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Ivan's Guide to Boise

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Ivan's Guide to Boise

Neighborhoods
This is Boise at it's finest. This is where you will find all the cute little houses that are older and different. It's changing a bit as property prices increase but it has always been the more artsy-bohemian part of town. Take a walk down the 'old money' feel of Harrison Boulevard (especially in fall), get some food or sweets in Hyde Park, or go hike up Camel's Back Hill for some great Boise views. Even just walking the streets and seeing the tight knit community is enjoyable!
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North End
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This is Boise at it's finest. This is where you will find all the cute little houses that are older and different. It's changing a bit as property prices increase but it has always been the more artsy-bohemian part of town. Take a walk down the 'old money' feel of Harrison Boulevard (especially in fall), get some food or sweets in Hyde Park, or go hike up Camel's Back Hill for some great Boise views. Even just walking the streets and seeing the tight knit community is enjoyable!
This little community is like a newer version of the North End's Hyde Park. It is super close to Chateau Ivan so you can walk, ride, or drive on down! You'll find lots of food, yoga, sweets, and a little local library.
South Bown Way
This little community is like a newer version of the North End's Hyde Park. It is super close to Chateau Ivan so you can walk, ride, or drive on down! You'll find lots of food, yoga, sweets, and a little local library.
Warm Springs is another stretch of historic Boise Real Estate. Basically an arm of the North End, Warm Springs Avenue is a picturesque walk with mature trees, giant historic homes, and some Boise treats like the Botanical Gardens, Old Penitentiary, and the trail up to Table Rock, at the far end.
Warm Springs
Warm Springs is another stretch of historic Boise Real Estate. Basically an arm of the North End, Warm Springs Avenue is a picturesque walk with mature trees, giant historic homes, and some Boise treats like the Botanical Gardens, Old Penitentiary, and the trail up to Table Rock, at the far end.
There is so much to explore in the up and coming downtown area! 8th Street is a great place to stroll with lots of shops and restaurants, 6th and Main is the center of the nightlife area (but don't just stay there), and BoDo is a classic with a theater and local ice cream. I also have a few videos covering the shops on my YouTube channel if you want to get an overview as well. (search Ivan the Intrepid)
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Downtown
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There is so much to explore in the up and coming downtown area! 8th Street is a great place to stroll with lots of shops and restaurants, 6th and Main is the center of the nightlife area (but don't just stay there), and BoDo is a classic with a theater and local ice cream. I also have a few videos covering the shops on my YouTube channel if you want to get an overview as well. (search Ivan the Intrepid)
American Food
Cool drive through with a ton of options. Was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives because of their famous prime rib! This isn't the original location but it's the closest. And it also has an ICE CREAM POTATO! Check it out.
Westside Drive In
1113 E Parkcenter Blvd
Cool drive through with a ton of options. Was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives because of their famous prime rib! This isn't the original location but it's the closest. And it also has an ICE CREAM POTATO! Check it out.
This is one of my favorite standard affairs. The owners are local and eco-conscious (think zero packaging and compost worms in the basement for your scraps), they have lots of brews with a fun lounge next door, and the food is delicious at a great price.
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Bittercreek Alehouse
246 North 8th Street
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This is one of my favorite standard affairs. The owners are local and eco-conscious (think zero packaging and compost worms in the basement for your scraps), they have lots of brews with a fun lounge next door, and the food is delicious at a great price.
I have to mention this place. It is pricey for the portion sizes and I'm not sure I agree with all of their fry dipping sauces (blueberry ketchup) but the types of potatoes, types of fries and dipping sauces provide endless customizability. The buffalo burger is good and I hear the veggie burger is as well. There is one near the house and one downtown!
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Boise Fry Company
3083 South Bown Way
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I have to mention this place. It is pricey for the portion sizes and I'm not sure I agree with all of their fry dipping sauces (blueberry ketchup) but the types of potatoes, types of fries and dipping sauces provide endless customizability. The buffalo burger is good and I hear the veggie burger is as well. There is one near the house and one downtown!
One of Boise's most touted restaurants. They offer creative, farm-to-table American dishes in the heart of downtown.
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Fork
199 North 8th Street
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One of Boise's most touted restaurants. They offer creative, farm-to-table American dishes in the heart of downtown.
Ethnic Food
Go for the $10 lunch buffet!
Bombay Grill
928 West Main Street
Go for the $10 lunch buffet!
Unassuming hidden gem. Great Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food at good prices. Open late!
Palm Restaurant
201 W Boise Ave
Unassuming hidden gem. Great Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food at good prices. Open late!
