Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Boise, ID

Tourist Attractions in Boise ID

Established during the 1800s, Boise is Idaho’s capital and most populous city, full of outdoor and cultural attractions that are no small potatoes (pardon the pun). Here are the top ten tourist attractions in Boise, ID, that make locals proud.

Boise River Greenbelt

Stretching 25 miles along the Boise River, the tree-lined Boise River Greenbelt runs through the city center while linking to the Lucky Peak State Recreation Area, Kathryn Albertson Park, Julia Davis Park, and attractions including the Boise State University campus. The city even has a scavenger hunt and map on its website that encourages viewers to explore the trail, whether on foot, in-line skates, or bicycles.

Old Idaho Penitentiary

Called “Old Pen,” this prison on the National Register of Historic Places housed more than 13,000 inmates over its 101 years of operation before closing in 1973. Visitors can see the Gallows, the solitary confinement area, and other educational exhibits, plus take in a cemetery tour or paranormal investigation. (2445 Old Penitentiary Road)

Idaho Botanical Garden

An Old Pen prison yard has been transformed into a gorgeous landscape. Established in 1984, the Idaho Botanical Garden occupies more than 30 acres with 14 specialty gardens themed around succulents, native Idaho plants, vegetables, herbs, meditation, and roses. (2355 Old Penitentiary Road)

Basque Museum and Cultural Center

The Basque community of northern Spain has close ties to Boise, thanks to Basque sheepherders who first settled here in the late 19th century. Learn about their unique culture both abroad and in Idaho through oral history archives, a replica sheep wagon, traditional music, and other artifacts and photographs housed in the historic Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga house, one of the few existing examples of a Basque boarding house. (611 Grove Street)

Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager whose diary offered a personalized view into World War II, receives a place of honor in this memorial’s “Attic,” but the memorial and gardens contain more than 60 quotes from and tributes to human rights leaders throughout history. (777 S. 8th Street)

Julia Davis Park

A scenic spot with rose gardens, lagoons, and a duck pond, Julia Davis Park also houses several Boise attractions, including the Discovery Center of Idaho, Zoo Boise, the Idaho Historical Museum, the Idaho Black History Museum, and the Boise Art Museum. (700 S. Capitol Boulevard)

World Center for Birds of Prey

Meet eagles, condors, falcons, and other majestic feathered residents whose young are released into the wild. The center hosts live presentations, educational exhibits, and a quarter-mile nature trail for spotting raptors in the wild. (5668 West Flying Hawk Lane)

Idaho State Capitol Building

Extensively restored in 2010, the Idaho State Capitol Building has several self-guided displays and exhibits. It originally was completed in 1920 using locally sourced sandstone and marble from Vermont, Georgia, Alaska, and Italy. Atop the dome is a five-foot-high statue of a golden eagle. (700 W. Jefferson St.)

Downtown Boise

Near the Idaho State Capital Building, Boise’s central business district is a vibrant place to dine and shop, plus enjoy the nightlife and sporting events, such as Boise State Broncos football games at Albertsons Stadium. The city’s calendar has an ever-changing lineup, along with staples such as two farmers markets operating from spring to winter. And when you get hungry, be sure to check out all the best food trucks in Boise, as well as the top restaurants!

Ridge to Rivers

Although the Boise Foothills provide a stunning backdrop for the city, they also contain an interconnected network of roads and a 190-mile trail system for runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and families. Rent a bike from downtown and access the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, east of the Idaho State Capitol Building. (3188 Sunset Peak Rd.)

Top 10 Restaurants in Portland, ME

Restaurants in Portland, ME

When you visit Portland, Maine, you want to make sure you hit all the famous restaurants before you go. You might not have time to check the reviews before stopping to eat, so here are the top 10 restaurants in Portland, ME.

You may notice we included Portland, ME food trucks on this list. These are a great alternative to sit down style restaurants, perfect for when you are short on time or don’t want to be surrounded by many people.

  1. Flatbread Company

Everyone loves to eat pizza. When you visit the Flatbread Company, you can expect great pizza while overlooking Casco Bay. The atmosphere and food are perfect.

There are a handful of seating options to fit the needs of their guests. You can sit in their spacious dining room and enjoy your food in the air conditioning. However, you will want to sit out by the dock if the weather is nice. It is the ideal place to eat flatbread pizza while gazing over the water.

