At Big Star Coffee, rigorously trained baristas handcraft each cup of coffee to their client’s request, rather than relegating their jobs to automated coffee makers. Drawing on a supply of fair-trade, organic teas and coffee beans, they concoct drinks from simple Americanos to cinnamon- and spice-infused mexican mochas. Alternatively, they blend summery drinks that run the gamut from coffee frappes to Red Bull smoothies, which bolster energy levels and fuel select automobiles. They also stock a glass-fronted case with pastries, wraps, and breakfast sandwiches.
The animated cheers of sports spectators at Simplot Stadium rumble in the distance, but the atmosphere at Bent Fork Bar & Grill is peaceful. Diners lounge within its sun-filled dining halls or on its back patio, where the Indian Creek rushes past guests lingering over their final bites of burgers, steaks, and pastas. Beneath the restaurant's high ceilings and wooden pillars, you can spot the owners—members of the Buhler family—tending to their respective posts: Amanda supervises the floor, Bo captains the kitchen, and Ryan doles out draft beers and specialty cocktails at the bar. Throughout the month, they also host community events ranging from live music to town meetings to vote on the mayor's new haircut.
At The Cornerstone Bistro, Chef Benjamin Thorpe composes a different menu every week based on the fresh, seasonal ingredients made available by local farmers. Specializing in northern Italian and fusion American cuisine, he transforms Mother Nature’s organic offerings into rustic small plates, innovative entrees, and homemade desserts, such as pies and tarts aromatic enough to hang from a car's rearview mirror. A weekly chef's table slides Chef Thorpe’s edible handiwork further into the spotlight, inviting diners to gather for a lineup of specially prepared courses during meals outfitted with specific themes.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant's menu unfurls with authentic, south-of-the-border fare in a charming environment with clay shingles, murals, and old-style lights. Perform palate Pilates with the Acapulco platter, a bountiful sample of appetizers that includes nachos, quesadillas, hot wings, miniature tacos, and more ($11.25).
Denali Pizza Company sparks sputtering hunger engines with its selection of specialty and build-your-own pizzas, as well as pastas, sandwiches, and more. Each of Denali’s delectable disks dons a foundation of homemade dough and can be adorned with 21 stylish toppings (such as sweet peppers, chorizo, and reindeer sausage) and 4 prismatic sauces (red, white, blue, or green). Diners can erect their own pizzascape or pick from a preconcocted selection of 10 specialty pies, such as the Owyhee, whose heavily pestoed terrain comes littered with chorizo, onion, and tomato ($15.95+).