What To Eat in Idaho
Its position in the Pacific Northwest makes Idaho a coffee-lovers’ dream; and its mountains, once plied by shepherds, mean that it has a legacy of bountiful Basque dinner halls. Up north in the panhandle, huckleberry mania is evident in jelly, syrup, candy and, best of all, pie – the making of which is a special talent in diners and cafes of the Gem State.
Wild huckleberries are the Great Plains' treasured fruit, found only in the high mountains and only late in the summer, and the favorite snack of grizzly bears as well as of human beings. They are similar to blueberries, but not quite as sweet, their wine-purple color hinting at a depth of flavor more satisfying than the richest chocolate. You'll find them in pies, fruit salads, ice-cream topping, and jam; and huckleberry milk shakes are a big deal, especially in Idaho and Oregon.
Idaho is known for its potatoes, and if you have any doubt that the state's chefs do good things with them, have a smashed potato at restaurant Dish on Lake Pend Oreille. Chewy-skinned, cream-centered, and bursting with flavor, it is one of the nation's great spuds.
West Coast coffee culture thrives in the Idaho panhandle, where masterful brews tend to be accompanied by such hearty vittles as pancakes, big muffins, and blue-ribbon pie. Our favorite coffee 'an is Java on Sherman in Coeur d'Alene, where donuts are served still too warm to touch.
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Casual and yet sophisticated, breakfast and lunch at Idaho's Garnet are farm-to-table fresh. Eat at a leisurely pace either indoors or on a sun-dappled patio.
A Huddy burger has a light crust and supreme juiciness. One such hamburger in a bun with cheese and pickle chips is a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, legend.
A Boise breakfast best bet for meals simple or deluxe, Goldy's is inventive, stylish and always delicious. Only drawback: it's so good, it's always crowded.
What could be more fitting in Idaho than a potato-centric restaurant? This small Boise chain offers multiple varieties of potatoes, cuts, and dipping sauces.
The big, airy Fisherman's Market in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is both seafood market and restaurant. Fish is impeccably fresh, expertly prepared.
Extreme Grilled Cheese is Meltz's motto: a fantastic array of sandwiches that include exotic combos of Asian, Italian, Mexican, and even German ingredients.
In Idaho's panhandle, the Pie Hut is a charming little restaurant that offers blue-ribbon cream & fruit pies, savory chicken pot pie, and beguiling sandwiches.
Excellent coffee and espresso accompany cookies, cream puffs, croissants, cupcakes, and scones. A Sandpoint, Idaho breakfast best bet.
Huge portions of such hearty fare as biscuits and gravy and locally made sausage distinguish the fine breakfasts for which Hoot Owl Cafe is known.