  1. Boda

Boda is the go-to place in Portland, Maine, for cocktails and Thai food. This exquisite restaurant features a wide variety of Thai dishes, including quail eggs, spicy wings, pad thai, and more.

Another great thing about Boda is that they are open late, so you can get their delicious food until 1 a.m. Whether you need to eat a quick lunch or want to enjoy a meal after a night out, Boda is the place to go.

  1. The Back Bay Grill

The Back Bay Grill may be the perfect spot to go for a fancy evening out. This high-end restaurant is well known for its hand-rolled pasta and fantastic seafood dishes. Pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy an elegant dinner in low lighting for your next anniversary dinner in Portland, Maine.

  1. Solo Italiano

Solo Italiano is one of the most beloved restaurants in Portland, ME to get Italian food. The menu here changes daily, but you will not be disappointed with the chef’s choices. Salads, pasta, or seafood, whatever you are craving, you can find at Solo Italiano.

Another significant aspect of visiting this restaurant is the wine list. They have an extensive array of all their best wines ready for their guests. Whether you’re in the mood for a glass of red or white wine, the staff at Solo Italiano can answer all of your questions and provide an excellent pairing.

  1. Rose Foods

The bagels from Rose Foods are top of the line. You can’t visit Portland without making a stop and trying one of these bagels.

There are six different bagels available every day. There are always five classic flavors and one specialty that rotates out. You can order a dozen bagels to take home or choose from 11 handcrafted sandwiches for a fantastic breakfast.

  1. Salvage BBQ

Not everyone is a massive fan of seafood, and that’s okay. Just because Portland, Maine is known for its lobster doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit. Stopping at Salvage BBQ is a must when you’re in town.

This restaurant serves up classic barbecue and plenty of hearty sides to go with your meal. They have trivia on Wednesdays, along with live music every Friday and Saturday. Come for the food or the environment; either way, you won’t be disappointed.

  1. The Holy Donut

The restaurant name is fitting, considering the Holy Donut produces some of the best donuts on the East Coast. There are two locations in Portland, so you’re never far from these sweet treats. The donuts are slightly denser than your typical donut, but delicious regardless.

  1. Bite into Maine

Bite into Maine has two locations in Portland, and they almost always have a line. Here you can get six different types of lobster rolls that are all under $20. Bite into Maine has a food truck next to the lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, and it is worth the drive. You can order your food and explore Cape Elizabeth while enjoying your delicious lobster roll.

  1. Artemisia Cafe

Artemisia Cafe is one of the top brunch restaurants in Portland, ME. You can find all of your classic brunch foods on the menu and feel at home in the environment. This little spot is beautiful to visit, and it opens a bit earlier than most places in Portland, so you don’t have to wait until 11 a.m. to get brunch.

  1. Oxbow Blending and Bottling

Before you leave Portland, make sure to visit Oxbow Blending and Blotting. They have one location in Portland, with another about 10 miles away. You can find events often, but you’ll want to check it out either way. They have tons of brew and wine to try, as well as all your typical bar foods. The restaurant even has an art gallery that you can look through before you leave.

What Goes into Food Truck Pricing?

Catering Costs

The Cost of Hiring A Food Truck

Food truck pricing can be complicated since it depends on a ton of factors like location, time of year, day of week, number of people, menu selections, cuisine types, and more. Try out our catering cost tool to get an estimate for your unique event, contact us with specific questions, or keep reading to learn more.

Are There Minimums?

Every truck we work with is different, but there are a few things that ring true for everyone. A truck will have a minimum amount they need to sell in order to reserve that date for you. The minimum is generally lower if you are looking to have the food dropped off, rather than having the food truck onsite to cater the event. If you do want the truck to attend, then the minimums required will depend on the day of the week, the time of year, the food you want to serve, length of service, and how in demand the truck is. Outside of minimums, the trucks typically start their quote with a cost per person based on the food items you select.

Chuey Fu's Truck Catering

Does The Type of Truck Make a Difference in Price?

The other factors you will need to consider are the type of truck, for example a food cart might be less than a full size truck, and a dessert truck or coffee truck will have a different price per person than a savory truck. If the truck will need to travel an hour or more for the event, they will typically apply a travel fee. Custom menus, specific dietary restrictions, and other special requests could also impact the truck’s proposal.

