Idaho Food & Dining December 13, 2016
by Jennifer 7 Under The Radar Restaurants In Idaho That Are Scrumdiddlyumptious
Every region in Idaho has its fair share of highly-rated, must-visit restaurants – the ones that have earned their long-standing local reputations with impeccable food, flawless presentation, and unbeatable atmospheres that capture the Idaho spirit. But while these restaurants often make Top 10 lists, there is an underground world of remarkable eateries that fly under the radar, but will soon be on your list of favorites after just one visit. Whether a family-owned cafe or a warm and intimate restaurant perfect for date night, these overlooked restaurants capture that “scrumdiddlyumptious” factor to a tee. Unranked and delicious, here they are. Happy dining!
1. Vintage Restaurant, Ketchum
Sun Valley is renowned for its fresh, eclectic dining options that cater to the resort visitor, hungry powderhound, sophisticated local, and everything in between. Nestled in a historic cabin on a lush garden grounds that can be a challenge to find for unfamiliar guests, Vintage is just as cozy and intimate inside as it is charming on the outside. With the patio delightfully draped with rich shade trees, every meal is a true culinary experience from start to finish. Divinely colorful food and stunning presentation makes every dish here a work of art, and the enchanting decor and patio only add to the ambiance.
Address: 231 Leadville Avenue North. Ketchum, ID 83340
2. Saint Lawrence Gridiron, Boise
It seems impossible to think that we've never featured this incredible restaurant before--but surely, it's only because its location is easy to miss amongst the bevy of acclaimed restaurants on Boise's main dining strip. But for the love of all things delicious... this place is heavenly. And creative. And flawless in every possible way, with just the right blend of high end, neighborhood charm, and perfectly Idahoan cuisine.
Address: 705 W Bannock St. Boise, ID 83702
3. Cougar Dave's, Donnelly
Judging from the rustic exterior of this small town mountain gem, you wouldn't guess the seasonal, delectable wonders that await you inside. But whether you're a fan of Herb-crusted Ruby Red Trout served with a tangy tomato puree, or more of a (un)traditional burger lover, you'll find something mind-blowing to enjoy here.
Address: 263 N Main St. Donnelly, Idaho
4. Bee's Knees Pub, Idaho Falls
Unique and quirky, this delightful but overlooked pub features an assortment of homemade eats that are creative, satisfying, and always on point with their superb flavor combinations. No matter your dining style, you're sure to find something unexpectedly wonderful-- maybe Brie and honeycomb, anyone? Here, ahhh-mazing appetizers combine with a low-key awesome atmosphere for the perfect casual dining experience that definitely lives up to the name.
Address: 850 Lindsay Blvd. Idaho Falls, ID 83402
5. The Bridge, Pocatello
Just a splash of big city culture in Idaho comes in the form of this epic wine bar, which is sure to please whether you have a drink or not. Flawlessly prepared cuisine is both elegant and approachable, while also offering upscale takes on classics--like the bar hot wings smothered in their housemade hot sauce.
Address: 203 W. Bonneville St. Pocatello, ID, 83204
6. 315 Martinis & Tapas, Coeur d'Alene
Unexpected, social, and housed in one of CDA's most charming inns, this tiny restaurant is all-too-often overshadowed by the city's downtown dining options... but it shouldn't be! Fresh entrees like the Duck Confit pair perfectly with one of the biggest wine and mixed drink menus in the state to form the perfect cozy evening or lunch out with good company.
Address: 315 E Wallace Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
7. The Fainting Goat, Wallace
This hidden gem isn't hidden at all when it comes to local dining--it's the top-rated restaurant in Wallace! But it somehow gets overlooked when it comes to national lists. Clever, delicious, and worth a detour for the wine-testing station alone, this modern oasis housed in an old bank building is worth its fantastic reputation. From grilled cheese smothered in a delectable housemade sauce, to warm and inviting carbonara, every creative entree is perfectly plated, and perfectly complements the rustic-chic brick interior.
Address: 516 Bank St. Wallace, ID 83873
Ready to give these under-the-radar eateries a chance? You won’t regret dining off the beaten path!
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