There is one definite upside to the construction that has gridlocked downtown Boise for awhile: This city is now filled with so many good restaurants. If there is a downside, it's how costly it would be to try them all, which is why the annual Dine Out Downtown event, presented by the Downtown Boise Association is such a treat. For more than a week, the 26 participating eateries offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at discounted prices, affording diners an opportunity to explore the culinary scene. This year, the event runs Friday, Oct. 27-Sunday, Nov. 5, and features a few different types of discount prix fixe dining: a $10 two-course lunch, a $15 two-course dinner, and a $30 three-course dinner. While these menus often include optional wine or beer pairings, there's something new on the Dine Out menu: "Social Hour," which lets diners try craft cocktails and happy hour snacks at six participating restaurants: Bacon, Bonefish Grill, Chandlers, Leku Ona, Red Feather Lounge and The Matador.
"Social Hour is meant to cater specifically to something that you'd experience at a traditional happy hour," said DBA Events and Programs Manager Karlee May. "It's that addition that lets you have some local food, some local drink, and basically try two places for dinner."
At Leku Ona, a drink and tapas pairing costs only $10, and the two-for-$15 menu at Chandlers includes craft cocktails like the Lights Out Manhattan (Jim Beam bourbon, Averna, Nux Alpina walnut liqueur and orange) and the Nectarine Lemon Drop (44 North nectarine vodka, orange curacao, lemon juice and sugar). Plus, although the number of participating restaurants hasn't changed, a few new spots—including Zeppole Baking Co., Richard's and Leku Ona—have rotated in this year.
So, whether you've skipped dining downtown for financial reasons or just haven't had a chance to try a certain spot, now is the time. Visit downtownboise.org for participating restaurants and menus.