Eddie's Wood-Fired Dogs is a locally owned and operated eatery that uses a wood-burning grill to create a distinctly delicious flavor in its menu items. Eddie's hot-dog specialties, available on a steamed or grilled bun on request, include the classic all-beef dog ($2.95), the foot-long dog ($3.50), the turkey dog ($2.95), and the veggie dog ($3.25). Spice up your meaty link with a savory 1/4-pound sausage ($4.95), available in such carnivorous contradistinctions as Italian, Polish, bratwurst, jalapeño cheese, or chorizo; or chart a course for sandwich seas with a chili cheeseburger ($5.75), a grilled chicken-breast sandwich ($5.50), or the fan-flavorite barbecue pulled-pork sandwich ($5.50). Once their order is called out by Eddie's staff of Prometheus-esque flame-tamers, customers can step up to the counter and choose from the more than 30 toppings of garden goodies and flavor blasters, including chipotle mayo, grilled onions, bacon bits, and pine nuts. For $3.75, make any meal a combo with fries and a drink.
Nestled alongside the banks of the Boise River, Warm Springs Golf Course spans 6,719 yards of lush, tree-lined terrain. A championship-style, par 72 course, Warm Springs beckons to inaccurate novices and driver devotees alike with its circuit of open, generous fairways, though a network of mature trees ominously awaits to snatch the life forces from particularly ill-struck orbs. Formidable golfers will need full control off the tee to bisect the fairway as it doglegs around an encroaching pond on the par 4 seventh hole, while sound approaches, confident putts, and dream catchers crafted out of broken tees will be necessary to navigate the course's consistently bunkered, well-maintained bent-grass greens.
At Franco's NY Style Pizzeria, pizza comes by the slice or in 14- or 18-inch pies, from basic cheese slices to specialty Bronco pies (with mozzarella, buffalo chicken, and blue-cheese crumbles). Any of the specialty pizzas can be stuffed and transformed into their less understood but equally tasty cousin, the calzone. Meatball, chicken-parmesan, and sausage-and-pepper subs round out the menu.
A pair of bright yellow surfboards and a map of the Hawaiian islands cling to the walls at The Shak Hawaiian Cafe, infusing the eatery with a tropical vibe that extends to its menu. Led by Honolulu native Roger Paglinawan, chefs stuff slow-cooked Hawaiian-style kalua pork inside rolls during lunch, and set it up on blind dates with grilled pineapple during dinner. In addition to crafting this house specialty, they simmer chicken in coconut curry and dip delicate fillets of mahi-mahi in egg batter before tossing it on the grill. When not tending to loyal regulars in the main dining room, the café hosts parties and relaxed traffic-court proceedings in two private rooms that can seat up to 40 guests.
Voted Best Local Mediterranean Food from 2008 to 2011 by Boise Weekly readers, Mazzah Mediterranean Grill's chefs assemble zesty ingredients into classic gyros and made-to-order kebabs. A parceled plate of dolma ($3.49 for three; $6.49 for six) delivers grape-leaf scrolls steeped in lemon juice, which unfurl to dispense rice, veggies, and the detailed blueprints of sunken civilizations. Grilled lamb and beef lathered in homemade tzatziki sauce set up camp inside the gyros' pita tent ($4.99), and grilled morsels of vegetables and chicken festoon miniature lances on the chicken kebab's field of basmati rice ($9.49). Guests can sanction a sweet parting with classic, chocolate almond, or mini squares of honeyed baklava ($0.99–$2.29), including varieties prepared with vegan butter.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years, arranging a lineup of specialty pizzas and sides on a munificent menu. Patrons can bedeck dough disks with carnivorous confetti such as spicy italian sausage, bacon, and unlimited invisible meats; or build a basic hawaiian with ham and pineapple. Omnivores can record results from a grilled-chicken-and-green-pepper experiment on a napkin spreadsheet; veggie traditionalists can plant tongues on the savory flavors of artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Like a popular club or an especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune place to stock up for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
Lucy's brews strong cups of organic, fair-trade coffee and a sizable selection of espressos. The espresso con panna, topped with a spoonful of whipped cream, can be dolloped on a chin to form a thick, Marx-esque beard. But latte lovers can forget foam mustaches, because Lucy's take on the milky drink has little or no foam. Caffeine-complementary pastries are abundant at Lucy's, and breakfast items, such as a croissandwich with bacon and cheese ($4.25), make any morning manageable. By lunchtime, Lucy's unveils a host of sandwiches, wraps, and paninis.