Local residents and tourists alike have many delicious options when it comes to late breakfast and brunch in Boise. From elegant restaurants and all-American diners to delightful bakeries, brunch aficionados will surely find something to whet their appetite. Encompassing all the best bits of brunch, from innovative takes on eggs benedict to sweet treats, here is an updated look at some of the top brunch offerings in Boise,Idaho.
13th Street Pub and Grill is a restaurant featuring refined pub fare. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, this grill also hosts a delicious weekend brunch serving up an array of sweet and savoury dishes that will impress any brunch aficionado. Notable choices diners can savour include the steak benedict with poached eggs and rosemary hollandaise sauce; the green cat, which is roasted red potatoes, tofu, and seasonal vegetables tossed in Indian curry seasoning; and vanilla French toast stuffed with a raspberry-lemon cream. With beautiful seating arrangements that include a spacious year-round patio with a fireplace, this restaurant is a great place to start a relaxing weekend.
Situated in an old warehouse on the historic Basque block in downtown, Bardenay, is the nation’s first restaurant distillery. In a comfortable yet slightly industrial environment, this dining establishment features flavourful Northwest cuisine and handcrafted libations, many of which are made with liquors created on-site — try the breakfast martini made with Bardenay’s vodka and orange marmalade. While they serve lunch and dinner daily, Sunday morning and afternoon is reserved for brunch, which features a host of options to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. One item that is sure to appeal to breakfast foodies is the Basque scramble with eggs, chorizo, pimento, scallions and Cotija cheese served with bread.
Established in 2001, Big City Coffee is a well-loved local café specialising in delicious coffee and home-style American fare. Situated in the Linen District downtown, this popular eatery is a great place to mingle with family and friends whilst filling up on breakfast (which is served all day), lunch, and an assortment of mouth-watering baked goods. In a warm and inviting environment, diners can delight in hearty meals, such as the tamale breakfast, which consists of a beef tamale topped with cheese, salsa, and sour cream served with steamed eggs and potatoes. For those looking for something sweet, there are muffins — try the spicy pumpkin chai — massive cinnamon rolls, cookies plus many others treats that will delight many foodies.
Founded in 2008 in Boise, The Egg Factory is a family-owned and operated dining establishment specialising in American breakfast and lunch dishes. A popular spot for anyone craving made-from-scratch food made with the best and freshest ingredients possible, this restaurant has two locations within Boise plus one in nearby Nampa. The menu features a wide range of edibles from sweet to savoury selections, and includes highlights such as oatmeal cookie pancakes with raisins and pecans, and the Philly benedict with steak, mushrooms, bell peppers, and onion on a croissant topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Open every day, breakfast lovers can get their fix any day of the week.
Founded in 1999 in the Old Boise Historic District in downtown, Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro serves up American cuisine to hungry diners seven days week. Featured in Bon Appétit magazine for having ‘One of America’s Top Ten Breakfasts,’ this cosy eatery is known for making morning dining into a delicious experience; indeed, year after year they are voted as having the best breakfast in Boise. Sourcing ingredients locally when possible, guests can build their own meal choosing a variety of items or they can order regular dishes, which include five types of eggs benedict, from the menu. Popular choices to note include the spicy chicken benedict with bacon and chicken topped with spicy hollandaise sauce, and French toast stuffed with bananas, walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter.
High Note Café is a fun eatery featuring tasty New American cuisine imbued with international flavours, as well as adult beverages and live music. Open seven days a week for brunch, lunch, and dinner, late-risers can rejoice as the brunch menu is served all day long. Using the best ingredients available, everything on the menu is made-from-scratch, including salad dressings and ketchup. One delicious breakfast item to note is the breakfast sandwich with ham or bacon, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and rosemary-black pepper aioli, while those diners craving lunch can try the bacon jalapeño melt with cheddar, thick-cut bacon, and pickled jalapeños. Appealing to a wide range of tastes, High Note also has a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.
A signature breakfast at Java Coffee & Café | Courtesy Java Coffee & Café
Owned by head patissière Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas, Janjou Pâtisserie is a lovely bakery and café specialising in artisan-baked goods, both sweet and savoury. Established in 2008 with a brick-and-mortar shop following in 2012, this eatery uses the finest ingredients available, including all-natural butter and hormone and antibiotic-free eggs. Brunch enthusiasts will love the selection of treats from croissants to quiche, with highlights being the pain au chocolat, the ham and cheese croissant, and the spinach quiche with pate brisse, organic spinach, cream cheese, Parmigiano-reggiano, plus royal cream. Do not leave without buying some tantalising desserts, including classic éclairs or mixed berry tarts.
Serving breakfast all day, brunch aficionados can satisfy their craving anytime at one of two locations of Java Coffee and Café. A small Idahoan chain, with a branch in Connecticut, this warm and friendly café features delicious baked goods from muffins to scones to cookies, tasty breakfast and lunch items, and of course, espresso drinks — try the Keith Richards, which is Mexican hot chocolate with four shots of espresso. Everything is made-from-scratch using the best quality ingredients available and includes highlights such as confetti eggs, or steamed scrambled eggs with jack cheese, green onions, tomato, house salsa, and flour tortillas. Vegetarians have a great selection of edibles as well at this friendly eatery.
A staple on Boise’s culinary scene since 1955, Moon’s Kitchen is a welcoming diner featuring home-style American cuisine, currently owned by Gary and Shelly Torrey. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, the hearty fare is made-from-scratch, including the jams, using the best local ingredients available. Diners can feast upon a host of savoury and sweet items, from egg dishes to pancakes, all within a retro-styled interior. Tasty choices include brioche stuffed with lemon cream and topped with raspberry compote served with bacon and the hobo beni, which is a biscuit topped with sausage patties and eggs all smothered with sausage gravy. A restaurant that will satisfy many tastes, vegetarian options are available plus espresso drinks and creamy milkshakes.
Established in 2002 in downtown, Red Feather Lounge features innovative American cuisine in a swanky yet laid-back environment. Keeping the sustainable movement firmly in mind, this restaurant seeks out the best ingredients available from local purveyors to use in their flavourful dishes. Serving lunch and dinner, they also offer a weekend brunch that has been voted as the ‘Best Local Brunch’ by readers of Boise Weekly. Mouth-watering options that will tantalise the taste buds of many foodies include the classic eggs benedict with a house-made crumpet, smoked ham, and poached eggs topped with hollandaise and creamy polenta with baby spinach, summer squash, zucchini, and poached eggs.