It’s summer in Boise and patio season’s in full swing. Despite triple digit weather, locals flock to restaurants every night. The heat has no sign of waning and neither does the culinary scene. New eateries are popping up so quickly, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Consider the following list a sampler of where to explore the next time you’re fixin’ for something tasty:
This Basque-inspired restaurant is located in the ground floor of the Watercooler building at the corner of Idaho and 14th street. Txikiteo specializes in tapas and wine, but also offers coffee and breakfast and lunch menus. You can enjoy tasty light fare like the “Jamon Sandwich,” a flavorful bite featuring serrano ham, as well as starters like the charcuterie and cheese boards, offered at $12 each. To spice up your meal, Txikiteo is also hosting a summer story series on their patio June through October. Grab some bubbly and settle in for a good time!
Txikiteo. Photos by Sofia R Jaramillo.
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Chip Cookies can do just that! A small chain with roots in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah, Chip ventured to Boise last fall, starting out with online sales. Chip’s cookies are hearty and dense and are offered in a couple of flavors: their traditional chocolate chip, and a monthly rotating flavor. They also deliver boxes of cookies to your home between 8pm and 2am, curing your midnight snack cravings (and you can even add milk to your order). The only things missing are the pajamas and movie.
Petite 4 is bringing a new group of restaurant-goers out to the Bench. Located at 4 N. Latah Street, the French-style restaurant offers “bistro-inspired” dishes and is only open for dinner from 5-9:30pm Tuesday through Thursday and 5-10pm Friday and Saturday. Petite 4 hosts a family-style brunch and Sunday dinner party once a month. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating. Menu items include fare like salmon crepes with saffron aioli and beef tartare, as well as frequently rotating specials. Dining at Petite 4 offers elegant cuisine in an intimate setting designed to the nines.
Neckar Coffee has grown from the ground up, starting out as a coffee cart slinging shots at the Boise Farmers Market. It now has a permanent, brick-and-mortar location on 10th Street. For its pastry case, Neckar has a selection of sweets supplied by Janjou Patisserie, a local French-inspired bakery. Even though Neckar is the newest coffee kid on the block, it’s well known from its presence at the market. With clean lines and whitewashed walls, the new space is a cool place to escape the summer heat.
Frying donuts and serving fried chicken for those late night binges, Donut Daze is the latest donut shop on the scene in downtown Boise. Open until 12am Monday through Wednesday, 3am Thursday through Saturday, and 8pm on Sundays, there are plenty of opportunities to check this place out.
Boise is no stranger to breweries, and since Idaho recently beat out Oregon as the second largest producer of hops, there may be more to come. Case in point is Brü, a new pizzeria on 8th Street that boasts self-serve beer on tap as well as Meriwether Cider. Beer and ciders are priced by the ounce. If you’re stuck on what to choose, a Brü beer guru can give you recommendations.