Ready for round two? We dug up more hidden gems, more local favorites, and more delicious eats to break up your winter dining routine, all tucked right around the corner from you and each with that perfect, hometown, welcoming feel. From cozy diners and small town pubs to restaurants renowned for that one special dish… add these to your must-try list.
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:
1. Mugsy's Tavern & Grill, Bonners Ferry
Bonners Ferry doesn't get the attention that it should when it comes to dining, but Mugsy's is a local gem. Delectable burgers, hand-cut fries, homemade huckleberry cheesecake... need I say more? Diners seem to agree the Buffalo Burger, Cowboy Burger, and cheesecakes are all worth a stop on their own, but there are plenty more dishes to love here.
Address: 7161 Main St. Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
2. Moon Time, Coeur d'Alene
Situated on CdA's prime Sherman district, Moon Time is no secret when it comes to fantastic food, and has even received notable mentions on national lists. Call it one of the best pubs in Coeur d'Alene, call their burgers a gift from heaven... or just sit back and enjoy a delicious lamb burger, some outrageously good garlic-onion bread, roasted corn pasta, or the Santa Fe chicken sandwich. Or anything else on the menu. You wont be sorry!
Address: 1602 E Sherman Ave # 116, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
3. Grit, Eagle
Fresh ingredients and homestyle flair make this hidden gem an unforgettable dining must-try. The flaky, perfectly golden crust on the chicken pot pie is the stuff that dreams are made of! But famous benedicts are always a surefire win, along with outrageous reubens.
Address: 360 S Eagle Rd. Eagle, ID 83616
4. Junkyard Bistro, Salmon
Tucked away in Salmon, the Junkyard is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to mindblowingly delicious eats and creative, homemade dishes. The garlic burger is just about legendary, but every sandwich, pasta, and creative entree on the menu will make your tastebuds swoon! Try the Bleu Buffalo Sandwich, the Turkey Bacon Gouda Wrap, the Muffaletta... whatever you get, it's an experience with every bite.
Address: 405 Main St. Salmon, ID 83467
5. Bistro 45, McCall
Perhaps the epitome of neighborhood dining with the bocce ball court, epic patio seating, and divine wine selection, but you'll find more than a friendly atmosphere here. Bruschetta, quiche, club sandwiches-- all light, flavorful, and perfect for this charming lakefront town.
Address: 1101 N 3rd St. McCall, ID 83638
6. Lefty's Bar & Grill, Ketchum
Fun and funky, this sports bar dishes up tasty burgers, famously spicy "monkey fries," saucy wings, and the perfect laid-back feel you'd expect from a Ketchum staple.
Address: 231 6th St E. Ketchum, ID 83340
7. West Side Yard, Victor
Humble Victor just keeps on making a name for itself when it comes to fantastic food, and this neighborhood powerhouse is no exception. Poutine, perfect lamb ribs, pot pie burritos, and even epic nachos... plus, beautiful Teton views to boot. What more can you ask for?
Address: 31 W Center St. Victor, ID 83455
8. Knotty Pine, Victor
This neighborhood restaurant/music venue is humble and welcoming to its core. but what truly sets this gem apart is the quality: fresh-squeezed juices, garden-fresh ingredients, and slow-roasted wings seemingly made for buffalo spice. Or, try the classic chicken and waffles!
Address: 58 S Main St. Victor, ID 83455
9. Hilltop Station, Boise
Talk about a hidden gem with a view! This charming locale is in Boise... but is seemingly miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you'll find tantalizing burger options, including the ability to craft your own masterpiece, drool-worthy pizzas, homemade pretzels and chips, saucy pulled pork, and a never-ending but always rotating selection of local beers. Can you say 'win'?!
Address: 12342 E Hwy 21. Boise, ID 83716
10. Cloud 9 Brewery, Boise
Breweries and Boise go hand in hand, but not all are created equal. Cloud 9 knows what it means to take classic Idaho cuisine and kick it up a notch and take a few risks: mile-high burgers, unique side and vegan options - like black bean quinoa - and the mind-blowing chicken pesto sandwich are just a few of the entree gems you'll find alongside the massive beer selection.
Address: 1750 W State St. Boise, ID 83702
Are you drooling yet? The more we dig into the delicious hidden gems of Idaho, it’s obvious that the Gem State knows food and atmosphere better than many people give us credit for!