Boise Idaho Cultural Adventure
Boise is not just the capital of Idaho it also features a diverse culture that provides for some great culinary experiences. With an estimated 15,000 Basque residents, it’s no wonder that Boise dedicated an entire block to the Basques located in downtown Boise on Grove Street between Capitol Blvd. and 6th Street. The Basque Block is home to two Basque restaurants, Bar Gernika and Leku Ona, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center and the Basque Market.
English: Looking down the Basque Block in Boise towards Capitol Blvd in early spring. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Stay at a Travelodge Re-Imagined
Best way to start your adventure is by staying at The Modern Hotel, which puts you near downtown Boise and the Basque Block. It is a re-animated Travelodge located in downtown Boise’s Linen District. The Modern’s “grownup” space feeling will make you feel welcomed and comfortable. The restaurant/bar features great cocktails and food with all fresh ingredients. A friendly but stylish sort of establishment with knowledgeable bartenders, new music, and good wine. They have bartenders whose cocktails were in the New York Times, a regular local crowd, a summer music series in the courtyard and hotel guests who feel a part of what’s happening in Boise.
Take a Stroll to a Downtown Alehouse
A short walk from the hotel you will find yourself in downtown Boise where you can find several different restaurants, but if you are a craft beer fan, you should try the Bittercreek Alehouse. The Bittercreek Alehouse opened in February of 1996 and has been offering Boise locals and visitors good beer and the food that goes with it ever since that time. Their tap line features 39 drafts from craft brewers in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, and California.
Find Out About Boise’s Basque Culture
From there, you can walk to the Basque Block where you can spend an entire day if you want! Check out The Basque Market, established in December 2000, on the Basque Block in Downtown. Since Opening, thehas quickly become a leader in Basque catering and is famous for preparing large paellas for parties, weddings, anniversaries, and other events. Every day from 11-Close experience lunch “tapas style” with an ever changing selection of traditional and non-traditional tastes.
Get in the Spirit With Hand-Crafted Cocktails
Another thing you will find while wandering the Basque Block is Bardenay. This location in a once-empty warehouse on the Historic Basque Block is the very first location for Bardney. There are now three location with others in Coeur d’Alene and Eagle Idaho. They made history on April 25th when they served the first cocktail made of spirits created in the first US restaurant distillery. Bardenay has a unique Idaho atmosphere, creating an experience worth coming back to enjoy while offering handcrafted cocktails plus an innovative menu featuring delicious Northwest cuisine.
Boise’s Basque Block is just one of the many things to see and do while having a cultural adventure in Boise. Bring your appetite and thirst for new experiences, you won’t be disappointed.
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