Boise was named by Forbes as the fastest growing city in the U.S., increasing more than 18% in the past ten years. The diverse population in Boise means that there is no shortage of unique places to eat and drink. So if you are looking for a vegan or vegetarian meal, ethically produced drinks, or sustainably sourced meat and fish, there are plenty of options in Boise. You can sample many different types of world cuisines, too, along with some delicious cocktails made with local spirits. There truly is something for everyone in Boise, from small delis, cafes, and takeaways to classic fine dining.
When spirits are being produced, having a sustainable distilling process is essential for the environment. Using less water has less impact on the planet, and if spirits are made without harmful chemicals, they will taste purer. Boise is lucky to have local spirits to tantalize your palette, including Old Boise Gin and Old Boise Vodka. These are made at Idaho’s Koenig distillery, and the gin uses potato as a botanical. Local spirits have a far lower carbon footprint than those imported from other countries. Of course, it tastes just as good as the mainstream brands, if not better. If you want to sample some Old Boise spirits, head to Bodovino (404 S 8th St, Boise, ID 83702). You can enjoy some specialty cocktails. The Sapphire Room (2900 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714) is another excellent bar serving up local spirits and plenty of atmospheres.
According to the Idaho Statesman, Boise ranks 7th in the best American cities for vegetarians and vegans. You certainly don’t need to travel any further than Boise to get an ethically-sourced vegan meal that is full of flavor. Vegan Soul (622 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702) serves hearty family meals that will fill you with warmth. If you’re all feeling hungry, try the Vegan Holiday Meal that includes a vegan turkey roll, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, and a pumpkin pecan praline pie. High Note Cafe (225 N 5th St, Boise, ID 83702) also tasty vegan treats. Their menu is 100% plant-based - make sure you try the delicious breakfast burrito.
BBQ4Life (930 S Vista Ave, Boise, ID 83705) began in 2013 as a street food truck. And now they successfully moved into permanent premises. They specialize in classic American barbecue food, serving meat cooked over pecan wood. They also have some delicious vegan options, including a tasty greens and beans burger and a sandwich filled with spicy smoked spaghetti squash. Don’t forget to order the champion fries topped with the restaurant’s signature mac and cheese with your dinner.
Boise has excellent restaurants, cafes, delis, and takeaways that offer ethical and sustainable food. From vegan treats to locally-produced beer and spirits, you can dine like a king in Boise.
About the Author:
Jennifer Kelly is a food-obsessed freelance writer who loves to explore as many cuisines as possible. When not eating and writing, she spends time with her kids and pack of three dogs, visiting the beach as much as possible.