United Tastes of America: Idaho

It’s been a hot minute since we last shared a segment from United Tastes, which is why we’re extra excited for today’s post.  For those of you based in Idaho – or looking to visit Idaho at some point – bookmark this and consider this for your foodie bible.  We have the incredible Diana DeJesus (aka @boise_bucketlist) here with us today, and she’s going to give us the 411 on everything delicious in Boise.  So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Name:   Diana DeJesus (@boise_bucketlist)

City/State: Boise, Idaho

Where to:

1. Grab brunch with your friends: Bacon. From bacon shots to hearty omelets to eggs benedict, and outdoor patio, Bacon is a great spot for brunch with friends. Plenty of options for all to enjoy!

bacon boise

2.  Satisfy late night cravings:  Azteca Mexican GrillParked in the parking lot on the corner of 6th & Grove,  Azteca Mexican Grill food truck is where  you can satisfy your late-night cravings.  Whether it’s a long night of partying or having a taco craving, Azteca Mexican Grill food truck is where you go.

3.  Splurge $$$ on a killer meal: Barbacoa. With its opulent decor & decadent entree selection, Barbacoa is where you splurge on a killer meal.  With the Hot Rock Filet to the Cowboy Rib Eye or the Cioppino, Barbcoa’s food and cocktails will be worth every penny.

4.  Go for date night: Alavita. With its small dining area & reservation-only style, Alavita is where food, wine and company are the recipe for a great date night.  Their vast wine collection and authentic Italian food are the backdrop to your date.

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alavita boise

5.  Eat clean: Paddles Up Poke. Started in May 2017 by Dan Landucci, Paddles Up Poke offers up some healthy & delicious poke bowls, sushi rolls, and rice bowls. Now with multiple locations, Paddles Up Poke is keepin’ it raw in Idaho. Try the Boise Bucket List Bowl!

paddles up poke

6.  Enjoy coffee/tea with a friend: Flying M Coffeehouse. With its funky decor & welcoming feel, Flying M is one of my favorites to catch up with a friend.  Whether you sit outside and watch the passersby or inside on their couches, Flying M gives you the cozy coffee shop feel.

7.  Dine on a budget: Tin Roof Tacos. Tacos, drinks & chips/salsa for under $10? Sign me up! Tin Roof Tacos range from $2 to $2.50, chips/salsa only $1, and soda only $1. Tacos are filing & perfect for any budget.

tin roof tacos

8.  Find the best happy hour deals: Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar. Mai Thai has not one, but TWO happy hours.  Happy Hour is from 5pm to 6:30pm and 9pm to close. You can also enjoy two (2) cocktails for one price. Let’s not forget the tasty appetizer menu they offer.

mai thai boise

9.  Eat for the gram: Big City Coffee.  Gigantic cinnabons anyone? Big City Coffee offers its ‘gram-worthy shots for all your fans to drool over. Whether you snap its hearty breakfast offerings or its farm style dining room, Big City Coffee is where you can certainly “eat for the ‘gram.”

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big city cinnamon bun

10.  Go with a large group: Reef Boise.  Reef gives you those tiki vibes with incredible drinks and food. They also have seating ideal for a large group – even a private dining room in the back. You can also head outside & enjoy the rooftop vibes & views of downtown Boise.


1.  Burger: Fanci Freez. A Boise landmark, Fanci Freez is the local landmark you flock to for American cuisine, including its amazing burgers. Try their huckleberry burger —  so good!

fanci freez burger

2.  Pizza:  Pie Hole. Located on 8th Street in downtown Boise, it’s the spot for late-night (and anytime) munchies. From potato bacon pizza to hawaiian style to specials like hamburger helper, Pie Hole is the spot.

3.  Ice cream:  Goody’s.  With handmade ice cream and a variety of flavors, Goody’s is a landmark ice cream shop locals & visitors alike flock to.

goody's ice cream

4.  Asian food: Mai Thai Restaurant & Bar. Founded by Billy P., a Thailand native, Mai Thai balances modern with traditional Thai cuisine. From its curry to pad thai, as well as its large selection of vegetarian and vegan menu offerings, Mai Thai offers the best Asian cuisine.

5.  Drink: The Mode.  Grab a seat & enjoy the views while sipping on a craft cocktail. The Mode serves more than cocktails; it creates an atmosphere where

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6.  Steak: Chandler’s. If you are looking for juicy prime rib options with a fine dining touch, you head to Chandlers. Prime Steaks include midwest corn fed beef, northwest speciality beef, and authentic japanese wagyu.

7.  Seafood: Owyhee Tavern. Located on 10th Street in downtown Boise, the Owyhee Tavern is where you can dine on amazing seafood options. From lobster pasta to organic pacfic chinook salmon, and the hagerman trout, Owyhee Tavern has options for the seafood lover.

8.  Noodles: RamaPong. Where else can you dine on delicious ramen and play some ping pong? RamaPong serves up some delicious noodles. You can choose your broth and your type of ramen.

9.  Coffee:  Slow by Slow Coffee. As an avid coffee drinker, I consider “best coffee” one with an artisan style. Slow By Slow is a multi-roaster coffee shop with beans from around the world.

10.  All you can eat: You Tomo Sushi and Grill. With catchy sushi roll names & cozy dining atmosphere, Yoi Tomo Sushi offers patrons with all-you-can-eat sushi experience. Want to try the Fast & Furious? How about the Full Monty? My favorite is the Captain America.

Alright Nomsters, that’s it for today.  We hope you enjoyed reading all about Boise on our latest!  A huge thanks to Diana for telling us about the best eats in Idaho.  Make sure you guys follow her on instagram to stay in the know and click here to see more from our United Tastes of America series.


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