Idaho Tips

Above picture-Floating hole at Couer D’Alene Golf Course

Regional Chain Arctic Burgers invented the regional “fry sauce” and “brown toppers” or hard shell dipped soft ice cream.

Arco, ID

Craters of the Moon national park is here, a torn out glacial retreat.

Ashton, ID


Frostop Drive in

Frostop Drive in- 26 US-20, Ashton, ID 83420-one of the last of a chain..  Very different from one in New Orleans.  Fries come with the regional fry sauce.  Get a root beer.

Athol, Idaho-Silverwood Theme Park  N. 26225 Hwy. 95, Athol, ID 83801  208.683.3400

Buhl, ID

Hot Springs!

Miracle Hot Springs-19073B US-30, Buhl, ID 83316-Nice little inexpensive hot spring with private rooms too.

Coeur D’Alene, ID

Hudsons Hamburgers

Coeur D’Alene, ID is a college town and a resort town.  Its full of all your typical outdoor activites.  Downtown also has tons of cool shops, restaurants and clubs.  A local resort has what is called the longest floating boardwalk in the world.


Hudson’s Hamburgers – 207 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (208) 664-5444-old timey burger counter with no fries and no frills open since forever.  Watch the way they slice the pickles and onions.

Event-Car D’Alene car show Fathers day weekend

Record Store-
Long Ear Records, 1620 N Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Blackfoot, ID
look for the World Potato capital sign on East Airport Rd, just west of Teeples Rd.

Museum-Idaho Potato Museum -The Idaho Potato Museum is a museum devoted to the potato, located in Blackfoot, Idaho. 130 NW Main St, Blackfoot, ID 83221 (208) 785-2517-Obviously a must visit for the trashy travel fan.  


Rupe’s Burgers -302 NE Main St, Blackfoot, ID 83221 (208) 785-5710 Chili fries or tots!  Onion ring bites.   Drive in car service or eat in.  Inside menu is different and they also have the regional finger steaks as well as a Stroganoff potato.  They have root beer ice cream.

Boise, ID

Theres a big Basque population in Boise and a Basque Cultural Center.

The alternative weekly for Boise is the Boise WeeklyPlayers Listhas a great venue list.


Greatest thing ever-Bar Gernika-202 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 344-2175-Bar with Basque dishes served with amazing croquettes.  Not to be missed.  Don’t forget the tiger sauce on the croquettes and get a salad so you can try the garlic dressing.
Big Juds-Big Jud’s – famous 1-lb. burgers. reuben burger, double big jud, 2 lb burger 1289 S Protest Rd, Boise, ID 83706 (208) 343-4439
til 9PM

Fanci Freez -Landmark walk-up burger joint -1402 W State St, Boise, ID 83702 home of a wierd ass huckleberry blue cheese burger.  Great Sign. Raspberry lemonade has real raspberries.  Yum.
Trolley Stop –off Warm Springs Road – great breakfast with a pile of potatoes as large as your head.
Roques — State Street — the best tacos. The taco lunch plate comes with 3 small tacos, rice and beans. The pork is the best, served with a delicious verde sauce. Roques wins hands down for Mexican in Boise.
the Boise market has a very nice meat counter and fresh fish.  Stay away from the fish at the Co-op.

Westside Drive-in -1929 W State St, Boise, ID 83702 Home of the Ice Cream Baked Potato, where they take vanilla ice cream, dust it with cocoa powder and then fill it with whipped cream.  Plus classic burgers and unique “finger steaks” with  “tater gems”, the former being deep fried battered steak.  


Navajo Room -4900 Emerald St, Boise, ID 83706 (208) 343-5817-excellent dive bar with cool murals in a shopping center with a bowling alley and some fascinating international stores.

Live Music-
Neurolux-111 N 11th St., Boise, ID  (208) 343-0886-Bar with Live Music.
Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise , 416 S. 9th Street
Enter off of the alley between 8th and 9th. Boise, ID 83702-formerly known as the big easy.

Record Store-
Record Exchange, 1105 West Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702


The Modern- 1314 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702  (208) 424-8244 Has a high end coctail bar and restaurant but fairly reasonable prices.  Close to everything.

Safari Inn-moments away from Neurolux and other bars, has a 1 pm checkout!  Strange breakfast setup with hard boiled eggs.  Free cookies at checkin.   1070 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702  (208) 344-6556-Trashy travel stayed there!  Recommended!

Enaville, ID


The Snake Pit-1480 Coeur D’alene River Rd, Enaville, ID 83839 (208) 682-3453-Quirky restaurant since 1880

Idaho Falls, ID

Hotel-Destination INN-Theme rooms.


Blue Wave- 2060 Rollandet St, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 (208) 523-8347-Beach themed bar with car shows and burgers but very football focused too.

New Ford’s Bar-444 A St, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 (208) 523-4840

Menan, ID


Teton House- 3563 E Menan Lorenzo Hwy, Menan, ID 83434 (208) 270-5102-Unique steak house with lots of cool features

Nampa, ID

Idaho Center Amphitheatre -16200 Can-Ada Rd. Nampa, ID (208) 468-1000

Pocatello, ID

Museum-Don Aslett Museum of Clean-711 S. 2nd Ave., Pocatello, ID 208-236-6906 closed sunday and monday.

Record store-
Budget Tapes & Records -416 S 5th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201-5804, US
(208) 233-9650 Record, tape, CD store. In store promotions and acoustic sets


Black Swan Inn-Amazing themed rooms loaded up with Animal Prints.


Butterburrs gives Cinnamon or Raspberry sticks with breakfast

Butterburrs -917 Yellowstone Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201 “home cooking” with a “legendary cinnamon twist.  Get something with ham or sausage.

Tastee Treet-1555 S 5th Ave-Pocatello, ID 83201-(208) 233-8511-Home of the “spaceburger”.  Mixed Yelp reviews but screw in and out.

Rigby, ID

Museum-Farnsworth TV and Pioneer Museum-118 W. 1st S., Rigby, ID


Lil’ Mike’s Bar-B-Que-116 S Clark St, Rigby, ID 83442 (208) 534-1802

Mrs Powell’s Bakery-191 E Main St, Rigby, ID 83442 (208) 497-9589-Cinnamon rolls, sandwiches and more in this bakery open 40 plus years.

Twin Falls, Idaho

Home of a waterfall known as the “Niagara of the West”.  Shoshone falls.  Amazing AF

Branch of 24 hour mini chain Sharis cafe with “Bone in ham with potato pancakes” served with eggs.  1601 Blue Lakes Blvd N, Twin Falls, ID 83301

Scottys Drive Inn-560 Northgate Mile, Idaho Falls, ID 83401  (208) 523-6382-old timey burger drive inn where they serve fries with the regional fry sauce.

Udon, ID


Rusty Lantern Diner- 10868 N Yellowstone Hwy, Ucon, ID 83454 (208) 522-2254-Home cooking diner with an old west theme.

Looking down Capital Blvd Boise ID