There’s something about a great meal.

It can be as simple as the quality of the food being eaten. But it’s usually much more. It’s the idea that a great meal allows us to find something we’re constantly seeking, comfort.

That comfort shows itself in different ways. At times, it’s the peace of a moment to one’s self in a back booth. At others, a well lit spot to reconnect with old friends, or connect for the first time with someone new.

Whether it’s a quick, on-the-go bite, or conversational marathon across a silk-clothed table, downtown Boise has eateries designed for all comfort levels.

For example, when the rising sun pushes you out your front door, a casual walk into Boise’s downtown reveals second to none breakfast stops. Three blocks north of The Afton, grab a table with friends in the bustling atmosphere at Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro, or make a pit stop at their attached café, Goldy’s Corner. A few blocks west, in Boise’s Linen District, Big City Coffee pours hot espresso and steams the best eggs in town. And don’t overlook Berryhill’s Bacon. The quiet shop offers a variety of sizzling sensations to suit anyone.

As the afternoon rolls in, take a short stroll (or shorter bike ride) and steal a shady spot at local favorites that offer flavors and creations you’ll only find in Boise. Bar Gernika, located on Boise’s Basque Block, offers exquisite, traditional Basque dishes. Or check out the Bleubird on 10th Street for a rustic deli experience; but get there early . . . the line grows quick! To sit back and enjoy a savory menu and downtown view, stop by Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria located two short blocks up 8th Street in the Zion’s Bank Building.

That feeling we’re searching for in a good meal seems to truly show itself around the dinner table. No matter the style of food or setting, downtown Boise has something that will speak to you.  Cottonwood Grille, nestled against the Boise River and catty corner from The Afton, promotes an elegant environment and ever-changing menu by the unrivaled Chef Alcelay.  You could also make a reservation at Chandler’s Steakhouse. Just a block outside Boise's Cultural District, Chandlers’ compliments its perfect meat cuts with a classy setting and live Jazz nightly. Or take an evening stroll to the corner of 8th and Idaho St. for handmade Italian and lively conversation at locally owned Alavita.  

It comes down to you. You’re the one seeking a great meal, and more importantly, the one that best suits you. So explore for something new or find your old favorite haunt.

Seek the perfect meal, find your comfort food.

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