Keep in mind that the quotes sent by food trucks are the cost of the food and labor for that event. Unless the truck says otherwise, it does not include sales tax and gratuity. Just like restaurants and other catering services, please consider adding gratuity for a job well done.

Food Truck Catering Pricing

What If Attendees Pay For Their Own Food?

If the event attendees are paying for their own food, you should still consider providing a guaranteed minimum. A minimum is a level of sales you can guarantee the truck based off of how many people will be eating. If the truck does not meet the minimum, then the event organizer pays the difference. Consider this your potential cost for hiring the truck to prep the food, staff the event, drive to you, and reserve this date. Just like any business, they need to make sure they can afford to bring their services to you. This is why minimums are so important.

Truckster’s Catering Cost Calculator

Try out our catering cost calculator for an estimate on how much to budget for your next event.

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How Much Do Food Trucks Make at Festivals?

Festival Food

Finding consistent crowds presents one of the most significant obstacles when operating a food truck. Festivals provide a viable solution, bringing thousands of people to one place. All food truck vendors have to do to attract potential customers, and they’ll turn a profit, right?

Making money, even at festivals, isn’t always straightforward or guaranteed. It depends on the event, location, and crowd demographics, to name a few factors. If you’ve ever wondered, “How much do food trucks make at festivals?” here are your answers.

The 5% Rule

The festival’s size offers the best indicator of success. Food truck vendors can expect to sell one meal for every 20 people at the event. That translates to 5% of the total attendance.

While parking your truck at a large event doesn’t correlate with success, it does help. The more people see, smell, and hear about your food, the better your chances of building a line of paying customers. Vendors also benefit from a closed environment, where patrons can’t leave the festival grounds and are obligated to eat from vendors on-site.

Finding the Right Event

If you operate a food truck, you’re going to get a lot of requests to attend events. While you may feel tempted to say yes to every opportunity, pick your festivals selectively. For instance, selling your barbecue may not gel at a yoga gathering. The same goes for selling bento boxes at a Fourth of July parade.

Find festivals with a significant number of people from your target demographic. That means matching the attendees’ tastes with the food you sell. Here are two examples of how choosing the right event can influence how much a food truck makes at a festival.

Event #1: Music Festival

Attendance: 25,000 people

Expected Sales: 5% or 1,250 transactions

Gross Sales ($7 per transaction): $8,750

Operating Costs (33% of food): $2,888

Net Income: $5,862

Event #2: Local Farmers Market

Attendance: 1,000 people

Expected Sales: 5% or 50 transactions

Gross Sales ($7 per transaction): $350

Operating Costs (33% of food): $115.50

Net Income: $234.50

The difference between attending a music festival and the local farmers market is night and day. The concert’s massive attendance draws a diverse and ravenous crowd that helps your food truck make a sizeable profit. Events such as Austin City Limits can attract more than 450,000 people! So even if you have to pay a fee to vend at a music festival, the overall net income makes up for the initial investment.

Consistency Is King

Setting up shop at one large festival is a start. Doing it at several festivals is even better. Earning the most net income from festivities means attending as many events as possible.

It’s not unheard of for a food truck to earn $50,000 or more from a multiple-day festival like Coachella or Bonnaroo. Each event runs four to six days, with crowds reaching upward of 100,000 people. The competition to get into those festivals and attract foot traffic is fierce, but with the proper execution, they can provide a substantial reward.

Most food vendors can expect to make between $1,000 and $2,000 in net income from a festival. The exact numbers depend on the festival attendance and food, so the range serves only as a rough estimate. Keep in mind that selling $5 hot dogs requires triple the sales as $15 pizzas to generate an equal net income.

Maximizing Your Income

Food truck vendors should expect a 5% sales rate when attending large festivals, which translates into hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Maximizing income requires choosing the right event with the right demographics to ensure you make as many sales as possible. If you want to harness the power of a better vending experience, check out the Truckster mobile app.

Meet Sébastien Idée of Seb’s Pizzas

Sébastien Idée of Seb’s Pizzas

An interview with Sébastien Idée, owner and operator of Seb’s Pizzas.

