Payette Brewing Co. is an interesting mix of tradition and rebellion. It's founder, Mike Francis, gave up the corporate life to roll the die on a new venture in one of America's most time-honored industries. Using a 15-barrel brewing system, Mike and his staff cultivate high-quality brews in traditional styles—stouts, ales, and lagers—that aim to embody the adventurous spirit of Idaho and their own penchant for skiing, hiking, and kayaking. Inside the tasting room, they pour pint glasses or offer smaller samples for those who can't commit to one beer just yet.
Inspired by the love story behind India’s architectural jewel—the Taj Mahal—the chefs at Taj Mahal Restaurant treat every dish as a labor of love. The restaurant’s menu furnishes stomachs with some of South Asia’s tastiest aromatic offerings, such as marinated cornish game hens roasted in a tandoor and Pakistani-style vegetable pakora kuddy—crispy vegetable fritters in a yogurt-based curry. Classic Indian desserts end meals on a sweet note with cardamom-spiced rice pudding or pistachio ice cream that's served as cold as a subpoena delivered by the abominable snowman that stood you up for prom.
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.
Bosnia Express brings the flavors of Bosnia to Boise through lunches and nightcaps alike. Before the restaurant undergoes its nocturnal transformation into a nightclub and neighborhood bar, cooks layer hearty paninis with thinly sliced meats and vegetables, as well as season gyro meat that’s ready to nestle inside pita pockets. In addition to making fresh sandwiches and pouring drinks, they stock products from overseas, such as Bosnian, Turkish, and Mediterranean snack cookies, pickled vegetables, hair products, and Pavlovic Ointment, whose lid automatically opens whenever a bell rings.
The atmosphere at Skippers might be casual, but their dedication to fresh seafood certainly isn't: since 1969, Skippers has focused on serving the highest-quality sustainably fished seafood possible. Along with ensuring that no chemicals have been added to any of the fresh fish, Skippers also serves wild harvested, hand-cut Alaskan salmon and de-veined Pacific shrimp. Classic fish ?n? chips meals give guests a taste of British life without the irritation of Margaret Thatcher hovering over your shoulder, while all-you-can-eat clam chowders fill even the most demanding stomachs.
Following family recipes passed down for three generations, the chefs at Jalapeno’s Bar & Grill assemble meaty fajita platters and original chicken, vegetarian, and seafood dishes simmered in homemade sauces. Using only fresh ingredients and certified Angus beef, chefs create meals that feed many of the senses, especially diners’ hungry, hungry eyes. Daily happy hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. encourage patrons to sample the bar’s vast selection of premium tequilas blended into their margaritas, as well as well liquors, wines, and bottled and draft beers.