This place is a great introduction to Ethiopian food. It's a bit far but worth it.
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Kibrom's Ethiopean & Eritrean Food
3506 W State St
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This place is a great introduction to Ethiopian food. It's a bit far but worth it.
Indian and Nepalese delights in a strip mall!
Mount Everest Momo Cafe
2144 Broadway Ave
Indian and Nepalese delights in a strip mall!
This is a crowd favorite in Meridian that is new to East Boise.
Thai Basil
590 E Boise Ave
This is a crowd favorite in Meridian that is new to East Boise.
This place has been around awhile. I have no idea if it is authentic but they have delicious food at good prices and great quantities.
K-Fusion Korean BBQ & Grill
1716 South Broadway Avenue
This place has been around awhile. I have no idea if it is authentic but they have delicious food at good prices and great quantities.
Small chain serving delicious and cheap Mediterranean cuisine. Close by the house!
Mazzah Mediterranean Grill
404 E Parkcenter Blvd
Small chain serving delicious and cheap Mediterranean cuisine. Close by the house!
I had to include this! It is located right on the cultural/historical Basque Block in downtown Boise. You get a little history lesson at the same time.
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The Basque Market
608 West Grove Street
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I had to include this! It is located right on the cultural/historical Basque Block in downtown Boise. You get a little history lesson at the same time.
Mexican (Let's Taco-bout it)
Good old Mexican food not far from the Chateau.
La Tapatia
401 W Parkcenter Blvd
Good old Mexican food not far from the Chateau.
This place has 1.50 tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays and $2 Tecates errryday. This is in beautiful Hyde Park and gets BUSY. Are they the best tacos ever? No. But the vibe and price are right so go for the experience and the salsas. They do some fun fusion burritos too.
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Parrilla Grill
1512 North 13th Street
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This place has 1.50 tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays and $2 Tecates errryday. This is in beautiful Hyde Park and gets BUSY. Are they the best tacos ever? No. But the vibe and price are right so go for the experience and the salsas. They do some fun fusion burritos too.
Cheap, giant burritos that are especially good after a night out. This place is greasy and open 24 hours.
Los Betos Mexican Food
6615 W Fairview Ave
Cheap, giant burritos that are especially good after a night out. This place is greasy and open 24 hours.
This is a new and popular place downtown! They've got some funky creations that are beautiful... but I'll be honest I think the flavor is lacking despite the amazing ideas. However, I have to put it in here because while 40% of my friends agree with me, the other 60% are Funky fanatics! You decide.
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The Funky Taco
801 W Bannock St
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This is a new and popular place downtown! They've got some funky creations that are beautiful... but I'll be honest I think the flavor is lacking despite the amazing ideas. However, I have to put it in here because while 40% of my friends agree with me, the other 60% are Funky fanatics! You decide.
Okay so this place isn't Mexican but it's latin so I feel like it falls under that umbrella. If the incredible owner is there you can speak Spanish with him. This is also not in a part of town you would probably make a point to visit. But it is worth a detour to try some amazing empanadas that are only about $2.50 each. They've got numerous savory ones and a bunch of dessert ones. Usually two fills me up (but I still make room for a dessert ;).
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Tango's Empanadas - Boise
701 North Orchard Street
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Okay so this place isn't Mexican but it's latin so I feel like it falls under that umbrella. If the incredible owner is there you can speak Spanish with him. This is also not in a part of town you would probably make a point to visit. But it is worth a detour to try some amazing empanadas that are only about $2.50 each. They've got numerous savory ones and a bunch of dessert ones. Usually two fills me up (but I still make room for a dessert ;).
Delicious and fun tacos at a good price. Definitely worth a stop.
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Tin Roof Tacos
115 S Broadway Ave
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Delicious and fun tacos at a good price. Definitely worth a stop.
Okay so this is another controversial place like Funky Tacos. I loved it and found their fun takes on some pretty traditional dishes amazing. But I also have friends who hate it. Maybe it's the chef? You decide.
Calle 75 Street Tacos
110 N 11th St
Okay so this is another controversial place like Funky Tacos. I loved it and found their fun takes on some pretty traditional dishes amazing. But I also have friends who hate it. Maybe it's the chef? You decide.
Pizza Pizza
There are multiple locations but this is the closest to the house. Head downtown if you want a more upscale vibe with some pretty views of 8th Street. Delicious appetizers, traditional flatbread style pizzas, and they even have some certified pies with all of their ingredients imported from Italy. Ciao bella!
Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria
3139 S Bown Way
There are multiple locations but this is the closest to the house. Head downtown if you want a more upscale vibe with some pretty views of 8th Street. Delicious appetizers, traditional flatbread style pizzas, and they even have some certified pies with all of their ingredients imported from Italy. Ciao bella!
When I ask friends what their favorite pizza place is, I would say 60-70% of people say 'Idaho Pizza Company'. Check to see if they still do their lunch buffet for about $8. Otherwise you can grab a whole pie! It can be a bit pricey but is definitely some good stuff.
Idaho Pizza Company
1677 S Broadway Ave
When I ask friends what their favorite pizza place is, I would say 60-70% of people say 'Idaho Pizza Company'. Check to see if they still do their lunch buffet for about $8. Otherwise you can grab a whole pie! It can be a bit pricey but is definitely some good stuff.
I don't feel like this place gets recommended enough. They serve quality pizza and aren't too far from the Chateau!
Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill | Boise Pizza Restaurant
415 East Parkcenter Boulevard
I don't feel like this place gets recommended enough. They serve quality pizza and aren't too far from the Chateau!
Okay so I decided I'd be a fool not to add this place. Think classic 'drunk food' or late night pizza slices in college. This is the closest location across from BSU stadium but if you are downtown they also have you covered right on 8th street. Big slices reheated at your request. Try the potato bacon because... Idaho.
Pie Hole
1016 Broadway Ave
Okay so I decided I'd be a fool not to add this place. Think classic 'drunk food' or late night pizza slices in college. This is the closest location across from BSU stadium but if you are downtown they also have you covered right on 8th street. Big slices reheated at your request. Try the potato bacon because... Idaho.
I get it. You paid for the Chateau so you want to enjoy it. Grab a pie from Papa Murphy's right down the street and heat it up right at home to be enjoyed under the patio area. Just make sure you know how to light the oven (check the guide book), DON'T cook the pizza on the flat-solid rack (only the slotted rack... or you'll lose your pizza and possibly start a fire), and of course don't forget to turn the gas off afterwards. :)
Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza
2412 S Apple St
I get it. You paid for the Chateau so you want to enjoy it. Grab a pie from Papa Murphy's right down the street and heat it up right at home to be enjoyed under the patio area. Just make sure you know how to light the oven (check the guide book), DON'T cook the pizza on the flat-solid rack (only the slotted rack... or you'll lose your pizza and possibly start a fire), and of course don't forget to turn the gas off afterwards. :)
Breakfast Spots
If you want huge portion sizes of delicious (and even some healthy) breakfast goods, then this is the spot. A popular cafe with a small area, they've got oversized pastries to take on the road with you. Just make sure you get there early!
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Big City Coffee and Cafe
1416 West Grove Street
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If you want huge portion sizes of delicious (and even some healthy) breakfast goods, then this is the spot. A popular cafe with a small area, they've got oversized pastries to take on the road with you. Just make sure you get there early!
This is THE breakfast spot in downtown Boise. Delicious food but with loooong wait times if you go during popular hours. Definitely a Boise icon.
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Goldy's Breakfast Bistro
108 South Capitol Boulevard
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This is THE breakfast spot in downtown Boise. Delicious food but with loooong wait times if you go during popular hours. Definitely a Boise icon.
You can fight the frenzy at one of the downtown hot spots or fight a slightly smaller local neighborhood crowd. This is just down the street from the Chateau and is a delicious locally owned option.
Egg Mann and Earl
650 E Boise Ave
You can fight the frenzy at one of the downtown hot spots or fight a slightly smaller local neighborhood crowd. This is just down the street from the Chateau and is a delicious locally owned option.
Sushi
I'll be honest I've never been. But my good buddy has been to all of the all-you-can-eat lunch buffets (#America) and this one is in his top two!
Shogun Sushi
3640 S Findley Ave
I'll be honest I've never been. But my good buddy has been to all of the all-you-can-eat lunch buffets (#America) and this one is in his top two!
Listen I'm not a sushi snob. And if you are, then you'll probably be like many of the Californians who are moving to Boise and complain about the sushi here. I've eaten sushi in a lot of places (Japan included) and I still love the rolls at this place. If you just enjoy sushi in general and even more, all you can eat lunch deals, then this is a great spot right in BoDo!
Yoi Tomo Sushi and Grill
405 South Capitol Boulevard
Listen I'm not a sushi snob. And if you are, then you'll probably be like many of the Californians who are moving to Boise and complain about the sushi here. I've eaten sushi in a lot of places (Japan included) and I still love the rolls at this place. If you just enjoy sushi in general and even more, all you can eat lunch deals, then this is a great spot right in BoDo!