Location: Denver, CO

Sébastien Idée

There are so many reasons to love Sébastien with Seb’s Pizzas. Besides being incredibly friendly and having that oh so charming French accent, he is an absolute pro food truck operator. We know when we recommend him for an event that the client will be more than happy with his service, his staff, and the quality of his food. Wood fired pizzas are always a crowd pleaser, and even more so when you layer on his fresh ingredients, gourmet approach, and French appeal.

Read on to hear more about his love of food and what it’s like to run Seb’s Pizzas.

We live for food:

What’s your favorite sandwich?

A French style tuna sandwich

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure food?

Foie gras

Your must read cookbook or food blog?

Larousse de la Cuisine

If you were on chopped and given pickled onions and pork belly, what would you make?

Creole pizza

What’s your favorite food memory?

Catering a 6 dish wedding for 250 people

A look into the life of a food truck owner:

Seb's Signature Dish

What is your truck’s signature dish?

The Potato pizza: creme fraiche, roasted potatoes, bacon, onions, French Brie and parsley

What is your most memorable review / comment on your food?

Trip Advisor award for the best Boulder pizza

What’s the best part of running a food truck?

Providing culinary joy to my customers

What is your favorite part of using Truckster?

Catering leads

View Seb’s Pizzas on Truckster to find his upcoming events or book him for catering: https://gotruckster.com/food-truck/sebs-pizzas
 

5 Best Wedding Venues in Portland, ME

Wedding Venues in Portland ME

Planning a wedding will likely be the most fun and the most stressful time of your life. You will want to make sure every aspect is perfect and as you had envisioned it. One of the critical steps in planning your dream wedding is finding the ideal venue.

Finding the right venue

Modern times have brought back the outdoor wedding, and Maine is home to many amazing views. The scenery is beautiful, but you might have trouble narrowing down the top wedding venues in Portland, ME.

You want to consider the size of the venue, the ambiance, and the meal options. To see the size and ambiance, touring the space and seeing photos of past receptions will help you find suitable options.

When it comes to food, you want to ask about options for those with dietary restrictions. If a space doesn’t offer vegetarian or vegan options, don’t worry! You can always turn to Portland food trucks for help. There are plenty of vegan food trucks available in Portland, and they can help save your day.

Our top 5 wedding venues in Portland, ME

Diamond’s Edge Restaurant and Marina

Diamond’s Edge Restaurant and Marina is a classic favorite for hosting a reception. This waterfront wedding venue overlooks the crystal waters of Diamond’s Cove. Get together with up to 250 of your friends and family at this beautiful location. The location actually offers three wedding venues.

When it’s warm outside, ask about the McKinley Grove Event Site. It comes with a Sperry tent with retractable slides and a dance floor to add to the fun.

If you want a more intimate feel, The Art Gallery is another option. This building can seat up to 80 guests, and it’s well known for its high ceilings and rustic atmosphere.

For 20 to 50 guests, The Patio is your best option. This large lawn is perfect for watching the boats ride by.

There are additional services you can add to your wedding. Some of these include on-site catering, coffee service, bar service, a wedding specialist, champagne toasts, and cake cutting. Diamond’s Edge gives you everything you need to throw an amazing wedding.

The Barn at Smith Farm

Another breathtaking outdoor venue in Portland is the Barn at Smith Farm. This venue is perfect for a smaller setting; the maximum number of guests it can hold is 150. It is an affordable barn on a ranch with fantastic photo opportunities.

Although small, the wedding venue comes with a lot of options. You have access to catering services, a fully equipped kitchen, a full bar, and lounge, as well as wireless internet and a waterfront experience.

Brick South at Thompson’s Point

There is no better place for a big wedding than Brick South at Thompson’s Point. This property consists of 25,000 square feet and has many noteworthy features. You get a nice blend of elegance and rustic features, as well as an industrial feel.

Brick South has rough-hewn wood and steel beams, polished concrete floors, and open ceilings to make your day perfect. There are wooden panel room dividers you can use to create a secluded setting and bistro string lighting to set the mood.

Rising Tide Brewing Company

The Rising Tide Brewing Company is one of the most lively wedding venues in Portland, ME. If you are looking to visit a newly renovated space in East Bayside, Rising Tide is for you.

There are three separate areas available to rent, ranging from semi-private to entirely private rooms. When renting the private East Room, you pay hourly, and the tables, chairs, AV/PA system, private bar, and outside patio space are all included.

Rising Tide’s rooms come in various sizes, with some holding 40 guests and others seating up to 150 people.

