The name Boise Fry Company conjures images of deep-fat fried deliciousness made from Idaho’s most-notorious vegetable. While a trip to BFC delivers tasty varieties of fries (and notable burgers “on the side”), it also has a surprisingly awesome happy hour.
The City of Trees has a number of places that offer discount libations and snack foods during the late afternoon/early evening hours (which are, ahem, easy to locate with Boise Weekly’s Cocktail Compass application), and a burger/fry joint doesn't seem an obvious happy hour destination as, say, a bar. But BFC delivers—with two-for-one small baskets of fries (of any variety) and draft beers. And don’t expect the standard watery macro-brews: Currently, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Deschutes Jubelale and Highland Hollows Spoon Tongue make up the draft list. Two small baskets of fries purple and Red Lady—a Celebration and a Spoon Tongue satisfy snack and beer cravings for under $7 from 4-6 p.m., leaving wallets and guts a little fuller.
It’s no wonder that at 4:45 p.m. on a weekday afternoon, the smallish establishment on Broadway Avenue is packed. After a trip to the sauce bar, which contains unique dips like blackberry ketchup and marshmallow sauce, my friend swirls a purple fry into the sweet mustard sauce. He contemplates the pairing of flavors and selects his words wisely: “The incomprehensible amount of detail and variety dedicated to the sculpting of the American classic is a wonder to behold.”
Aside from delivering tasty late afternoon treats at delicious prices, BFC gives back to Boise and the environment. Displays on the napkin dispensers detail the ways that BFC is eco-friendly, and Think Boise First coupon books are available for purchase at the counter.
After polishing off the rest of his happy hour snack, my pal reflects on his first happy hour trip to BFC, saything that overall, BFC “is pretty bombass.”