For Foodies, Head Downtown

Food, What's New — By njensen on November 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

By far, the best overall place for the foodie is downtown Boise. Here you can find fancy restaurants for that special occasion, late night places for a bite on the run, and terrific food of all kinds.

For a very nice occasion:

Cottonwood Grille: Mountain lodge atmosphere

Fork: Urban farmer vibe

Red Feather: Dark and cozy

Leku Ona: Basque food

Gamekeeper: Elegant hotel

Chandler’s Steakhouse: Great steaks


For a more casual dinner out:

Table Rock Brew Pub: Great locally crafted beer

Bittercreek Ale House: Where everyone goes

Pho Nouveau: Best Asian

Flatbread: Pizza the new way

Emilio’s: In the Grove Hotel

Bar Gernika: Have some lamb

Taj Mahal: Spicy

Asiago’s: Great Italian

Angell’s: Coolest patio

Yen Ching: Authentic Chinese


For coffee/breakfast/lunch:

Goldy’s: Great breakfast

Alia’s: Bagels with everything

Big City Coffee: Scones!

Flying M: The hip place

Jenny’s Lunch Line: Different sandwiches every day

Café de Paris: Real French food

Zeppole’s: Best Bread


Fast food that’s not “fast food.”

Pollo Rey: Great burritos and chips

Pie Hole: For late night pizza fix

Boise Fry Co.: Fries of all kinds

West Side Drive In: Gourmet fast food



Venture a little north of downtown into the North End, and you’ll encounter Hyde Park and other great North End restaurants.

In Hyde Park:

Hyde Park Pub: Cozy

Goody’s: Must have ice cream

Casa Mexico: Mexican atmosphere

Sun Ray Café: Excellent soups


Other North End favorites

Pac Out: Great Drive In

Highlands Hollow: Perfect apres ski

Lulu’s Pizza: Homemade pizza

Café Vicino: Delicious sandwiches and unique entrees

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