Welcome to the 2012 Boise Weekly Restaurant and Bar Guide. As a keen observer, you may have already noticed a few changes in the publication you now hold in your hands—primarily that it is a restaurant AND bar guide.
This year we decided that just like the other great duos in the world—peanut butter and jelly, Milli and Vanilli—food and drink belong together. After all, isn't a good meal only made better by the perfect glass of wine? Just like a juvenile night of over-indulging is improved by a plate of nachos at 2 a.m.
It's in this spirit of unity that we bring these two subject matters together to create a grand celebration of Treasure Valley dining and imbibing, offering you a look at some of the best places to indulge your culinary craving du jour and then where you can wash it all down.
And what better temptation than something we lovingly call "food porn." Don't worry, there's nothing indecent about it. In fact it's quite the opposite. This issue is overflowing with stunning images of the most delectable, enticing, crave-worthy culinary creations in the valley. From comfort food like mac-and-cheese and pizza to breathtaking desserts and Boise-centric creations, this guide is all about the eye candy.
We've put the focus on what diners really want to know: What it is and where to get it.
If you can tear your eyes away from the images—and if the puddles of drool haven't made the ink run too badly—you'll find pages of bar and restaurant listings organized by neighborhood so you can find just the thing to satiate your craving wherever you are.
In keeping with Boise Weekly's long-standing mission to support locally owned and operated businesses, all of the restaurants and bars listed here meet both of those criteria. While we appreciate the impact franchises and national chains have on the local economy, this guide is a celebration of what makes this area unique, and the local places are what define its character.
The Treasure Valley's dining scene is one that is both ever-evolving and surprising, meaning that if you're willing to look for it, you can most likely find it somewhere in the area.
Now, go forth and, as the old saying goes: eat, drink and be merry.
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