Capitol Boulevard may be the backbone of Idaho’s largest city, but 8th Street is the city’s culinary heart. In a walkable half mile stretch, from the front door of The Afton to the State Capitol building, Boise’s dining options are abundant and diverse.
Prove that claim. Start on the north end of 8th, cross street Bannock, and stroll back toward The Afton. Your first stop is The Matador. Snag a seat at the bar and order up one of their savory Mexican creations, pair it with one of over 100 tequila options. Hop the iron fence to the next door neighbor, Juniper, a locally owned kitchen and cocktail emporium offering food for the Northwest, from the Northwest.
Take twenty steps and across to the shady side of street to sample authentic German brats and bier and say Guten Tag at the lively Prost. Then meander next door to Boise’s culinary one-two punch. A restaurant divided; on the left an elegant eatery, the right a lively beer house. Bittercreek Alehouse, boasting a bustling atmosphere, is perfect for grabbing a local beer or wine from the tap and coupling it with casual favorites, like the homemade Duck Poutine. The buildings other half, Red Feather, offers an endless list of upscale cocktails, an intimate atmosphere and an impressively towering glass wine cellar.
Keep that lulling pace toward The Afton and you won’t be able to miss Fork. Local owners Cameron and Amanda Lumsden have achieved community acclaim for their “Loyal to Local” attitude. They use only the best ingredients from the Northwest to create some of the best dishes in the state, as well as a comprehensive beer, wine, and spirit selection.
At this point, you’re half-way back to The Afton, a five minute walk or two minute bike ride, so take a break at Lucky Fins, perched on the Grove Plaza. From the patio here you can be a part of some of the best cultural events in downtown, while enjoying great grilled seafood and fresh sushi.
Then jump across Front Street, less than a block from The Afton, into the Cultural District. Off the beaten path sits Grind Burger & Postmodern Brewery. Their burger creations and fry options are unbelievable and the beer-tails (cocktails made with beer) are a uniquely perfect fit to complete a meal.
It’s an easy walk, and those are just a fraction of the options. So, whether you’re feeling a well-known chain or an unknown hole-in-the-wall, 8th Street has a place for you to land and be satisfied.
Because that's really that’s what makes a street mean something. Making memories with friends around a table. Tasting the local food that makes you feel like you’re home. Wearing a rut in the road between your front step and your favorite eatery.
So enjoy the best eats on your street and live better at The Afton.
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