The Press Hotel

The Press Hotel rounds out our list of the five best wedding venues in Portland, ME. The space is built to accommodate an intimate to a medium-sized wedding. It can hold up to 100 guests for a reception or 70 guests for a banquet.

The Composing Room has expansive windows to feature natural lighting as well as handcrafted paneling inside. Their Editorial Room is smaller, holding up to 45 guests, but it is still as intricate and beautiful as the others.

If you are hosting a rehearsal dinner, the News Room holds up to 15 guests.

The Press Hotel also provides parking, valet, wireless internet, and in-house catering.

Why Do Food Trucks Fail?

Failing Food Trucks

Opening a business involves talent, hard work, and a bit of luck. According to Investopedia, 20% of new businesses fail within the first two years of opening. That number jumps to 45% within the first five years and 65% for the first decade.

Operating a successful food truck is hard but not impossible. If you’re asking yourself why food trucks fail, you’re on the right track to running a profitable business. Here are the four most common ways food truck owners fall short and how you can fix them.

Excess Cost of Operations

Most food trucks fail because they don’t get the cost of operation under control. Some owners enter the industry expecting food, labor, and the vehicle to be their initial costs. However, other expenses can slowly add up, especially if you do not have an established budget.

Some easy-to-overlook costs include:

  • Auto insurance
  • City, county, and state permits
  • Fuel
  • Legal fees
  • Liability insurance
  • Marketing
  • Storage
  • Vehicle maintenance

A budget is your best friend when keeping costs under control. Noting all your monthly operating expenditures keeps you aware of how much money you’re spending versus earning. You don’t have to be an accountant to start a budget, either. Just open an Excel document and start listing expenses.

Poor Location

Food trucks succeed when they go where the people are. The more people there are in a given area, the more likely a vendor is to have a customer. As a rule of thumb, food trucks sell to 5% of people during a festival or large event.

A poor location doesn’t attract enough customers or the right customers. Consider your target demographic when choosing a location. If you’re parking outside a college bar, sophisticated dishes like sushi or beef Wellington shouldn’t be on the menu.

Some of the best places to set up shop include:

  • Bars
  • College campuses
  • Designated food truck parks
  • Farmers markets
  • Festivals
  • Nightclubs
  • Office buildings or business districts
  • Parks
  • Sporting events

Doing Too Much

The mantra of every food truck should be KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Too many owners want to show off their creative flair with extensive menus and intricate dishes. If you’re going to serve complicated items that you’d find on a tasting menu, you’re better off opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Successful food trucks require a streamlined menu with straightforward dishes. Create flavorful items without going overboard on preparation, cooking, or costs. Keep your list to 6 to 12 dishes, and you’ll save yourself time and money.

Lack of Social Media Presence

Social media and food trucks go hand in hand. You need to actively tell patrons where you’re going to be and when. The planning lets them build their schedules around you and even make advanced purchases with mobile ordering.

Many failed food trucks neglect social media or do not understand how to leverage the platform. Establishing a presence on major apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter provides a centralized point of contact between you and customers. Social media is where your target audience hangs out, so get on it if you want to attract new and loyal customers.

Are You Up For the Challenge?

Roughly half of food truck operators fail in the first five years, in large part because of poor planning. They fail to consider all the operating expenses and the importance of marketing and finding reliable locations. When you take all these factors together, it’s challenging to turn a profit.

Strategic planning goes a long way in making a food truck successful. Truckster offers a free mobile app that helps you take care of all the little things from accepting mobile orders to creating a menu. Download it today from the Apple or Android stores.

Fun Fairs and Festivals in Portland, Maine

Fairs And Festivals In Portland Me

Whether you are visiting or if you have just moved to the area, there are tons of fun fairs and festivals in Portland, Maine, that you can check out. The city has events for the holidays and a few fairs that have become local traditions.

Whether you prefer a fair over a festival or vice versa, all of the events we listed below are worth checking out at least once. The breathtaking sights and unforgettable adventures will keep everyone in your family entertained.

Below are 5 of the best fun fairs and festivals in Portland, Maine.

1. Bug Light Kite Festival

The Bug Light Kite Festival is one of the most whimsical sights you will see. It comes around annually and is always held on the third weekend in May.

