Good food can be found when we eat out. For many of us, eating out is a delight. We have no cooking to do, someone waits on us, and there are no dishes to do when the meal is done. As long as the food was tasty and the service was good, dining out is a special treat. Do you enjoy eating out?
THE HIGH END
Good food, from cheap to expensive, can be found throughout Idaho. In many towns in the state, the ambiance of restaurants serving the more costly fare is similar to those in similar towns in other states.
For example, I have had the good fortune to dine twice at the top-rated restaurant
Beverly’s at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
The food is superb, the ambiance is exquisite, the service is top notch, and the view of Lake Coeur d’Alene is special. Like many high-end restaurants in Idaho, the chefs use local and Northwest products in their preparations. The resort is an award winner, and so is Beverly’s. The AAA Tourbook rates the Coeur d'Alene Resort and Beverly's at Four Diamonds! Do you have a favorite up-scale restaurant in Idaho?
Some mid-range and low-end eateries in Idaho, on the other hand, can be interesting places to eat. Some have historical backgrounds and some have unique themes. Some have a cultural background. Basque, for example. The Basques originally came to Idaho as sheepherders from their home in the Pyrenees, the mountain range straddling France and Spain. Over 15,000 Basques now call Idaho home, and a large number of them live in the greater Boise area. I love Basque food!
Bar Gernika, the Basque pub and eatery in Boise is a favorite mid-range restaurant. I love the lamb stew and the paella at Bar Gernika and, one of these days, I will try their beef tongue with tangy Basque pepper sauce. This specialty is served only on Saturdays from 11:30am until it's gone (usually by 1pm!). Located at 202 So. Capitol Blvd., just around the corner from the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in what is known as the Basque Block.
From time to time, I eat out in a mid-priced chain restaurant. The food is not always perfect, but the price is right. I have tried Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Applebee's, among others. How about you? Do you have a favorite mid-range eatery in Idaho?
On the inexpensive, low-end side, a good burger fills the bill. I must eat a lot of them because I have quite a list of favorites. They are:
- Wheeler‘s Handout, Nampa, Idaho. Order the rectangular-shaped “Long and Juicy“ with special sauce
- Hudson’s Hamburgers, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. A good burger hand-formed with freshly ground beef
- Good Times - Burgers & Frozen Custard, Boise, Idaho. Similar to the In 'N Out Burger chain, Good Times serves up good portions at a good price. Popular with the locals
- Westside Drive-In, Boise, Idaho. This legendary favorite has great burgers, onion rings and shakes, but Chef Lou also serves drive-thru prime rib, pasta, and a potato-like ice cream treat to behold!
- Rupe‘s Burgers, Blackfoot, Idaho. Great sit-down atmosphere inside, or have a carhop bring a double burger and fries to your car
- Lazy D'S Restaurant, Shelley, Idaho. Tasty burgers and french fries, plus other food they're happy to make just like you want it
- Grumpy's, Ketchum, Idaho. This sports bar serves up a pretty darn-good burger and giant mugs of ice-cold beer. Don't be shocked by the sign outside that says, "Sorry, We're Open", or the welcome mat that says, "Go Away". It's only in fun!
I admit that I stop by a McDonald's or a Burger King once in awhile, and I also have something of an addiction to Taco Bell and their hot sauce. Do you have a favored Idaho burger or other convenience fast food?
THE “HIGH-CALORIE” END
“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream“, is a phrase we all learned as kids. If you are in Victor, Idaho and you feel a scream coming on, head for Victor Emporium’s Old Fashion Soda Fountain Shop on North Main. The soda fountain has been around for 57 years and is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Enjoy a float, a sundae, a malted milk or the world famous huckleberry milk shake. This, too, is good food! Do you have a preferred Idaho ice cream shop?
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What Other Visitors Have Said
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TALL PINE DRIVE-IN
The Tall Pine Drive-In is in Pinehurst, Idaho, a small town. The Tall Pine burger is wonderful and I've not been able to find fries like theirs anywhere …
FIVE 11 MAIN
Five 11 Main Fountain & Pizzeria in Ashton recently opened in the old City Drug store. The place has been completely remodeled, a great place to eat and …
THE DUTCH GOOSE, BOISE, IDAHO
The best burger in Boise is at the Dutch Goose. A "must" is the double bacon cheeseburger. No others compare. The other burgers are good, but the double …
MURPHY'S SEAFOOD AND STEAK
Great service and food. A bit expensive, but definitely worth it. I had the pork chops and had to ask for a people bag. I would rate Murphy's at Four Stars. …
BIG CITY COFFEE
You'll like this place....
They make the best mocha! You can have your choice of 3 kinds: Dutch, Mexican or Cuban.
Great scones & muffins....huge …
ST. ANTHONY, IDAHO
You get good food at Chiz's! This is one of my favorite restaurants in Eastern Idaho!
They offer those traditional "comfort" foods that we all love, …
There is good food at Big Jud's in Archer, and plenty of it!
Big Jud's is a favorite stop for college kids and families alike. This restaurant is hidden …
Odd Fellows Bakery Not rated yet
Odd Fellows Bakery in Salmon,Idaho has some of the best food I have ever had and, by far, the best I have had in Salmon. Their ham and swiss done under …
THE PIE HOLE - POCATELLO, IDAHO Not rated yet
New York style pizza, in Idaho! The best around and the price is right too!!! Sure, you can do Poppa John's, Pizza Hut or even Domino's. They don't compare. …
TALL PINE DRIVE-IN
PINEHURST, IDAHO Not rated yet
I love this place! The food is not what you would expect from a little drive-in. The food is fresh and homemade. The burgers are great and the fry dip …
THE BUFFALO CAFE
TWIN FALLS, IDAHO Not rated yet
The Buffalo Cafe in Twin Falls, Idaho, has the best breakfasts in Idaho...or anywhere else!
218 4th Ave W
Twin Falls, Idaho
HAWG'S GRILL - MOSCOW, IDAHO Not rated yet
Hawg's Grill has the best BBQ pulled pork and beef served on a large roll. You'll find Hawg's in a coverted school bus in the parking lot of the Royal …
A DOUBLE SUBMISSION! Not rated yet
We were just in Driggs, Idaho on vacation - and the one place we all agreed was the best place we ate - was the NORTH END in Tetonia, Idaho, about 7 …
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