The third largest city in the state of Idaho is Meridian. Meridian is quickly creating its name as a social and cultural center within the state. Even though not everyone knows Meridian for its culinary hotspot, it does have quite a few unique local restaurants.
Thai Basil has become the place to be when it comes to restaurants in Meridian. It has a very fun, colorful decor and the menu is filled with various authentic Thai dishes. The place takes pride in utilizing traditional cooking techniques like searing wok over an open flame, fresh aromatic herbs and spices that builds an exciting flavor combination and savoring new dish. In addition to the typical Thai meals like the Thai green curry and pineapple fried rice or the Thai Basil that provides a range of Chef’s Specials that can offer an exciting twist on old preferred like the crunchy pad, Thai assembled with wonton strips instead of noodles.
If you are searching for the ideal breakfast place the most popular in the area is the Sunrise Cafe. The inside of the old fashion and charming cafe with the wood paneling and comfortable seating offers an ideal hometown diner fell. The items on the menu are also from the small-town diner feel along with the hearty, traditional fry-ups that are served in large portions. Biscuits and gravy that may be served on the side of some fresh crispy bacon or scrambled eggs are the specialties. The cinnamon rolls that are freshly baked and steamed every day offer the ideal item to serve your sweet tooth.
Rick’s Press Room
An unusual establishment is the Rick’s Press Room and was built by a husband and wife in 2007. The couple created a great restaurant not only for dining but to show off their major collection of newspapers. The collection is mixed with their own original pages as well as from eager visitors. The unique decor makes for a fun, quirky atmosphere for starting conversations. The menus themselves are built into newspaper type menus and offers an afternoon or evening edition depending on when the meal is served. Rick’s press Room offers a great selection of American classics and comfort food.
Kahootz Steak and Ale House
A favorable neighborhood bar with additional benefits of a cheerful menu which adds a delicious high-quality meal rather than the cheap made up quick fix food from other pubs. The seafood and steaks are hand cut and prepared on location freshly instead of being cooked from frozen. Dressings, soups and salads are made from scratch. You can also find a splendid collection of beers and ales on tap.
Hungry Onion Burger
Known for its simplicity is an old-school burger joint called Hungry Onion Burger. Steering clear of the popular obsession with fancy, gourmet burgers the little town drive in draws back the menu to put the focal point on what makes a memorable burger which consists of a juicy patty and crisp salad all on a fresh bun with the option to choose cheese and crispy bacon. The ingredients are prepared freshly, presenting a uniquely mouthwatering burger less the fuss and trimmings. The sides like the onion rings are handmade from scratch. The overall experience is an old-fashioned charming and inviting drive in with the retro light up signs.
Gramercy Park Pizza and Grill
A new addition to the Meridian scene is Gramercy Park Pizza and Grill and it is the place to go to for a distinctive comfort food in an unusual, environment. The inside is a trip back to the old fashion days of inviting wood bars, decadent chandeliers and humid, dark red walls, with a twist of industrial pipes along the ceiling. Creative interpretations of American classics fill the menu, like veggie wings, crispy cauliflower mixed in spicy buffalo sauce and served with blue cheese dressing or mac and cheese which is homemade mac n’ cheese between grilled slices of potato bread.
Gino’s Italian Restaurant
Rustic charm, cozy and inviting is Gino’s Italian Ristorante. It is a great spot in Meridian for fresh, authentic Italian food. It is a little piece of Italy in Meridian, the restaurant provides an exciting menu filled with the favorites and unusual, mouthwatering dishes in a relaxed environment. The light but crusty house bread is made daily on site as are the house pasta sauces. For an immediate source of comfort Italian flavor, one should try the cream fettuccine alfredo or the crispy and flavorful pizza baked in a brick oven.
Fat Guy’s Fresh Deli
A deli that prides itself on a delectable, various menu providing creative spins on typical deli sandwiches. The menu is full of different options anywhere from classics like the chicken Caesar wrap or a meatball sandwich to the unique like the Mountain Man made up of bacon, lettuce and potato salad in a fresh roll. For those who are more of a daredevil, the owner of the deli Chef Wally will build a sandwich utilizing any combination of fillings that you wish. This makes Fat Guy’s Fresh Deli the ideal place to recreate an old popular or dare devilish. In addition, the deli is known for its freshness of sandwiches. The entire menu is made from scratch utilizing high-quality ingredients and freshly baked bread.
Epi’s A Basque Restaurant
Located in a historic family bungalow restored into an inviting restaurant in the center of Meridian is Epi’s A Basque Restaurant. The restaurant’s classic setting and family run feeling generates a homey, casual environment which guests are warmly invited by owners and may relax for a few hours over a great dish of the home-cooked meal. The menus focal point is authentic Basque cuisine providing tempting meals using fresh ingredients and classic techniques. There are dishes superb including the succulent beef medallions served with rich Basque sauce, fried calamari and a special house aioli.
Calle 75 Street Tacos
Beginning as a small food truck at Haile’s farmer’s market on Highway 75 was Calle 75 Street Tacos. Calle 75 Street Tacos then created a place to call home in the town’s trendy Village area. The location in the village is sleek and contemporary, with a design of open plan kitchen and dining area. The window is big, and you are able to look out into the gorgeous square. There are several different Mexican meals like burritos, tortas and eponymous tacos. All of the meals are made to order. Guests pick a filling and then add a variety of toppings such as aioli, chipotle, cilantro, garlic and sautéed spinach.