The places below are listed in alphabetical order. If you would like to nominate a restaurant or business for consideration, please email Adrianne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
155 E Riverside Dr, Eagle, ID 83616 (208) 938-5093
610 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 426-0538
Bar-de-nay – (bar d nay) n. 1. A sailing term used in place of the word ‘cocktail.” 2. Any drink consumed in celebration, particularly while at sea. 3. The first distillery pub in the U.S.
Even though Bardenay’s name means ‘cocktail,’ their commitment to quality does not stop at the bar. They have a vast and well-balanced menu ranging from high-protein, full-flavor vegan / vegetarian options such as the Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chimichanga with a mango salsa and chipotle sour cream to any meat-eaters favorite; the 14oz Ribeye prepared one of 3 ways: Madeira demi-glace, Blue cheese butter (my favorite) or peppercorn-crusted. Bardenay does not skimp on portion sizes or the quality of their ingredients; you can taste the freshness in every bite. A few other favorites were the Seared Rare Peppered Ahi Tuna with a wasabi-soy sauce, Panzanella Bruschetta Salad withmixed greenmade, a garlic grilled rustic toast, tossed with champagne vinaigrette, feta, whole milk mozzarella, cucumbers, kalamata olives, tomato, red onion, mint and basil. The Bruschetta Pomodoro, which is a grilled sourdough French bread with roasted garlic and dry aged jack cheese. Finished with marinated Roma tomatoes, sweet basil and a delectable balsamic reduction. I am in love with their food; everything was spot on and delicious!
Their Mother’s Day brunch will include: Prime rib, salmon, omelet and waffle bars, bacon, sausage, two styles of hash browns, biscuits and gravy, asparagus with hollandaise, shrimp cocktail, a cheese board and desserts. They also include a glass of bubbly or a mimosa.
We sat down with Manager, Stacey Gray who opened the Eagle location for the owners after working in the Boise location and has been with the company for over 19 years! In fact a good portion of the staff has been with the company for ten plus years! That goes to show you that they value their employees. Bardenay is a perfect place to meet friends or colleagues for drinks and appetizers or a full meal where you will enjoy their casual northwestern style cuisine. A little tip, the Boise location will probably be your best chance at getting a seat quicker than Eagle, but either is worth the wait!
Hours: 10am – 1:30pm
Cost: $29.95 for Adults, $14.95 for 12 and under. No reservations necessary.
404 S. 8th St. Boise, ID 83702 (208) 336-8466
3630 E Monarch Sky Ln. Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 887-5369
Bodovino in Downtown Boise is a total wine experience. Guests can take a tasting tour of the world and enjoy a sampling of 144 bottles of wines by the glass through their “Wine Emotion” machines or choose from over 600 wines by the bottle. Bodovino has the largest collection of Wine Emotion machines in the United States. They love to introduce people to different styles, regions, and types of wines. Who know maybe you’ll find your next unexpected favorite! They even include tasting notes on each wine to help guide you in your search. “Our guests no longer have to commit to an entire bottle, or even a glass for that matter, to try something new and exciting. Our goal is to introduce people to the world of wine accompanied by delicious food and amazing service.” And that they do. If the Mother in your life likes wine, they you need to take her to Bodovino for a completely new wine experience.
Hours: 11am – 10pm
Cost: Prices per menu No Reservations necessary
3. Boise Zoo – Mother’s Day Brunch
355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 608-7760
Join Zoo Boise for their annual Mother’s Day Brunch. Guests will be treated to a buffet breakfast, zookeeper talk, music, and a special gift for all Mother’s! Then you’ll have the rest of the day to explore your zoo. Past menus have included: bacon, sausage, waffles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee. Children 2 and under are free, but still require reservations. Cost includes zoo admission for the remainder of the day. Limited spots are available. Make your reservations by Wednesday, May 8.
Hours: 9am – 10am
Cost: $16.00 – $34.00. Reservations required
4. Chateau des Fleurs
176 S. Rosebud Ln. Eagle, ID 83616 (208) 947-2840
Celebrate a little early or later with “Afternoon Tea” at the Chateau des Fleurs every Wednesday. The Chateau itself reminds me of a grand French mansion full of the most beautiful marble floors, high ceilings, oversized chairs, chaise lounges and beautiful artwork. This tea was an amazing experience and is perfectly acceptable for children, and babies too! The staff was so friendly and accommodating. No detail is overlooked. The high chair even had a beautiful little white cushion on it, how cute is that?! The tower of bite sized foods were so flavorful and varied in flavors from the perfectly cut squares of bacon and Gruyère quiche, classic crustless sandwiches such as cucumber or chicken salad, scones that you topped with clotted cream, lemon curd or fresh preserves to the petite little French Macarons. Now for teatime, I typically gravitate towards what I know in the tea realm, which in this case was Earl Grey. I decided to take the advise of our amazing server, Amy and try the Bourbon Vanilla Rooibos. This tea can only be described as the best tea I have tasted in my entire life and was a favorite for everyone at the table. I also encourage you to visit their amazing French restaurant, currently called the Le Coq d’Or which will be renamed Roghani’s Restaurant.
