Restaurant Guide–Idaho

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Boise

Basque Market–608 W. Grove St. (Basque) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Thu & Fri.  Tapas style. Flavorful & well seasoned. Soups taste home made.  Paella is a specialty.  (Has better reviews than Epi’s). (1-22-16)

Bosnia Express Boex–4846 Emerald St. (Bosnian) 9 am to 7 pm (later on Sat-closed on Sun).  Goulash, panini, gyro. (1-22-16)

Casa Blanca–5506 W. Overland Rd. (Cuban) Open Daily.  Authentic Cuban food. (1-22-16)

Lucky Palace–8630 W. Overland (Chinese) Open daily (11 am to 10 pm).  Authentic Chinese food is available. Serves clay pot dishes. (1-22-16)

Tango’s–701 N. Orchard St. (Argentinian) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closed Sat evening and Sun).  Authentic Argentine empanadas–both lunch style and dessert.  Wide variety of fillings give a wide range of flavors.  Some reviewers say some of the empanadas are authentic and others are ones they have added. (1-22-16)

Coeur d’Alene

Pho Thanh–2108 N. 4th St. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Probably the best choice for inexpensive Asian food. (2-10-16)

Syringa Sushi–1401 N. 4th St. (Japanese) Closed Sun, Mon, & Sat lunch.  Sushi & Japanese (tempura, etc.). (2-10-16)

Wolf Lodge Inn–11741 E. Frontage Rd. (Steakhouse) Dinner only (closed Mon).  Steaks are “raised right.”  People say this is a special experience and worth the money ($$$ price range). (2-10-16)

Driggs

Teton Thai–18 N. Main St. (Thai) Dinner daily; lunch Mon-Fri.  Green curry is good. (2-10-16)

Eagle

Grit–360 S. Eagle Rd. (American) Open daily except Sun evening.  Freshly made food.  Chicken pot pie is recommended, but it is not always available.  Hawaiian pizza and stroganoff are also recommended.  I think it also has some Basque side dishes. (1-22-16)

Schnitzel Garden–1225 E. Winding Creek Dr. (German) Open noon to 10 pm (closed Mon).  Reviewers say it is authentic European, even to serving the dishes when they are ready (and not all at the same time).  Schnitzel is pounded properly (something not always done in U.S. restaurants). (1-22-16)

Hope

Floating Restaurant–47392 Hwy 200 (American) Open Daily.  Upscale type restaurant, but mostly it’s just good American food (ham & swiss melt, buffalo burger, buffalo shepherd’s pie).  Sunday brunch is recommended. (1-29-16)

Idaho Falls

Gandolfo’s New York Deli–1685 S. Woodruff Ave. (Sandwiches) Closed Sun.  Good sub style sandwiches with a good variety. (2-10-16)

Ming’s Eatery–376 Shoup Ave. (Chinese).  Has a Chinese menu with authentic items, including dim sum.  Burmese noodle soup is popular. (2-10-16)

Jerome

Burnt Lemon Grill–306 S. Lincoln (New American) Closed Sun.  Since this is the heart of potato country, I was looking for a place that was noted for its potatoes.  Burnt Lemon Grill is known mostly for other things (especially the lemonade), but potatoes are good also (especially the tots and the sweet potato fries). (2-10-16)

China Garden–1100 S. Lincoln (Chinese).  Mostly American style Chinese food, but reviewers say the ham fried rice and lo mein are particularly noteworthy (and have a Chinese flavor). (2-10-16)

Kellogg

Casa de Oro–120 W. Cameron Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Has enchiladas suizas, Mexican style tacos, and mole.  A lot of the menu looks more American style, though.  Some reviewers say it’s one of the few places in town open on Sunday.  Note: located on the north side of I-90 (most restaurants are on the south side). (2-10-16)

