It's the most wonderful time of the year. Welcome to our 2018 Boise Eats/Boise Drinks issue (What...you thought we were talking about Christmas?). Pardon our drool as Boise Weekly takes you on a tasty trip across the Treasure Valley. Many of our readers have told us over the past couple of years (this is our third edition) that Boise Eats/Boise Drinks is a semi-permanent fixture on their coffee tables or kitchen counters, serving as the definitive go-to gastronomical guide. But you might want to keep an extra copy in your car as a moveable feast road map, for whatever may strike your food fancy.
We start things off with BW's Lex Nelson taking us on a culinary field trip to Eagle, introducing us to seven delightful restaurants. Some are mainstays, some are newcomers. All of them should be on your must-visit list.
I'll bring you up to date on Treasure Valley Refugee Restaurant Week, now in its third year, which showcases some of the region's best chefs who also happen to be refugees, resettled to Boise from some of the most dangerous places on the planet.
Contributing writer Greta Gardner dives into Boise's longstanding ties to the Basque Country. She even shares a no-longer-secret recipe for chipirones en su tinta—squid in its own ink sauce.
Lex returns to examine the growing popularity of so-called "pop-up" restaurants—one-and-done events presented by some of Boise's best food purveyors.
And BW's Harrison Berry is up for the challenge of taste-testing three of Boise's newest taquerias. As Harrison puts it, "Boise is undergoing something of a tacossance."