What do you do when your van breaks down? And you have to build a new transmission, then end up with an unexpected staycation in Boise, Idaho for a month?
Eat all of the damn good vegan food there is to eat and then spread it around for anyone traveling through!
Our vegan journey through Boise began before our staycation, we were coming through to hang out with our friends Grant and Jamie, little did they know in a few weeks we were going to move in.
We told them we wanted to check out a vegan lunch spot. They are not vegans, yet they were willing to give it a try. To see what they thought about it.
We rode down to High Note cafe, I will spoil it for you all right away, we have eaten here now 4 times, and placed our orders.
The four of us ordered the
Breakfast Burrito / Breakfast Sandwich / Breakfast Torta / Horseradish Melt
Luckily Lindsey and I share half and half so I got to try the torta as well. Jamie and Grant first investigate the look of their orders and are tripped out that it looks like eggs, tofu scramble, and they go in for first bites…
annnnddd they really really like it. Very shocked at how good it tastes and how they would never have known it was vegan, all their words. It is nice to be able to show willing friends that eating vegan can be incredibly flavorful and that you won't miss anything without having poor animals in your meal.
The horseradish melt is still one of the best sandwiches I have had. I might still dream of it...
Since that first encounter we have tried a lot more of the menu…
Gyro / Pesto / Cream of Mushroom Soup / Tomato Soup to name a few. It is really hard to order from a menu where everything is so good.
They have delicious rotating deserts as well... like this incredible Rhubarb Pie...
During these times they are cash only and you can call ahead to order and pick up from the front door. You can also go to the door and order then wander around, or get a coffee next door and look around the quirky shop at Flying M coffee. Awesome employees too, fun people to chat with!
A very unexpected vegan find in Boise was BBQ and holy shit, really good BBQ. We found a spot called BBQ4LIFE, who started off as a food truck and have now expanded.
What an awesome restaurant.
We had a tough time ordering, as we do when there are more than one or two options for us on the menu.
Vegaloaf... which is smoked tempeh and it comes with their house made vegan potato salad on the sandwich as well! Side of vegan mac! Holy hell!
Vegafoot- this one is the smoked tempeh only this time with the vegan mac on the sandwich and a side of vegan slaw. Wow. Did not expect to find BBQ in Boise, especially vegan BBQ, but damn... this place is so tasty.
If you are looking for some ramen, bao buns, and sushi all in one place then downtown Boise has the spot for you, Mai Thai.
The Chef / Owner is a vegan and a Buddhist so they have a full page of vegan options including vegan sushi! The food is quite good!
They have a very large outside dining area so that you can be distanced from other tables at this point.
Spicy jackfruit roll in the middle... This is jackfruit, sriracha, onion, avocado, and a vegan mayo.
Kabocha roll (outer)... steamed tofu, baby corn, sweet potato, and topped with Japanese pumpkin, yellow curry sauce and lime leaves.
Both of these were so incredibly tasty. What cool vegan sushi options.
Papaya salad... The flavor on this salad was out of this world. Also what really makes this dish incredible is the sticky rice at the bottom... Whoa!
Steamed Bao Buns... I mean holy shit, these buns are just unreal. Just get these. You will not regret it.
Mushroom Shoyu Ramen... Just incredible.
Downtown has another delicious sandwich shop called Lemon Tree Co.
This was very different from any shop we have had sandwiches, they use sweet potatoes for their vegan meat sub. Plenty of vegan cheese options.
The sweet potatoes seemed strange when we ordered but proved to be incredibly good as a filler in their sammies.
I would suggest picking it up and taking it for a picnic at Camel's Back Park! Then hike it off!
Cinnaholic, is a chain but dammit it, it is so good I have to mention it. They have creations they have made on the menu, but you can mix and match and make your own cinnamon roll as well.
And the cookie dough is soooo damn good!
I mean just look at that goodness! Allll Vegan! These were two custom dealers choice rolls. We asked the employees to make us whatever they wanted us to have and these were the rolls we got.
Then we also got the Elvis cookie dough. You have to.
Roots Zero Waste Market is an incredibly cool place to wander around. They are the only zero waste market in the states, which is crazy! They make zero waste. Every item is recyclable, bio degradable, or compostable. They encourage you to re use as well. They have glass bottles that have been re used for their bulk items and tinctures. It is so well curated. Very cool market doing very cool things for this beautiful earth we are living on.
They have a beautiful apothecary inside where you can find a ton of tinctures and teas. Also in the back corner there is an art gallery featuring local artists.
Another super cool addition to this market is their drive through, pick your own produce, garden. Fresh with tomatoes and peppers and all kinds of other veggies, grown and picked fresh.
The owner is such an incredibly kind and wonderful human.
Their deli offers quite a few vegan options to pick from. They are made daily with the products they have in store that day.
We have had the...
Sweet Potato Lasagna...
Lentil Loaf with Plum Sauce... so unique and interesting. Incredible flavor.
Cashew mac with Potato Salad...
Vegan Bread pudding... I had to leave after eating this as to not eat every slice they had.
Dharma Sushi & Thai is a small spot in downtown that is more or a takeout / fast food spot. Really fast service and fantastic food. Their peanut butter curry was quite good for a faster food option in downtown.
Vegan Peanut Thai Tots... how could you ever go wrong with thai peanut tots. You could not.
Funky Taco is another spot in downtown that has plenty of options for us vegans out there. They have a side takeout window that you can use to order and pick up your food. They have a patio that sits on the downtown walking street.
Soy Chorizo Con Papas Burrito... no lie, probably my favorite burrito I have ever had. As I write this I am craving this burrito. The flavor punch this burrito packs is powerful. It almost tastes as if it is a mole burrito. So rich and flavorful. A grilled tortilla too... perfection! So tasty.
If you are looking for good vegan pizza there is a shop called Pie Hole, we did not eat there on this trip, we made our own at the house, but if you are looking for a fantastic option.
This is the place to go…
So what did we learn in this month that we were gifted in Boise.
They have some really incredibly tasty food. Some really kind souls that are making it for you. Even if most of the people in the city are scared of not eating animals for every meal and eating vegetables cooked in incredibly creative and delicious ways.
It is nice to find amidst the meat eating culture and massive trucks and flags flying out of the back. These spots gave us our little zen in the presence of ignorance.
When you get to Boise... order one of everything for me!
Peace signs up Idaho ✌🏼