Nov. 7, 2014

Vegans and Vegetarians Delight: New Artsy Foodie Retreat Opens on State Street

Kind Cuisine Cafe, a new vegan and vegetarian restaurant on State Street opened doors this month in the Collister Shopping Center. With bright decorative art (for sale) donning the walls and flavorful, creative dishes this spot is not just for the meatless.
Jan. 27, 2015

10 Best Brunch Spots in America

Photo by Fork & Men's Journal

Men's Journal named Boise's Fork as one of the 10 Best Brunch Spots in America, noting, 'The menu at Fork, located in downtown Boise, has an emphasis on food from the area around Boise (and the Northwest in general). The brunch menu includes a number of savory-looking egg dishes, doughnuts with a dipping sauce, and the delicious-sounding Zeppole Toast.'...(and we must note, the expansive Bloody Mary Bar featured above!)

Dec. 3, 2015

Three New Places, Three New Plates

Delicious dishes from Grit, Boise Co-op Meridian and Siam Orchid.

The menu at Eagle's eclectic Grit American Cuisine is a mash-up of influences that leans heavily on Southern staples—down-home classics like chicken pot pie and mac 'n' cheese. Most items, however, have a unique twist.

Compared to the Boise Co-op's bustling, maze-like North End location, the sun-splashed Village at Meridian outpost of the popular natural foods store feels like floating on a cloud.

It's easy to pass by Siam Orchid, a new Thai restaurant and sushi bar that took over the former Dhondalicious Artisan Food Co-op on Fairview between Milwaukee Street and Maple Grove Road. But Siam Orchid is definitely worth a stop.

Jul. 13, 2015

3 Perfect Days in Boise, the Best Place You’ve Never Been

There's no better guide to a city than an enthusiastic transplant. Longtime locals, while knowledgeable, tend to stick with what they know, but an eager newbie is who I want showing me the ropes. They are the ones trying out all the old attractions along with the newest businesses to hit the block. The spirit of a tourist with the know-how of a local.

That person for me in Boise, Idaho, is my sister Stacey. She and her husband moved there a few years ago and have become unpaid representatives of the Chamber of Commerce. When my husband and I visited, we half expected our weekend to be filled with house showings (my sister is also on a mission to bring everyone she loves to Boise for good). She was right: By the end of our long weekend, I was seriously considering giving her realtor a call. It turns out Boise is full of surprises.  

Feb. 4, 2016

Southwest Idaho: Adventures For the Fork and Spoon

What do whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, downhill and cross country skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, and wine tasting have in common? They all make us appreciate a good meal at the end of the day. Recently, Southwest Idaho has been discovered by foodies for its local flavors, intriguing wines, and imaginative chefs, who are pushing sustainability to a new level.

Aug. 16, 2017

3 Up-and-Coming Culinary Destinations to Visit in the West

The funky Bohemian vibe of Boise, combined with its surprising enclave of Basque immigrants, makes this active and outdoorsy mountain destination on the dessert plateau a unique place to explore. Boise is one of America's fastest-growing cities and with that, there's an exciting culinary emergence along with craft breweries and a burgeoning wine industry with a number of wineries producing excellent vintages with grapes sourced from the Yakima, Snake River and Columbia valleys.

With the largest concentration of Basque immigrants in the U.S., Boise's Spanish population has heavily contributed to the city's culinary and cultural landscape. The Basque Block in downtown is home to several restaurants, with some specializing in dishes that made the Basque region of northeast Spain famous. Don't miss the lively Bar Gernika and the cozy Leku Ona, where you can experience open-air views of the city. Then, take some time to drive to neighboring Meridian, where you'll discover Epi's Basque Restaurant. For over 16 years, Grandma Epi's treasured recipes have been lovingly prepared by her family, continuing the Basque tradition.

Nov. 3, 2015

A Glimpse at Wild Root Cafe and Market

Eighth Street's newest tenant, Wild Root Cafe and Market, opened quietly today for lunch. Owned by husband and wife duo Michael and Anne-Marie Trebbi, Wild Root specializes in breakfast and lunch fare made with organic, local and sustainable ingredients.

