Boise Weekly Restaurant Guide 2010
The most discerning guide to destination food in the state.
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C O M 36th Street Bistro Cafe Vicino Casa Mexico Fanci Freeze Hawkins Pac-Out Highlands Hollow Brewhouse Hyde Park Pub Lulu's Fine Pizza/Superb Sushi O'Michael's Pub & Grill Parrilla Grill Sun Ray Cafe Addie's Alia's Coffeehouse Angell's Asiago's Bar Gernika Bardenay The Basque Market Berryhill & Co. Restaurant Big City Coffee Bittercreek Ale House Blue Sky Bagels Bombay Grill Brick Oven Bistro Cafe Ole The Capri Cazba Chandlers Steakhouse Chopsticks Gourmet Buffet Cottonwood Grille Darla's Deli Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine Eli's Italian Deli (at Boise Cafe) Emilio's Falcon Tavern Front Door Northwest Pizza and Tap House Goldy's Breakfast Bistro Grape Escape Guido's Original New York Style Pizza Ha' Penny Irish Pub and Grill Happy Fish Sushi & Martini Bar Jenny's Lunch Line La Vie En Rose Le Cafe de Paris Leku Ona Life's Kitchen Lock, Stock & Barrel Mai Thai The Melting Pot The Modern Hotel and Bar Moon's Kitchen Cafe Oriental Express Osaka Japanese Sushi and Bar The Pantry Papa Joe's Pho Nouveau Piazza Di Vino Pie Hole Piper Pub & Grill Pollo Rey Proto's Pizzeria Napolenta Red Feather Lounge Reef Shige Solid Superb Sushi Sweetwater's Tropic Zone Tablerock Brewpub and Grill Taj Mahal Restaurant 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 30 30 Tepanyaki Japanese Steak House Tony's Pizzeria Teatro Twigs Cellar Twin Dragon Willi B's Sandwich Saloon Yen Ching Yoi Tomo Zeppole Andrade's Bad Boy Burgers Baguette Deli Casanova Pizzeria Chapala Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant Crescent No Lawyers Bar/Grill Cucina di Paolo Deli George The Office Patty's Burger Time The Plank Quinn's Restaurant and Lounge Rockies Diner Rooster's Eatery Stan's Char-Broiled Hot Dogs Shangri-La Tea Room Sono Bana Tango's Subs and Empanadas Willowcreek Grill/Raw Sushi Big City Coffee Burger 'N Brew Dutch Goose Flying Pie Pizzeria The Green Chile The Lift Bar and Grill Madhuban Mazzah Merritt's Country Cafe Westside Drive-In Ali Baba Atza Pizza Big Juds Boise Fry Company Broadway Deli Buster's Bar and Grill Casa Mexico Cobby's Dong Khanh Fiesta Guadalajara Flatbread Community Oven Focaccia's Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse Loxbury Lucky 13 Pizza/The Garage Mazzah Ono Hawaiian Cafe Pat's Thai Kitchen Pie Hole II The Refuge Siam Cafe Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta Tavern at Bown Crossing The Trolley House Zeppole Baking Co. Bad Boy Burgers Blue Jeans Cafe Chadder's Cafe Ole Casa Mexico 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 Cobby's Delsa's Ice Cream Parlour Flying Pie Pizzeria Fresh Off the Hook Fujiyama Goodwood Barbecue Company Guido's Original New York Style Pizzeria Le Coq Rouge Lindy's Nut House Pad Thai House Pizzalchik Pollo Rey Thai Cuisine Sockeye Grill and Brewery Chapala Cobby's El Gallo Giro Fortune Wok The Ranch Club Stagecoach Inn Ahi Sushi Bardenay Bella Aquila The Blue Moose Cafe Buster's Bar and Grill Cafe Russian Bear Casa Mexico DaVinci's Flame Neapolitan Pizzeria Fiesta Guadalajara The Griddle Mai Thai Pamela's Bakery Rembrandt's Coffee Shop River Rock Alehouse Seasons Bistro Wine Bar and Catering The Stuffed Olive Willowcreek Grill Zen Bento Blue Sky Bagels-Meridian The Bull's Head Pub Busted Shovel Cheerleaders Sports Bar and Grill Don Diego's Restaurant Epi's Basque Restaurant Fiesta Guadalajara Flatbread Community Oven Fusion Asian Grill Gelato Cafe Gino's Italian Restaurant Goodwood Barbecue The Griddle Harry's Bar and Grill Hungry Onion Jaker's Steak, Ribs & Fish House Kahootz Steak and Alehouse Kay and Traci's 127 Club Louie's Pizza and Italian Restaurant Miss Tami's Cottage Expressions and Tea Room Mulligans' Bar and Eatery Rick's Press Room Rudy's Pub and Grill Sa-Wad-Dee Thai Restaurant Siam Thai 36 36 36 36 36 36 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 40 40 40 40 40 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 El Gallo Giro Fiesta Guadalajara Longhorn Lounge Peregrine Steaks and Spirits Tannins Wine Bar Brick 29 Bistro Eli's Italian Deli Chapala Copper Canyon House of Kim Krung Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar Mona Lisa Dutch Goose Fiesta Guadalajara Imelda's Mexican Food Mancino's Music of the Vine The Orchard House 41 41 41 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 Vigilantes Restaurant and Lounge Bertram's Junkyard Bistro 45 45 45 Sage Mountain Grill R & B Drive Inn Shilling House Miso Hungry Tony's Pizza & Pasta Brownstone Restaurant and Brewhouse Grandpa's Southern BBQ Psychedelicatessen Reed's Dairy Shoppe Rutabagas Snake Bite Craigo's Gourmet PIzza Co. Da Pineapple Grill Gator Jack's Sandwich Shack Scratch Restaurant 46 46 46 46 46 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 Sandbar Riverhouse Restaurant 44 Mulligan's Restaurant Tips Restaurant Golden Horse Homestead Cafe Judy's Weiser Inn The Loft Synnove's Kitchen 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 Challis Lane and Drive-In Lamb's Market Dirty Shame Saloon The Longhorn Restaurant & Saloon Chapala CK's Real Food Papa Hemi's Hideaway Sun Valley Brewing Company Zou 75 Kit's Riverside Restaurant Ciro's Restaurant and Wine Bar Gretchen's Ketchum Grill Konditorei Coffeeshop Lefty's Bar and Grill Pioneer Saloon Roosevelt Tavern and Grill Sego Restaurant and Bar 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 45 Jacksons Kountry Korner Ox-bow Cafe Snyder Blue Rock Vineyard and Winery 47 47 47 Riverside Restaurant 47 Riverwalk Thai Restaurant 47 Sweet Stuff Ice Cream and Deli 47 Buddy's Italian Kowloon Express Remo's Senang Wine Bar Tom's Gyros Big J Burgers Mis Amores Mexican Restaurant 360 Main Beacon Burger and Brew Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center Pandora's Smokin' Cowboys Outpost Steakhouse Connor's Cafe Shon Hing Eagle's Nest 47 47 47 47 47 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 Chapala The Mill Steaks & Spirits My Father's Place Pancake House Salmon River Brewery Shore Lodge-The Narrows Toll Station Pizza Buffalo Gals The Clubhouse at Jug Mountain Ranch 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 Stampede Burger Snake River Grill Choate's Family Diner Smokin' Cowboys Nancy's Cafe 48 48 48 48 48 8 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M BY JENNIFER HERNANDEZ | PHOTOGRAPHS BY LAURIE PEARMAN 10 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M 12 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M BOISEweekly | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | 13 14 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M LEILA RAMELLA-RADER 16 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M LAURIE PEARMAN DEANNA DARR 18 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M 36TH STREET BISTRO--Pastries, sandwiches, salads and a menu of local food. 3823 N. Garden Center Way, 208-433-5100, www.36th streetgardencenter.com. $-$$ SU OM . CAFE VICINO--Serving innovative cuisine. Lunch includes daily quiche, salads and sandwiches. Dinner leans toward fine dining. 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463, www.cafevicino.com. $$-$$$ RES OM. CASA MEXICO--With restaurants all over the valley, Casa Mexico is family owned and offers an extensive menu. 1605 N. 13th St. #B, 208-333-8330, www.casamexicoidaho.com. $-$$ SU OM. FANCI FREEZE--Shakes, malts, spins and sundaes are what have made Fanci Freeze a Boise favorite. It also serves burgers, some of the crispiest Tots in town and even a grilled cheese for the non-meat-eater. 1402 W. State St., 208-344-8661. $ SU. HYDE PARK PUB--If there's one little joint that's always packed, it's Hyde Park Pub. A pub in every sense of the word, HPP has a menu of food you eat with your hands, a pool table, TVs in HIGHLANDS HOLLOW BREWHOUSE-- every corner, a varied selection of tap This raucous brewery has always brews and that neighborhood-restaurant catered to the outdoors person in you. feel. 1501 N. 13th St., 208-336-9260. The Hollow serves up a list of its own $ SU. beers and has bottles from all over the world. 2455 Harrison Hollow, 208-343- LULU'S FINE PIZZA/SUPERB SUSHI-- 6820, www.highlandshollow.com. $-$$ Big Apple-style gourmet pie for pizza lovers of everywhere. Check out the usual SU OM. toppings or get adventurous. A great North End pizza place that prides itself on semi-sophisticated wine pairing and a fine beer list. Those more in the mood for sushi can check out the offerings from Superb. 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-387-4992, www.ilovelulus.com, www.superbsushidowntown.com. $-$$ SU OM. O'MICHAEL'S PUB & GRILL-- O'Michael's isn't just a wintertime pit stop. The outdoor patio is a great place to watch some of Boise's craziest folks on two wheels after a day tackling the surrounding hills. