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Under $100: Boise

by Brandon Schultz

Jul 25, 2019

Boise © Charles Knowles | Dreamstime

Under $100 / North America

Start your day in Idaho’s capital at Big City Coffee & Cafe, a Boise favorite for passionately prepared coffee and a solid start to the day. A breakfast sandwich and coffee here will cost about $13.

Next, walk north for about 30 minutes until you reach Camel’s Back Park, where you can explore easy trails at the Boise Foothills and snap a spectacular pic of the city from the top of Camel’s Back hill. Head back toward downtown by way of the historic Hyde Park district where you’ll find plenty of boutiques and cafés in Boise’s charming North End.

Continue south and cross the Boise River to Madre – Boutique Taqueria, where you’ll find an upscale take on the neighborhood restaurant offering gourmet tacos with primarily regional and sustainably grown ingredients in a casually elegant indoor/outdoor setting. Try the chicken tinga taco and the pineapple al pastor with a side of queso fundido with chorizo and a Mexican beer for $25.

Walk off your lunch with a leisurely stroll up Boise’s impressive Greenbelt, featuring an assortment or riverfront parks worth exploring along your way to the Telaya Wine Co. tasting room. Grab an outdoor seat facing the river and enjoy a glass of Idaho wine while watching the bikers and hikers passing by. A glass will cost $6–12.

Head back down along the river to the Boise Art Museum for an afternoon of contemporary art focused on Northwest American artists, including many Idaho natives. The museum is particularly known for its impressive ceramic collection, and admission is $6.

Get a true taste of Idaho with dinner at FORK, featuring fresh ingredients from local farmers and producers at this popular restaurant with an outdoor patio that, like much of Boise, welcomes dogs (who may receive a special snack, depending on availability). Start with the asparagus fries, and the nearly bite-sized 8th street tacos before your entree, and save room for the famous warm butter cake topped with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit and berry coulis. This will run about $50.


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