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#1 StephanieL

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:27 PM

Going to be in Boise for a long weekend, and while I'm fasting for part of it (Yom Kippur), we'll have to eat sometime.  I heard that there are decent Basque restaurants--is this true?  Also looking for good bakeries and any local specialties.


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#2 Sneakeater

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:55 PM

It at least used to be true about the Basque restaurants.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 04:51 AM

When I visited Boise, it was one of those frustrating experiences where I wanted to go to all the Old Skool local places, and the friends I was visiting only wanted to take me to all the new "cosmopolitan" places, which could have been anywhere, and are much better in New York (where they'd have been five years out of date).  Don't you hate when that happens?


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 03:22 PM

When I visited Boise, it was one of those frustrating experiences where I wanted to go to all the Old Skool local places, and the friends I was visiting only wanted to take me to all the new "cosmopolitan" places, which could have been anywhere, and are much better in New York (where they'd have been five years out of date).  Don't you hate when that happens?

This is why it is so dicey to ask locals for a rec.   Hotel, even gas station people, look you over and send you someplace twee they wouldn't consider going except for special occasions.  


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 03:29 PM

Just playing around I came across this place that might work.   https://www.tripadvi...oise_Idaho.html    ETA I read on one rec that this place was recommended to the writer by the local Basque Museum and Cultural Center.

 

I am frequently amused/deighted at the caliber of cooks out there.    In a small podunk non-touristy town in Maine, I told the young chef he should come to the Bay Area.   He replied that he had cooked at Chez Panisse.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 04:17 PM

Some chefs get burned out working in a stressful big city restaurant, and they decide to move to a smaller 'podunk' town to practice the craft that they enjoy, without the added pressure & stress. I have seen this a few times with some very talented chefs.



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Posted 05 August 2017 - 06:58 PM

"Bar Gernika is known for its privately aged beers" - sounds like a place you might enjoy, Stephanie...

 

 

Barbacoa Grill also has a number of favorable mentions, and good comments...https://www.tripadvi...oise_Idaho.html


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:42 AM

Thanks, voyager and Paul!


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