Everyone loves to visit a fantastic restaurant, especially one that gets rave reviews by both locals and travelers alike. It’s even more rewarding, however, to stumble upon a delicious dining gem and have it become a favorite to return to again and again. The most elusive, hidden restaurants of all? The ones you have to chase down…literally. We’re talking food trucks, mobile kitchens, and rolling bistros–these aren’t your old-school taco trucks! Although, tacos are definitely on the menu.
Some of these hidden gems in Idaho might take a bit of a nudging to find, but check out our list of some hidden Idaho mobile restaurants, and where you can go to find them. In no particular order:
1. Mad Mac, Boise
The Mad Mac truck isn't just awesome on the outside - boasting an epic Dia de los Muertos skull wrap that's hard to miss - it also serves six gooey, gourmet mac and cheese options like Bacon Cheeseburger Mac and Skully's Sweet Pork, with pulled pork in a tangy barbecue sauce topped with chopped red onions. And alongside your "Macaroni to Die For"? A slice of rich, four-layer Chocolate Overload Cake. YUM! You'll find this cheesy gem rolling around downtown Boise.
Schedule and Directions
2. Rawdeadfish, Coeur d'Alene
The first mobile sushi and seafood truck in the Northwest does more than just bring awesome California rolls right to you. rolls here are huge, creative, and artfully crafted to be as gorgeous as they are delish. Plus, what could be better than the fresh sushi-slinging duo? Try the Godzilla for maximum tastebud overload.
When/Where: 11am-7pm @ 514 E Best Ave. Coeur D'alene, ID 83814
3. Adventures in Deliciousness, Coeur d'Alene
When customers call your food "transcendent" and "life-changing," you know you're doing something right, but describing mere burgers? This food truck in CdA is definitely a game-changer! From fresh Angus beef, mixed and seasoned by hand, to the homemade BBQ sauce, every ingredient and step is aimed at perfection. And the flavors? These aren't your mama's burgers! Always piled high on a slightly sweet brioche bun with just the right amount of cheese, you can try awesome creations like the Chorizo Egg Delight and the famous Unami Bacon Bleu Burger, or keep it traditional with a BBQ Bliss. Either way, Mac and Cheese Bacon Balls on the side are the perfect finishing touch.
Where/When: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm @ 3033 N. Government Way,
next to Lloyds Automotive.
4. Grub Wandering Kitchen, Moscow
For your most epic late-night cravings, Moscow's infamous Grub Truck knows how to make seriously radical eats that your taste-buds will melt for. You'll find the about a dozen different mac n' cheeses, like Pizza Mac, REd Wine and Pepper Steak, and Mac of Fire made with both habaneros and jalapenos, and even sweet desserts like the Cherry Nutella Cheesecake Burrito. WOW.
When/Where: Wed/Thurs. 10:30pm - 2:30am, Fri/Sat. 11:00pm - 3:00am @ Downtown Moscow, Main St. between 1st & 6th near the Garden Lounge.
5. Funky Taco, Boise
Creative would be an understatement for this out-of-the-box beauty. Off-kilter tacos and other global fare will blow your taste buds right off your tongue, with visually stunning presentation that rivals major restaurants, and all the local, fresh ingredients you could ask for. Try the Funky Breakfast Benny Taco, the Vegan Chorizo Quesadilla, or the Chicken Tikka Taco!
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6. The Haven, Ketchum
Featuring a rotating, seasonal selection of thoughtful and fresh-made eats, carefully prepared under the culinary expertise of Havens, Ketchum's one and only neon green food truck is a vibrant staple. From classic mac and cheese to vegan tostadas, the Haven offers an inspired array of options for every taste. It's a casual, authentically and quintessentially "Idaho" gem that is worth every side trip.
Where/When: M-W, 11-2:30pm @ 271 7th St W. Ketchum, Idaho
7. Drummin Up BBQ, Coeur d'Alene
A perfect 5-star rating and "Championship BBQ Team" status isn't the only thing Drummin' Up has going for it. You'll be blown away by how unbelievable this team's hand crafted sandwiches, ribs, smokey tender brisket that falls apart just by looking at it, and award-winning flavors that make folks line up for hours.
Where/When: M-F, 11am-7pm @ 3023 N Government Way. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
8. Taste Buds Mobile Kitchen, Victor
The perfect complement to its semi-permanent home at the Teton Brewing Company, Taste Buds is gourmet, casual, unexpected, and flavorful in every possible way. Here you;ll find everything from homemade potato chips and fried Feta to the Veggie Pesto Grilled Cheese and famous chicken tacos. Extra brownie points for the phenomenal setting, laid-back ambiance, grassy outdoor dining, and stellar service. Hello Tetons!
Where/When: Th-Sun, 3-8pm @ 430 Old Jackson Hwy. Victor, Idaho
9. Thai Zap, Pocatello
For the best Thai Food in Eastern Idaho, this family-owned truck has high praise that tops even traditional Thai restaurants. Check out their mind blowing Khao Man Kai, Chicken Curry, Koa Teaw Koa Kai, and more!
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10. Brown Shuga Soul Food, Boise
There aren't many places in Idaho where you can find downhome collard greens, sweet potato pie, or turkey legs done right, but Yvonne Anderson-Thomas's catering truck is without a doubt home to some of the best you can get. Flavorful, made with love, and full of spice, you might just eat the best fried chicken of your life here. Or, dig into some cherry cobbler and sticky buns before washing it all down with sweet tea. This mobile gem is one of Boise's original trucks, and there's a reason why it has stuck around!
: Gown Field, typically.
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Food trucks are more than just kitchens on wheels, and they offer some of the best handcrafted eats out there! If we missed any awesome mobile gems, let us know in the comments!
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