The Dish is a downtown eatery featuring innovative American cuisine inspired by global flavours. With a warm neighbourhood feel, this restaurant serves lunch and dinner during the week plus a Saturday dinner in a comfortable environment. Creating a unique menu with ingredients found locally, diners can take delight in notable choices, such as grilled salmon with a red curry-coconut sauce served with jasmine rice, soy roasted peanuts, and cucumber salad and the quinoa burger topped with lemon-tarragon yogurt, sprouts, tomatoes, and cucumber on a focaccia bun. Many luscious desserts are also featured, including Nutella panna cotta — a must-try for anyone who loves this tasty spread.
The Dish, 205 N. 10th St., Boise, ID, USA, +1 208 344 4231
Established in 2007 by award-winning restaurateur Rex Chandler, Chandlers is an award-winning upscale dining establishment located in downtown Boise’s Hotel 43. Specialising in fine seafood, which is flown in from Hawaii and Alaska, plus prime steaks, the menu also features fresh ingredients procured from local sources. Guests can savour a host of exquisite fare created by Executive Chef Luis Flores, including steamed mussels in a white wine, green curry, and ginger sauce; the French classic seafood stew, bouillabaisse; and the juicy Kobe rib eye. With impeccable service, an extensive award-winning wine list with over 650 choices, all complemented by nightly jazz music, dining at Chandlers is a culinary experience not to be missed.
Chandlers, Hotel 43, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, ID, USA, +1 208 383 4300
BBQ4LIFE came into existence when brother-and-sister duo Brad and Sheila Taylor came together and combined their passions for BBQ and vegan cuisine. Opened in 2012, BBQ4LIFE is an eclectic joint where meat lovers can order delicious homemade cuisine, such as the Big Foot sandwich, which is pulled pork, mac’n’cheese, and BBQ sauce on thick Hawaiian bread, and succulent baby back ribs. Highlights from the vegan menu, which are prepared by a vegan cook, include the vegaloaf — tempeh, chocolate raspberry sauce, vegan potato salad grilled on Hawaiian bread — plus a host of side dishes.
BBQ4LIFE, 1115 N. Curtis Rd., Boise, ID, USA, +1 208 906 4960
Located in the heart of downtown, Alavita serves Italian cuisine for lunch during the weekdays plus dinner Monday through Saturday in a lively and welcoming environment featuring an open kitchen. Specialising in fresh pasta made daily, this eatery uses the best locally and regionally sourced ingredients available. Discerning diners can feast upon delectable meals, such as squid ink linguini with a variety of seafood and green olives in a spicy arrabiatta sauce; porcini tagliatelle with local mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, chives, and parmesan; and broiled halibut topped with gremolata accompanied by asparagus and orzo. Offering vegetarian as well as gluten-free options and a variety of wines plus handcrafted cocktails, Alavita ensures that a wide range of tastes will be satisfied.
Alavita, 807 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID, USA, +1 208 780 1100
Open Monday through Friday only, Bleubird is an eatery specialising in mouth-watering house-made sandwiches, sodas — try the innovative pomegranate sage — and sweet treats, including cookies and brownies. Wanting to offer a variety of edibles made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients available, husband-and-wife team Dave Kelly and Sarah Kornfield opened this downtown sandwich shop in 2012. The seasonal menu includes tasty options, such as the grilled cheese with gruyere, brie, cheddar, caramelised onions, fig preserves, and Dijon aioli and the pastrami Reuben with gruyere, purple cabbage slaw, and Russian relish. Satisfying many palates, the menu also features vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Bleubird, 224 N. 10th St., Boise, ID, USA, +1 208 345 1055
Established in October 2013 by Jay Henry and Remi McManus, State & Lemp is a newer addition to Boise’s culinary scene that specialises in contemporary American cuisine. The team builds relationships with local and regional purveyors ensuring that only the highest quality ingredients go into the dishes featured on the seasonal prix fixe menu, which have included tempting options, such as black cod with tomatillo, ground cherry, corn, navy bean, and chanterelle and crepes with coconut cardamom pastry cream, honeydew melon, and granola. Serving dinner Wednesday through Sunday in a modern and intimate atmosphere, guests can also pair their meals with wines chosen specifically to complement each dish.
State & Lemp, 2870 W. State St., Boise, ID, USA, +1 208 429 6735