As a long time Boise resident (and long time eater), I have sampled much of the local fare. Boise is rich in talented chefs, cool restaurants and belly filling entrees. I'm sharing few of my faves, which hopefully you, too, will enjoy. My list consists of local businesses and all offer vegetarian & vegan options! It tried to put them in order, but after much consideration (and scribbling), I just couldn't! So here you are, in no particular order....
Casa Mexico, located at Five Mile and Fairview. Mmmm. These guys know how to make delicious Mexican food. I used to get the cheese quesadilla, which was fantastic, and now I order the vegetarian taco bowl, which is HUGE. But my favorite item there is their salsa. Hands down, this is some of the best salsa in Boise, and I would know! Plus, you can order it to go! Very reasonably priced and the staff is very kind and attentive.
Sockeye Grill and Brewery, located at Cole and Ustick. As every Westender knows, this is the place to be. The Sockeye's food is consistently excellent. I have enjoyed their delicious salmon, burritos, rice bowls and stir-fry. My husband orders the French Dip. And we always wash it down with our favorite beer, Woolybugger Wheat, brewed right there on site. You could fill a growler there before it was cool.
Idaho Pizza Company, multiple locations. Pizza done right, consistently. Go for the lunch special where you can get all you can eat or a mini pizza and salad bar plus drink all for about $6. They also make a great hot sandwich.
MFT BBQ and Vegan Food, at the Curtis Rd Exit. While I haven't had their BBQ, I definitely have eaten a lot of their vegan food and oh boy, is it good! MFT stands for My Family Tradition. A brother/wife/sister team started out as a food truck. They became so successful quickly, they opened a store front. The restaurant is certainly nothing fancy - it's the old Sunshine Feed Store, for Pete's sake. The decor is awful, but its easily overlooked when you dig in. I recommend the Tempeh sandwich with their country beans. My son likes the vegan mac and cheese and the PB&J.
Kyotos, Fairview and Curtis. OK, so I might have lied earlier when I said I couldn't put them in order because I'm pretty sure Kyoto's is my favorite. We have celebrated many a birthdays, anniversary's around their Tepanyaki grills. The chefs put on a great show, all with fire, jokes and shrimp flipping, which easily entertains all ages. The portion sizes are quite ample, there is usually enough to take home.
Now go fill your belly!