Castle Ranch's menu features beef from the local Double R Ranch, locally sourced Idaho ingredients, and a respectable wine list to complement any entree. Meat lovers can sink a fork in the 8-ounce filet mignon ($26.95), while pescatarians can savor true Western flavor with a boneless, speckled-brown Idaho trout, tossed with capers, lemon, and brown butter ($15.95), each served with seasonal vegetables and a choice of cheddar hash, hand-cut fries, or a baked russet potato. For lighter eating, venture into the sandwiches and salads selection and try the steak sandwich, Double R sirloin with crispy beer-battered onion rings on sourdough, served with fries ($14.95), or a classic caesar salad with romaine, parmesan, ciabatta croutons, and caesar vinaigrette ($5.95).
The Brickyard's dining room is dominated by dueling grand pianos that often tinkle under the touch of jazz musicians. Like jazz, the restaurant straddles casual and sophisticated tastes. Lunch is a more laid-back affair of booths, burgers, and sandwiches. In the evening, the restaurant glows from Boise's historic 6th & Main area as well-dressed patrons dine and sip cocktails. Piano tunes complement the textures of executive chef Drew Ledger's signature steaks, certified Angus slabs centered on wide-rimmed plates. Ledger puts a premium on local ingredients, provisioning his cooks with chicken, potatoes, and ocean halibut raised in Idaho.
Dinner prep happens only once a month for customers of Dinner Thyme Solution. Each month, customers choose an assembly day, during which they arrive to the company's marigold-and-burgundy colored space to craft 12 family-sized entrees in just two hours. The ingredients for these dinners have all been prepped and chopped; all one has to do is put them all together. And though they're working from prescribed recipes, they can customize each meal to their family's taste, skipping over anything too spicy or adding extra garlic to aid in post-dinner games of Keep Away. Families pack their dinners up and once home, refrigerate or freeze them. Cooking instructions are simple and available online. The menu includes nutritional info and rotates monthly.
With its sun-dappled outdoor patio, laid-back vibe, and cozy interior permeated with the sounds of live music, The Blue Moose Cafe has established itself as a local favorite for informal eats throughout the year. On the converted bungalow’s porch, umbrellas and ceiling fans create a comfortable ambiance that caused one Boise Weekly food critic to proclaim the eatery “hard to beat” when it comes to "casual summertime dining." Inside, hardwood floors and quirky artwork line the space, where cushioned stools dress ranks in front of a wood-and-granite wine bar.
No matter where you choose to sit, however, the savory selections from the kitchen staff’s eclectic repertoire are the stars of the show. On top of daily specials, which can include everything from green-chili chicken enchiladas to salmon pinwheels with garlic mashed potatoes, the cooks maintain an established menu of lunch classics. They toss crisp salads with ingredients such as fresh bay shrimp and housemade peanut sauce and prepare 19 gourmet sandwiches, including clubs, melts, and grinders. On Friday nights, live bands entertain crowds with original songs and SAT prep questions set to a melody.