Where to Eat the Best Breakfast in Boise
Posted by Lisa Kohl on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 4:06pm
Is there anything better than a scrumptious breakfast?
If you’re the kind of person who gets giddy planning your breakfast as you go to bed every night, this post is for you. Boise’s restaurant scene has a breakfast menu for everyone, from a healthy start meal to a sugar-fueled feast.
Many of the locally-beloved breakfast spots in the Treasure Valley have been around for years, while a few newcomers have already woven themselves into the area seamlessly. Whatever your preference—whether you’re hunting for biscuits and gravy, a stack of pancakes, or an artisanal omelette—there’s a breakfast waiting for you in Boise.
36th Street Bistro
At 36th Street Bistro, you can experience the quiet, refreshing atmosphere of a garden while sipping a mimosa and enjoying your eggs benedict. Nestled on the North End next to the adjoining gift shop and garden center, the bistro features a seasonally-updated brunch menu with fresh ingredients. After breakfast, you can stroll through the garden center and stop to (literally) smell the flowers.
$$ - $$$ | American, Brunch | 36streetgardencenter.com
3823 N Garden Center Way, Boise, ID 83703 | (208) 433-5108
Photograph courtesy of Fork
Fork’s motto is “loyal to local,” and this brunch delivers with seasonal produce, eggs, and meat sourced from area farms. Whether you’re craving vanilla custard french toast with house-made berry syrup or local Hagerman trout, you’ll find your fix at Fork. You can even build your own Bloody Mary or mimosa to round out your meal!
$$ - $$$ | Northwest, Brunch | boisefork.com
199 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 287-1700
If you ask a local where the best spot for a pancake is in town, they’ll probably tell you to head to The Griddle. This all-American diner opened its doors in 1948 and has earned its reputation for good food and an inviting atmosphere. The Griddle’s from-scratch menu serves up all of the breakfast classics, from country-style egg breakfasts to their signature pancakes.
$$ - $$$ | American, Cafe | thegriddle.com
404 E Parkcenter Blvd #200, Boise, ID 83706 | (208) 297-7615
Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro
Photograph courtesy of Goldys/FB
There’s no denying it: Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro has a cult-like following in Boise and they’ve earned it over nearly 20 years with delicious food and exceptional service. If you plan to eat at Goldy’s, you’re probably in for a wait, but it’ll all be worth it when you sit down at your quaint table in the restaurant’s historic location in Old Boise. Their menu and coffee bar serve up classic breakfast staples like frittatas, scrambles, pancakes, and french toast.
$$ - $$$ | American, Cafe | goldysbreakfastbistro.com
108 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 345-4100
Joe Momma’s Breakfast Eatery
For a classic breakfast in Eagle, you can’t go wrong with Joe Momma’s Breakfast Eatery. With a homey atmosphere and a menu that covers all the essential breakfast bases, they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth or your savory cravings for the most important meal of the day.
$$ - $$$ | American, Gluten Free Options | joemommaseatery.com
600 S Rivershore Ln #170, Eagle, ID 83616 | 208-939-3917
Photograph courtesy of Juniper/Instagram
Juniper’s vibe fits downtown Boise perfectly: it’s casually cool and comfortable with a nod to classic tradition with a modern twist. You’ll want to dig into Juniper’s brunch menu if you’re downtown on a weekend, and if the weather’s nice, you can order your breakfast cocktail and breakfast burrito on the patio.
$$ - $$$ | Eclectic, Brunch | juniperon8th.com
211 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 342-1142
Moe Joe’s Breakfast Eatery
Moe Joe’s is serving up the best of American breakfast food and lunch specials every day in Meridian. From their jalapeno berry pancakes to their “donuts and a cup of joe” (pancakes with a coffee syrup covered in a donut glazed with candied almonds), they’re shaking up the traditional breakfast menu and offering something completely original. Owner Joe Boyd is committed to only the freshest ingredients and from-scratch cooking, making Moe Joe’s a local favorite.
$$ - $$$ | American, Vegetarian-Friendly, Gluten Free Options | moejoesbe.com
2951 E Overland Rd #190, Meridian, ID 83642 | (208) 629-8761
The Modern Hotel and Bar
Photograph courtesy of The Modern/Instagram
One of Boise’s gems is The Modern Hotel and Bar in the Linen District, a reimagined mid-century Travelodge that’s been given new life in the form of a chic luxury hotel. Their brunch menu is curated by James Beard award-nominated chef Nate Whitley and features inspired, artisanal fare. Enjoy your breakfast from the bar, restaurant, or their courtyard patio seating.
$$ - $$$ | Locally-Sourced, Brunch | themodernhotel.com
1314 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 424-8244
Red Feather Lounge
On the weekends, Red Feather Lounge offers an impressive brunch menu with something for everyone. During patio season, you can’t beat the location of Red Feather’s 8th Street outdoor dining area. Their signature brunch cocktails and locally-inspired fare offer a unique and delicious take on breakfast food from butterscotch beignets to biscuits and gravy.
$$ - $$$ | American/Idaho, Brunch | bcrfl.com
246 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 429-6340
Saint Lawrence Gridiron
Photograph courtesy of Saint Lawrence Gridiron/FB
This downtown restaurant’s take on classic American food may be different than you’d expect; their Southern-inspired menu includes nods to “the roots of American cuisine” such as bones and toast, grits, and brisket. Saint Lawrence Gridiron’s modestly-sized dining area is augmented by a shaded patio next to their herb garden. Their brunch fare is unique and savory, with smoked and grilled meats playing a main role.
$$ - $$$ | Southern, Brunch | saintlawrencegridiron.com
705 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 433-5598
Waffle Me Up
For something fun, family-friendly, and sweetly satisfying, head to Waffle Me Up in downtown Boise. Waffle Me Up began as a farmer’s market novelty and has been serving the Treasure Valley their signature waffles since 2012. They offer savory options such as the popular bacon, syrup, and basil-layered “BOB” as well as Nutella-smothered creations with fresh local fruit.
$-$$ | Specialty Cafe, Vegetarian-Friendly | wafflemeup.com
204 N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702 | 208-412-7253
Wild Root Café & Market
Photograph courtesy of Wild Root Cafe/FB
With a fantastic patio for outdoor dining, a fresh- and healthy-food inspired menu, and a variety of vegan and gluten-free options, Wild Root Café and Market has earned a loyal following in Boise. Whether you’re hoping for a hearty serving of avocado toast or a vegan Avocado Banh Mi sandwich, you’ll find a health-conscious and delicious option at Wild Root.
$$ - $$$ | Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly | wildrootcafe.com
276 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 856-8956
When it comes to breakfast, Boise delivers. Come to think of it, Boise delivers on pretty much everything. Now the only question is, where are you going for your breakfast fix tomorrow?
Lisa is an Idaho Realtor and creator of WeKnowBoise.com. She helps each client just as she would a member of her own family, and cherishes the friendships she’s created. From Southeast Boise to the North End, up to Eagle and west to Meridian, or right in the middle of the Boise Bench and downtown - We Know Boise. Whether buying or selling a home, we provide full-service real estate solutions dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals.
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