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Top Choice Area in Boise

Basque Block

Unbeknownst to many, Boise harbors one of the largest Basque populations outside Spain. European émigrés first arrived in the 1910s to work as Idaho shepherds. Elements of their distinct culture can be glimpsed al…
Top Choice Modern American in Boise

Fork

Twenty years ago, this kind of upscale green-boosted menu would have been Idaho heresy. No more. Down-home starts with cast-iron fried chicken with waffles and balsamic maple syrup. But there's also creative salads,…
Top Choice Asian in Ketchum & Sun Valley

Rickshaw

Small and crooked as an actual rickshaw, welcoming and with the vitality of a busy thoroughfare, this red-hot fusion restaurant turns out A+ versions of street food from Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and Indonesia. Tende…
Top Choice Bakery in Stanley

Stanley Baking Co

This middle-of-nowhere bakery and brunch spot, from the same couple that runs the Sawtooth Hotel, is a godsend. Operating for five months of the year out of a small log cabin, Stanley Baking Co is the only place in …
Top Choice Pub in Boise

Bar Gernika

Ongi etorri (welcome) to the Basque block's most accessible pub-tavern, with a menu that leans heavily on old-country favorites such as lamb kabob, chorizo and beef tongue (Saturdays only). Pair your meal with a 20o…
International in Boise

Bittercreek Ale House & Red Feather Lounge

These adjoining restaurants offer lively, intimate environs and lots of personality. They also serve wholesome, usually locally produced food with an emphasis on sustainable growth. The nouveau-American menu feature…
Landmark in Boise

Idaho State Capitol

The joy of US state capitol buildings is that visitors can admire some of the nation's best architecture for free. The Boise building, constructed from native sandstone, celebrates the neoclassical style in vogue wh…
American in Boise

Grape Escape

Sit alfresco and enjoy your Pinot Noir with light supper fare (bruschetta, salads and highly creative pizzas) logging the ubiquity of downtown cyclists, closet intellectuals and bright young things out for an early …
Museum in Boise

Basque Museum & Cultural Center

Sandwiched between the ethnic taverns, restaurants and bars is the Basque Museum & Cultural Center, a commendable effort to unveil the intricacies of Basque culture and how it was transposed 6000 miles west to I…
Bar in Boise

Leku Ona

Run by a Basque-born immigrant, this bar and restaurant in the heart of the downtown Basque block is always hopping. Don't miss the chance to try some delicious pintxos (Basque tapas). You can also stay at the well-…