Boise’s Top 17 Bites: Summer 2017

Boise’s Top 17 Bites: Summer 2017

Here is a good summer to do list to help you eat your way around Boise.  The items are not in ranked order.  There is a survey at the end to share your favorite Boise food items with us to consider for the Fall list.  Share this list with your friends and families on Facebook and click here to print out a PDF checklist version of the list!


#1) Guru Donuts:

“Hipsterberry Donut”

This yeast donut has a glaze of blueberry, blackberry, and organic lavender! Also check out their seasonal donuts and coffee selection.


#2) Big City Coffee:

“Fruit Scones”

The portion sizes at Big City Coffee are huge and these delicious scones available at the counter are no exception.


#3) Saint Lawrence Gridiron

“Bloody Mary”

I love a good Bloody Mary and adding a big piece of brisket into the mix puts this one on top.


#4) Janjou

“Chocolate Croissant”:

This James Beard Award nominated pastry chef serves some of the best pastries on the WEST COAST! Go there NOW!

Photo cred: Janjou




#5) Paddles Up Poke

“Paddles Up Bowl”:

It has raw tuna, avocado, onion, cucumber, green onions, ginger, and sesame seeds.  It just opened in Spring 2017 and is making Boise proud. Their hours are Monday-Saturday 11AM-7PM.


#6) Wild Root Café 


It is a meatless version but still full of flavor.  It has scallion, edamame, carrots, daikon radish, shitake, and a soft cooked egg. Their hours are Monday-Saturday 8AM-4PM.


#7) Bleubird (Closed Jan 2018)

“Raspberry Lavender Soda”:

They make their in house sodas with the care and style of a craft cocktail….so refreshing. Their hours are Monday-Friday 11-4.


#8) Richard’s

“Summer Salad”

This refreshing salad is so well balanced I could eat it every day and be happy.




#9) Pho Le


They make my favorite Boise pho right now.  The location has a crisp clean dining room and lots of flavors and veggies to blend into the broth.


#10) Taj Mahal

“Palak (Spinach) Curry Bowl”:

This curry is pureed with fresh spinach, onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and fenugreek.  Eat it vegetarian or add meat….keep it mild or add heat.  If you only know yellow or red curry you gotta try this version.


#11) State & Lemp

“Pea Soup” (limited time only):

State & Lemp’s Chef Kris Komori has 2 James Beard Award nominations and is the most celebrated chef in Boise.  All of the food is so beautiful and delicious.  State & Lemp is the ultimate culinary experience in Idaho.

Photo cred: State & Lemp


#12) Fork

“Ahi Poke Tostadas”:

These have wasabi-avocado mousse on crispy tostadas with pickled radish and Ohana micro greens.

Photo cred: Fork Boise


#13) Barbacoa Grill


This appetizer has octopus that is wood grilled with chimichurri and chipotle aioli. The atmosphere at Barbacoa is also elegant yet playful just like this dish.


#14) Yardarm/Gem Street Kitchen


The outdoor Yardarm bar and the associated food truck Gem Street Kitchen serve some amazing tacos in a fun summer setting. Walk about 50 yards and watch the surfers in the Boise River. 21+ only.


#15) Bittercreek Alehouse

“Classic Poutine”:

Fries covered in gravy, cheese curds, scallions, and pork….ohhh myyy!

Photo cred: Bittercreek Alehouse


#16) 10 Barrel Brewing

“Steak ‘Not Just’ Nachos”:

Potato chips covered in marinated steak, jalapeños, bleu cheese, our Four cheese blend, bacon and green onions. 10 Barrel is growing up to be a mature West Coast brand but this creative and filling potato based dish deserves your attention!

Photo cred: 10 Barrel Brewing



#17) Modern Hotel

“Smoked Trout Buderbrody”

The Modern Hotel restaurant is one of the most advanced kitchens in Idaho.  They consistently amaze me with what they do and the creativity in their dishes.

Photo cred: Glen Warchol

3 thoughts on “Boise’s Top 17 Bites: Summer 2017”

  1. I am all about color color with a mixture of colorful vegetables with grilled shrimp & / flounder in a presentation that will send others to come begging for a little more. Nothing strange looking on my plate please!

    1. Pho Le and Yardarm are the ones farthest from downtown. There will be future lists that go beyond Boise and into Meridian and Eagle. Restaurants in other nearby cities were not included. Thanks for commenting Phil. -BBB

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