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.
While most kids now bond over headsets during Call of Duty rather than during bouts at Ms. Pac-Man, the lazy Saturdays of growing up in the 1980s and '90s still live on inside Grinkers Grand Palace. The staff has brought together more than 100 arcade games released between 1975 and 1992, allowing Gen-Xers to relive the joys of their childhood as they plop quarters into arcade games in a friendly bar setting. While they aim for the high score on Super Mario Bros., BurgerTime, or Space Invaders, guests can sip on wine and beer or refuel with a range of subs and root-beer floats. A playlist of classic rock hums through the speakers, creating an atmosphere conducive to transporting players back in time so they can remember where they left their lost retainer.
Clad in a cowboy hat and honky-tonk boots, the Idaho Burger's smiling spud mascot holds a burger up to his ear, as if listening for its secrets. Inside the eatery, hand-cut fries made with Idaho potatoes flank the never-frozen patties, which hide within toasted buns. Bakers rise each morning to carve their initials in the sleeping sun or craft cream pies from scratch.
Sweet Valley Cookie Company boasts dozens of jumbo-sized cookie creations and inventive confections such as the brookie, a cookie on top of a brownie. Teeth burrow like sugar-searching gophers into handmade cookies available in flavors such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin. Sweet Valley Cookie Company originals, such as the chocolate crinkle, a fudgy, brownie-like cookie with a snow-white outer coating, offer a tasty dessert alternative to sugar packets (most varieties $1.99 each, $10 per half-dozen, $18 per dozen). The lunchtime soup combo teams savory broth in a French bread bowl with a cookie and drink ($6.95), and free Tully's coffee is available all day for dunking. Not to be left out of the cookie fun, gluten-free offerings are available for customers whose parents were ruined by the greedy, loan-sharking Gluten Bank.
We are authentic Thai food in a relaxed setting that is sure to please the eyes as well as the palate. Join us for some of your favorites like Pad Thai and Ginger Ginger, or feel free to make a special request of our Thai chef. You will taste our commitment to freshness in every dish.
Lilly Jane's Cupcakes' founder Kerri Dunn took the name for her dessert shop from her two grandmothers, Lillie Russell and Phyllis Jayne LeValley. As a little girl, she spent countless hours learning how to bake within their kitchens where many of her original cupcake creations were born. Today, these creations bake to fruition within the pink walls of her own space. Staffers pile buttercream onto 9 to 12 rotating cupcake flavors such as Super Chocolate and Strawberry Fields–a white cake infused with strawberries and topped with strawberry icing. They also design custom sugar cookies to help make graduating, getting married, or being really, really hungry more special.
Though they share both a moniker and a multifarious menu brimming with eclectic American cuisine, Willowcreek's Vista Avenue and Eagle locations each boast their own set of genial qualities. Set dangling tonsils aside and hypnotize taste buds with eats such as the chicken, broccoli, and feta salad ($9.99), or the bestselling Payette club, a chewy ciabatta roll mounded with house-roasted turkey, hickory-smoked ham, and honey-cured bacon ($9.99). Diners in search of plant-happy hunger-busters can nosh on the portobello melt, a 'shroom harvested by a garden gnome co-op and slathered in swiss cheese and rosemary mayo ($9.99). Willowcreek also entices palates with traditional entrees, including the thai chicken pasta tossed in peanut sauce ($13.99) and the cedar-fired salmon ($16.99). Avoid tantrums from attention-seeking esophagi with liquidy love from a signature watermelon-cucumber margarita at the Eagle location's full bar, or a regional wine and northwest microbrew from Vista Avenue's drink selection.