Moose Creek Grill–12 Emerson Ln. (American) Dinner only (open Wed-Sun).  Pasta with mushrooms, gorgonzola chicken, fish tacos, and other dishes seem to outnumber the traditional American dishes (and they are quite popular with reviewers).  Huckleberry lemonade and huckleberry cake are recommended (really all the desserts are recommended).  Located off of Portland Ave. just east of Division St. (2-10-16)

Ketchum

A Taste of Thai–380 1st Ave. N. (Thai) Closed Sun lunch.  Authentic Thai (I suspect it’s associated with the rest. in Twin Falls).  Also in Hailey. (1-22-16)

JC’s Peruvian–200 E. 6th St. (Peruvian) Open daily (dinner only).  Highly recommended, not only for the Peruvian flavors but also for the food itself (rotisserie chicken, etc.). (1-22-16)

La Cabanita–160 W. 5th St. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  Authentic Michoacan style Mexican food with authentic sauces (such as green sauce).  Also in Bellevue, ID. (1-22-16)

Pioneer Saloon–320 Main St. (American) Open daily (dinner only).  The reviews on every web site are so good I have to include this place.  Steaks and grilled salmon are the specialty, but prices are for a casual restaurant (not a special occasion place).  Also a good place for drinks. (1-22-16)

Rickshaw–460 N. Washington Ave. (Asian Fusion).  Normally I would shy away from Asian fusion restaurants, but Yelp reviews are very convincing that this is a good place.  It seems to be more Thai than any other type of food. (1-22-16)

Lewiston

Tacos Cecy–1350 Main St. (Mexican).  Mexican food that is “as authentic as it gets.” Tacos, tortas, tamales, etc. Chorizo, shredded pork, chicken are good (and tamales are especially recommended). No red or green chile, though (does not have enchiladas or more “upscale” food). (1-22-16)

Thai Taste–1410 21st St. (Thai) Closed Mon.  People say it’s good Thai (better than expected in a small city).  Worth stopping, and not just because there aren’t a lot of other choices.  Noodle dishes are best–curries have mixed reviews. (1-22-16)

Meridian

Epi’s–1115 N. Main St. (Basque) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Don’t order from menu–get a special.  Reservations are encouraged. (1-22-16)

Siam Thai–2951 E. Overland Rd. (Thai) Open Daily.  Excellent Thai flavor, but the most notable part was the freshness and quantity of vegetables served (meaning that I not only enjoyed the meal, but I did not go away hungry). (1-22-16)

Moscow

Iron Wok–2010 S. Main St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Authentic Sichuan style food.  Dan dan noodles and mapo tofu are recommended (dan dan is very spicy). (1-29-16)

Loco Grinz–113 N. Main St. (Hawaiian).  Good Hawaiian food.  Kalua is recommended. (1-29-16)

Maialina Pizzeria–602 S. Main St. (Pizza) Open daily until 10 pm.  Reviewers say it is authentic Napoletana style pizza.  Salads are also very good. (1-29-16)

Mountain Home

Chai-yo Thai–1500 American Legion Blvd. (Thai) Open daily (open late night).  Excellent & cheap Thai from a food truck (however, the reviews are better for Shiok). (2-10-16)

German House–2375 W. 6th S. (German) Lunch only (dinner on weekends).  This is called “German House” because it really is in a lady’s house (who does all the cooking).  The food is called authentic and flavorful, but reviewers did not seem sure of the hours and some had found the restaurant closed when they went. (2-10-16)

Shiok–13654 SW Venable St. (Singapore) Closed Mon.  Fish maw soup, steamed fish, dim sum.  Singaporean & Chinese food.  Located near entrance of Air Force Base.  Reviewers say the food is “modern” and the menu offers a large choice of items. (2-10-16)

Nampa

Island Kine Grinds–3116 Garrity Blvd. (Hawaiian) Closed Sun & Mon (other days closes at 7 pm).  Authentic Hawaiian–owner is from the islands. (1-22-16)

