Boise is the center of Idaho’s thriving dining scene. Here, farm-to-fork dinners aren’t an anomaly — they’re the standard.
We’ve put together the ultimate dining itinerary for your next weekend in Boise. Think of it as a culinary journey where you will sip, taste and savor the best of Southwest Idaho’s food and wine.
Here’s a map of the places you’ll go.
Arrive in the center of Downtown Boise.
After a long day’s worth of travel, sit down to a cold beer at Bittercreek Alehouse. Try a plate smothered with poutine and bite into a juicy burger made from 100% grass-fed beef and lamb.
A spicy lamb burger from Bittercreek Alehouse
Less than a 10-minute walk from the alehouse, check in at the Inn at 500. Escape to a quiet room that’s equal parts local urban flair and luxury decor, while still staying steps away from the best shops, restaurants, galleries and museums.
Sleep in (because you deserve it). After a lazy morning, walk out to explore the Saturday market and try a fresh, local take on brunch at Juniper. Our recommendations? Try their open-faced avocado prosciutto sandwich or their grilled kale and eggs.
Just as you’re starting to get hungry, stop at Boise’s historical Basque neighborhood. At The Basque Market, try foods that you’ve never tried before: paella, croquetas and platters of tapas you can’t even name.
A steaming pan of paella at The Basque Market
After exploring Boise’s beautiful trails and parks, sit down to a farm-to-fork dinner at Fork, where fresh, local ingredients are the centerpiece of every dish.
After waking up, you’re ready for breakfast and a plate piled high with…
Head immediately to BACON, where brunch is served all day, with coffee, a full bar and (of course) BACON EVERYTHING.
While you’re there, try a Bacon Bloody Mary. Trust us.
A bacon Bloody Mary. Photo courtesy of BACON.
Spend your last afternoon in Boise tasting local wines while overlooking the Boise River from Telaya’s tasting room, located right along the Greenbelt.
The view of the Boise River from Telaya’s tasting room. Photo courtesy of Telaya Wine Co.
Before you leave, grab a quick bite at one of the food trucks parked outside Payette Brewing. Maybe a draft of local beer, too.
As the city lights fade into the distance, you’ll realize that there is so much more to taste and experience in Boise, way more for just one weekend.
Here’s a list of some breweries to check out next time…
- Payette Brewing Company
- Woodland Empire Brewery
- Boise Brewing
- Highlands Hollow Brewhouse
- Sockeye Brewing Company
- Hops & Bottles
…And some wineries too.
- Indian Creek Winery
- Huston Vineyards
- Cinder Wines
- Coiled Wines
- Split Rail Winery
There’s a reason Boise has been chosen as the next culinary hotspot in the northwest. Come try it for yourself.