The Downtown scene in Boise Idaho is very exciting and vibrant. There are a lot of different types of people with different tastes in music, clothes and, you guessed it, food. There are a lot of places that you can go when you are downtown that are great chain restaurants that you will recognize. This is good for picky eaters that are never sure if they are going to find a place that has food that they will like. In downtown Boise, it is guaranteed that you will be able to find a restaurant that will fit your specific likes and dislikes. If you are not a picky eater but you like places that have a warm and inviting place to enjoy a meal with friends and loved ones then you are also in the right place. There are plenty of restaurants that are dedicated to providing excellent service as well as a great atmosphere where people feel welcome. There are a lot of dining locations that you will find all over downtown Boise that are either locally owned or they are locally supported by farmers and other agricultural places. This is not only great because you know that you are getting fresh, locally sourced food but you also know that you are supported local business or local farms. This is an important thing to do in Boise because there are a lot of people that are trying to make a living.
An important thing to remember is that Idaho has a thing for potatoes and when that certain crop is involved you really cannot go wrong. There are several different places that use locally grown potatoes in their menus and that is a great thing for local farms and your taste buds. The Boise Fry Company is a great local business that does not only specialize in different types of fries but in other great food and friendly service. They use organic meat to make wonderful burgers that are a great compliment to any type of fry which, by the way, they have several different kinds of. You can get them cut differently and you can even choose from different types of potatoes. The price is fair and there are a lot of great options for you to choose from. You also have a large arrangement of self-serve spices and sauces that you can add to your fries to customize them. The atmosphere is casual and inviting. There are usually rushes during normal lunch and dinner hours but there are times when you can catch them at a slow time and get the place mostly to yourself. The staff is consistently friendly though very relaxed. The atmosphere is calm even when buzzing with customers making it the ideal place to encompass the way of Boise life. This is a popular place to eat for locals and visitors alike. They do market the restaurant with t-shirts and mugs for those that visit but it is still a great place to go for a burger and some fries.
Another popular, local place is the Basque market where you can find authentic Basque food that follows the tradition of those that have moved to Boise from Spain. There is a large community that enjoys the Basque market and all are welcome to go and support the local business. The food is great with classic meals including lamb, clams and something tomato based. While the food is amazing with the feel of a home cooked meal in every bite there is also an exciting and fun atmosphere that pervades the area and is quite contagious. The colors are earthy with red and brown tones that seem to beckon you in and invite you to stay awhile. There is an intoxicating energy that makes the market more than just a place to eat. It makes for a great dining experience. The people there are friendly and you would not be surprised to leave the market with a few more friends in your contact list. There is music and warm smells that waft from the kitchen and your plate. It is a great place to go and enjoy a culture that may or may not be your own. There are a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds that frequent this area and it is a great community spot. There are often special events that take place here that are open to the public and very fun to join in. You can even rent out the conjoined center for a wedding that can then be catered to by the market.
There are other places like Fork and Bardenay or Bodovino that provide a lot of alcoholic options that are great to go to on the weekends and have a fun night out. There are a lot of people that go to these areas that create a pleasant buzz throughout the restaurants. There is nothing quite like the sounds of pleasant chatter along with the clink and clatter of dishes and glasses being eaten and drunk from. There are so many places that range in price, taste and decor that you can switch things up and keep it interesting in your dining experiences. It is usually pretty easy to find something that is appetizing as well as affordable. There are definitely places that most people reserve for special occasions but there are plenty of other places that will not break the budget. There are places that you can get sushi or other locally caught seafood in downtown Boise. There are places where you can get locally grown potatoes and beef. There are places with handmade pasta and so much more. There are also places with locally brewed and crafted beers and wines. There are whiskey bars and there are places to do wine tastings for anyone that is interested in different types of alcohol. There are a lot of places for a lot of different people and that is one of the many reasons that downtown Boise is so great and special to live in.