The kitchen staff at Woody’s Pub and Grill specializes in the time-tested art of putting meat between bread. They pile high five types of burgers and six signature sandwiches, which patrons taste in the communal pub atmosphere. Specialties include a house-smoked and hand-pulled Baja-style BBQ with smoked pork, chicken, and beef, as well as sliders, carne burritos, and a range of other daily selections.
From breakfast burritos to nocturnal burgers, this Boise Weekly-lauded American-fare oasis keeps stomach growls at bay with hearty plates of food. Slapped onto sourdough, heaped with pastrami, and slathered with ranch and swiss, burger hogs the spotlight, though it's also available as its unadorned, Platonic ideal self.
Cazba Mediterranean Restaurant's chefs draw from an international repertoire of recipes from Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with dishes hailing from Greece, Egypt, and Lebanon. These culinary expatriates range from plates such as flame-broiled shish kebabs and housemade hummus to entrees from the shores of Japan and India. Inside the kitchen, the chefs carve slices of roasting gyros and deep-fry falafel for a crispy exterior. They also glaze fish with honey-ginger teriyaki sauce and season chicken with Cajun spices. From this kitchen, the servers also transport specialties such as dolmades—grape leaves stuffed with lamb, beef, and rice—and spanakopita, a spinach pie of phyllo dough and feta cheese. The outdoor patio can mimic the pleasant air of the Mediterranean during warmer months and another of the Mediterranean's best treats—the Running of the Bulls—whenever Michael Jordan feels like going for a jog on a restaurant's outdoor patio.
Monkey Bizness is an indoor family play place for achieving safe, physically active good times. Open play includes access to all 13,000 square feet of interactive inflatables and play structures within this fortress of familial felicity. Freed from the clutches of video games and imagination-zapping electronics, young explorers can rampantly tunnel and slide their way to an afternoon of entertainment. Just as a cave of wonders requires a secret passcode, a waiver of liability must be signed by everyone who enters Monkey Bizness, and socks must be worn at all times. Since there are no lifeguards on duty, parents or guardians must serve as spotters and bodyguards.
The Big Three unites three bars under its umbrella, but that’s about the only thing the venues have in common. Each offers a completely different nightlife atmosphere, ranging from a rustic honky-tonk bar to a swanky lounge.
The dance floor throbs to the DJ’s pulsing beats under a pattern of colorful lights. Professional dancers gyrate on elevated platforms over the dance floor, and three different lounges provide a more laid-back atmosphere with elements such as exposed brick walls, leather sofas, and luminous aquariums behind the bars.
Main Street Bistro
Red billiards tables and neon beer logos fill one room of the tavern-style bar, but Main Street Bistro erupts with competition on Monday and Tuesday nights. Beer-pong tournaments pack teams into the bar, and the sound of cheers temporarily drowns out the commentary on the sports games playing on the wall-mounted TVs.
Dirty Little Roddy's
With its wooden plank walls and tabletops supported by sawhorses, Dirty Little Roddy's evokes a back-roads bar in all ways but one: the bar hosts bikini and boxer bull riding for cash prizes. The event provides risqué entertainment without asking firefighters to approximate a pole dance.
While other restaurants focus on flipping tables, Legends Pub & Grill strives to make lingering into a habit. Located within the Edwards 21 Cinemas complex, it lures crowds with a revelry-inducing environment that focuses on supporting local sports. Banners for Boise high schools dangle from the terracotta-red and cerulean-blue space's high ceiling, and jerseys and black-and-white photographs adorn the walls. And thanks to scattered televisions, patrons can rest assured that they will never miss a Boise State Broncos game. Beyond the wood-toned dining area, a separate space is filled with pool tables, dart boards, air hockey machines, and arcade games.
To keep conversations lively, Legends' bartenders mix specialty cocktails and pour pints of microbrews from northwestern breweries such as Deschutes. At the center of everything is a something-for-everyone menu of eclectic comfort foods. In addition to various pub staples—including fish and chips and Angus burgers—the cooks prepare internationally inspired dishes such as roasted red pepper hummus and grilled salmon with a ginger-honey glaze.