In the thick of the summer tourist season in McCall, the town's restaurants have you held hostage. After a day spent shivering in Payette Lake or scouring the mountains for huckleberries, you'll happily shell out mega-bucks on a mediocre burger and fries to calm that gnawing rumble in your stomach.
But there are some spots serving up tasty, fresh fare without an outrageous price tag. Here is Boise Weekly's guide to a day of awesome and relatively inexpensive eating in McCall.
Breakfast at Fogglifter Cafe
In addition to offering a primo people-watching patio in the summertime, the Fogglifter Cafe also boasts an eclectic breakfast menu, including East Indian huevos with lentils and chutney ($6.95) and a veggie benedict layered with tomato, basil and a tangy hollandaise sauce ($6.95 full, or $4.95 half). The half benny, which also comes in traditional or bacon and avocado varieties, will fill you up without weighing you down, while you nurse a hot latte.
Lunch at Evening Rise Bread Co.
When you stroll up to this small bakery and sandwich shack, hidden off the main McCall drag, you’ll most likely have to stand in line. The bakery cranks out fresh loaves, while the sandwich counter churns out build-your-own bready behemoths. A chalkboard menu lists what’s fresh—ciabatta, sourdough, nine-grain, focaccia—and whatever daily specials are on hand. To get your sandwich ($8.96 whole, $5.57 half), fill out a small sheet of paper detailing what kind of meat, cheese, veggies and condiments you crave. But beware: If you can’t wolf down a pound of pork, don’t ask the dudes behind the line to make you “something special.”
Snack at Stacey Cakes
In the summer months, Stacey Cakes owner Stacey Kucy rolls into her small sweet shop—situated in a strip mall adjacent to Paul’s Market—as early as 3:30 a.m., then spends all day crafting delicate strawberry rhubarb tarts ($3.85), salted caramel cheesecakes ($4.50) and coconut macaroons ($2). Treat yourself.
Dinner at Salmon River Brewery
Situated on another hard-to-find side street, Salmon River Brewery is the perfect place to drink your dinner, if you’re still too full from those porky sandwiches and sugary tarts. With staples like the Udaho Gold or the coffee-infused Buzz Buzz Porter ($4.25 pint, $15 pitcher), Salmon River also has a sweet back patio with a small stage boasting live music. And don’t miss happy hour from 4-6 p.m. daily, when pints are only $3. If you are in the mood for a snack, Salmon River offers an array of pub grub, including beer-battered pickle spears with ranch ($3), fish and chips with lemon dill aioli ($8) or a flame-broiled elk burger with local grass-fed elk, grilled onions and melted blue cheese ($10.50).