Hours: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: $39.00 Adults / $29.00 for 10 and under. Reservations required
5. Cravin’s Candy Emporium
3064 S. Bowen Way Boise, ID 83706 (208) 424-6099 www.cravinscandy.com
Cravin’s Candy Emporium is located in Bown Crossing. A neighborhood candy store offering a wide variety of products that will take you back to your youth. 24 delicious creamy gelatos, an epic selection of nostalgic and international candies, handcrafted chocolates and glass bottled sodas. What exactly is gelato? Well I am glad you asked, gelato is Italian ice cream containing little or no air, and less dairy fat than traditional ice creams. The result: a dense, flavorful ice cream. Cravin’s also has over 80 flavors of glass-bottled sodas with many of them still using the original formula with pure sugar cane. They can even turn any of their bottled sodas into a creamy, frothy float with 3 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream! If you like coffee, Try their Affongato which is a scoop of gelato ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over the top. Head on in and treat Mom!
Hours: 11am – 8pm
Cost: Prices per menu No Reservations necessary
6. Crossing’s Winery – “The Crossings” Restaurant
1289 West Madison Ave, Glenns Ferry, ID 83623 (208) 366-2313
If you’re looking for a beautiful wine setting for mom and have never been to the Crossings Winery, then take the short 70 mile drive to Glenns Ferry. As of last September, Teresa McCallum is the new owner and has some big changes on the horizon. The winery will be rebranded to “Y Knot Winery” and the restaurant will now be called “The Crossings”. They have the best calamari that I have ever had, hands down! Typically you get those little rings or the small creatures that one of these days I am sure may climb out of my mouth. This calamari is long thick cuts of the calamari steak with a delicious fried coating. Other favorites were the Chicken Alfredo with penne pasta, grilled Cedar Plank Salmon, the 14oz Prime Rib and an amazing Chicken Marsala with thick chunks of mushroom and a beautiful marsala wine sauce. Their Mother’s Day buffet is sure to live up to the same quality and standards as their lunch and dinner menus, I’d say you are in for a treat, and well so is Mom.
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Cost: $29.00 Adults / $10.00 for 10 and under. No Reservations necessary
7. Goody’s Soda Fountain
1502 N 13th St, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 367-0020
Find the flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth at Goody’s Soda Fountain & Candy Store, a lovely little ice cream shop in the Hyde Park area of Boise. Goody’s Soda Fountain is more than just ice cream, it’s 33 years of expert ice cream making to be precise. The ice cream is handmade several times a week using rich, high quality cream and premium ingredients. You will also find delicious handmade chocolates with each piece made by one of their trained chocolatiers. The chocolates contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and you will not find any wax. They make their chocolates in-store twice a week to ensure freshness and top quality. Slide into a space on the street, park your vehicle in the adjacent lot or if cycling is more your speed, you’ll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the ice cream shop.
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Cost: Prices per menu. No Reservations necessary
8. Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
2500 E. Fairview Ave Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 884-5200
Mama Mia! Louie’s is a definite standout for Italian Cuisine in the Treasure Valley. With over 53 years of tradition that you can taste in every bite! In 1965, Louie Mallane established Louie’s Pizza in Ketchum / Sun Valley, Idaho. With a bank loan of $150, Louie purchased necessities such as flour, mushrooms, tomatoes and napkins. Within six weeks, Louie had repaid his original loan. His family grew as did his reputation for a quality dining experience at reasonable prices. Now, over 53 years later, his son, Lou Mallane continues the tradition.
I wish I was able to include their pizza in last months TOP 10 Pizza issue, as it is one of the best around! Handmade sausage, thick slices of mushroom and pepperoni with a beautifully golden crust. Their portions of pasta are mammoth and so full of flavor! We opted to do the “Family Style” dinner, which is not only cost effective, but leaves you with plenty of leftovers. All family style meals include a soup or salad, garlic bread AND a family style pizza (peperoni, mushroom & sausage). You can choose 2 or 3 entrees. Our 1st entrée: Lasagna with homemade sausage and meat sauce. I am pretty sure their standard portions were larger than both our heads. 2nd entrée: Creamy Pesto Gnocchi, so light and fluffy, made with basil from their own gardens. They grew over 300 pounds of basil last year! 3rdentrée: Chicken Parmesan, breaded lightly it was crispy and topped with an outstanding rich tomato sauce.
