824 S. Vista Ave., 208-377-3064, yokozunateriyaki.com With a devilishly grinning sumo wrestler as its logo, Yokozuna Teriyaki in the Vista Village shopping center looks like one of those marginal everything-comesin-a-combo eateries you ﬁnd in mall food courts. Looks can be deceiving. The only thing Yokozuna’s Japanese-inﬂuenced cuisine has in common with mall food is that it is served fast, but that’s where the comparisons end. Big portions of sticky rice, ﬂame-broiled meats, sauteed veggies, noodle dishes, sushi, katsu, curry, miso soup, gyoza, bubble tea ... and if you can’t leave your home or ofﬁce to go get a healthy meal, Yokozuna will deliver it to you. Turns out the sumo is smiling because he knows one of the best-kept secrets in town.
BEST SKETCHILICIOUS SNACK THE SIZE OF PANGAEA
LOS BETOS BREAKFAST BURRITO
5220 W. Fairview Ave., 208-658-1185; 6906 W. State St., 208-853-1494 Los Betos has a drive-through for a reason. At 4 a.m. when you get a craving for a gargantuan snack and cruise your ride down vacant Fairview Avenue to the 24-hour Mexican fast-food chain, you’d be wise to keep your doors locked. But don’t bother rolling up the windows. If someone’s gonna try to steal your breakfast burrito, they won’t be able to ﬁt it through the window.
BEST REASON TO GO DUTCH
TUESDAY 2-FOR1 BURGERS AT DUTCH GOOSE 3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887, dutchgoose.com “Hey, babe, this burger is on me. You get the beers.” It’s a win/win.
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BEST SUMO SURPRISE IN A STRIP MALL
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GYRO SHACK 6631 W. Ustick Road, 208-378-1325; 6935 W. Overland Road, 208-375-7424
The little blue-and-white Gyro Shack on Ustick Road (and its cousin on Overland Road) serves up some of the best gyros this side of Cypress at prices that made us wonder if they hadn’t left off a zero. Warm pita bread ﬁlled with thick strips of spiced lamb, generous swaths of tzatziki munched while sitting on plastic bench overlooking Ustick Road turned out to be such a delicious experience all around that we couldn’t wait to repeat it.
BEST WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
GREEN CHILI AT GREEN CHILE
5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103, thegreenchileboise.com In the Southwest, green chili is serious business, and that obsession was brought to Boise by the owners of State Street’s Green Chile. Now, while the restaurant name refers to the actual fruit of the plant—the hatch chile—the dish we’d like to tip our hat to is chili, like the soup, though its staple ingredient is indeed the hatch chile. It’s a spicy bugger, thick like snot, bubbling hot and it’ll whoop your ass if you let it. Now go in there and show it who’s boss.
BEST MORNING AFTER
RED FEATHER BREAKFAST PIZZA
246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340, justeatlocal.com/redfeather Red Feather Lounge is ﬂouting convention with its breakfast pizza. With an oven-baked crust covered with country gravy, scrambled eggs, cheese, chopped bacon and vegetables, it’s kind of like an omelet on top of an order of biscuits and gravy. It also happens to be one hell of a hangover cure. And at only $10 and easily big enough for two, it’s without doubt your best bet for the morning after.
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