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948, omichaelspub. com. $-$$ SU . PARRILLA GRILL--Parrilla is one of the best burrito/fusion/bar joints in town. This concrete and metal Hyde Park eatery is a popular place to chill with friends and your dog. 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688. $ SU . SUN RAY CAFE--Sun Ray's coveted corner patio is the ultimate meet-up point in the summer for gourmet pizza and a beer or two. 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887. $-$$ SU. HAWKINS PAC-OUT--Classic burger joint food in a classic location. We recommend the Tots. 2315 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-338-9627. $ SU. ADDIE'S--The language of breakfast is spoken here. You've never seen so many meats followed by "& Eggs" on one menu. 510 W. Main St., 208-3381198. $ SU OM . LEILA RAMELLA-RADER ALIA'S COFFEEHOUSE--Fresh-made bagels daily for breakfast and lunch, the best looking dessert case in town with chocolate chip cookie dough bars, and for those who must, a selection of salads. 908 W. Main St., 208-3381299. $ SU . ANGELL'S--One of downtown Boise's mainstays, Angell's is known for its steaks and seafood. In warm weather, Angell's patio is a lush respite in the concrete jungle. Dress it up or go casual. 909 Main St., 208-342-4900, www.angellsbarandgrill.com. $$-$$$ RES SU OM. ASIAGO'S---Innovative Italian pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials served amid rustic Italian countryside decor. 1002 W. Main St., 208-323-1469, www.asiagos.com. $$-$$$ SU OM. 20 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M BAR GERNIKA--Basque favorites in a dark and cozy little bar. Croquettas, chorizo, salomo, paella and a simple cheese plate that is one of the most popular in town. Don't forget Beef Tongue Saturdays. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175, www.bargernika.com. $-$$ OM. BARDENAY--The beer and liquor selection at the country's first restaurant distillery has to be seen to be believed. Bardenay is a destination restaurant and bar for the crowd who can't decide between a good glass of wine and a good martini. 610 Grove St., 208-4260538, www.bardenay.com. $$ SU OM. THE BASQUE MARKET--One part market, one part deli and a healthy dash of catering, the Basque Market offers tapas and wine happy hours, as well as fantastic lunches with sandwiches and homemade soups. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208, www.thebasquemarket. com. $-$$ OM . BERRYHILL & CO. RESTAURANT-- Chef John Berryhill has carefully pieced together a discerning selection of dishes. Lunch is a balance of cosmopolitan comfort food. Dinner pulls out all the stops. It's all about a nice bottle of wine and relaxing meal from a menu of local and global flavors. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553, www.berryhillandco. com. $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM . BIG CITY COFFEE--This coffee shop serves a variety of drinks and wellproportioned meals. A surprisingly large and creative breakfast and lunch menu as well as bakery items. 1416 Grove St., 208-345-3145, www.bigcitycoffeeld.com. $ SU OM . BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE--Enjoy a microbrew and gourmet hamburger at this distinguished bar and grill focusing on local and sustainable. This Northwestern pub is a favorite among those looking to relax with friends. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813, www.bittercreekalehouse.com. $$ SU OM. BLUE SKY BAGELS--A variety of fresh bagel flavors plus soups, morning egg combos and lunchtime sandwiches. 407 W. Main St., 208-388-4242, www. blueskybagels.com. $ SU OM . BOMBAY GRILL--A smoking deal on a smoking delicious lunch buffet and a full menu at dinner. 928 W. Main St., 208-345-7888, www.bombaygrillonline. com. $-$$ OM. BRICK OVEN BISTRO--This Grove hot spot with everything homemade has some of the best comfort food around. 801 N. Main St., 208-342-3456, www. brickovenbistro.com. $ SU OM. CAFE OLE--Tucked in the basement of the 8th Street Marketplace, Cafe Ole's maze-like interior offers both privacy and a social atmosphere. Boise's original Mexican restaurant has been serving for the last 28 years. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-344-3222, www.cafeole. com. $-$$ SU OM. THE CAPRI--Boise infamous breakfast spot. Great breakfast dishes at great prices. Ask for the Capri special. 2520 W. Fairview Ave., 208-342-1442. $ . CAZBA--Cazba transports you to the Mediterranean with elegant decor and food from Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran. Expect grape leaves, rice dishes and well-seasoned meats. 211 N. Eighth St., 208-381-0222, www. cazba.com. $$-$$$ SU OM. CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE--Chandlers is for the fine-diner in you, with melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon, porterhouse and Kobe cuts, as well as an appetizer menu that offers oysters, lobster cakes and escargot. It's as popular a stop for cocktails as for dinner. The lights are low and the live music always on. 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, www.chandlersboise.com. $$$$ RES SU OM. CHOPSTICKS GOURMET BUFFET-- Veering from traditional buffets, Chopsticks is gourmet. The restaurant features an open kitchen, which allows diners to watch how the cooks work. 2275 W. Main St., 208-345-8965. $-$$ . COTTONWOOD GRILLE--Cottonwood is an upscale yet unpretentious quality restaurant. Specializing in scratch-made food, recipes are infused with local ingredients. They have one of the best patios in town--it's on the Greenbelt. 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800, www. cottonwoodgrille.com. $$-$$$$ RES SU OM. AVERAGE PRICE PER ENTREE: $ --Less than $8 $$ --$8 to $14 $$$ --$14 to $20 $$$$ --Over $20 --Wine & beer --Patio --Full bar S U --Open on Sunday --Delivery O M --Online menu --Take-out --Breakfast --Open late --Boise Weekly Card R E S --Reservations needed/recommended Updates from diligent readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 208-342-4733. Boise Weekly Restaurant Guide offers selective listings of editorial recommendations. BW Card members are supject to change. DARLA'S DELI--The menu at Darla's Deli includes breakfast and lunch ciabatta sandwiches, chef salad with bacon, and avocado halves stuffed with tuna salad plus daily specials. 250 S. Fifth St. 208-381- 0034. $ OM . DONNIE MAC'S TRAILER PARK CUISINE--Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine may be downhome, but it's not from the trailer park. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, some very tasty fry sauce, mac-n-cheese and breakfast. And 18 different kinds of beer. 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008, www.donniemacgrub.com. $-$$ OM . HA' PENNY IRISH PUB AND GRILL-- This pub brings a little of the Emerald Isle to the City of Trees. With a cozy, Old-World pub atmosphere, taps lining the bar and a menu of both Irish and American favorites. Live music and patio seating top off the evening. Slainte! 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-3435568, www.hapennybridgepub.com. $$ SU OM. HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR--With a wide array of sushi rolls, sashimi and more, including several creative vegetarian options. The martini menu at Happy Fish may be bigger than its sushi menu. After all, it does have martini bar in its name. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810, www.happyfishsushi. com. $$$ SU OM. JENNY'S LUNCH LINE--Vegetarian and healthy options are the mainstay of a menu that changes every day, featuring fresh soups, salads and sandwiches. 106 N. Sixth St., 208-433-0092, www. jennyslunchline.com. $-$$ OM. LA VIE EN ROSE--A European-style bakery where the digs are as beautiful as the food. Fresh-baked croissants, brioches, tarts, eclairs and more. The breakfast menu features everything from omelets and frittatas to biscuits and gravy and pancakes. Lunch includes homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. 928 W. Main St., 208-3314045, www.lavieenrosebakery.com. $-$$ SU OM . LE CAFE DE PARIS--Chef Mathieu Choux offers "casual French food in a relaxed atmosphere." The display case offers a glimpse of the height of French pastry baking. The food is among Boise's best: lush, buttery, delicious. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889, www.lecafedeparis.com. $$-$$$ SU OM . LEKU ONA--Step into a little piece of Basque culture. Relax in the friendly atmosphere with lunch or dinner. It has a sophisticated, Old-World feel, set right on the corner of Boise's Basque Block. 117 S. Sixth St., 208-345-6665, www. iparagon.com/lekuona. $$$-$$$$ RES OM. LIFE'S KITCHEN--Have a lunch, save a life. Serving lunch Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Students learn skills for life and the restaurant business. A new menu is published every Tuesday at www. lifeskitchen.org. 1025 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-0199. $$ OM. LOCK, STOCK & BARREL--A Boise staple featuring some of the most wellreputed steaks and prime in town. An attractive and well-stocked near-downtown bar has all the bases covered. 