We can eat at the same restaurant every day for ten years and love it, but once it's been on TV, well then the food tastes even better and we suddenly hear symphonies in our heads when we take a bite.  Call it the Guy Fieri effect.

Here are ten Boise restaurants that we should totally try, because they've been featured on TV shows.  

The fact that we have entire channels dedicated to food might be enough to prove our food obsessions, but this takes that a step further.

You know we really really love food when a website pops up that helps us remember which restaurants have been featured on food shows so we can go back and gorge ourselves. Meet TVFoodMaps.com.

TV Food Maps reminds us about several Boise restaurants and bars that have been featured on the food shows, and these are ten picked at random.  Boise has some great spots!


  • 1

    Big Jud's

    They're not lyin' about the big.  Big Jud's got some notice on Man vs. Food for the Double Big Jud, which consists of two 1-pound burger patties stacked on top of each other and usually smothered in cheese and other greatness.  Go hungry.

    1289 Protest Rd Boise, ID (208) 343-4439

  • 2

    Boise Fry Company

    This was featured on two shows - America's Best, and Food Paradise.  If fries are in the name, they've got to be good, and this spot comes through under pressure. Both shows considered the fries the ultimate comfort food.

    111 Broadway Ave Boise, ID (208) 495-3858


  • 3

    Leku Ona

    This Boise spot made the show Drinking Made Easy, and gets noticed for its traditional Basque meals and cocktails.  It's right there in Basque Block.

    117 S 6th St Boise, ID (208) 345-6665

  • 4

    Bitter Creek Ale House

    This is another gem found by the show Drinking Made Easy, and get some love for catering to locals with 40 beers on draft.  It's just a few blocks from the State Capital building and Boise City Hall.

    246 N 8th St Boise, ID (208) 345-1813

  • 5

    Bar Gernika

    Boise does Basque well, and this contributes to the movement.  Guy Fieri visited this spot in 2009 for Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and may have helped put Boise's Basque abilities on the national map.  Northern Spanish yum.

    202 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID (208) 344-2175

  • 6


    Say no more.  It's bacon overload, and we don't need anything more in life than that and a bubble bath.

    915 W Idaho Boise, ID

  • 7

    Rockies Diner

    Man vs. Food checked out this spot for the Johnny B. Goode Challenge, which includes three 1/3-pound hamburgers.  No biggie, right?  They don't stop there. It's topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, Swiss and Cheddar cheese, grilled onions, pastrami, and a 1/4-pound hot dog, all served open-faced on a toasted bun and smothered with chili.  And if you're still hungry you can order a chili cheese fries and a 16-ounce vanilla milkshake.

    3900 W Overland Rd Boise, ID (208) 336-2878

  • 8

    Westside Drive-In

    It's a true drive-in, and that attracted the crew from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives in 2009.  The burgers, sandwiches, and milkshakes are part of the draw, and so is the atmosphere.  It feels like history, and sometimes we just need that escape.

    1929 W State St Boise, ID (208) 345-2816

  • 9

    Flying Pie

    Man vs. Food showed up at this spot eight years ago, and they needed some milk.  It's spicy!  They tried the Triple Habanero Pizza, which is spicy enough to make you shiver and sweat at the same time.  It features a sauce made with 18 Habanero peppers.  Go brave.

    6508 W Fairview Ave Boise, ID (208) 345-0000

  • 10

    Chandler's Steakhouse

    Chandler's gets love for its drinks as much as it does for it's food.  Drinking Made Easy noticed the Vesper Reconsidered (or 10 Minute Martini), which uses a technique called convection to mix it up.  It sounds like something from a Bond movie.  The technique moves molecules within the fluids, and somehow mixes it up without shaking or stirring.  How dirty.

    981 W Grove St Boise, ID (208) 383-4300

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