People fill the sky above Bug Light Park with every kite you can think of for this magical event. You will see pink, blue, yellow, green, sparkly, light up, and any other kites you can imagine.

Admission to the event is free, but many guests purchase hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, fries, and more available from the local barbeque. All proceeds are donated to a local organization, so you get to eat while giving back to the community.

2. Cumberland Fair

For the more adventurous crew, as well as kids, the Cumberland Fair may be an attractive choice. This is a traditional fair that has been going on since the 1800s.

There are so many things to do when you visit the Cumberland Fair. You can enjoy yourself on the wide variety of carnival rides and then stop by the petting zoo. As your day winds down, you can grab some of the famous fair foods. Satisfy your craving with some cotton candy and enjoy the lights and laughter.

3. Street Eats and Beats

One of the most popular food truck events in Portland Maine, and nationwide, is the Street Eats and Beats. This event has come to Portland, every summer for the last six years. You can find food for everyone at this food truck meet up.

This event is great for food lovers who want to try meals from other states, but it also for anyone who loves live music. Gather together to listen to some up and coming artists perform live while eating and drinking top of the line beer and wine.

4. Freeport Fall Festival

Get into the spooky season with the Freeport Fall Festival. This festival promises a fun day filled with art and music. It goes on every year in October, just in time for Halloween and the change of seasons.

Over 100 artist exhibits feature oil and watercolor paintings, fine crafts, jewelry, mixed media, and photographs. After you get a good look at all the fantastic artwork, you can shop at local stores, get something to eat, or enjoy the live music.

Don’t forget to participate in the Chowdah Challenge, one of the most fun aspects of the Freeport Fall Festival. People from across the city prepare their best chowder, and the public can sample each dish and vote for their favorite.

5. Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

The Christmas Boat Parade of Lights is one of the most beautiful festivals in Portland, Maine. This event is also known as the Portland Harbor Christmas Boat Parade.

Every year around Christmas time, the Portland Harbor is filled with a surplus of lit-up boats. You can watch from the waterfront as the boats twinkle under the stars. Keep your eyes open, and you might see Santa hitching a ride. To cap off the night, the sky is lit up with fireworks to celebrate the ending of a great year.

Food Trucks: The Safe Option During a Pandemic

COVID 19 Safe Food Truck

We’re all tired of hearing about COVID-19, but the reality is that we are very much still in it. On Friday, October 30, the US reported the highest number of daily new cases for any country, reaching 100,000. Many bars and restaurants nationwide have been required to close or operate at limited capacity. Meanwhile, we’ve all been eating at home for months and are tired of coming up with exhaustive grocery lists and cooking day in and day out. What can be done?

Food Trucks are a Safe Alternative

Already being an outdoor, takeout option, food trucks are seen by many as a safe alternative right now. While restaurants have closed, been restricted to limited occupancy, or offer takeout and delivery only, food trucks are still safely operating. They are naturally built to be a takeout option, and meals can be taken back home or eaten outdoors, while safely spread out from others.

Compared to delivery or dining at a restaurant, your meal is less likely to pass through multiple sets of hands. Your food travels from the chef’s hands, to your takeout box, to you. Our trucks are asked to wear their masks and are taking the health and safety of you and their staff seriously. It is critical to the viability of their business to keep their staff healthy in order to stay open and operating.

Food Trucks Pandemic Min

Online & Mobile Ordering

Many of the Truckster trucks are offering online and mobile ordering through the Truckster app and website. With Truckster ordering, you can place your order on the go or from the comfort of your home, and you’ll receive a text when your food is ready to be picked up. This is a great contactless ordering option, and eliminates the need for exchanging money, waiting in lines, and congregating by the trucks while waiting on your order. You also avoid the costly delivery fees which can really add up over time.

All that being said, some trucks are offering delivery options as well. Be sure to check with your favorite truck to see what options they have. And if you want to see Truckster ordering available, ask the trucks to join! It’s easy and cost effective for the trucks to setup.

Booking a Food Truck

You can still book a food truck to come to your office or neighborhood, or hire a truck to cater a private event. Trucks are accommodating unique scenarios, such as feeding guests in shifts, individually packaging to go meals, and other similar requirements. If you are interested in catering services or booking a truck, get started here or contact us with questions.

