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2024 Dining Awards

The votes are in!

Published online: Jul 01, 2024 Dining
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The votes are in! It’s that time of year again when we answer everyone’s questions about another year of East Idaho Dining Awards from Idaho Falls Magazine. 

Here you’ll find the restaurants that readers across the East Idaho region named the best of the best. With more choices than ever before, choosing isn’t easy. But stomachs don’t lie, and neither do the votes. Get ready, and bon appétit!

Best Diner

Dixie’s Diner

Dixie’s Diner sets the bar for what a classic diner should be, serving everything from milkshakes to vintage music. Every table at Dixie's Diner has a jukebox so that you, your friends and family can create memorable experiences while enjoying a variety of comfort food dishes. The menu offers a selection of salads, burgers and breakfast items and one of their favorites—the strawberry milkshake. 

2150 Channing Way | 208-542-1950

2. Smitty’s Pancake and Steak House

645 W Broadway St. | 208-523-6450

3. North Hi-Way Café

460 Northgate Mile | 208-522-6212

4. Cedric’s Family Restaurant

1260 W Broadway St. | 208-524-4383

5. Rusty Lantern

10868 N Yellowstone Hwy. | 208-522-2254


Best Bakery

Baker’s Dozen

Baker’s Dozen is “where things are done the old-fashioned way.” The recipes behind these old-fashioned donuts have been crafted with a lot of love and passed down to the next generation. Try the cake donuts to put a smile on your face. 

561 S Woodruff Ave. | 208-968-0391

2. Carsten’s Bakery

243 Cliff St. | 208-529-3629

3. City Bagels & Bakery

369 Shoup Ave. | 208-881-5778

4. Great Harvest Bakery & Café

360 A St. | 208-522-7444

5. Geraldine’s Bake Shoppe & Deli

3160 E 17th St. | 208-552-7057


Best Asian/Chinese 

New Hong Kong

New Hong Kong serves an array of delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine. All of the dishes on the menu have been crafted to perfection and are sure to leave your mouth watering and you wanting seconds and thirds. 

1820 Jennie Lee Dr. | 208-528-8883

2. Dee Kitchen

3160 E 17th St. | 208-552-7057

3. Hokkaido House

901 Pier View Dr. | 986-497-3908

4. Great Hunan

2647 S 25th E. | 208-552-3000

5. Hong Kong

1570 W Broadway St. | 208-522-9919


Best Barbeque

Pitmaster BarBQue Company

Pitmaster BarBQue Company is the authentic barbecue expert. With its distinctive sauces and rubs, this barbecue restaurant will have your mouth watering. It serves pulled chicken, pulled pig, pork spare ribs and more. 

1305 Fremont Ave. | 208-542-2727

2. Grandpa’s Southern BBQ

1540 W Broadway St. | 208-357-4724

3. Lil’ Mike’s Bar-B-Que

116 S Clark St. | 208-534-1802


Best Bar & Grill

Sully’s Gastro Pub

Located in the heart of Historic Downtown, Sully’s GastroPub brings food and an ambience that have been the talk of the town. Described by many as “eclectic”, this pub serves comfort foods with unique twists. Stop by and try one of their yummy burgers!

504 Shoup Ave. | 208-346-8851

2. The Firehouse Grill

2891 S 25th E. | 208-524-1740

3. The SnakeBite Restaurant 

393 Park Ave. | 208-525-2522

4. Jaker’s Bar and Grill

851 Lindsay Blvd. | 208-524-5240

5. The Bees Knee’s Pub

850 Lindsay Blvd. | 208-875-2171


Best Breakfast 

Abracadabra’s 

Abracadabra’s is celebrated around town for its tasteful breakfast foods. This breakfast & bistro is a breakfast lover's paradise, with dishes including the Mediterranean Omelet, Peach Cobbler French Toast and Captain Crunch-Enrusted French Toast. 

2040 Channing Way | 208-881-9024

2. Smitty’s Pancake and Steak House

645 W Broadway St. | 208-523-6450

3. Dixie’s Diner

2150 Channing Way | 208-542-1950

4. North Hi-Way Café

460 Northgate Mile | 208-522-6212

5. The Grille

939 S 25th E #107 | 208-497-0024


Best Fast Service

Scotty’s Drive-In

Scotty's Drive-In is a trip down nostalgia lane with its classic foods, drive-in experience and retro vibe. This fast-food restaurant is popular for its fresh-cut fries, hamburgers, shakes and outstanding service. To create experiences you'll want to pass down to future generations, dine inside or in your car. 

560 Northgate Mile | 208-523-6382

2. Los Alberto’s

450 1st St. | 208-542-0391

3. Franklin’s Famous Cheesesteaks

170 Elm St. | 208-881-5170

4. CupBop Korean BBQ

3460 S 25th E. | 208-948-5540

5. Fiesta Ole’

220 S Skyline Dr. | 208-529-0374

1856 N Yellowstone Hwy. | 208-529-2662

2110 E 17th St. | 208-523-8226


Best Fine Dining

Jaker’s Bar and Grill

Located near the river, Jaker’s is a local favorite for many reasons. It offers a packed menu of succulent entrées ranging from premium steaks to delicious pastas and a full lineup of seafood dishes–all while serving in an upscale dining atmosphere. 