1100 W. Jefferson St., 208-336-4266, www.lsbboise.com. $$-$$$$ RES SU OM. ELI'S ITALIAN DELI (AT BOISE CAFE)--Eli's offers hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches and italian pasta dishes. With a full salad bar and friendly staff, this is a great place to eat or take orders to go. 219 N. 10th St., 208-4737161, elisitalian.com. $ OM . EMILIO'S--With a menu for the finely tuned palate and over 450 wines in this restaurant in the Grove Hotel, you'll think you're in some big city, not downtown Boise. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-333-8002, www.emiliosboise.com. $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM . FALCON TAVERN--This upscale downtown tavern has become a neighborhood pub. Known for hand-pressed burgers and an ample beer selection, as well as appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Cozy up in the interior space or kick back on the patio. 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111, www. falcontavern.com. $-$$ OM. FRONT DOOR NORTHWEST PIZZA AND TAP HOUSE--Offering gourmet pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads. Features a stellar line of beers, including 14 rotating beer taps and more, comprising more than 60 beers. Eat-in or take-out. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201. $-$$ OM SU. GOLDY'S BREAKFAST BISTRO--A popular breakfast destination. Generous portions of eggs, hash, cinnamon rolls and more--even lunch. 108 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100, www.goldysbreakfastbistro.com $-$$ SU OM . GRAPE ESCAPE--For years, the Grape has held down the most sought-after restaurant real estate in downtown. Fine wine, delicious lunch and dinner, delectable desserts and light bites make this little bistro a great place to meet with great friends. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-368-0200. $-$$ SU. GUIDO'S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA--There's nothing like a slice (or three) of Guido's New Yorkstyle pizza for lunch. Their giant pies are inexpensive and addictive. Slice of white, please. 235 N. Fifth St., 208345-9011, www.guidosdowntown.com. $ SU OM. LAURIE PEARMAN JENNIFER HERNANDEZ 24 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M MAI THAI--Hip, colorful, trendy and swank, its downtown atmosphere is perfect for a bite and a cocktail. Mai Thai has been serving up fine Thai cuisine for years. 750 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8424, www.maithaigroup.com. $$ SU OM. THE MELTING POT--Delicious, savory and sweet, there's fondue for every course. A cozy, classy place to repast. Order a drink from the extensive selection of wines. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900, www.meltingpot.com. $$$-$$$$ RES SU OM . THE MODERN HOTEL AND BAR--A casual, yet sophisticated menu just as hip as the boutique hotel and bar. 1314 W. Grove St. 208-424-8244, www.themodernhotel.com. $$$-$$$$ SU OM. MOON'S KITCHEN CAFE--Get pancakes, biscuits and gravy and eggs, or just go straight to dessert. Founded in 1955, Moon's has the best breakfast and milkshakes in town, plus online ordering. 712 W. Idaho St., 208-3850472, www.moonskitchen.com. $-$$ SU OM . ORIENTAL EXPRESS--Oriental Express offers fresh, hot, delicious Chinese food seven days a week at affordable prices. 110 N. 11th St., 208345-8868, www.boisegoldenphoenix. com. $-$$ OM. OSAKA JAPANESE SUSHI AND BAR--The restaurant hums with a low-lit romantic vibe and the patio is ripe for people-watching. Stellar happy hour. 800 W. Idaho St., 208-338-8982, www.osakaboise.com. $$-$$$$ SU OM . THE PANTRY--Kitschy comfort joint serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. Killer weekend brunch deals and specials. 1545 Shoreline Dr., 208-3445486. $ SU . PAPA JOE'S--Pizza, sandwiches, beer and a great patio. Chow down on a pizza or indulge in the nightly AYCE spaghetti fest. 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272, www.papajoesboise. com. $-$$ SU OM. PHO NOUVEAU--Vietnamese comfort food with a menu of cha gio and a mound of cellophane noodles, shaken beef salad and big bowls of pho. 780 W. Idaho St., 208-367-1111, www.phonouveau.com. $-$$ SU OM . PIAZZA DI VINO--As an art gallery and wine bar, Piazza di Vino offers an extensive collection of wines from around the world. The savory soups, chocolates, cheeses, salads, fondue and pizza will bring you back. 212 N. Ninth St., 208-336-9577. $-$$ . PIE HOLE--Pizza, plain and simple. Pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones every day. 205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783, www.pieholeusa.com. $-$$ SU OM. PIPER PUB & GRILL--Perched above Eighth Street with a wraparound patio, the Piper serves yummy, creative pub fare. The extensive apps menu is perfect for those who like to graze all night long. 150 N. Eighth St., 208-343-2444, www.pipers.com. $-$$ SU OM. POLLO REY--A downtown lunch hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisserie-cooked chicken. 222 N. Eighth St., 208-345-0323, www.polloreyboise. com. $ SU OM. PROTO'S PIZZERIA NAPOLENTA-- Stop in to grab a beer, wine or spirit at this downtown pizzeria, where thin crust Neapolitan-style pizza meets colorful drink specials. Check out the indoor/ outdoor bar. 345 S. Eighth St., 208331-1400, www.protospizza.com. $-$$ SU OM. RED FEATHER LOUNGE--Red Feather Lounge is a wine haven paired with local produce and righteous cocktails. This posh place has food practically pouring out of the kitchen and it takes some serious restraint not to order one of everything. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, www.justeatlocal.com/ redfeather. $$-$$$ SU OM . REEF--Boise's only rooftop deck-- think flaming torches, grass umbrellas, bamboo. You can almost feel the ocean breeze. Island food is matched with the large selection of beer or wine. Or you can order a tiki-themed cocktail served in a large ceramic bowl. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200, www.reefboise. com. $$-$$$ SU OM. SHIGE--Traditional rolls, sashimi and innovative local favorites in the sushi restaurant. Tepanyaki at the Steakhouse, and Japanese-style foie gras and filet mignon on the fine dining patio. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, 208-338-8423, www.shigejapanesecuisine.com. $-$$ OM . SOLID--Two giant patios, an open dining room for lunch, dinner and late-night breakfast. A Northwestfocused menu. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620. $-$$ SU . SUPERB SUSHI--In the lower level of the Idaho Building, sushi rules. With a great courtyard and eclectic sushi rolls, Superb Sushi is looking to give you something different than the about-town sushi joints. 208 N. Eighth St., 208385-0123, www.superbsushidowntown. com. $-$$ OM. SWEETWATER'S TROPIC ZONE--Serving up Caribbean, Creole and island cuisine, Sweetwater's menu reaches into the corners of the world with pineapple curry mussels, gator tots, conch fritters, Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian curry goat and a raw bar. 210 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194. www.sweetwaterstropiczone.com. $$-$$$ OM . �PAUL HOSEFROS, FROM THE BOOK, IDAHO WINE COUNTRY , CAXTON PRESS 2010 DEANNA DARR 28 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL-- Downtown's only microbrewery pours a selection of handcrafted drafts. Great sandwiches, salads and entrees complemented by signature brews. 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944, www.tablerockbrewpub.com. $-$$ SU OM. TAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT--Indian food lunch buffet and an impressive beer selection. There's also a menu with Greek choices. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 222, 208-473-7200, www.tajmahalofboise.com. $$ OM. TEPANYAKI JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE--Japanese-style steak house where food is cooked at your table. A nice place to buddy up with your neighbors and get a fresh-off-the-grill meal. 2197 N. Garden St., 208-343-3515. $-$$ SU. TONY'S PIZZERIA TEATRO--Tiny nooks like Tony's remind you of a European vacation. Sit outside, order a slice of pie and a glass of vino. 103 Capitol Blvd., 208-343-1052. $-$$ SU. TWIGS CELLAR--Subterranean, cozy and elegant with classic bistro fare. 816 Bannock St., 208-344-8944, www. twigscellar.com. $$-$$$ OM. TWIN DRAGON--No fuss, no frills-- just delicious American-style Chinese food at prices that won't cripple your wallet. 200 Fairview Ave., 208-3442141. $-$$ SU. WILLI B'S SANDWICH SALOON--Willi B's specializes in bunkhouse cooking. Lunch specials are homemade and include hot and cold sandwiches, side salads, soups and sweets. 225 N. Fifth St., 208-331-5666, www.willibs.com. $ OM . YEN CHING--Have a martini with your potstickers and chow mein if you please. There's nothing fancy about Yen Ching, but it has an air of class nonetheless. 