It's no idle boast to call Idaho the Gem State. The Idaho Department of Lands lists dozens and dozens of gem varieties that can be found within the state's borders: from agates and amethyst to zeolites and zircon. Not all of them are found underground, however. Look hard enough and you'll find figurative gems all over the place.
In this year's Boise Weekly Bar and Restaurant Guide, we riff on Idaho's rep as a jeweled beauty to scratch below the surface of the Treasure Valley food scene, digging up some hidden and not-so-hidden gems among the eat- and drinkeries to be found in Boise and surrounds.
We take a look at sushi, shine a light on a handful of spots that we think deserve a little more attention, go west in the valley to check in with our sister cities, offer a historical primer on the beloved tot, crawl the bars on the Boise Bench, take a trip down State Street, get the munchies at the movies and put the Treasure Valley's liquor purchases under the microscope.
Of course, you'll find wide ranging listings of both bars and restaurants throughout the valley, and we hope you'll find this guide interesting, educative and--most important--useful.
One thing's for sure: from rockhounds to foodhounds to boozehounds, there's a lot to discover in Ada and Canyon counties.