Boise restaurants are notorious for closing up shop frustratingly early. But if you're not a card-carrying AARP member with a penchant for early bird buffets, you can still fill your belly well into the evening at a few local eateries. Here are a some spots to snag a late-night bite.
Hyde Park's crowded 13th Street Pub and Grill (1520 N. 13th St., 208-639-8888) feeds the North End masses with a late-night menu that runs from 11 p.m. to midnight. The dark-wood space also features a killer selection of microbrews and a swank patio with heated floors.
Boise's beloved Basque Block eatery Bar Gernika (202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-319-1063) allows you to sample specialties from the Basque Country like fried croquettas or chorizo sandwiches until 1 a.m. on the weekends. If you're not feeling so adventurous, try the out-of-this-world-delicious tuna melt on cheddar scallion bread.
When you need to harness your hangries with a dash of class, Flatbread Community Oven (615 W. Main St., 208-287-4757) is a better bet than the sizzling street-meat carts that line Main Street. Flatbread slings pizza, flatbread, salads and soups Thursday-Saturday until 1 a.m., with a late-night happy hour that runs from 9 p.m. until close.
Or if you want a slice that goes nice with a microbrew, swing into the Front Door Northwest Pizza and Taphouse (105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201) on Friday and Saturday for the full menu until 11 p.m. and slices only until 2 a.m.
Ha' Penny (855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-343-5568) may be an Irish pub, but it makes damn-good nachos. With bands, karaoke and food served until midnight on the weekends, Ha' Penny will fill your stomach and your appetite for entertainment.
If you're jonesing for a breakfast burrito the size of an infant, make your way to Los Betos (5220 W. Fairview Ave., 208-658-1185; 6906 W. State St., 208-853-1494) for a delicious gutbomb that you'll undoubtedly regret in the morning. Los Betos serves it up fast and greasy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Speaking of 24-hour eateries, after the bars close, grab a cab to State Street and hit up Merritt's Country Cafe (6630 W. State St., 208 853-9982) for a warm, buttery scone. But don't think you're getting a rock-hard British pastry; this Boise institution serves up soft, savory and sweet scones the size of plates in a roadside shack that feels like a trashier version of your grandma's house.
Another grub option outside of downtown is the North End's O'Michael's Pub and Grill (2433 Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948.) Get a plate piled high with halibut bites until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
If it's fried morsels you're craving, swing into Mulligan's Golf Pub and Eatery (1009 W. Main St., 208-336-6998) for a pile of tater tots or chicken strips covered in pink fry sauce. The kitchen at Mulligan's stays open until 2 a.m.
With options like potato-bacon or mac 'n' cheese pizza, Pie Hole (205 N. Eighth St., 208-344-7783; 1016 Broadway Ave., 208-424-2225) is the place to be after last call on the weekends. Plus you can play some old-school video games and eavesdrop on some crazy conversations while waiting in the often-lengthy line. Pile Hole serves up slices Sunday-Thursday until 3 a.m. and Friday-Saturday until 4 a.m.
After a night imbibing liquids, you'll probably want some Solid (405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620) grub to line your belly. Solid's famous chicken and waffles is a favorite, as are other potato-and-egg breakfast-y options. Solid's kitchen is open Sunday-Thursday until 1 a.m. and Friday-Saturday until 4 a.m.