305 N. Ninth St., 208-3840384, www.yenchingboise.com. $-$$ SU OM. YOI TOMO--Boise's newest sushi restaurant with all-you-can-eat options in the middle of town. 405 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-3375, www.yoitomo.us. $-$$ SU OM . ZEPPOLE--Nothing beats the freshbaked goodness of Zeppole on a lunch break, unless it's taking home a loaf of their near-legendary bread. 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149, www.zeppolebakery.com. $ OM. BAD BOY BURGERS--This burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walk-up/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises: It will take two to get through a burrito. 815 S. Vista Ave., 208-331. 1580. $ BAGUETTE DELI--Choose from 18 different 12-inch sub sandwich choices at the Vietnamese deli. Spring rolls, smoothies and French pastries round out the menu. 5204 W. Franklin Road, 208-336-2989. $ . CASANOVA PIZZERIA--This Italian restaurant offers "neo-Neapolitan" eats, many cooked in their wood-fired brick oven. A great beer and wine selection in a casual environment. 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-331-3535, www. casanovapizzeria.com. $-$$ OM. CHAPALA--The great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 1201 S. Vista Ave., 208-429-1155, www. chapalarestaurants.com. $-$$ SU OM. CHIANG MAI THAI RESTAURANT-- Traditional Thai food named after the infamous Thai cuisine capital, Chiang Mai. 4898 W. Emerald St., 208-3424051. $-$$. SU. CRESCENT NO LAWYERS BAR/ GRILL--One must enjoy cold beer, pub food, sports, good service and kick-ass happy hour prices. Above all, one must not be a lawyer. Don't believe us? Just try your luck. We dare you. 5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856, www. no-lawyers.com. $ SU OM . CUCINA DI PAOLO--Cucina di Paolo offers heat-and-serve gourmet entrees, as well as goodies to enjoy in the small dining area. 1504 Vista Ave., 208-3457150, www.cucinadipaolo.com. $$-$$$ OM. DELI GEORGE--Behind the upsidedown sign, look for more than 30 sandwich options full of homemade ingredients and plenty of imagination. 5602 Fairview Ave., 208-323-2582, www.deligeorge.com. $ OM. THE OFFICE--This bar is for the over-21 crowd only. Enjoy a meal, a smoke and a full bar while catching a game on one of the plasmas. 6125 E. Fairview, 208-377-2800. $-$$ SU. PATTY'S BURGER TIME--The only Idaho Preferred fast-food restaurant. The menu includes organic burritos and breakfast sandwiches. Patty's serves more than 40 types of fresh fruit milkshakes. 1273 S. Orchard, Boise, 208-424-5073. $ . THE PLANK--This Bench haunt is not just Boise's only pirate bar, but it may be the only pirate-specific bar in the world that doesn't serve rum. Beer and wine only, but bar grub, darts, live music and a regular crowd of scallywags. Arrggg. 650 S. Vista, 208-336-1790. $-$$ SU. ANDRADE'S--From albondigas to zopes, Andrade's serves up some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town. Great service, generous portions, decent prices. 4903 Overland Road, 208-424-8890. $-$$ SU. QUINN'S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE--Bench denizen with a family atmosphere on the restaurant side, and drinkers can now imbibe with impunity on the other. 1005 S. Vista Ave., 208345-0135. $ SU . ROCKIES DINER--This old-school diner greets customers with perky waitresses on roller skates. The burgers are big and tasty. 3900 Overland Road, 208-336-2878. $ SU . ROOSTER'S EATERY--Rooster's offers fine lunch fare including salads and hot sandwiches. 930 S. Vista Ave., 208-336-9300. $-$$. STAN'S CHAR-BROILED HOT DOGS-- Hot dogs arrive fresh from the East Coast and are char-broiled to perfection and include regular and imaginative toppings. Frozen custard is a delicious treat. 818 S. Vista Ave., 208-3421199. $ SU. SHANGRI-LA TEA ROOM--Shangri-La offers a menu of vegan and vegetarian offerings. Choose between 80-100 small-batch teas. 1800 W. Overland Road, 208-424-0273, www.shangri-latea.com. $ OM. SONO BANA--Boise's oldest sushi joint can still hold its own. It even offers ginger and adzuki bean ice cream. 303 N. Orchard St., 208-323-8822, www.sonobanasushi.com. $$ SU OM. TANGO'S SUBS AND EMPANADAS-- Empanadas: an exotic word that roughly translates to "to-die-for two-dollar treat." Tango's 16 different styles of savory and sweet empanadas include dessert options. The owner likens the subs to the Cuban torta sandwich. 701 N. Orchard St., 208-322-2090, tangosempanadas.com. $ OM. WILLOWCREEK GRILL/RAW SUSHI-- Contemporary cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The extensive menu features Northwest favorites. Raw sushi offers even more choices. 2273 S. Vista Ave., Ste. 150, 208-343-5544, www.willowcreekgrill.com. $-$$ OM. BIG CITY COFFEE--This coffee shop serves a variety of drinks and wellproportioned meals. A suprisingly large breakfast and lunch menu as well as an assortment of bakery items. 5517 W. State St., 208-853-9161, www.bigcitycoffeeid.com. $ SU OM . BURGER 'N BREW--A Boise favorite whose name says it all: burgers and beer. 4295 W. State St., 208-345-7700. $-$$ SU. DUTCH GOOSE--Foosball, darts, pool, horseshoe pits and TVs galore. And oh, the food. Steamed clams, French dip and Reuben sandwiches and a selection of burgers guarantee plenty of repeat business. 3515 W. State St., 208-3428887, www.dutchgoose.com. $-$$ SU OM. FLYING PIE PIZZERIA--Featuring a rotating selection of draft beer and some of the best "whirled famous" pie from scratch. 4320 W. State St., 208-3458585, www.flyingpie.com. $-$$ SU OM. THE GREEN CHILE--Southwestern cuisine with green and red chilis, chimichangas and chile rellenos. The menu also features burgers and salads along side sopaipillas. 5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103, www.thegreenchileboise. com. $-$$ OM . THE LIFT BAR AND GRILL--This spot always tempts traffic jammers with its ridiculous drink specials. Gnaw on a plate of State Street nachos or one of the joint's many vegetarian-friendly dishes. 4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250, www. theliftboise.com. $-$$ SU OM . MADHUBAN--A daily lunch buffet and a huge menu including all the favorites. A great place for vegetarians. 6390 W. State St., 208-853-8215, www.madhubanindiancuisine.com. $$ SU OM. MAZZAH--Visit the Mediterranean over lunch or dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. 1772 W. State St., 208-333-2566 www.mazzahboise.com. $-$$ SU OM . LEILA RAMELLA-RADER 32 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M MERRITT'S COUNTRY CAFE--This 24-hour Boise mainstay is the place to land after a long night on the town. The "home of the scone" serves up grub that turns customers into regulars. 6630 W. State St., 208-853-1801, www.merrittscafe.com. $-$$ SU OM . WESTSIDE DRIVE-IN--From the mind of "Boise's best chef," Chef Lou, come some of the most scrumptious food for dine-in, take-out or frozen to use when cooking is the last thing you want to do. 1939 W. State St., 208-342-2957, www.cheflou.com. $-$$ SU OM . FIESTA GUADALAJARA--Traditional Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos, burritos and enchiladas. 3552 S. Findley Ave., 208-424-8580, fiestasguadalajara.com. $-$$ SU OM. FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN-- Stone-fired pizza, pasta and sandwiches served up from the community oven. The wine and beer selections are excellent, kids make their own pizzas, and the patio is a summertime draw. 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177, www.flatbreadpizza.com $-$$ SU OM . FOCACCIA'S--A rotating menu featuring items ranging from seafood and vegetarian all the way to classical French, Mexican and Italian cuisine. There's even an in-house pastry chef. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-3222838. $-$$ SU OM . ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE--A sushi and sashimi bar as well as tepanyaki grill. If you're in for the grill, the chefs slice and dice and entertain all at once. 1233 Broadway Ave., 208-426-9188. $$-$$$$ . LOXBURY--Bagel heaven for bagel lovers. Whether it's the classic cream cheese or a steak-and-egg version, plenty of options for all. 577 Park Blvd. 208-345-6555. $ . LUCKY 13 PIZZA/THE GARAGE--Offering pizza, beer, salads and sandwiches just about halfway between Boise and Lucky Peak. Few can resist. 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-344-6967, www. lucky13pizza.com. $-$$ SU OM. MAZZAH--Visit the Mediterranean over lunch or dinner. Gyros, hummus, falafel and baklava on the quick. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-333-2223, www. mazzahboise.com. $-$$ SU OM . ONO HAWAIIAN CAFE--The flavors of Hawaii, from pupus to satays. Plus spam musubi, shoyu poke and ahi poke spring rolls. 2170 S. Broadway Ave., 208-429-6800, www.onocafe.net. $$$$$ OM . PAT'S THAI KITCHEN--Pat's promise to deliver "delicious authentic Thai food" certainly holds true each and every visit. Tom ka gai like you find in Chiang Mai. 577 E. Park Blvd. Ste. C110, 208-345-0026. $-$$ OM. PIE HOLE II--Pizza plain and simple. Nineteen-inch pies by the slice or by the pie and calzones every day. 1016 Broadway Ave., 208-424-2255, www. pieholeusa.com. $-$$ SU OM. THE REFUGE--Serving burgers, fingersteaks, homemade tortilla chips and other bar favorites. Plus pool, beer and TVs to keep diners entertained. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-4248211. $-$$ SU. ALI BABA--Middle Eastern cuisine and all the fun and flavor that comes with it. 111 S Broadway Ave., 208-343-4536. $-$$$ SU . ATZA PIZZA--Atza uses handmade dough and pizza sauce and fresh ingredients. Hit the salad bar, order jumbo wings, or go for the sandwiches. 6564 S. Federal Way, 208-433-1112, www. atzapizza.com. $-$$ OM . BIG JUDS--Burgers as big as your head and a wall of burger fame for those who dare to down the 1-pound Big Jud. 1289 Protest Road, 208-3434439, www.bigjudsboise.com. $ OM. BOISE FRY COMPANY--One would hope that it has great fries. It does, and the burgers ain't bad, either. Local favorites include purple fries and bison burgers. 111 Broadway Ave., Ste. 111, 208-495-3858, www.boisefrycompany. com. $ SU OM. BROADWAY DELI--Unique sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese, fried chicken, deli salads and some of the biggest and best fries in town. 2789 Broadway Ave., 208-385-9943. $ . BUSTER'S--Satisfy those beer munchies with an extensive pub menu. Burgers, finger steaks, loaded fries, beer, beer and beer. 1326 Broadway Ave., 208-345-5688, www.busterssportsbar.com. $-$$ SU OM. CASA MEXICO--With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 3083 S. Bown Way, 208-345-8464, www.casamexicoidaho.com. $-$$ SU OM. COBBY'S--Serving up soup, salad, brews and wine since 1978. Beef up your meal with unlimited helpings from the fruit and chip bar. 1030 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0990, www.cobbys.com. $-$$ SU OM. DONG KHANH--Vietnamese goodness. Lunch specials are a great bargain and the banquet dinners are a definite great crowd pleaser. 111 Broadway Ave., 208-345-0980. $ . SIAM THAI--Siam is known for its consistent, fresh, delicious Thai food in family-style proportions, cozy setting and impeccable service. Dishes are spiced to your liking. 590 E. Boise Ave., Meridian, 208-383-9032. $-$$ SU. SMOKY MOUNTAIN PIZZA AND PASTA--Traditional pizza, pastas, starters, sandwiches and salads. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-429-0011. $-$$ OM. TAVERN AT BOWN CROSSING--Enjoy a bottle of wine and a steak, or sushi and a martini. 3111 S. Bown Way, 208345-2277, www.tavernatbown.com. $$-$$$ SU OM. THE TROLLEY HOUSE--No-frills atmosphere and a giant menu with everything from eggs Benedict to burgers. 1821 Warm Springs Ave., 208-345-9255. $-$$ SU . ZEPPOLE BAKING CO.-- Nothing beats the fresh-baked goodness of Zeppole on a lunch break, unless it's taking home a loaf of their near-legendary bread. 983 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-338�1499, www.zeppolebakery. com. $ SU OM . BAD BOY BURGERS--This burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walk-up/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises. 7000 W. Fairview Ave., 208373-0020. $ . BLUE JEANS CAFE--Breakfast (starting at 6 a.m.) and lunch with some of the biggest biscuits and gravy in the state. Freshly baked pastries, salads and sandwiches. 9140 W. Emerald St., Ste. 300, 208-658-5053. $ . CHADDER'S--Burgers and fries the ultra-fresh way. The menu is brief--only burgers and a grilled cheese--but the only thing that ever gets frozen is the ice cream for the shakes. 535 N. Milwaukee St., 208-658-5053, www.chaddersusa. com. $-$$ SU OM. CAFE OLE--Boise's original Mexican restaurant has been serving for the last 28 years. 210 N. Milwaukee St., 208-322-0222, www.cafeole.com. $$-$$$ SU OM. CASA MEXICO--With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 10332 Fairview Ave., 208-375-0342, www.casamexicoidaho.com. $-$$ SU OM. COBBY'S--Serving up soup, salad, brews and wine since 1978. Beef up your meal with unlimited helpings to the fruit and chip bar. 6899 W. Overland Road, 208-323-0606, www.cobbys.com. $-$$ SU OM. DELSA'S ICE CREAM PARLOUR--With flavors like licorice, lemon custard and Swiss orange chip, Delsa's provides that necessary relief for that hurtin' sweet tooth. It also offers burgers, fries and sandwiches. 7923 W. Ustick Road, 208377-3700. $ SU. FLYING PIE PIZZERIA--Boise's longest-lived and most inventive pizzeria. They have their own beer and pies to please even the pickiest eaters. 6508 Fairview Ave., 208-376-3454, www. flyingpie.com. $-$$ SU OM. FRESH OFF THE HOOK--Gourmet seafood in a casual setting. It's the best place in town for fresh, inexpensive seafood. 507 N. Milwaukee St., 208-3229224, www.freshoffthehookseafood. com. $-$$ OM SU . FUJIYAMA--Fresh sushi in a serene atmosphere. Also, an extensive selection of teriyaki, tempura, soups and salads. 283 N. Milwaukee St., 208-672-8227. $$ SU. GOODWOOD BARBECUE COMPANY-- If it can be barbecued, chances are, Goodwood has it, along with steak, fish and chicken. Healthy wine and cocktail selection. 7849 W. Spectrum St., 208-658-7173, www.goodwoodbbq.com. $$-$$$. SU. LEILA RAMELLA-RADER 36 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M GUIDO'S ORIGINAL NEW YORK STYLE PIZZERIA--There's nothing like Guido's pizza. Their giant pies are inexpensive and addictive. 12375 Chinden Blvd., Ste. G, 208-376-1008, www. SU OM. guidosdowntown.com. LE COQ ROUGE--This quaint French restaurant is family owned and run. They highly suggest reservations. 1320 S. Maple Grove Road, 208-376-9463. $$-$$$ RES SU. LINDY'S--This longtime Boise landmark is known for its fingersteaks and its hospitality, but be sure to check out the menu--it's heavy on the homemade. 12249 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-375-1310. $-$$ SU. NUT HOUSE--It's all about sports. There are the requisite sliders and apps alongside pizza, burgers and sandwiches. 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., www.nuthouseboise.com. $-$$ SU. PAD THAI HOUSE--Pad Thai House is so confident that its Pad Thai is the best in Boise, the restaurant is named after it. 1473 S. Five Mile Road, 208-375-6014. $-$$ . PIZZALCHIK--PIZza, sALad and CHIcKen. Get it? Perfect salads, plus original pizzas and chickens roasted in a stone-hearth oven. 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757, www.pizzalchik. com. $-$$ SU OM . POLLO REY--A food hot spot offering burritos and tacos and juicy, perfectly spiced, grilled and rotisserie-cooked chicken. 7709 W. Overland Road, 208375-4642, www.polloreyboise.com. $ SU OM. THAI CUISINE--Serving traditional Thai food in a casual and elegant environment. 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-6580516, www.boisethaicuisine.com. $$ SU OM. SOCKEYE GRILL AND BREWERY-- Sockeye is the serious beer connoisseur's pub. The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent. 3019 Cole Road, 208-6581533, sockeyebrew.com. $-$$ SU OM. GARDEN CITY CHAPALA--The great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 3447 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3425648, www.chapalarestaurants.com. $-$$ SU OM. COBBY'S--Serving up soup, salad, brews and wine since 1978. Beef up your meal with unlimited helpings from the fruit and chip bar. 4348 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-7401, www. cobbys.com. $-$$ SU OM. EL GALLO GIRO--Big ol' burritos plus famous tacos and tortas. Seafood orders come with oysters, shrimp and octopus. 5285 Glenwood St., 208-3210355, www.elgallogiroidaho.com. $-$$ SU OM. FORTUNE WOK--Offering a good selection of Chinese favorites. 5163 N. Glenwood St., 208-378-4645, www. fortune-wok.com. $-$$ SU OM. THE RANCH CLUB--Menu features everything from hot and cold sandwiches to salads and prime rib dinners. 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-7447. $ SU OM. STAGECOACH INN--A Boise staple. The windowless, wood-lined bar and restaurant serves strong drinks and big steaks, and the waitresses wear fringe-lined mini dresses. 3132 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-342-4161, www. stagecoachboise.com. $$-$$$ . LEILA RAMELLA-RADER AHI SUSHI--Traditional Japanese sushi in new swanky Eagle digs. 1193 E. Winding Creek, Ste. 104, Eagle, 208-9383474. $-$$$ OM. BARDENAY--The brother of the Boise bar still features the distillery's own hooch, as well as an array of beer, wine and assorted liquors. The riverside patio is the highlight. 155 E. Riverside Dr., Eagle, 208-938-5093, www.bardenay. com. $$-$$$ SU OM. 38 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M BELLA AQUILA--The riverside restaurant boasts one of the best patios in the area. Impeccable attention to every detail. The restaurant serves a wide selection of Italian fare plus breads with every meal. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-1900, www. bellaaquilarestaurant.com. $$-$$$ RES SU OM . THE BLUE MOOSE CAFE--With moose-inspired decor, an eatery where diners can get tasty bistro fare like soups and salads, sandwiches and wraps. 