Local, home-style restaurants tucked away in Idaho’s far corners are the best kind of restaurants.
With old-world atmospheres, unique backstories, and delicious home-cooked cuisine, these are the kinds of unexpected and overlooked restaurants that will whisk you back to a simpler time―and make you never want to leave. Here are just a few deliciously unique restaurants in Idaho that will take you on a culinary journey to somewhere a little more…European.
1. White House Grill, Post Falls
Garlic-lovers, rejoice. For Greek food that is miles above kitschy fast food gyros and infused with such mind-blowing flavor that breathmints will have met their match, the White House Grill is old-world home cookin' done right. From Curried Ravioli to Chilean Sea Bass to Deep Fried Feta and Lamb, this delightful Mediterranean gem has been serving Northern Idaho for 20 years now and just keeps getting better with age.
Address: 712 N Spokane St, Post Falls, ID 83854
2. Le Coq d'Or, Eagle
As Idaho's first farm-to-table fine European dining experience, fine French cuisine and the elegant dining experience are taken to new levels of perfection at this Pariisian gem tucked away in the Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle. At Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Rooster), traditional French favorites like Escargot, Brie, Duck Breast Flambe, and Elk Bourguignon are all perfectly prepared, plated, and flawlessly served in a truly romantic atmosphere that feels like you're dining far, far away from Idaho.
Address: 176 South Rosebud Lane. Eagle, ID 83616
3. Oympia Restaurant, Coeur d'Alene
For homestyle Greek without the extra garlic, Olympia has all the gyro and tzatziki goodness you can indulge in, along with favorites like Spanakopita, Baklava, Falafels, and Lamb--all whipped up using top-secret family recipes right in-house.
Address: 301 E Lakeside Ave. Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
4. Rembrandt's, Eagle
This charming and cozy old church-turned coffee shop/restaurant is well worth a visit for a trip back to the eclectic, home-style cooking of yore. The chef, Jeremy Haskell, is formerly of the kitchen at the Dish and his newest venture menu is creative and unexpectedly delightful. Homemade carrot and clam chowder soups, lamb dishes, and falafels are on the menu here, but so are a fantastic array of fresh pound cakes, quinoa burgers, and mind-blowing desserts. Plus, organic coffee like you wouldn't believe.
Address: 93 S Eagle Rd. Eagle, ID 83616
5. Konditorei, Sun Valley
This lovely recreation of a European pastry shop and cafe at the Sun Valley Resort comes complete with authentic menu items, both sweet and savory. The warm and cozy interior is a perfect complement to the delicious teas and eye-popping pastries that herald from Austria, while hearty favorites like Pork Schnitzel, Apple Strudel, and Spaetzle will transport you overseas.
Address: 1 Sun Valley Rd. Sun Valley, ID 83353
6. Daanan's Delicatessen, Hayden
Brats, pillow-soft handmade breads, and an endless selection of German beers in a family-run environment... does it get any better?
Address: 8049 N Wayne Dr. Hayden, Idaho
7. Schnitzel Garten, Boise
The Eagle area has quite the happening European culture! Delightfully authentic down to the hardwood floors, timely artwork, and hand-battered Weinerschnitzel, Schnitzel Garten has become a landing place for brat and beer lovers looking for a true over the border experience.
Address: 1225 E Winding Creek Dr, Eagle, ID 83616
8. Bar Gernika, Boise
We can't have a list of European favorites without including the Gem State's own unique culture experience! Boise's renowned Basque Block is easy to miss, but is a must-stop for incredible food. Bar Gernika is a fresh, local, family-friendly staple serving up tasty Spanish dishes with traditional Basque flair: Spicy Lamb Grinders, Croquetas, and tasty sandwiches all in a fun, casual space.
Address: 202 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702
The best of old-world Europe and the fresh, vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean are right here in Idaho… you just have to know where to look! What other hidden gems are hidden around the state?