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Dishing up Mandarin delicacies for more than 14 years, this casual restaurant has been voted the 'best Asian food' in Boise by locals. Diners select from specialties such as Bao dumplings, egg rolls or dry-cooked beans. While waiting for their food, customers enjoy the aroma of simmering sauces in this friendly restaurant. Although Mandarin cuisine is the emphasis, there are also Szechuan and Hunan selections.
One of downtown's most popular establishments also happens to be one of the first restaurants with a distillery in the nation. Bardenay, which is sailor's slang for cocktail, concocts its own vodka, rum, gin and whiskey. In addition to drinks comes an impressive New American menu. Entrees are quite filling and range from charbroiled salmon to rum pepper steak. The pork tenderloin and corned beef reuben sandwiches are especially good. Besides the distillery, the spacious brick-walled eatery features beers on tap served at its long, cherry-oak bar.
Whether you are a lover of Mexican food, tequila or cocktails, you are sure to love The Matador. This restaurant offers some of the most delicious made-from-scratch Mexican food you will find anywhere along with a variety of tequila and tequila-based cocktails which is unparalleled in the city. Enjoy authentic Mexican dishes like Ancho Chile Wings, Grande Nachos, Pork Al Pastor Torta, Skillet Seared Fajitas and Sauteed Chipotle Shrimp. The tequila menu includes everything from Mezcal drinks to specialty tequilas which have smoky or caramel flavors. The large tables, the bright, Mexican themed decor and the cozy ambiance makes this a great place to catch up with friends or go for a family meal.
This arty cafe blends arts and crafts from local, regional and national artists with espresso, coffee, pastries and sandwiches. Light meals are the specialty here. Hand-crafted sandwiches and soups are lunch favorites, while the pastries and espresso drinks lure diners in throughout the day. Casual and laid back, the friendly cafe tempts customers to lounge outside or near the door to watch passersby. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a favorite hangout for local writers and bookworms.
Even though the location is less than glamorous, the food at Fresh Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant is simply delicious. The popular eatery often has people lining up for its seafood lunches. Offering seafood salads, sandwiches, fish and chips, pasta, and tacos, the restaurant also features specialty dishes like the Zesty Italian Cod and Eileen's Crab Bake. The beverage menu includes beer and wine.
Throughout its history, O'Michael's Pub & Grill has had three owners, all of whom were named Michael. Located in Boise's historic North End, the restaurant and bar serves "steaks and spirits," while live bands entertain. The family friendly pub is one of the only places in the area to serve late night food. Catering is also available. Check the website for schedules and events.