Locals' Tastes 

Locals weigh in on their faves

Tim Johnstone DJ at 94.9 FM KRVB The River

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  • Tim Johnstone

Where do you like to eat locally?

Fork.

What's your favorite dish?

Wild mushroom ravioli.

Where do you like to drink locally?

The Modern Hotel and Bar.

What's your favorite drink?

Whatever Michael [Bowers, Modern bartender] is serving.


Ken Bass DJ at 94.9 FM KRVB The River

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  • Ken Bass

Where do you like to eat locally?

Fujiyama.

What's your favorite dish?

The Godzilla roll.

Where do you like to drink locally?

Bardenay.

What's your favorite drink?

A huckleberry martini.


Matthew Cameron Clark Boise Contemporary Theater artistic director

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  • Matthew Cameron Clark

Where do you eat locally?

I tend to gravitate toward big flavor for lunch. Taj Mahal, Yokozuna and Pho Tam are all standards for me. For dinner, I want time and variety. Cafe Vicino and Bittercreek are both fantastic. Sono Bana has been added to the family favorites since we moved to the Bench.

What's your favorite dish?

Nothing beats really fresh uni, but the grilled halloumi at Bittercreek is made of salty magic.

Where do you drink locally?

Gernika feels like home, The Modern feels celebratory, Bittercreek has a great beer list and Matador has good food, late.

What do you drink?

I like beer I can't see through and gin cocktails that aren't sweet. The usual is a Mutton Buster Brown from Payette Brewing poured right here at BCT.


Jess Flynn CEO of Red Sky Public Relations and all-around foodie

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  • Jess Flynn

Where do you eat locally?

Bleubird, A'tavola, Alavita, Red Feather Lounge and Le Coq Rouge.

What is your favorite dish?

Comfort food: bolones at Alavita or grilled cheese at Bleubird. Breakfast: oatmeal souffle at Red Feather.

Where do you drink locally?

Modern Hotel and Bar.

What is your favorite drink?

The Layover.


Robert Franz Boise Philharmonic musical director

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  • Robert Franz

Where do you eat locally?

Barbacoa, Red Feather, Pho Nouveau, Yoi Tomo and Bonefish.

What is your favorite dish?

I love the guacamole at Barbacoa and the pho at Pho Nouveau.

Where do you drink locally?

Chandlers.

What is your favorite drink?

Chopin Vodka martini straight up and dirty ... shaken, not stirred.


Erin Ruiz artist

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  • Erin Ruiz

Where do you eat locally?

Lorena's ... unassuming little shack with the best Mexican food worthy of a grandmother's approval.

What's your favorite dish?

There's a place called Sushi Joy ... They've got the best sweet and sour chicken I've had in all my years.

Where do you drink locally?

I've got to go with Mai Thai. They have a killer selection of cocktails and the atmosphere is swank.

What do you drink?

My go-to drink these days is a Moscow Mule: ginger beer, vodka and lime. Mai Thai makes a great one, and it's tough to track down a place that stocks ginger beer.


Dave Bieter Mayor of Boise

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  • Dave Bieter

Where do you like to eat locally?

It's kind of a long list. Leku Ona and Bar Gernika are obvious enough. ... I think Fork has done a great job ... I think the Brickyard has done a pretty good job.

What's your favorite dish?

I don't miss many meals. The beef tongue at Gernika is as good as it gets. Also, fish and chips or finger steaks at the Dutch Goose.

Where do you like to drink locally?

All of the above. But the commute is so convenient and the happy hour is so good at The Brickyard.

What do you like to drink?

I don't know if this is good or bad. I drink a lot less beer and more cocktails these days. A vodka martini with Idaho vodka: Glacier vodka, the Bardenay vodka, Blue Ice or Revolution vodka. I think James Bond is a vodka guy, too.


Allen Ireland owner Pengilly's Saloon and Neurolux

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  • Allen Ireland

Where do you eat locally?

Saint Lawrence Gridiron's pop-up dinners. These are uniquely themed multiple-course, sit-down dinners in unconventional locations. Brian [Garrett], an architect with a chef in a food truck, has served some of the most creative and delicious meals I have eaten in Boise.

What is your favorite dish?

My favorite is always changing. The spicy lamb burger at Red Feather Lounge is good if ordered a point.

Where do you drink locally?

When I go out it is usually for dinner and that's when I have a cocktail. It's great to see the restaurants giving as much attention to the ingredients and preparation of the drinks as they do the food.

What is your favorite drink?

I like the complex craft cocktails at the restaurants but have an old standby: Campari and soda on the rocks, no gin, no garnish ... at home.


Minerva Jayne Boise's blonde bombshell

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  • Minerva Jayne

Where do you eat locally?

Solid. They have a great late-night menu and impeccable service.

What is your favorite dish?

Their risotto bites are DIVOON little bits of heaven!

Where do you drink locally?

Anywhere with a liquor license but I love Red Feather for a drink best of all!

What do you drink?

Champagne, darling! Of course!


Trey McIntyre Trey McIntyre Project artistic director

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  • Trey McIntyre

Where do you eat locally?

I eat mainly at Red Feather Lounge, Bleubird Cafe and Alavita.

What is your favorite dish?

The Crudo appetizer at Alavita is mindblowing. I've never had a sandwich that wasn't excellent at Bleubird, but the Reuben is my fave. And the kale Caesar at Red Feather is delicious.

Where do you drink locally?

Red Feather Lounge, The Modern Hotel and Bar and at Spacebar.

What is your favorite drink?

My favorite drink is the Shoreditch at Red Feather Lounge.

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