79 Aikens Road, Eagle, 208-939-3079, thebluemoosecafenet. $ OM. BUSTER'S BAR AND GRILL--The neighborhood sports bar/family restaurant is a suburban sports getaway. Servers in tiny outfits deliver a full menu of pub food and use the glow of big TVs to find their way. 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-1800. $-$$ SU. CAFE RUSSIAN BEAR--Every single thing on the menu is made from scratch. Borscht, Russian crepes, beef stroganoff, potato pancakes. 600 S. Rivershore Lane, Ste. 160, Eagle, 208-939-1911, www.caferussianbear. com. $-$$ OM . CASA MEXICO--With restaurants all over the Treasure Valley, Casa Mexico is family owned, with an extensive menu and an attentive staff. 393 W. State St., Eagle, 208-939-7795, www.casamexicoidaho.com. $-$$ SU OM. DAVINCI'S--Casual Italian cuisine housed in a historic bank building. A wide variety of Italian selections are accompanied by warm bread and all-you-can-eat salads. 190 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-2500. $-$$$ SU. FLAME NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA-- Sample Flame's ultra thin, light-as-air pizza base. Piled on top are gourmet ingredients like caramelized onions, rosemary, chevre, Cuban ham, creme fraiche and baby arugula. 228 E. Plaza Road, Ste. F, Eagle, 208-938-5413. $-$$ SU. FIESTA GUADALAJARA--Traditional Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos, burritos and enchiladas. 3210 E. Chinden Blvd., Ste 100, Eagle, 208938-1116, www. fiestasguadalajara. com. $-$$. SU OM. THE GRIDDLE--Two whopping menus to satisfy all your from-scratch breakfast and lunch cravings. 177 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-939-9070, www.thegriddle. com. $ SU OM . MAI THAI--One of the poshest eateries in Eagle. A cocktail in Mai Thai's lounge is reason enough to stop in. Mai Thai has a menu that suggests some delicious food pairings. 78 Eagle River St., Ste. 165, Eagle, 208-938-8424, www. maithaigroup.com. $$ SU OM. PAMELA'S BAKERY--Pamela's offers an array of pre-made cold sandwiches, salads and wraps for lunch, as well as homemade soup and quiche. Hot sandwiches are available five days a week and brunch on Saturday. Take a look at a pastry display case full of sweets and a full coffee bar. 360 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-6585, www.pamelasbakery.com. $-$$ OM. REMBRANDT'S COFFEE SHOP--A restored church, Rembrandt's is a neighborhood gathering point. The pastry case is full of homemade muffins, breads and quiches. The lunch menu has sandwiches, soups and salads. 93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1564, rembrandtscoffeehouse.net. $ SU OM . RIVER ROCK ALEHOUSE--Eagle's other pub on the water. Here, nachos have a reputation, the patio hosts live music and the bar boasts a diverse selection of beer. 228 E. Plaza Road, Eagle, 208-938-4788. $-$$$ SU OM. SEASONS BISTRO WINE BAR AND CATERING--One part upscale market, one part deli and catering. 1117 E. Winding Creek Road, Eagle, 208-9396680, seasonsdelicatering.com. $-$$$ OM. THE STUFFED OLIVE--Eagle's "best kept secret" with fresh sandwiches, pastas, roasted meats and fresh-baked desserts. 404 S. Eagle Road, Ste. A, Eagle, 208-938-5185, www.thestuffedolive.net. $$ OM. WILLOWCREEK GRILL--The location features a streamside patio. Contemporary cuisine in a casual atmosphere and a fine place to dine with friends for lunch or dinner. 1065 E. Winding Creek Drive, Eagle, 208-938-3010, www.willowcreekgrill.com. $-$$ OM. ZEN BENTO--Zen Bento does well by its simple menu. This mostly take-out, affordable joint serves up healthy, fresh, tasty salads and bento boxes. 342 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-4277, www.zenbento.com. $ OM. BLUE SKY BAGELS--A variety of flavored bagels plus soups, morning egg combos and lunchtime sandwiches. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 130, Meridian, 208-855-9113, www.blueskybagels.com. $ SU OM . THE BULL'S HEAD PUB--The pub serves up English fare with plenty of spirits to wash it down. Stay entertained with games, including shuffleboard, darts and pool. 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858. $-$$ SU. BUSTED SHOVEL--The menu is four pages of tempting pub food from fingersteaks and chicken strips to fish and chips and deli sandwiches. 704 W. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217. $-$$ SU OM. CHEERLEADERS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL--Burgers, finger foods and baby back ribs are all highlights of the menu. A full schedule of sporting events shown proudly on multiple televisions. 3541 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-939-9209, cheerleaderssbg.com. $$ SU OM . DON DIEGO'S RESTAURANT--Mexican food in the heart of the valley. 2951 E. Overland Road, 208-855-0645. www. dondiegosrestaurant.com. $-$$ SU OM. EPI'S BASQUE RESTAURANT--Topnotch Basque cuisine in a homey atmosphere. Meals are served familystyle and sides are always a pleasant surprise. 1115 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-0142. $$$-$$$$ RES. FIESTA GUADALAJARA--Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos, burritos and enchiladas. 704 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-0161, www.fiestasguadalajara.com. $-$$ SU OM. BOISE WEEKLY ARCHIVES FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN--The Neapolitan pizzeria prepares the food with fresh ingredients daily. 830 N. Main St., Suite A, Meridian, 208-2880969, www.flatbreadpizza.com. $-$$ SU OM . FUSION ASIAN GRILL--Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean in Meridian. 3161 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-855-5930, www. fusionasiangrill.com. $-$$ SU OM. GELATO CAFE--Gelato, coffee, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, gyros, martinis ... pick your poison. Sip on unusal martini combinations, all of which include a scoop of gelato. 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-846-8410, www.gelatocafeofidaho.net. $-$$ SU OM. GINO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT--Gino, as owner and chef, has made sure the food is superb. This little bistro offers fine Italian dining and wonderful, friendly, bend-over-backwards service. 3015 McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710. $$ RES. GOODWOOD BARBECUE--If it can be barbecued, chances are, Goodwood has it, along with steak, fish and chicken. Healthy wine and cocktail selection. 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208884-1021, www.goodwoodbbq.com. $$ SU OM. THE GRIDDLE--Two whopping menus to satisfy all your from-scratch breakfast and lunch cravings. 2310 E. Overland Road, 208-288-1848, www.thegriddle. com. $ SU OM . HARRY'S BAR AND GRILL--The menu is a collection of burgers, a huge list of apps and just enough salads to make you feel guilty. 2032 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-888-9868. $-$$ SU. HUNGRY ONION--A Meridian institution that thankfully hasn't changed in decades. The hot, tasty food arrives on a tray at your window via rollerskates. 334 E. First St., Meridian, 208-8880051. $ SU. JAKER'S STEAK, RIBS & FISH HOUSE--A full menu of meat, with everything else a patron would expect to see including appetizers, burgers, chicken and fun foods plus nightly dinner specials. 3268 E. Pine St., Meridian, 208-288-0898, www.jakers. com. $-$$ SU OM. KAHOOTZ STEAK AND ALEHOUSE--A classy atmosphere catering to all clientele. A beer drinker needs to know only one thing: 43 taps are pouring beer every day. Soups are homemade daily. 1603 Main St., Meridian, 208-8959861, www.gotokahootz.com $-$$ OM. KAY AND TRACI'S 127 CLUB--It may be a full bar, but it's full food, too. Prime rib every Friday is what they're known for, and the homemade soup is the house specialty. 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-884-0122. $ . LOUIE'S PIZZA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT--American Italian food, big on variety and little on price. Louie's is a locally owned restaurant that puts as much care into their service as their infamous pizza. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200, www.louSU OM. iespizza.com. $-$$ MISS TAMI'S COTTAGE EXPRESSIONS AND TEA ROOM--Miss Tami's follows the British tradition of tea as a meal, including savories, scones, finger sandwiches and miniature desserts. Great lunches and weekend brunch. 1030 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-8881770, www.misstamis.com. $-$$ OM RES . MULLIGANS' BAR AND EATERY--Pub food with a few knife-and-fork staples like salmon and steak. And one of the few places in town to get Rocky Mountain oysters. 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-3737. $-$$ SU. RICK'S PRESS ROOM--A menu of simple, gourmet food for a newspaperthemed neighborhood pub. Lunch and dinner are both casual with sandwiches, salads and steak options. Cigar fans can retire to the plush smoke room. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-2880558. $-$$ . RUDY'S PUB AND GRILL--With locally grown beef and no trans fat in the fries, the menu runs the gamut of pub fare including starters, platters and sandwiches. 