Situated in the former Yokozuna Teriyaki space at 276 N. Eighth St., Wild Root boasts large windows that let in lots of light and vibrant chartreuse walls. Behind the walk-up service counter is an open kitchen and tables are dotted with wooden planter boxes filled with fuzzy green moss. 

The menu is equally bright and thoughtful. Consisting mostly of salads and sandwiches, Wild Root's menu steps it up with artisanal flourishes like seeded flatbread crisps, house-made ricotta and caramelized onion jam. Even the grab-and-go snacks are fancy: Think cubes of brie, fresh figs and pomegranate seeds piled in a to-go cup for $4...

Oct. 27, 2014

Boise International Market Brings Global Flavor to the Bench

by Julie Hahn

With room for 28 businesses— international cuisine, fashion, coffee and tea business are staking ground on Boise's Bench.

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Oct. 22, 2015

“Sandwich Shop With a Cause” Coming to Downtown Boise

by Admin

An award-winning restaurant incorporating the buy-one-give-business model is coming to 815 W Bannock St. in Downtown Boise this December. 

Even Stevens Sandwiches is a Salt Lake native craft-casual restaurant serving sandwiches, salads, bites under $5, breakfast, and locally-sourced items (craft beer, specialty coffee, and bakery sweets) unique to each store’s location. By offering fresh updates on nostalgic recipes, the “anti-cookie cutter” brand nods to tradition while celebrating creativity. The concept was awarded Best New Concept by the Utah Restaurant Association in May of 2015. 

Beyond serving customers, Even Stevens is “a sandwich shop with a cause”. For every sandwich sold, they donate a sandwich to a local non-profit partner. Since opening their first restaurant on June 24th 2014, the brand has donated over 180,000 sandwiches to their Salt Lake hometown. Allowing their non-profit partners to save cash on feeding community members in need and instead direct their resources towards life-changing programs.

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Aug. 16, 2017

Fast-Growing Boise Has a Wine and Food Scene to Match

The vinous vistas of Boise, Idaho, may not be most wine lovers’ first thought for a travel destination, but its location in the middle of the up-and-coming Snake River Valley AVA is the ideal base from which to check out the area’s wine country. Boise’s blend of urban savvy, proximity to nature and entrepreneurial streak means the city—one of the 20 fastest-growing in the U.S.—won’t stay unsung for long.

Dec. 28, 2015

Brick 29 Chef Plans New Restaurant Space in Nampa

Chef Dustan Bristol’s Brick 29 restaurant in Nampa is moving up.

Bristol recently purchased part of the building where his restaurant is currently and plans to add a third floor to the structure. Once that is finished, he will move his acclaimed restaurant upstairs and into the new space.

The third floor will have better acoustics and a better flow for the restaurant. Those are things Bristol wanted to improve in his first restaurant, which can get loud, he said.

He also plans to have large windows that open for a patio feel in the new space.

The new space will have an expanded kitchen, which means Bristol can also expand his menu.

Jul. 26, 2015

LA Times: Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene

Oh, beloved Boise, or Boy-C, as the locals pronounce it. Spend a weekend in this rapidly changing Idaho city and you realize why its downtown has been rated as among the top 10 in the U.S. It also features cultural attractions such as the Basque Block and the Boise Philharmonic, and it's minutes (not hours) to hiking and biking trails.

My friend and I hit Boise this spring, finding a surprisingly sophisticated, expanding food and microbrewery scene, making this chill Northwestern town of sandstone and green open spaces a nice weekend (or longer) destination.

Nov. 17, 2014

Boise’s Guru Brings Eclectic Flavor to Locals

by Andrew Crisp

A bricks and mortar location for pop-up-shop favorite, Guru Donuts, is on the horizon. Though it has been a slow process, owners say it has been a labor of passion and doors are expected to open in December.

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