We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Idaho's Most Haunted Restaurant
Spooky stories abound at this restaurant/hotel in Spirit Lake. Whether dining in or grabbing a room for some shut-eye, you're sure to have a paranormal incident or two at this historic saloon!
Address: White Horse Saloon - 6248 W Maine St, Spirit Lake, ID 83869
Idaho's Best Beachfront Restaurant
Truth be told, it's just about impossible to find a bad spot in Sandpoint. But for Idahoans who crave waterfront views, a private sandy beach, and amazing food and drinks, Trinity at City Beach is hard to beat. Of course, even when the weather turns cold, the picturesque views don't stop!
Address: Trinity at City Beach - 58 Bridge St. Sandpoint, ID 83864
The Best Grilled Cheese in Idaho
Wings, BBQ, poutine... no matter your culinary craving, guaranteed Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese in CdA has a sandwich to satisfy it, along with your need for cheese.
Address: Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese - 1735 W Kathleen Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Best Local Wine Bar
Self-serve wine is a dream come true for many. This hidden gem in Wallace combines the magic of a wine machine with the deliciousness of rustic-chic eats in a totally charming setting.
Address: The Fainting Goat - 516 Bank St, Wallace, ID 83873
The Airport Runway Restaurant
For a truly unique dining experience, Warbirds Cafe offers stunning views of something you wouldn't expect: dozens of small Teton Aviation planes taking off and landing just a few yards from your table. Add in the opportunity to take your delicious meal up to the clouds, and you have one spectacular hidden gem!
Address: Warbirds Cafe - 675 Airport Road, Driggs, ID 83422
The Oldest Restaurant In Idaho
Idaho's oldest restaurant has quite the history. Established in 1880, this local favorite has lasted more than a century for good reason: a rustic, neighborhood vibe, delicious homemade eats, and one particularly famous dish that will test your culinary limits.
Address: The Snake Pit - 1480 Coeur D'Alene River Rd, Kingston, ID 83839
The Pizza So Hot You Have to Sign a Waiver to Try It
Flying Pie Pizzeria/Facebook
Heat-seekers, rejoice. Idaho is home to one of the hottest mainstream dishes you can get your hands on, but it only comes around once a year. Are you brave enough to try the Triple Habanero in 2017?
Address: Flying Pie -1326 S Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83706 (multiple locations)
Idaho's One and Only Bustaurant
We all know that food trucks are often the hidden meccas of foodie culture, but sadly tend to go out of season when winter hits. Not the case with Auggies! Here, you get all the deliciousness of fresh, creative truck fare with the perks of in-house dining because the bus is also a 80s-themed diner. How awesome is that?
Address: Auggies Drivin Diner - 62 Highway 2. Oldtown, Idaho
The Best Steak in Idaho
With a long reputation for plate-sized, perfectly cooked steaks that will rock your meat-loving world and a cult following that brings people from all over the country, the Wolf Lodge is ready to make your carnivore dreams come true even outside of summer grilling season.
Address: Wolf Lodge - 11741 E Frontage Rd. Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
The Historic Train Car Restaurant
For yet another unique dining locale, how about a vintage train car? Serving up delicious Mexican fare on the outskirts of Sun Valley, this special train restaurant is a can't-miss for rail-lovers everywhere.
Address: La Parrilla - 280 6th St W, Ketchum, ID 83340
One Of America's Top 100 Restaurants
It isn't often that local Idaho restaurants top national lists, but one elegant gem off of State St. in Boise has been quietly making a name for itself on America's Top 100 list for two years running, competing with the likes of celebrity chef restaurants in New York, LA, and Miami.
Address: State & Lemp - 2870 W State St, Boise, ID 83702
The Quirkiest Restaurant in Idaho
It seems no matter where you turn in Wallace, you'll find something unique, retro, and totally eclectic. The Red Light Garage--home of one of the best huckleberry shakes in the state--is also a one-of-a-kind neighborhood treasure that is quite literally brimming with culture, antiques, and collectibles. So much so, that it dangles from the ceiling as well!
Address: Red Light Garage - 302 5th St, Wallace, ID 83873
The Restaurant at the Edge of the World
Dine at the edge of the state's most beloved river canyon and drink in views of the Magic Valley, Twin Falls' treasured waterfalls all up and down the canyon wall, and the man-made beauty of the Perrine Bridge.
Address: Elevation 486 - 195 River Vista Pl, Twin Falls, ID 83301
The Best Pizza in Idaho
Culture-wide, pizza is all about preferences. Some like it hot, some like it crispy with just a hint of charred edge to add some flavor, while still others want their Italian pies so smothered in cheese that it literally drips. Fire Artisan has earned a national reputation for making pizza so straight-up amazing that you'll love it no matter your usual style.
Address: Fire Artisan - 517 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Best Neighborhood Restaurant - Boise
Pub food, homestyle classics, and creative, modern dishes alike all get a neighborhood flair at this local eatery. There's something truly incredible about the atmosphere here that takes the already on-point cuisine up a notch and keeps you coming back for more.
Address: Saint Lawrence Gridiron - 705 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702
The Best BBQ in Idaho
BBQ season never truly ends for those who love the mouth-watering combination of slow roasted meat, charred edges, and saucy deliciousness. Big Hole BBQ in the Teton Valley has made a name for itself with fresh rolls, multiple sauce options, drool-worthy mac and cheese, and roottop dining to boot. Does it get any better?
Address: Big Hole BBQ - 22 W Center St, Victor, ID 83455
Idaho's Best Floating Restaurant
Tucked away on the Hope Marina and away from the hustle and bustle of its larger city counterparts, the Floating Restaurant in Hope offers truly incredible views while you dine on the water. A sunset glistening over the serene waters will keep you coming back time after time.
Address: The Floating Restaurant - 47392 ID-200, Hope, ID 83836
The Best Finger Steaks in Idaho
The Dutch Goose/Facebook
Finger steaks are an Idaho cult favorite, and nearly every restaurant across the state has some version of them. While it was darn near impossible to pick a favorite, the Dutch Goose won our hearts over. But fyi, they have some delicious eats there even outside of our favorite side dish!
Address: The Dutch Goose - 3515 W State St. Boise, Idaho (multiple locations)
The Best Burger in Idaho
Brakeman American Grill
Brakeman American Grill/Facebook
Ah, burgers. Another American classic, yet so driven by personal preferences. Are you a greasy, charbroiled lover? A piled-so-high with toppings you can't take a normal bite-type burger-lover? Maybe you prefer flat-top grilled? Doesn't matter. You'll love everything the Brakeman dishes out.
Address: Brakeman American Grill - 27 N Main, Victor, ID 83455
Best Neighborhood Restaurant - Sun Valley
Casual, Idaho-style eats, a backyard BBQ atmosphere, and a unique themed interior all add up to a comfortable dining experience that's hard to resist.
Address: The Power House - 411 N Main St, Hailey, ID 83333
It was quite the challenge to narrow this list down to 20 entries, and there are some truly
fabulous dining destinations that had to be left off. We might just have to do a Part II just to cover even more of our favorites!
What’s the best food you’ve ever eaten in Idaho, or your favorite unique location? Let us know! 2018 will be here sooner than you think!