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 150, Meridian, 208-884-4453, rudyspubngrill.com. $-$$ SU OM. SA-WAD-DEE THAI RESTAURANT-- An extensive menu of traditional and unexpected Thai. 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. B, Meridian, 208-884-0701, www. sawaddeeboise.com. $-$$ SU OM. EL GALLO GIRO--Main courses are huge and span Tex-Mex to authentic. Favorite dishes come in a caldron made of volcanic rock. 482 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-5169, www.elgallogirokuna. com. $-$$ SU OM. FIESTA GUADALAJARA--Traditional Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos, burritos and enchiladas. 780 W. Avalon St., Kuna, 208-922-4311, www. fiestasguadalajara.com. $-$$ SU OM. LONGHORN LOUNGE--Gather round the horseshoe-shaped bar for late-night bar grub. 458 W. Third St., Kuna. $ SU. PEREGRINE STEAKS AND SPIRITS-- More than just beef. The menu features stuffed pork chops, salmon and Italian chicken breast. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421, www.creeksidekuna.com. $-$$ SU OM. TANNINS WINE BAR--Features a menu of cheese, fresh-baked baguettes and handmade truffles. 347 Ave. E, Kuna, 208-922-1766, www.tanninswinebar.com. $$-$$$ OM. BRICK 29 BISTRO--Chef Dustan Bristol serves fancy takes on common foods. Asian pork tacos come with a side of apple-almond coleslaw and, fancier still, an open-face Reuben sandwich with a cup of pumpkin bisque. 320 11th Ave. S., Ste. 100, Nampa, 208-468-0029, www.brick29.com. $-$$ SU OM . ELI'S ITALIAN DELI--Eli's offers hot and cold sandwiches and Italian pastas. With a full salad bar and a friendly staff, this is a great place to eat. 122 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-8880, www.elisitalian.com. $ OM. CHAPALA--The same great Jaliscan food Idaho expects Chapala to deliver. 2117 12th Avenue Road, Nampa, 208461-9355, www.chapalarestaurants. com. $-$$ SU OM. COPPER CANYON--If you're looking for a delicious steak, Copper Canyon deserves your attention. It may be a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip for fine dining in an intimate setting. 113 13th St. S., Nampa, 208-4610887, coppercanyonnampa.com. $$$ OM RES. HOUSE OF KIM--The food is fresh, portions are plentiful and the selections aren't soaked in soy sauce. If that doesn't get you to gas up the car, maybe this will: HOK offers spicy, spicy, spicy Thai options as well. 1226 First St. S., Nampa, 208-466-3237, www.houseofkim.net. $$ SU OM. KRUNG THAI RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR--Talk about Asian fusion: We're talking Thai, Japanese and a little sushi for good measure. 3008 Garrity Blvd., Nampa, 208-442-5254. $$ . MONA LISA--This atmospheric restaurant specializes in fondue served in an intimate setting. This isn't just for fine dining--it's decadent. 102 11th Ave. N., Nampa, 208-442-1400, www.mlfondue. com. $$$ SU OM RES. DUTCH GOOSE--Homemade fingersteaks, fresh steamed clams, soup, sandwiches and great hot wings. They also serve more than 17 beers. 2502 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-4599363. $-$$ SU OM. FIESTA GUADALAJARA--Traditional Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos, burritos and enchiladas. 420 N. 10th Ave., Caldwell, 208-455-8605, fiestasguadalajara.com. $-$$ SU OM. IMELDA'S MEXICAN FOOD--Imelda's is known for the homemade flour or corn tortillas and a make-your-own-taco option. 2414 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-454-8757. $ . LEILA RAMELLA-RADER MANCINO'S--Mancino's is home to hot, oven-baked sandwiches with melted cheese piled high with deli meats. The menu doesn't leave out soups, salads and pizza. 2412 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-7556. $ . MUSIC OF THE VINE--Their claim is "Canyon County's premier wine bar." They also serve paninis, sandwiches and salads. 2805 Blaine St., Ste. 130, Caldwell, 208-454-1228, www.musicofthevine.com. $$ SU OM. THE ORCHARD HOUSE RESTAURANT--The Orchard House has a country-style menu and serves meals three times a day. 14949 Sunnyslope Road, Caldwell, 208-459-8200, www. theorchardhouse.us. $$-$$$ SU OM . 42 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M SANDBAR RIVERHOUSE RESTAURANT--Located in Marsing on the banks of the Snake River for more than 40 years. It is locally owned and has an extensive menu highlighted by steak and seafood dishes. 18 Sandbar Ave., Marsing, 208-896-4124, www.sandbarriverhouse.com. $$-$$$ SU OM. MULLIGAN'S RESTAURANT--Scotch Pines Golf Course's own little cafe. 10610 Scotch Pines Road, Payette, 208-642-4866. $-$$ . TIPS RESTAURANT--A family friendly setting with an extensive beer list and satiating choices across the food board. Breakfast daily. 1630 Third Ave. S., Payette, 208-642-4109. $$ SU . GOLDEN HORSE--Classic Chinese cuisine. 1 E. Main St., Weiser, 208549-2500. $. HOMESTEAD CAFE--Steady yourself for the pace of mama's kitchen and take a seat at the Homestead for a classic deli-style spread with a soup, salad and sandwich vibe. 813 State St., Weiser, 208-414-3962. $-$$ SU. JUDY'S WEISER INN--A soup-andsalad bar kind of place with a homestyle flare. 1800 E. Sixth St., Weiser, 208414-4962. $. THE LOFT--With a menu rotating weekly. 125 W. Idaho St., Weiser, 208549-2909, theloftweiser.com. $$ OM. SYNNOVE'S KITCHEN--Norwegian cuisine. 1095 W. Seventh St., Weiser, 208-414-5000. $-$$. CHALLIS LANE AND DRIVE-IN--Classic drive-in fare. Highway 93 N., Challis, 208-879-4452. $ . LAMB'S MARKET--Challis' local grocer carrying everything you need from mini pretzel packs to ice-cold beverages. Highway 93 S., Challis, 208-879-4456. $ . DIRTY SHAME SALOON--Casual, clean, Western and a whole lot of diversions. 2 Coyote Lane, Garden Valley, 208-462-2000. www.thedirtyshame.net. $-$$ SU OM. THE LONGHORN RESTAURANT & SALOON--Holding steady to the 1951 mayoral toast claiming that "Every community standing seems to have whiskey and slot machines and we decided to have them, too." 1049 Old Crouch Road, Garden Valley, 208-462-3108. www.longhornrestaurantandsaloon.com. $$ SU. LEILA RAMELLA-RADER CHAPALA--Great Jaliscan food. 502 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-5065, www. chapalarestaurants.com. $-$$ SU OM. CK'S REAL FOOD--Casual eatery featuring local, organic, sustainable and seasonal fare inspired by world cuisine. 320 Main St., Hailey, 208-788-1223, www.cksrealfood.com. $$ SU OM. PAPA HEMI'S HIDEAWAY--Seasonal menu made from scratch featuring the best local ingredients crafted with care. Fantastic views and outdoor dining. 310 Main St., Hailey, 208-726-3773. $$ SU. SUN VALLEY BREWING COMPANY-- Classic Northwesten pub fare with the added bonus of handcrafted microbrews. 202 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-5777, www.sunvalleybrewery.com. $$ OM. ZOU 75--A contemporary location featuring Asian fusion, sushi and seafood selections. 416 N. Main St., Hailey, 208788-3310. $$ . 44 | RESTAURANT GUIDE 2010 | BOISEweekly WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M KIT'S RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT-- Downhome food with a summertime patio that can't be beat for relaxing next to the river. 101 S. Riverside Dr., Horseshoe Bend, 208-793-2651. $-$$ SU. THE MILL STEAKS & SPIRITS--Enter what almost feels like a mid-century restaurant and order a giant steak with a giant potato. 324 N. Third St., McCall, 208-634-7683, www.themillmccallidaho.com. $$ SU OM. MY FATHER'S PLACE--Well-known for thick summer shakes and toasty winter fries. It's almost like my mother's place. 901 N. Third St., McCall, 208634-4401. $ . PANCAKE HOUSE--The place to go for morning grub. 209 N. Third St., McCall, 208-634-5849, www.mccallpancakehouse.com. $-$$ SU OM . SALMON RIVER BREWERY--If you're down for a quality homebrew, here's your match. 300 Colorado St., McCall, 208-634-4772, www.salmonriverbrewery.com. $-$$ SU OM. SHORE LODGE-THE NARROWS--Classic, high-class dining in a location that can't be beat. 501 W. Lake St., McCall, 208-657-6464, www.shorelodgemccall. com. $$-$$$ SU RES . TOLL STATION PIZZA--A large, familystyle pizza spot with a decent salad bar. The rooftop patio seating is pretty awesome. 409 Railroad Ave., McCall, 208-634-7818, www.tollstationpizza. com. $-$$ SU OM. BUFFALO GALS--Contemporary cuisine inspired by the world. 