Found in the historic downtown area of Idaho Falls, the independently-owned Villa Coffeehouse offers great coffee and food in a fantastic environment. The wood-floored, cosy venue is lined with books and art, with an old-fashioned fireplace to complete the domestic atmosphere. And with comfortable couches to sit on, customers can pick a book from a small library and just let the world pass by. For those who come to experience the full menu though, the food ranges from Denver quiche and pumpkin butternut soup to apple crumb pie and particularly colourful cheesecake.
The small Snow Eagle microbrewery has a great assortment of dishes for all tastes, from grilled steak, (cooked to perfection) to wood-fired pizza and sushi; but it’s the beers that really bring the crowds. Customers have the option to try two house-crafted brews before they settle on their drink for the night, and whether they’re looking for German lagers or Mangy Wolf blond ales, they’re bound to be satisfied. Staff are attentive and offer helpful suggestions without being pushy, which, along with large food portions and a great location near the falls, make Snow Eagle worth the visit.
More upscale and ritzy than many of the restaurants in Idaho Falls, Chef Shane’s Perspective is also a little out of the way and buried in a strip mall, but don’t let that put you off. It is definitely worth seeking out for a special treat. Every meal starts with European-style crusty bread with sweet herb oil, before moving on to delicious and well-presented dishes such as flatbread with chorizo-Romesco sauce (a nut and red pepper-based sauce that originated from Tarragona in Catalonia) and goat’s cheese and sweet potato gnocchi with mushrooms and spinach.