.
Cristina’s in Ketchum has a cover patio that is just the place to settle in and read your paper with breakfast on a summer morning. Pastries here are the bomb, but you can get awesome oatmeal or egg dishes also.
Moose Girls Cafe and Bar in Ketchum is the reborn Rustic Moose. As the old restaurant, it was a place with plenty of moose heads on the walls, and lots of families out for a big breakfast. The new place is a little more refined, but not snobbish. It still has some of the great favorites along with some new items.
Moon’s Café in Boise has all the usual breakfast suspects, from pancakes to sausage to eggs and hashbrowns. If you’re craving the old fashioned breakfast you used to have with grandma at the local diner, here you go.
Merritt’s serves breakfast 24 hours a day, and is popular late at night for those who just need something to eat. It’s a white bread, basic coffee kind of place, so don’t expect fancy. They don’t do fancy at Merritt’s. But they do have this wonderful thing they call a scone that is basically a big deep-fried dough delight, sprinkled with your choice of cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar. Yummy.