Continuing to explore with our favorite sense taste, we head to Boise, one of the most rapidly growing cities in the U.S. While Idaho might make you think of potatoes and Napoleon Dynamite, we’re here to show you this city is packed with culture and surrounded by nature. It is a great place to visit with tons of great food to enjoy!
Written by Christina Potenza
BREAKFAST + BRUNCH
Waffle Me Up ($$)
If you are looking for a unique + filling meal to start the day, stop by Waffle Me Up. Their waffles are made daily with fresh + local ingredients and real Belfian sugar pearls to give their waffles an authentic taste with a crunchy, sweet exterior and a soft center. With both sweet + savory options on the menu, everyone can find something to eat at Waffle Me Up. If you are looking for an extra sweet way to start your morning, you can add ice cream to any waffle!
Address: 204 N Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Mon-Sat: 8AM-4PM, Sun: 9AM-3PM
Wild Root Café and Market ($$)
Opened in 2015, Wild Root is a great place to stop in for breakfast while you are in Boise. The menu at Wild Root is packed with a variety of different options for you to pick from. Try their steak and eggs, wild skillet, granola bowl, or açai bowl. They also have vegan eggs available so even if you are vegan or vegetarian you can enjoy one of Wild Root’s unique breakfasts.
Address: 276 N 8th St, Boise ID 83702
Hours: Tue-Sat: 8AM-3:30PM
COFFEE + TEA
Poppy Seed Bakery and Café ($)
If you need some caffeine to get you through the rest of the day, stop by Poppy Seed Bakery and Cafe! A small, family-owned + operated bakery and cafe, at Poppy Seed you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea in a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere.
Address: 3910 Hill Rd Ste 102, Boise, ID 83703
Hours: Tue-Fri: 8AM-3PM, Sat+Sun: 9AM-2PM
Looking for a quick + easy lunch? Stop by Tasso for sandwiches, salads, and more! Their delicious sandwich choices like curried egg salad or the kimchi club will be perfect for fueling you up in the middle of the day. They even have vegan + vegetarian options available! Using high quality ingredients + meats that are crafted in house, Tasso is not your traditional sandwich shop!
Address: 401 S 8th St Boise, ID 83702
Open Daily: 11AM-4PM
Boise Fry Co. ($$)
One of the most unique restaurants in Boise, Boise Fry Co. elevates the French fry-game, making it one of the coolest restaurants in Boise. At Boise Fry Co you can choose between 7 different kinds of potatoes and 5 different cuts to make the perfect fry for you. All potatoes are locally sourced and are fried in natural sunflower seed oil. Boise Fry Co. doesn’t only serve fries, they also have burgers sourced from local ranches and house-made vegan burgers. At Boise Fry Co. they use natural and local products and aim to produce as little waste as possible. That's why they recycle the sunflower seed oil used in frying to be made into fuel for cars!
Address: 204 N Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11AM-9PM, Fri+Sat: 11AM-9:30PM, Sun: 11AM-8PM
A Boise favorite, Fork serves local cuisine on a menu that features Idaho farmers, ranchers, bakers, and producers. With an extensive menu, including gluten-free and vegetarian options everyone can find something to enjoy at Fork. Even their decor is local! Recycled material from an old Idaho Barn was used to make elements of the restaurant including their tables and glassware. If staying local is important to you, Fork is a great place to check out!
Address: 199 N 8th St Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:30AM-10PM, Fri: 11:30AM-11PM, Sat: 9:30AM-11PM, Sun: 9:30AM-9PM
Juniper on 8th ($$)
Located in Downtown Boise, Juniper uses local ingredients + produce to create delicious meals in a modern atmosphere. Juniper offers a large menu is designed to be a reflection of Boise. At Juniper, you can get brunch, lunch, or dinner and can choose a drink from their extensive cocktails, wine, and beer menu to go with your meal. They even make their own gin!
Address: 211 N 8th St Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Mon: 11:30AM-11PM, Tue-Thu: 11:30AM-12AM, Fri: 11:30AM-1AM, Sat: 9:30AM-1AM, Sun: 9:30AM-11PM
Boise Pie Co. ($$)
Boise Pie Co. seeks to bring Southern comfort food to Boise with their large selections of pies! The pies are made using a family recipe for their tradition pies but they also have a more modern pie recipe that they use as well. Regardless of which recipe is used, you can’t go wrong with a slice from Boise Pie Co. With both sweet + savory pies Boise Pie Co. is the perfect stop if you are craving something sweet or salty!
Address: 1216 N Orchard St Boise, ID 83706
Hours: Tue-Fri: 11AM-4PM, Sat: 11AM-5PM
The STIL ($)
At The STIL (The Sweetest Things in Life) you will have your choice of delicious handcrafted ice cream flavors in this locally owned shop! The STIL has flavors for everyone including non-dairy and vegan treats! If you are looking for something unique try out one of their alcohol infused flavors or if you can’t make up your mind on which flavor you want, you can get an ice cream flight!
Address: 786 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Sun-Thu: 12PM-10PM, Fri: 12PM-11PM
Since 2008, Melanie Krause has been blessing the Boise area with world-class wines at Cinder Wines. Stop in to the remodeled tasting room, take a look at the space and please take a sip of the stories they’ve captured in the bottle!
Address: 107 E 44th St Garden City, ID 83714
Open Daily: 11AM-5PM
White Dog Brewing ($$)
If you want to hit a brewery that is keen on making diverse beers, look no further than White Dog Brewing Company. They’re mission is “to make the most well-rounded, consistent, and interesting beer in the Mountain West”. No matter when you stop in, you are sure to find a full range of beers from IPAs to Ales to Sours, Tarts, and Ales. They also have 6-pack carry outs available and “each White Dog Label Was Inspired By A Real Bada** Human + Dog”.
Address: 705 W Fulton St., Boise, ID 83702
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11AM - 10PM