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At the following fine-dining restaurants, entrees range between $18 and $30. For a unique dining experience, try Mortimer's Idaho Cuisine, 110 S. 5th St. (tel. 208/338-6550), featuring inventive regional cuisine based on locally sourced produce and meats. One of Boise's favorites and right on the Greenway, Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St. (tel. 208/333-9800), offers French via Northwest cuisine in a lodgelike dining room dominated by a massive stone fireplace. Barbacoa, 276 Bobwhite Court (tel. 208/338-5000), offers upscale Latin cuisine in a wildly decorated dining room. For old-fashioned elegance and fine service, try the Gamekeeper, in the Owyhee Plaza Hotel (tel. 208/343-4611), or Chandler's (tel. 208/383-3479), the swank dining room and martini bar in Hotel 43. In a city known for steaks, try Lock, Stock and Barrel, 205 N. 10th St. (tel. 208/343-4334), for hand-cut steaks and old-fashioned atmosphere. To experience Basque cooking, drive a dozen miles west of Boise to the town of Meridian, where cozy family-oriented Epi's Basque Restaurant, 1115 N. Main St., Meridian (tel. 208/884-0142), serves fantastic northern Spanish country-style cooking that many consider the best Basque cooking outside of Europe.

Boise's pubs and wine bars are popular for lunch and inexpensive dinners ($8-$12) and locally produced beverages. TableRock Brew Pub, 705 Fulton St. (tel. 208/342-0944), has excellent ales and classic pub fare, while the 8th St. Wine Café, 405 S. 8th St. (tel. 208/426-9463), offers casual fine dining with a selection of local wines. Gernika Basque Pub & Eatery, 202 S. Capitol Blvd. (tel. 208/344-2175), features Basque cooking in addition to traditional soup and sandwiches, and Ha'Penny Bridge Pub, 855 Broad St. (tel. 208/343-5568), is the local Irish pub. For a unique experience, try Bardenay, 610 Grove (tel. 208/426-0538), the first "distillery-pub" in the United States, featuring its own rum, vodka, and gin in addition to deli-style food. For Boise's favorite breakfast spot, don't miss Goldy's, 108 S. Capitol Blvd. (tel. 208/345-4100).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.