Though meals tend to bring friends together, meals peppered with magnets can push them apart. Enjoy an attractive repast with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pub fare and drinks at Bent Fork Bar & Grill in Caldwell.
Bent Fork Bar & Grill's servers ply patrons with casual American eats and chilled libations from a full bar. Chili, cheese, and all the fixings top a shareable plate of the Idaho nachos ($8.99 for full), and half-pound burgers help patrons assess gold transactions ($6.99–$8.99). Specialty sandwiches come between traditional bookends of bread or swaddled in newfangled wraps ($6.99–$9.99), and grilled salmon tacos with dill tartar sauce occupy two warm pita pockets ($9.99).
Under the dining room's exposed wooden ceiling beams, flat-screen TVs broadcast Boise State football games and live music tickles tympanic membranes on the occasional evening. Summer months see the opening of the outdoor patio, whose café table seating overlooks Indian Creek, an alfresco music stage, and swing dancing trout.
Bent Fork Bar & Grill
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.