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Boise’s Best Bites: Where to Eat During Your Conference

When attending a conference at Boise Centre, you’re not just in for excellent sessions and networking; you’re also in the heart of a booming food scene that promises to make your stay genuinely vibrant. Boise, a celebrated culinary hotspot, boasts a wide array of dining options that cater to every palate and preference, including James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs. Whether you’re squeezing in a quick lunch between meetings or planning a group dinner to network and unwind, here’s your guide to navigating Boise’s best bites within walking distance of the conference hub.

Quick and Casual: Perfect for Lunch Breaks


Fork – Just a short walk from Boise Centre, Fork is committed to local farmers and vendors, offering a menu filled with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Whether you opt for a salad or a hearty burger, it’s a great spot for a quick, satisfying lunch in a lively yet comfortable setting.

Bittercreek Alehouse – Located just 5 minutes on foot from Boise Centre, Bittercreek Alehouse is a favorite among locals for a leisurely lunch break. This spot is renowned for its dedication to sustainability and local ingredients, featuring menu items like hand-cut fries, fresh burgers, and unique dishes such as seared halloumi cheese tacos. The alehouse also offers popular happy hour specials including butterscotch beignets and classic poutine, along with discounted local beers. 

The Warehouse Food Hall – For those looking to grab a quick bite between sessions, but not sure exactly what you’re in the mood for, The Warehouse Food Hall features ten eateries and two lively bars, all under one roof. Enjoy gourmet hot dogs at Foy’s Franks, fresh baked treats at Poppy Seed Bakery & Café, authentic Mexican flavors at KB’s Burrito, or the sweet delights of Waffle Love. 

The Basque Block: A Cultural Culinary Adventure

Just steps away from Boise Centre, the Basque Block is a lively testament to Boise’s significant Basque heritage, one of the largest in the U.S. The community’s roots trace back to the Basque Country, spanning northern Spain and southwestern France, bringing a rich culinary tradition to Boise.

Here, you can savor authentic Basque dishes that feature robust flavors. Signature offerings include Bacalo (salt cod) and Marmitako (tuna stew). The Basque Market is a highlight, known for its “Paella on the Patio ” event every Wednesday and Friday at noon, where you can watch delicious paella being cooked fresh right in front of the market. 

Ansots also stands out on the Basque Block, where Chef Dan Ansotegui, a two-time James Beard Award nominee, showcases his culinary expertise with locally sourced, tapas-style dishes that truly reflect Basque traditions. Another popular spot is Bar Gernika, which offers traditional dishes like lamb stew and renowned croquetas.

Food Trucks: Street Food Scene

Boise’s food truck scene is a great way to dive into local flavors without missing out on your busy schedule.  Located just off the Boise Greenbelt, Green Acres Food Truck Park is about a mile walk from Boise Centre—perfect for pairing a leg-stretching break with a culinary adventure. The park hosts a variety of tasty food trucks including favorites such as Rib Shack BBQ, Wok N’ Roll, and Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese. The lineup changes daily, providing a fresh experience with each visit. In addition to great food, the park fosters a lively community atmosphere with activities and occasional live music. You might also find these food trucks scattered across Boise’s popular parks and plazas, adding to the city’s dynamic culinary scene.

Fine Dining: Impress and Enjoy

Chandlers Steakhouse – Located close to Boise Centre, Chandlers offers an upscale dining experience featuring prime steaks, exquisite seafood and live jazz music. 

Alavita – An inviting spot for handcrafted pasta and fine wines, Alavita offers a warm Italian dining experience, great for unwinding after conference sessions.

KIN –  For a unique dining experience, visit KIN where Chef Kris Komori, a 2023 James Beard Award winner, serves a five-course prix fixe menu that weaves food and beverages together through storytelling in a communal setting.

Richard’s – Nestled in the Inn at 500 Capitol, a popular hotel choice for attendees, Richard’s provides a refined dining experience under the guidance of James Beard-nominated Chef Richard Langston. Specializing in contemporary Italian cuisine, Richard’s is perfect for guests looking for convenience and culinary excellence.

Late Night Snack

The STIL – An acronym for “The Sweetest Things In Life,” The STIL is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. This artisan ice cream parlor stands out with unique flavors like “After School Special,” featuring peanut butter and no-bake cookies, and “Easy Like Sunday Morning,” a delightful mix of espresso and caramel. Offering a creatively different dessert experience, The STIL also provides options to pair these unique flavors with local beers and wines.

Boise Fry Company – Ideal for an after-hours snack, Boise Fry Company specializes in gourmet fries with a twist. Patrons can select from a vast array of locally-sourced potatoes, including Russet, Gold, Yam and Purple, available in various cuts like regular, homestyle, or curly—all fried in GMO-free sunflower oil. 

With these options, your stay in Boise is sure to be as flavorful as it is informative and engaging. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, a fine dining experience, or an adventurous meal in a bustling food hall, Boise’s culinary scene has something to offer everyone. Enjoy your culinary adventures in Boise and make your conference experience deliciously memorable!