The third largest city in the state of Idaho, Meridian is fast establishing itself as a social and cultural center within the state. Although not immediately recognized as a culinary hotspot, Meridian does boast a number of unique, local restaurants. We list the must-trys while you’re in Meridian.
A recent addition to the Meridian dining scene, Gramercy Park Pizza and Grill is the place to head for unique comfort food in a quirky, atmospheric environment. The interior is a throwback to the old-fashioned days of warm wood bars, decadent chandeliers and sultry, dark red walls, with the added twist of industrial pipes running along the ceiling. The menu is filled with creative interpretations of American classics, such as the veggi wings, crispy cauliflower tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce and served with blue cheese dressing, or the mac & cheese sammich featuring home made mac n’ cheese served between grilled slices of potato bread.
An old-school burger joint, Hungry Onion Burger is remarkable for its simplicity. Eschewing the trendy obsession with fancy, gourmet burgers, this small town drive-in scales back the menu to focus on what makes an unforgettable burger: a juicy patty and crisp salad encased in a fresh bun, with optional cheese and crispy bacon. All ingredients are freshly prepared, leading to a uniquely delicious burger minus the fuss and trimmings, while sides such as the onion rings are handmade from scratch. Although there is limited seating, with some benches provided outside, the drive-in experience is charmingly old-fashioned, with retro light-up signs and a 1950s-style striped awning.
Hungry Onion Burger, 334 N Main St, Meridian, Idaho, USA, +1 208-888-0051