Big Jud’s

1289 S Protest Rd. Boise, ID 83706 (208) 343-4439 / 3030 E Overland Rd. Ste 100 Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 629-5259

Imagine a nine inch round, four layer cake frosted high. Now you have a comparison as to how gigantic Big Jud’s “Man Vs Food” burger really is. Two ONE POUND patties, 10 pieces of bacon, swiss cheese, bleu cheese and mushrooms on both layers! Not only was this burger HUGE it was also super delicious! There is just something about marrying blue cheese and mushrooms together that appeases my palette. They also have a two pound Big Jud’s Challenge where if you finish the burger, fries and drink in 30 minutes or less it’s free, and you make it onto their wall of fame and leave with a cool t-shirt, I would say that is quite an accomplishment as we were still eating away at our burger for at least two to three days after. Something I definitely want to mention is that their burgers reheat REALLY well in the oven. All of Big Jud’s fries are cut daily and made from fresh-cut Idaho potatoes, they come out hot and crispy and of course as a huge portion!  They go through 200 – 300 pounds of potatoes every day. Other standouts were the Crispy Chicken Salad; spring salad mix, cheddar cheese, onion and tomato (you can also get this with grilled chicken), the Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich with swiss cheese, ham, pineapple, tomato, lettuce, & teriyaki sauce and definitely, definitely try their Pastrami Burger which is a loaded with pastrami and swiss.  

Boise Fry Company

2020 East Overland Road Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 844-5530 / 6944 West State Street, Boise, ID 83714 (208) 391-1573 / 3083 South Bown Way Boise, ID 83706 (208) 965-1551 / 204 North Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 949-7523 / 224 12th Ave S Nampa, ID 83651 (208) 965-8696

Boise Fry Company means business when it comes to burgers and fries, in fact their motto sums them up perfectly “Fries with burgers on the side!” They offer six different potatoes to choose from: Russet, Purple, Gold, Sweet, Laura and Yam and you can have them five different way: shoestring, regular, homestyle, curly, or as a po’ball! All potatoes comes from M&M Heath Farms in Buhl, Idaho. They prepare each potato fresh and follow a strict regiment to ensure each fry retains its quality and amazing flavor. All the potatoes are fried in a natural GMO-free sunflower oil, and are served unsalted which means you get to choose from any of their amazing and diverse homemade seasonings and dipping sauces. So, for example, you could dip your curly Yukon gold fry, spritzered with malt vinegar and sprinkled with smoked sea salt, in blueberry ketchup. Or dip an unsalted home-style sweet potato fry in chipotle aioli. 
Their bison burger was phenomenal, so lean and yet so full of flavor. We chose to try this one “Original” which has spring mix, tomato, red onion gastrique, and garlic aioli. Another favorite, surprisingly was their vegan burgers which are made with black beans and quinoa, we had them prepare it with “The Heat” which is a seasonal berry compote, habaneros, lettuce, and spicy ketchup. They source all of their meats locally and use organic ingredients whenever possible.  

Diamond Lil’s Steakhouse & Saloon

407 & 409 Main St, Idaho City, ID 83631 (208) 392-4400

If you haven’t ventured on up to Diamond Lil’s in Idaho City then you’re missing out on a tasty and fun excursion. Their burgers can be made six ways from Sunday and are named Lil (1/5#), Annie Oakley (1/4#) or Wild Bill (1/2#). A favorite was the delicious Garden Burger with grilled red and green peppers, mushrooms, onions, swiss and cheddar. Maybe you’re feeling a little hungrier and are up for their Diamond Lil Food Challenge? This challenge is mammoth and comes with soup, salad, bread, baked potato, corn, dessert AND a 50 oz RIB EYE STEAK! You get 50 minutes to clean your plate and if successful the meal is on them, otherwise it’s a $95.00 check! They also have this really cool money bar, which is exactly what it sounds like. There are bills hanging from the ceiling everywhere with so many visitors names written on them. Diamond Lil’s is one of the oldest buildings in Idaho City, built in the mid 1800’s. A fun fact about Idaho City, all of the buildings that were built before the 1970’s have no foundations, but they DO have tons of tunnels underneath the whole town!  (See our website for the extended review and photos.)
Emmett Cherry Festival June 12 – 15, Emmett City Park 
Since the 1930s, the community has gathered each June to celebrate the abundance of the valley. They celebrate with the region’s longest continually running festival, “The Emmett Cherry Festival.” The traditional Cherry Festival events, concerts and carnival all happen in the Emmett City Park starting on Wednesday and running through Saturday.Of the many, many things that set the Emmett Cherry Festival apart from other events, most notably is the abundance of FREE and FAMILY-FRIENDLY activities. Some of the many free activities include: No cost to enter, no admission or gate fees. Free daily entertainment and nightly concerts. Parade and children’s parade. Free entry in to all contests.  

Father’s Day 5K & 10K – Boise City

Sixth annual Father’s Day 5K & 10K virtual race. What is a virtual race? A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track (or even at another race). You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. Run on your own, or with friends! And your medal will be shipped directly to you. Complete a virtual 5K, 10K, half marathon and more. The price is $20 and that includes your medal, bib and shipping. Plus, at least 15% of every entry will be donated to charity.  

Father’s Day Car Show

8th, Idaho, and Bannock Streets in Downtown Boise. From 9:00am – 3:30pm

The 20th Annual Downtown Boise Father’s Day Car Show brings families together to celebrate, relive and create memories, envision a future and enjoy the bounty of one of America’s most vibrant downtowns – Downtown Boise. There will be a display of classic and electric cars, live DJs, raffles, and more.  