Finally keep in mind that restaurants are still a viable option to consider. However even with lower than normal occupancy, indoor or outdoor dining at a restaurant makes it difficult to spread out and some people feel uncomfortable sitting a table without a mask, even if they are 6 feet away from their neighboring table. If you fall into this category, consider takeout or delivery. Many restaurants are depending on takeout business to stay afloat right now.

Since we all want to see our favorite local spots still open once we’re able to safely return to full occupancy, let’s try to support our food trucks and restauranteurs as much as we can!

5 Best Places to Eat in Boise, Idaho

Best Places to Eat in Boise Idaho

As Idaho’s cultural capital, Boise has no shortage of culinary choices, from tacos featuring Idaho spuds and chorizo to quinoa burgers and Nutella panna cotta. The Treasure Valley also has a thriving food truck community that offers alternatives to sit-down and take-out fare, as well as a Food Truck Rally in Boise (check out our Boise Food Trucks page for all events).
But even though we at Truckster love the food truck movement, we’re also foodies at heart who can’t resist cluing others in on a great meal. Here are our picks for the best restaurants in Boise, Idaho.

Richard’s Restaurant & Bar

Chef and owner Richard Langston has been feeding Boise residents and visitors for more than 25 years, showcasing locally sourced ingredients and natural flavors. His specialties are Italian-style Northwestern fare such as grilled octopus with pork belly, parchment-cooked black cod with broccolini, grilled quail, and potato gnocchi with beets, gorgonzola, and toasted walnuts. Wines on the award-winning wine list include those from Idaho’s burgeoning wine industry, as well as selections from Italy, Spain, France, California, Oregon, and Washington. Save room for desserts such as tiramisu cheesecake or the gluten-free orange cardamom chocolate flourless cake with pistachio crumble. (500 S. Capitol Blvd.)

Fork

Located in the landmark Boise City National Bank Building, Fork pledges to be “Loyal to Local,” sourcing key ingredients from ranchers, farmers, distillers, brewers, bakers, producers, and cheese makers around Boise and the Northwest. That commitment extends to the comfortable yet relaxed dining room, which uses recycled materials and reclaimed Idaho barn wood for the glasses and tables. Menu favorites include asparagus “fries,” cast-iron seared lamb lollipops with green chimichurri sauce, grilled Mahi Mahi tacos, Idaho rainbow trout, a slow-smoked brisket sandwich, and buttermilk fried chicken with balsamic-infused maple syrup and a cheddar waffle. (199 N. 8th St.)

Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery

America’s first restaurant distillery, Bardenay is located on the Basque Block, part of the Old Boise Historic District. It specializes in producing amber rum and ginger rum and has a menu bursting with variety, such as the panzanella bruschetta salad with champagne vinaigrette, flash-fried Pacific cod and chips, and a cider-brined pork chop. Cap off a meal with carrot cake featuring Bardenay Ginger Rum raisins or molten chocolate Bundt cake, then raise a toast with a local pale ale or a signature cocktail like the Huckleberry Lemon Drop pouch made with Bardenay Lemon Vodka and Idaho huckleberry puree. (610 W. Grove St.)

Bar Gernika Basque Pub and Eatery

Another Basque Block staple, the Bar Gernika Basque Pub and Eatery has combined authentic Basque cuisine with sandwiches, Basque wines, and desserts for roughly 20 years. Choices include solomo (marinated pork tenderloin with pimientos on a French baguette), chorizo (Basque pork sausage), slices of roasted lamb leg with grilled onions and mushrooms, and lamb stew complete with potatoes, onions, and green peppers. Don’t forget the croquettas, house-cut fries, Basque peppers, or rice pudding on the side. (202 S. Capitol Blvd.)

Saint Lawrence Gridiron

A few steps from the Idaho State Capitol Building, Saint Lawrence Gridiron is a former food truck that’s settled into a brick-and-mortar location, delivering bold Southern flavors and humor from a giant smoker on the front patio. Don’t miss the brisket platter with buttermilk biscuit and “various picklery;” the “Requisite Veggie Dish” of rotating grains, herbs, and seasonal vegetables; or shrimp served with stone-ground grits, sausage, and tomato gravy. Want a smaller bite? Opt for the “Dirty Bird,” a fried chicken sandwich with Louisiana spices, chili oil, white BBQ sauce, and house slaw. Also serves brunch. (705 W. Bannock St.)