Stand out starters: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms baked with house made sausage, Parmesan and cream cheese. The Antipasta Misto piled high with: Kasseri cheese, marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and smoked salmon. Kasseri cheese has been produced since the 19th century and is traditionally made with goat’s milk. A semi-hard, pale yellow cheese with a mild buttery, ever so slightly salty taste it’s easy to see why it is one of the most well-known Greek cheeses. It has a unique and unmistakable flavor. And since we still had so much room left in our bellies why not add in dessert? Definitely get the Chocolate Cake, it was approx 6” x 6” and could easily feed 4 people! “Mangia, Mangia!”
Hours: 10am – 9pm
Cost: $19.99 Adults / $8.50 for 8 and under. No Reservations necessary
9. Ste. Chapelle Winery
19348 Lowell Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607 (208) 453-7840
A fun way to spend the day with Mom at Ste. Chapelle Winery’s Mother’s Day Concert Featuring The Fabulous Chancellors. Their summer concert series is back and better than ever! Head on out to the winery on Sunday afternoons all summer long for great music, tasty food, local vendors and of course plenty of wine! You can check out their entire concert lineup on their website and purchase tickets early to save a little money. Ticket price includes the concert only. This is a family friendly event; service animals only. Picnics are welcome, but they do not allow any outside alcohol. If a day in the sun isn’t your thing, head inside to their beautiful tasting room inspired by the famed Ste. Chapelle medieval Gothic chapel in France, their picturesque tasting room is open daily and also serves tasty bites. (See our website for the extended review and photos.)
Hours: 11am – 4:30pm
Cost: $10.00 – $15.00. No Reservations necessary
10. Trudy’s Kitchen and Cabins
3876 ID-21, Idaho City, ID 83631 (208) 392-4151
Trudy’s Kitchen is well worth the beautiful drive up to scenic Idaho City. Not only is the food absolutely delicious but the town itself if so full of history. Idaho City was established in 1862 and originally called “Bannock”. Idaho City had the unfortunate history of burning to the ground four times! It was also the home of Idaho’s first Catholic church as an official state, a quintessential gold town, and boasted a larger population than that of Portland at the time.
Paul Head (a Navy Veteran) and his wife Melissa, the new owners of Trudy’s Kitchen (as of last December) have managed to up the ante and made Trudy’s even better. Which I am sure some will say wasn’t even possible. It is folks, it is, trust me! Everything is made from scratch now and I mean everything! From the dressings and sauces, breads, sides and desserts to their award-winning Prime Rib Finger Steaks, crispy fried Catfish (with zero muddy flavor), the enormous Mountain Man Burger with 2 patties and ham AND an egg on top (and did I mention Paul grinds their own meat every, single, day?!) Trudy’s also has the BEST fresh-cut, crispy fries in the Pacific North West. Other standout sides were the Wild Rice Pilaf with pine nuts and currants, an Old Fashioned “real deal” Potato Salad and the Coleslaw was fabulous, not soupy at all and had nice rustic cuts, not those small micro pieces that most are use to getting elsewhere. All I can say is that the flavors are well balanced while being classic and unique all at the same time. Almost all of the ingredients used are sourced within 130 miles of Idaho City to ensure consistent freshness, talk about keeping it local.
No meal at Trudy’s is complete without dessert (and drinks!). You can choose from the Huckleberry Cheesecake, which they are widely known for or one of their mile-high cream pies; coconut, pistachio, lemon, chocolate. Need I say more? YUM! In addition to their beer and wine they also serve “Cutwater” canned cocktails, which were surprisingly good.
Here’s a fun thought, why not treat mom to something a little-extra-special on Mother’s Day and make the weekend out of it by renting one of their three adorable cabins that have all recently been updated. We stayed the night in the biggest of the three cabins and had the best time. They have full size appliances, two queen beds, a full bath and a kitchen table. We even had the opportunity to sit on the porch and have a fire outside, but the weather just couldn’t cooperate. The next morning we went back in to try a few breakfast items and were not disappointed. A few of our favorites were the Biscuits and Sausage Gravy served with eggs and a side of sausage, as you can never have enough sausage, especially if it’s THIS homemade sausage! Buttermilk Hotcakes that were topped with honey butter and lastly the Corned Beef Hash, it was exceptional and had big chunks of flavorful meat. Just a heads up, a side portion of this fills an entire plate, as do most of their dishes!
They have plenty of RV hookups and parking for your motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs or Side by Sides.
Hours: 8am – 8pm
Cost: Prices per menu. No Reservations necessary. Cabin rental $79.00 – $99.00 Make the weekend of it!