Off Beat Restaurants in Idaho


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  • One of the things I value most in traveling is going to places that I absolutely can't go to at home. That means no chain restaurants, places the locals know about but that might not make the magazines, or places that look like dives from the outside, but really have great food.

    These restaurants are among the favorites for those of us who live in Idaho. However, many great restaurants are not on this list. That's because we have so many really unique and tasty places to eat here. And no, we don't eat only potatoes. We also eat salmon, trout, elk, beef, bison, greens, carrots, berries, apples, pears, and much, much more. Come and take a taste.

    expert pick

    Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine

    1515 W. Grove St.

    Think Route 66 diner... read more

    Gernika Basque Pub & Eatery

    202 South Capitol Boulevard

    Basque in the Charm... read more

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    Cafe De Paris

    204 North Capitol Boulevard

    A cozy bistro close to everything downtown, Cafe Paris has created a reputation with locals as a great place for pre-event dining and post-event desserts. They excel in bakery items as well. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and mostly efficient. With a wide choice of wines to complement the foods, every morsel is a delight. I recommend the cheese tray, and let your waiter choose the cheeses. There is nothing on the menu that is not fantastically made, so order with abandon. Desserts are a must, no matter what diet you're on... read more

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    Merritt's Country Cafe

    6630 West State Street

    Home of the Scones... read more

    Flying Pie Pizzeria

    4320 West State Street

    A Local Boise Favorite... read more

    Moon's Kitchen Cafe

    712 West Idaho Street

    The Great American Diner... read more

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    Goldy's Breakfast

    108 South Capitol Boulevard

    Breakfast That's Worth the Wait... read more

    Leku Ona Hotel and Restaurant

    117 South 6th Street

    Basque Hotel and Restaurant... read more

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    Lucky 13

    3662 South Eckert Road

    Pizza and sandwiches that are worth biking to...
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    Red Feather Lounge

    246 N 8th Street

    Dining and Cocktails... read more
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