Although the beacon for this diner is spinning poultry, chicken isn’t necessarily the thing to get. It’s probably worth trying though. Pretty much everything at this dive in the parking lot of Budget Inn exceeded our expectations. They have made claim to serve — among other things — the best biscuits and gravy in the West since 1953. It’s a bustling greasy spoon with hustling servers splitting their time between refilling coffees and fetching fresh bottles of beer for rowdy weekenders getting an early start. It’s a courteous place that knows its regulars. Most of the decor is original and the menu is relatively original for a roadside diner.
Before all else, you should come to Capri for the Cowboy Potatoes, which are an original potato pancake stuffed blended “secret ingredients” that tasted like bacon, chives, cheese and a house blend of spices, among other sorcery. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, this dish does to the russet potato what Italian grandmothers do to pasta. The way the house recommends enjoying this singular delight is with sliced avocado and two eggs, both of which enhance the already creamy texture of the potato concoction.
Loaded biscuits and gravy are also essential. These add Carpi’s flavor trinity (bacon, chives cheddar) to soft rolled biscuits and peppery sausage gravy. They are a meal in themselves.
Even if you don’t have room, you must order a cinnamon roll. You have to at least look at it, smell it and, take a tiny bite. It’s soft, warm and drenched with icing and butter, but it retains a lightness and doesn’t get bogged down by fat or sugar. Since it’s more bready than sticky, that whipped butter really helps bring out its potential.
Being in Idaho, we took the opportunity to enjoy an order of finger steaks, which are the state’s beefy answer to chicken nuggets. They aren’t as memorable as the breakfast dishes, but they are still plenty satisfying, especially over a pile of tater tots and served with a beige, bbq sauce fueled variation on fry sauce. Breakfast, lunch or dinner: Capri serves delicious no-frills food with a sense of Idaho pride.
|Sunday||6:30am - 2:30pm|
|Monday||6:30am - 2:15pm|
|Tuesday||6:30am - 2:30pm|
|Wednesday||6:30am - 2:30pm|
|Thursday||6:30am - 2:30pm|
|Friday||6:30am - 2:30pm|
|Saturday||6:30am - 2:15pm|