Pair: Sleek, urban, cool
This taste of big city feel is a diamond in the rough in downtown Boise. Every time I am in Boise (because my brother lives here) I make sure to stop in here. The food is superb, their cocktails are unbelievably creative and delicious, and the atmosphere is sleek and urban, yet still comfortable. What I find amazing is that the patrons in this restaurant are all incredibly groomed, tanned, and ready to be seen. Even more amazing than that is the fact that the employees are even better looking. Being in this restaurant is like being in a glossy magazine advertisement for an upscale alcohol company.
Favorite Dish: Everything I've eaten here is awesome, but my favorite dish is the Asian salmon. It has a sweet and spicy sauce on it that is to die for. The salad you get with dinner is great, too.
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Goodwood Barbecue.: Ribs and great service.
Probably has the best service in Boise, if your glass of water is an inch low, they are there to fill it immediately.
Really good food, there are two locations, one by the Edwards Cinemas on Entertainment Way and one at the Meridian Crossroads, the one in Meridian is much quieter than the Boise location, but the food is excellent at both.
Favorite Dish: The smoked prime rib.
Gino's Ristorante.: Rated the best Italian restaurant in Boise.
This restaurant has the most authentic Italian food in the city and the best service also. Gino's has plenty of wines to choose from and is competitively priced, but this is Boise, so there isn't much competition.
Favorite Dish: I like the pasta von golle with a bunch of wine.
Dawson's Downtown: Great Gelato and Friendly Servers
One thing that every weary traveler looking for coffee appreciates is a smile and great service. Paula, the college aged waitress working on a Monday night in downtown Boise fit this mold perfectly.
I had the pistachio gelato and a mexican mocha, both of which are wonderful.
I would highly recommend checking out this downtown coffeeshop!
Brick Oven Beanery: An Oldie But a Goodie
This is actually called the Brick Oven Bistro now, but I like its old name, The Beanery, better (less pretentious). The Beanery’s been around for 20 years now. They make good “home-cooked” American meals – stuff like mashed potatoes, chili, clam chowder, gumbo, salads, and milkshakes. Plus an amazing bread pudding, according to my friend Helene (I missed out on that when I was here). Also beer and wine.
It’s a casual, cafeteria-style place where you take a tray, tell the servers what you want, and then pay at the end of the counter. They’re located on “The Grove” in downtown Boise, at 8th & Main, and have outdoor patio seating in the summer.
Bardenay: Restaurant & Distillery
I worked here as a waitress last summer. Bardenay is a favorite with the locals because the food is good and the atmosphere is lively. The restaurant is spacious with the longest bar in Boise and a the famous "Still" on display, where Scott distills Bardenay Gin, Vodka, and Rum.
Favorite Dish: Balck Bean & Sweet Potato Chimichanga...Yummy!
Drinks are a must. My favorite is the Bloody Mary, Mojito (go light on the syrup), and Blackberry Infusion Martini.
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GERNIKA: Basque Food
This Basque Pub and Eatery was established in 1991 and has become a focal gathering point for many in the community. Saved by the Basque Museum and Cultural Center from demolition by trading parking spaces for a lease, sub-leaser, Dan Ansotegui, did all of the work to make it into the quaint spot it is today. You can find great appetizers, soups, sandwiches and wine there and an atmosphere that welcome's all to the Basque Block.
Favorite Dish: Soup and sandwiches
The Crescent Bar for an old...
The Crescent Bar for an old dive, or Goodwood Barbecue for brand new place.
The Crescent is a No Lawyers bar - no lawyers allowed! Be sure to wear your sunglasses before you open the door - it's DARK inside!
Favorite Dish: The Crescent Bar for the best Finger Steaks on the planet. Goodwood Barbecue - best is the Pulled Pork sandwich.
Richards $$$, Vista Del $, El...
Richards $$$, Vista Del $, El Gringo $, 10-0-2 $$, Flying Pie $, Louie's $, Beanery $ (with and outdoor patio).
Favorite Dish: In order; French? tasty sandwiches and great soups, Mexican, yummy cuisine, pizza, Italian, mom's cooking (maybe).
Enough restaurants to keep an army occupied.
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