319 N. Main St., Donnelly, 208-325-4005. buffalogalidaho.com. $$-$$$ OM. THE CLUBHOUSE AT JUG MOUNTAIN RANCH--Four-star cuisene with a fivestar view. Open for snacks or lunch, as well as a fine dining dinner menu. Hwy. 55, Lake Fork, 208-634-5072, www.jugmountainranch.com. $-$$ SU OM. VIGILANTES RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE--Awesome barbecue, ribs, salads and chicken dishes by day, and cocktails, steaks and dancing by night. A no-brainer choice for the vigilante in you. 263 Main St., Donnelly, 208-3254005. $-$$ . CIRO'S RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR--A sophisticated yet comfortable interior features fresh Northwestern fare with seafood, pasta, salads and more. 230 Walnut Ave., Ketchum, 208-727-1800, www.cirosunvalley.com. $$-$$$ SU OM RES. GRETCHEN'S--Located within the Sun Valley Lodge, Gretchen's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the ice skating rink. 1 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, 208-622-2144. $-$$ SU . KETCHUM GRILL--A local favorite serving up the best in American cuisine with a focus on quality. Enjoy homemade breads, desserts, fruitwood grilled meats and an award-winning wine list. 520 E. Ave. N., Ketchum, 208-7264660, www.ketchumgrill.com. $$-$$$ SU OM RES. KONDITOREI COFFEESHOP--Located in the Sun Valley Village, this is a coffee and snack stop. 1 Sun Valley Road, Hailey, 208-622-2235. $-$$ SU . LEFTY'S BAR AND GRILL--The locals' hangout with wild game and microbrews. 213 Sixth St., Ketchum, 208726-2744. $-$$ . PIONEER SALOON--Sitting in the heart of Ketchum, the Pioneer Saloon boasts hearty meals and great swills. Meats and seafood, wine, beer and liquor. 320 Main St. S., Hailey, 208726-3139, www.pioneersaloon.com. $$$ OM RES. ROOSEVELT TAVERN AND GRILL--Featuring creative, affordable fare including steaks, pasta and pizza in a comfortable atmosphere. 280 Main St. S., Ketchum, 208-726-0051, www.therooseveltgrille. com. $$-$$$ SU OM RES. SEGO RESTAURANT AND BAR--Featuring contemporary American cuisine with a focus on sustainable practices and local products. 131 Washington Ave., Ketchum, 208-928-7878, www.segorestaurant.com. $$$-$$$$ SU OM RES. BERTRAM'S SALMON VALLEY BREWERY--Celebrate the beauty of the Sawtooth Mountains with eight handcrafted brews and some quality pub food. 101 S. Andrews, Salmon, www.bertramsbrewery.com. $-$$ OM. JUNKYARD BISTRO--Taking world cuisene to a new level with Italian sandwiches, tapas, sushi and Philly cheese steak and hamburgers. 405 Main St., Salmon, 208-756-2466. $-$$ . CHAPALA--Great Jaliscan food. 403 Lenora St., McCall, 208-634-3905, www.chapalarestaurants.com. $-$$ OM SU. SHILLING HOUSE--A fine-dining experience in an Italian atmosphere. 81 N. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, 208-785-3606. www. shillinghouse.net. $$ SU OM. SAGE MOUNTAIN GRILL--There's a little bit of everything and lots of it in this fine Albion eating establishment. Where else can you get everything from salad and pizza to all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib. Great for the whole family. 251 W. North St., Albion, 208673-6696, www.sagemountaingrill.com. $$ SU OM. R & B DRIVE INN--An old-school style burger joint with juicy burgers and greasy fries, where ordering from the car is standard. 277 Harrison St., AmerSU. ican Falls, 208-226-2245. $ MISO HUNGRY--Innovative cuisine in the middle of nearly nowhere. 165 N. Main St., Driggs, 208-354-8015. $-$$ . TONY'S PIZZA & PASTA--Tony's provides the sort of away-from-home staple that brings visitors back. Serving pizza and pasta dishes. For those looking for a burger 'n' bun meal, Tony's also has an extensive choice of beefed-up entrees. 364 N. Main St., Driggs, 208354-8829. $-$$ . LEILA RAMELLA-RADER BROWNSTONE RESTAURANT AND BREWHOUSE--Pub food and a brewery under one roof. 455 River Parkway, Idaho Falls, 208-535-0310, www.brownstonebrewpub.com. $$ SU OM. GRANDPA'S SOUTHERN BBQ--The name says it all. 1855 W. Broadway St., Idaho Falls, 208-522-1890, www. grandpassouthernbbq.com. $-$$ OM. PSYCHEDELICATESSEN--"Hippy-busbagel-shack." 3065 Laurence Court, Idaho Falls, 208-569-1382. $ . REED'S DAIRY SHOPPE--Taste their signature sweet treat: homemade ice cream. 2660 W. Broadway St., Idaho Falls, 208-522-0123, www.reedsdairy. com. $ OM. RUTABAGAS--For 15 years, this little restaurant has been serving up fine cuisine inspired by the world. 415 River Parkway, Idaho Falls, 208-529-3990, www.rutabagasidahofalls.com. $$-$$$ RES SU OM. SNAKE BITE--When it comes to food, the locals seem to dig a good snake bite. Located downtown, the Bite is host to a delectable array of salads, pastas and classic American fare. Thirsty? Perfect. They've also got everything from espresso to beers. 401 Park Ave., Idaho Falls, 208-525-2522, www.thesnakebiterestaurant.com. $-$$ SU OM. JACKSON'S KOUNTRY KORNER-- Local diner with great homemade food. 1101 Broadway N., Buhl, 208-5436570. $ . OX-BOW CAFE--Great home cooking with all the diner basics at this Idaho landmark. 199 E. Highway 30, Bliss, 208-352-4250. $ . SNYDER BLUE ROCK VINEYARD & WINERY--Primarily reserved as an event center. When the chefs are cooking, you expect a pretty mean steak and seafood course accompanied by wine from their vineyard. 4060 N. 1200 E., Buhl, 208-543-6938. $-$$ . RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT--Think succulent seafood and plump prime rib. 255 E. Portneuf St., Lava Hot Springs, 208-776-5504. $$ . RIVERWALK THAI RESTAURANT-- Authentic Thai cuisine. 695 E. Main St., Lava Hot Springs, 208-776-5872. $-$$. SWEET STUFF ICE CREAM AND DELI--Pairing an old-school parlor vibe with the delightful flavors of homemade jerky, shakes, sandwiches and ice cream. 34 E. Main St., Lava Hot Springs, 208-776-5223. $ . CRAIGO'S GOURMET PIZZA CO.--Laying claim to "the best pizza in Rexburg." 240 N. Second E., Rexburg, 208-3591123. $ . DA PINEAPPLE GRILL--Fresh Hawaiian and Asian cuisine. 383 S. Second W., Rexburg, 208-356-4398, www. pineapplegrill.com. $-$$ SU OM. GATOR JACK'S SANDWICH SHACK-- A kitschy Louisiana-style atmosphere and serving Southern sandwiches. 432 Farnsworth, Rigby, 208-745-0779, www. gatorjacks.com. $-$$ SU OM. BUDDY'S ITALIAN--Pocatello's staple when it comes to hearty sauces and Italian flavors. 626 E. Lewis St., Pocatello, 208-233-1172, www.buddysinc. biz. $-$$ OM. KOWLOON EXPRESS--Classic Thai servings with popularity ratings for the indecisive diners. They also offer hot and cold Thai coffees and teas. 408 S. Fourth Ave., Pocatello, 208-232-0622, www.kowloonexpress.thruhere.net. $ OM. REMO'S--This little Italian restaurant headed east, offering sushi alongside the pasta. 160 W. Cedar St., Pocatello, 208-233-1710, www.remosrestaurant. com. $$ OM. SENANG WINE BAR--Showcasing a delectable menu with choices from casual tapas to formal dinners. 815 S. First Ave., Pocatello, 208-487-6732, www.sentangtapas.com. $$ SU OM. TOM'S GYROS--Authentic Greek goodies, and we're talking seriously authentic. 150 N. Third Ave., Pocatello, 208-233-4200. $ . SCRATCH RESTAURANT--World food cooked to order--every time. 1185 W. Center St., Victor, 208-787-5678, www. eatscratch.com. $-$$ SU OM. BIG J BURGERS--Big J's made its starring debut in Napoleon Dynamite. 196 N. State St., Preston, 208-8522800. $. MIS AMORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT--Serving up a healthy dose of authentic Mexican food. Try their specialty: fajitas. 101 N. State St., Preston, 208-852-7133. $-$$. 360 MAIN--Relaxing digs and a whole bunch of comfort food. The bistro burger is worth going back for again and again. 360 Main Ave. W., Twin Falls, 208-735-5141. $-$$. BEACON BURGER AND BREW-- Everyone's favorite combo: burgers and beer. 137 Second Ave. E., Twin Falls, 208-733-9730, www.beaconburgerandbrew.com. $-$$ OM. CANYON CREST DINING AND EVENT CENTER--Sure, the food is good, but you'll never forget the view from this restaurant perched on the Snake River Canyon. 330 Canyon Crest, Twin Falls, 208-733-9392, www.canyoncrestdining. SU OM. com. $$-$$$ PANDORA'S--Local brewpub with frequent live music. 516 Hansen St., Twin Falls, 208-733-5433, pandorastwin. com. $-$$ OM. SMOKIN' COWBOYS--Down-home authentic barbecue cooked long and slow, just right. 837 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., Twin Falls, 208-735-1008, www.smokincowboys.com. $-$$ SU OM. OUTPOST STEAKHOUSE--Western food, which means steak and all the traditional fixin's. 3020 Elba-Almo Road, Almo, 208-324-5577, www.almocreek. com/outpost. $-$$ OM. CONNOR'S CAFE--Good home cooking, and save room for the desserts. 350 S. Highway 27, Burley, 208-679-9367. $. SHON HING--Asian food with downhome service. 109 E. Main St., Burley, 208-678-4950. $. EAGLE'S NEST--Expect an assortment for the hungry with a menu including fries, pies, ribs, shrimp, chicken, sandwiches and pizza. 119 N. Main St., Dietrich, 208-554-2094, www.showshown.com/eaglesnest. $-$$ . STAMPEDE BURGER--The hearty home of hand-pressed burgers and homemade fingersteaks. 2115 Main St., Gooding, 208-934-4202. $. SNAKE RIVER GRILL--Wild game with a flare Francais. 611 Frogs Landing, Hagerman, 208-837-6227, www. snakeriver-grill.com. $$ OM. CHOATE'S FAMILY DINER--A locally owned and operated family diner boasting a whole lot of hearty food for a little bit of money. 400 W. Main St., Jerome, 208-324-4642. $-$$. SMOKIN' COWBOYS--Authentic, slow-cooked barbecue. 222 S. Lincoln, Jerome, 208-324-1008, www.smokincowboys.com. $-$$ OM. LEILA RAMELLA-RADER NANCY'S CAFE--Settle in at this homestyle cafe for homemade apple pie and cheap, bottomless coffee. 102 S. Oneida St., Rupert, 208-436-6200. $. 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