Boise's vegan food scene continues to grow and with the consistent flow of people moving in from out of state, they are bringing new influences along with them. It has inspired change throughout the community to not only push the boundaries of plants, but to also live more connected, intentional, and economical lives, both on and off the plate.
I have had many questions in regards to my favorite places to eat, so I thought I would compile a list of my favorite, locally owned, restaurants who are offering the best vegan bites in Boise!
Lemon Tree Co.
Lemon Tree Co. offers the finest artisan sandwiches in the valley that aren't short on creativity and now, our friends are serving breakfast, too! To start your day go for the classic tofu scramble, vegan cheese, and portobello bacon or try something a bit more edgy in their bulgogi bbq sandwich.
For lunch try their twisted take a classic mushroom cheesesteak or veggie reuben (pictured right). Be sure to pair your sandwich with a bowl of their savory oats (similar to a risotto) or opt for the side salad with blood orange vinaigrette. To wash it all down, grab one of their fresh lemonades! Flavors rotate but include passion fruit, strawberry basil, blueberry jalapeno, and blood orange.
Mai Thai has extensive vegan options and is a favorite when I'm craving cultural cuisine! From fresh summer rolls, to vegan duck, and yellow curry, you really cant go wrong. They even offer several meat substitution options like tofu, Verisoy and extra vegetable.
This restaurant off Broadway near the Boise State Campus boasts for being a colorful sushi spot, but it offers a whole heap of vegan options, too! From fresh, marinated tofu sushi rolls, tacos, poke bowls, and bao buns...you will find PLENTY to eat there. The other great thing about Naked Fins is that everything is VERY customizable, too! You can basically build your own meal from the bottom up!
The High Note Cafe
The High Note is Boise's hidden gem and only entirely vegan restaurant! Tucked away on 5th between Idaho and Bannock, they have a menu that offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and ALL DAY BREAKFAST! If that doesn't have you planning your next trip down there, it might be worthwhile to let you know they do karaoke every Wednesday as well. Grab a friend, some grub, a mimosa, and belt your favorite tune!
I am a huge Mediterranean food fan and am constantly reminiscing on the days I lived in Australia where the options were plentiful. Although Boise doesn't have much to offer in this cultural genre of food, Mazzah gives us everything we need to curb those cravings! Try their traditional falafel with a side of taboulleh, pita, and hummus.
One step in to Camel's Crossing and you'll feel like you've entered in to a swanky LA or NY restaurant. In addition to the intimate atmosphere they've created, they have done an equally exquisite job with their vegan dishes. They are known for their carrot steak...yep, I said it...CARROT STEAK (pictured left)! But, this isn't your average grilled carrot on a plate...you have get in and try for yourself!
Mount Everest Momo Cafe
Momo Cafe is a gorgeous blend of Himalayan, Nepali, Tibetan and Indian food. Their daily menu boasts with many vegan selections, but I highly suggest checking out their lunch special. For just $7.99, you can get a sampling of several dishes like veggie samosas, vindaloo curry, and veggie korma.
One thing that many vegans miss is sushi, which is why I am so grateful for Dharma! They have several vegan sushi rolls, including my favorite, The Northender, which is loaded with tofu, avocado, carrot, and cucumber. You can also find fried tofu and a delicious Thai peanut salad on the menu.
Our friends at Wild Root know two things: what vegans love and how to make their food look as beautiful as it tastes. For breakfast, they sever either a tofu scramble and VeganEgg in lieu of scrambled eggs. They also offer many seasonal bowl style meals including the power bowl which is packed full of sweet potatoes, greens, root veggies, and more! My favorite summer time dish is the falafel with harissa carrots (pictured right) and in the winter I go for the warm and savory mushroom risotto.
BBQ4Life is the only place in Boise offering vegan BBQ. They have roughly 14 vegan selections ranging from smoked tempeh, nachos, and butternut squash tacos to mac n' cheese and cornbread. Be sure to stop in and check out your favorite VEGAN backyard classics.
This quaint, family owned restaurant in Hyde Park offers a rotating menu of unique vegan eats. Although the menu selections are few, they are worth a trip to this adorable little spot that makes you feel right at home.
The Funky Taco
This spot boasts a fantastic environment, even offering live music on the weekends, but in my opinion, it's not what keeps people coming back. Their funky twist on tacos will have your taste-buds jumping for joy! Do not visit without trying the cauliflower tacos (pictured left) & vegan enchiladas. My go to strategy is to order several dishes for the table to share! That way you get a taste for everything!
Boise Fry Co.
Who doesn't love a good veggie burger and fries? You're in for a treat at Boise Fry Co. because their made-from-scratch patties will leave you salivating AFTER the meal. Go for their vegan burger and pair with your choice of fries. They offer several different types of potatoes including sweet, laura, and purple.
This Boise pizza joint is known for its offbeat atmosphere and creative pizza creations, but it hasn't always served vegan slices until recently! Pie Hole now dishes out vegan pizza on Friday and Saturday, so be sure to stop in after a night on the town!
Taj Mahal has the largest selection of vegan food in Boise! Not only is it authentically delicious, but after stepping through the doors you will feel like you are part of the family. For a tasty introduction to what they have to offer, meet a group of friends for their lunch buffet that runs Monday through Saturday.
Great pho is all about the broth and a good bowl of this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup is hard to come by, but not at Pho Le. This is arguably, Boise's best bowl of Pho. Run, don't walk, and slurp up some of this heaven in a bowl.
Craving something simple, fresh and undoubtedly healthy? Check out another locally owned restaurant that literally translates to "peace in a lunchbox". These bowls of Japanese style rice (or sub noodles) are topped with grilled tofu and then finished with a side of hand cut steamed vegetables and your choice of house made sauces that include teriyaki, ginger soy, z-nut, zen, or kamikaze.
Boise Juice Co
With 3 locations, spanning from Boise to Eagle, BJC offers quick, healthy options, on the go! From wellness shots, to cold pressed juices, acai and pitaya bowls, you are bound to get your BOOST when you need it. I am a huge fan of their juices as well as the peanut butter acai bowl. But rest assured, you will be completely satisfied with whatever you choose!
Despite being known for it's steak and seafood, this fine dining restaurant in East Boise has a completely separate vegetarian and vegan menu. Don't expect to find it listed online, though....you have to go in and see for yourself!
The Modern Hotel & Bar
Although the vegan options here are limited (typically 2 on each menu at any given time) they make up for it with variety and flavor. Be sure to check out their brunch menu, which usually offers a tofu scramble variation in addition to another sweet treat of sorts, on Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 2pm.