Restaurants in Boise, Idaho, win 2021 Wine Spectator Awards

For many discerning diners, choosing a restaurant doesn’t just involve the food menu.

The wine list is equally crucial.

Serious grape aficionados scrutinize the annual Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards, which began in 1981. Calling itself “the world’s leading authority on wine,” Wine Spectator highlights dining destinations with the best selections.

Last year, 11 Idaho restaurants made the cut. This year, that number is down — way down — to six. But before you spit up your chardonnay, take a deep breath. Idaho’s awards plummet doesn’t necessarily indicate that our wine scene is in

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After ‘smashing it’ in Meridian, this new restaurant just opened a Boise location

A local restaurant concept launched recently at The Village at Meridian has expanded to downtown Boise.

Sid’s Garage, which debuted seven months ago at 3525 E. Longwing Lane, opened its second location June 19. The new Boise restaurant is at 1003 W. Main St. — the corner of 10th and Main — in a spot that formerly held a Good Burger.

Instructing customers to “Leave boring at the door!”, Sid’s Garage offers a sweet-and-savory lunch and dinner menu. The restaurant focuses on creative, decadent hamburgers, hedonistic milkshakes and cold pours of draft beer, wine,

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Flatbread Neapolitan of Boise, ID, wins best pizza in U.S.


Flatbread “honors the longstanding tradition of true Neapolitan pizza,” its menu says. “As such, our pies are very thin and meant to be folded, or eaten with a knife and fork.”

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizza

When it comes to pizza, we’re always up for a second helping, right?

So even though Food & Wine just chose “The Best Pizza in every State” two months ago, let’s entertain a similar listicle published this week. Even if it’s from a website you’ve probably never heard of in your life.

Yes, Big 7 Travel has chosen “The 50

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Boise restaurant Mala Luna: good empanadas, tortas fall short


The empanadas are the star of the show at Mala Luna in downtown Boise. These crisp, delightful treats can be made into your meal.

With sharp, fresh flavors, as well as certain spices and textures, Latin American food finds a savory level of satisfaction that is very difficult to replicate.

As a former owner of a taco restaurant in Moscow, Idaho, I look at new places serving such food with great enthusiasm and curiosity. Seeing Mala Luna open this spring at 624 W. Idaho St., where Dharma was once located — Mala Luna

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