Little Saigon–1305 2nd St. S. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Good Vietnamese food.  Has pho and vermicelli bowls. (1-22-16)

Pocatello

Elmer’s–851 S. 5th Ave. (American) Open Daily.  Open all day, but it’s most popular at breakfast.  German pancake is recommended. (2-10-16)

Taste of India and Nepal–330 N. Main St. (Indian) Closed Sun (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm). Looks as if it’s genuinely good.  Has a thali (combination) plate and a lunch buffet. (2-10-16)

Thai Kitchen–978 Hiline Rd. (Thai) Open Daily.  House special curry, red curry, and massaman curry get good ratings.  Pad see ew is also popular.  Reviewers say not everything on the menu is this good, though. (2-10-16)

Post Falls

Old European–1710 E. Schneidmiller Ave. (Danish) Breakfast and lunch only.  Danish aebelskivers for breakfast are the specialty.  Hungarian goulash for lunch is good.  Also has Swedish and German dishes.  Also in Pullman and Spokane, WA. (1-29-16)

White House Grill–712 N. Spokane St. (Greek/Turkish) Open Daily.  Upscale (kabobs & sea bass are specialties).  Turkish cigars (appetizers) are recommended by everyone. (1-29-16)

Rexburg

Cupbop Korean BBQ–124 W. Main St. (Korean) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Started as a popular food truck in Salt Lake City–now they have a branch here (although this is a regular rest.–not a food truck). (2-10-16)

Frontier Pies–460 W. 4th S. (American) Open Daily.  Home made chicken pot pie.  Blueberry and other pies.  Reviews are so mixed, though, that I put this on the list with some caution. (2-10-16)

Original Thai–10 E. Main St. (Thai).  Mostly very good reviews.  Several say it is the best or one of the best Thai rests. in Idaho.  Some say the stir fried dishes are better than the curries.  There seems to be more of a problem with the service than with the food (for those who leave bad reviews). (2-10-16)

Sagle

Stacey’s Country Kitchen–469000 Hwy. 95 (American).  Hamburgers, fried food.  Omelettes are good.  Very high ratings from a number of diners. (1-29-16)

Salmon

Junkyard Bistro–405 Main St. (American) Open Daily.  The only rest. in Salmon with really good reviews.  Serves American food along with some Thai and Italian.  Vietnamese pork sandwich is available on Wed. (and is very good). (2-10-16)

Sandpoint

Hydra Steakhouse–115 Lake St. (Steakhouse) Closed Mon lunch.  1970’s style steak house.  Patty melt, steaks, burgers, mud pie, specials (such as Alaskan salmon).  Not expensive. (1-29-16)

Joel’s–229 Church St. (Mexican) Breakfast and lunch only (closed Sun).  Breakfast burritos and fish tacos are recommended. (1-29-16)

Pie Hut–502 Church St. (American) Lunch only (closed Sun-Mon).  Pies are really good, but people like the lunch also (mostly sandwiches). (1-29-16)

Secret Thai–218 Cedar St. (Thai) Closed Sun. & Mon.  Good Thai, but people complain about the prices.  One of the highest rated rests. in Sandpoint.  Reviewers on Yelp say the curries and flavors are authentic but they did not like the vegetables used in the dishes. (1-29-16)

Thai Nigiri–209 N. 1st Ave. (Thai) Closed Wed (and closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Highest rated Thai on Yelp–reviewers say it is surprisingly delicious and authentic.  Also has sushi (this is probably the reason for the name “nigiri.” (1-29-16)

Twin Falls

A Taste of Thai–837 Poleline Rd. (Thai).  Very good Thai in a somewhat unexpected location–a few miles off of the Interstate but worth going here. (2-10-16)

Buffalo Cafe–218 4th Ave. W. (American) Breakfast & lunch only.  Reviews say this is the place to go for breakfast.  Basque sausage and homemade jam are some of the favorites. (2-10-16)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Idaho)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Idaho)

Zomato (Boise)

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