The Dish

Written by on September 16, 2014 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Boise, Idaho

The Dish Boise

How I heard of this place: On my self-guided tour of the hidden culinary gem more popularly known as Boise, I found myself in conversation with a handful of very helpful and friendly locals. One such local, the young woman offering samples at Trader Joe’s gave me some excellent recommendations for dinner options in town, including The Dish.

The Dish Boise Table Setting

Type of cuisine: The Dish is a bistro-style restaurant with a heartfelt neighborhood feel. Our passion derives from delicious food, using quality local ingredients, and creating an atmosphere that is community-focused, warm, and intimate. We hope the Dish will quickly become your home away from home.

The Dish Boise Booths

Ambiance: An eclectic mix of modern meets refined roughness, the combination of patterns, colors and seating truly give a confusing air, yet somehow work in this quirky space. Entry is accessible through the Empire Building’s main doors, or perhaps a little awkwardly through the outdoor patio.

The Dish Boise

Inside, marbled tile leads patrons to a wooden podium asking you to please find a seat through the large, glass doors.

The Dish Boise Entry

Booth, bar and table seating available to patrons on the main floor, with views above to the loft, and more seating intrigue persons entering the establishment.

The Dish Boise Indoors

The bar, adjacent the half-open-to-view kitchen, sits underneath the red-painted wine cellar, found overhead, behind a glass wall.

The Dish Boise Bar

And then some.

The Dish Boise Wine Cellar

What I ordered: Keeping it light, in order to enjoy the well-talked-about dessert to come, I started with a cup of the vegan and gluten-free Roasted Red Pepper-Coconut-Tomato Bisque ($3),

The Dish Boise Bisque

which our server presented with complimentary (and garlicky) Black Bean Hummus and crispy flatbread.

The Dish Boise Black Bean Hummus

I also selected the half order of the Parmesan Crusted Mac & Cheese ($6) with a four-cheese sauce, elbow macaroni and fresh herbs.

The Dish Boise Mac & Cheese

My husband and our dining companion each ordered the Brie Burger ($12.50), a half-pound Double R Burger with Brie cheese, truffle aioli, arugula, tomato, and balsamic onion marmalade served on Gaston’s Brioche Bun.

The Dish Boise Brie Burger

What I loved: The burger’s balsamic onion marmalade! Whoa. Pickled zucchini? Another surprising, yet perfectly complementary flavor and texture pairing to the burger.

The Dish Boise Brie Burger Close-Up

Not to mention the crisped edges of the truly parmesan crusted mac & cheese; the fresh, diced tomatoes adding a surprisingly nice touch.

The Dish Boise Mac & Cheese Close-Up

Why I loved it: Simple food, creative preparation, indulgent combinations.

Cost: Average to high ($11.50 – $23 per burger/dinner entree)

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