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria

6700 N. Linder Ste 192 Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 501-8567 / 800 W. Main Street Ste 230 (208) 287-4757

I know you’re thinking a pizza place that serves some of the best burgers in Boise? Um, well, yeah! Flatbread came out of left field with their two OUTSTANDING burgers. Hands down their best burger was the Calabrian Chile Burger with a bacon pepper jam, Calabrian chiles, a pistachio nut butter, gorgonzola and arugula. This is the burger you want to eat on your cheat day, no kidding. Just do it. Seriously.  And not to be outdone by the Chianti Caramelized Onion Burger with white cheddar, fontina and arugula, ADD the roasted mushrooms. Both burgers come with rosemary parmesan fries so don’t ask for the basic fry, this is a perfectly paired potato stick.  And let’s not stop at just the burgers, No Way, let’s talk about one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth, their Steak Tip Dip sandwich done with a wood-fired flat iron. This sandwich was so good honestly, that the au jus just isn’t needed, ALL of the flavor is in the sandwich itself. Wow, yum, so good! We started with some Balsamic Glazed Chicken Wings that had a pine nut and scallion garnish served with a house-made creamy gorgonzola. Insert a drooling emoji here please! The wings were sticky and sweet and amazing and you absolutely must try them. Same goes for the Osso Bucco Ravioli that has a Calabrian chili demi-glace, sautéed spinach and fresh parmesan. I am stuffed, cannot eat another bite yet I have room for their cast iron Chocolate Chip Cookie with vanilla gelato. Finnetteo!  

Payette Brewing Company

733 South Pioneer St. Boise, ID 83702 (208) 344-0011

A fun, family-friendly, casual indoor tap room and outdoor beer garden, a perfect way to treat dad on Father’s day. They have food trucks and outdoor lawn games such as corn hole. Owner, Mike Francis left corporate life as an industrial engineer at Boeing Company in Seattle to engineer some industry of his own. After receiving an Associate’s Degree in Brewing Technology from Chicago’s Siebel Institute of Technology, followed by a stint at Schooner Exact Brewing in Seattle, Mike headed to his home turf of Boise in 2010 to establish Payette Brewing Company. They chose the name Payette because it fits the way we live and work. François Payette was a French Canadian trapper whose name and memory is enshrined among numerous Idaho landmarks. The name has since become synonymous with an adventurous spirit that pervades Idaho’s year-round outdoor lifestyle. They offer year-round beers, rotating seasonal releases and various experimental and specialty beers available on draft and in bottles.  


11123 w. State St. Star, ID 83669 (208) 286-7743

Sully’s in not-so-little-anymore Star is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year and it’s easy to see why it’s a local favorite. This Irish restaurant and pub has a really diverse menu and a fantastic outdoor space with plenty of shade. Owner Tom Moroney also owns the Dutch Goose in Boise that serves up the same burgers that you will find on the Sully’s menu. If you are a wing fan you absolutely must try the Chicken Wings, they are have just the right amount of kick and are so full of flavor. A little birdie told me that they do a two for one burger special for lunch on Tuesday’s (dine-in only). We had two exceptional burgers that were both very different. You can get them in 1/4lb, 1/3lb or 1/2lb patties. First up the Irish Burger; with sauerkraut, house-made corned beef, grilled onions, swiss and a horseradish-mustard sauce. Amazing! However, our favorite burger was the Yukon Burger with grilled ham, american and jack cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and their house sauce. Truly a phenomenal burger, oh yum! Other standouts, well at the top of the podium really is the Tri-Tip Dip with house baked tri-tip, sautéed mushrooms and swiss cheese on a hoagie roll served with this scrumptious onion au jus that you can dip just about anything into. All burgers and sandwiches come with crispy fries, garlic fries or onion rings. We opted for one of each and I have to say the onion rings were some of the best I have ever had, you can really taste the Blonde Guinness in the batter and they were so wonderfully crunchy. Save room for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake or the mile high Mud Pie which really is a recipe for decadence.  

The Flats 16

3705 ID-16, Eagle, ID 83616 (208) 258-6880

The Flats 16 is a newish restaurant and event center on Hwy 16 in Eagle, on the route heading to Emmett. Opened October 2017 by brothers Tyson and Caleb Burkhart, these guys do a great job infusing their Basque heritage into some of the dishes. We started with traditional Basque Croquettes that were served with a chipotle ranch sauce. The croquettes confused my palette because I couldn’t figure out what the ingredients were, does it have cheese? Nope. Potato? Negative. It was JUST chicken and their spices! Wow, they succeeded in making “just chicken” taste that good! Another delicious starter was the Bruschetta; olive oil baguette, goat cheese, diced tomatoes and basil drizzled with a balsamic reduction. They had multiple burgers to choose from all of which sounded yummy, so it was hard to narrow our decision. We went with Tyson’s wife, Jessica’s suggestion and had The Flats Classic which was an Angus patty topped with cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Home run folks! Second burger was their Basque Grinder, super unique flavor mashup of Basque chorizo, chopped lamb, grilled peppers and onions smothered in a beer and cheese queso! They also cook up a mean Fish Taco which is hand breaded wild cod topped with FLATS slaw, a raspberry-chipotle sauce, tomatillo salsa and goat cheese. If fish isn’t your thing and you still love tacos definitely try the Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taco with shredded provolone, sweet caramelized onions, FLATS slaw and a cilantro-lime aioli.  

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