851 Lindsay Blvd. | 208-524-5240

2. Smokin Fins

370 Memorial Dr. | 208-888-3467

3. The Sandpiper Restaurant

750 Lindsay Blvd. | 208-524-3344

4. Stockman’s Restaurant

1175 Pier View Dr. | 208-552-6500

5. Copper Rill Restaurant

415 River Pkwy. | 208-529-5800


Best Sushi

Blue Hashi

There's a good reason why Blue Hashi has consistently been a local favorite. Sushi from this fine restaurant is some of the best-prepared and tastiest in town. The beautifully arranged dishes are guaranteed to captivate both your gaze and your taste buds!

2894 S 25th E. | 208-525-2583

2. Fuji Sushi & Hibachi

2625 S 25th E. | 208-523-3854

3. Yoimi Sushi & Hibachi 

895 W Broadway St. #A | 208-403-8854

4. Smokin Fins

370 Memorial Dr. | 208-888-3467

5. Sushi Time

3448 S 25th E. | 208-529-8463


Best International 

Tandoori Oven

The unique Tandoori Oven serves the Idaho Falls community delicious Indian food. The menu is ideal for a family outing or romantic evening, with a large assortment of chicken, lamb and seafood along with vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

3204 S 25th E. | 208-522-8263

2. Dee Kitchen

3160 E 17th St. | 208-552-7057

3. Mongolian Grill

2153 E 17th St. | 208-524-7768

4. Krung Thep Thai Cuisine

366 Shoup Ave. | 208-881-5150

5. Himalayan Flavor

501 Park Ave. | 208-346-8316


Best Java

Java Espress

The perfectly crafted coffee at Java Espress has conquered the coffee world with its handcrafted beverages. For years, Java has been providing the community with amazing experiences by lovingly creating milkshakes, smoothies, teas and sodas in addition to coffee. 

1250 W Broadway St. | 208-552-7664

1510 E 17th St. | 208-525-5269

2139 E 17th St. | 208-552-5282

745 E Anderson St. | 208-523-2750

2. City Bagels & Bakery

369 Shoup Ave. | 208-881-5778

3. Moose Ridge Coffee Co.

1157 Pier View Dr. | 208-497-0191

4. Villa Coffeehouse 

344 Park Ave. | 208-524-8882

5. Great Harvest Bakery & Café

360 A St. | 208-522-7444


Best Mexican Restaurant

Jalisco’s

Jalisco's has been dishing up amazing Mexican dishes at its two locations for several memorable years. Try their specialty dishes, including enormous tacos, enchiladas and deluxe burritos, among many other delectable Mexican dishes, either for takeout or dining in. 

325 River Pkwy. | 208-612-0102

2107 E 17th St. | 208-552-2021

2. Pachanga’s

435 A St. | 208-522-1976

3. Morenita’s Restaurant

450 Whittier St. | 208-522-9319

4. Café Sabor

2635 S 25th E | 208-529-1565

5. Garcia’s Street Taco & Pelona’s Fruit Oasis

3000 S 25th E. | 208-403-8247


Best Pizza

Papa Tom’s Pizza

Papa Tom's Pizza is renowned for its flavorful pizza and welcoming atmosphere for families. This pizza place is well-known for more than just their pizza, they also have regular raffles and musical performances. Visit for a fun-filled family outing and remember to check out the game room!

1830 S Woodruff Ave. | 208-523-6800

2. Lucy’s New York Style Pizzeria

560 W Broadway St. | 208-524-2800

2770 S 25th E. | 208-523-7777

3. MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub

1490 Milligan Rd. | 208-932-2987

4. Pie Hole

321 Park Ave. | 208-346-8024

5. Leo’s Place

155 S Holmes Ave. | 208-529-5090


Best Steak & Seafood

Smokin' Fins

Smokin' Fins serves premium dishes along with a fine-dining experience. Popular for their steak, seafood, sushi, bar and grill, this restaurant has it all, and is conveniently located by the scenic River Walk. 

370 Memorial Dr. | 208-888-3467

2. Stockman’s Restaurant 

1175 Pier View Dr. | 208-552-6500

3. Jaker’s Bar and Grill

851 Lindsay Blvd. | 208-524-5240

4. The Sandpiper Restaurant 

750 Lindsay Blvd. | 208-524-3344

5. Teton House

3563 E Menan Lorenzo Hwy. | 208-270-5102


Best Sandwiches/Deli

Papa Kelsey’s Pizza & Subs

Papa Kelsey’s Pizza & Subs prepares fresh dough daily, making their sandwiches some of the most scrumptious in town (read more on page 31). These oven baked subs are full of flavor with their homemade bread, meats and fresh toppings. And if you think it can’t get much better than that, they also serve delicious pizzas!

2285 E 17th St. | 208-523-3136

2. The Sandwich Tree

500 W 17th St. | 208-529-5875

3. Gandolfo’s New York Deli

1685 S Woodruff Ave. | 208-542-0027

4. A Street Soup Market

445 A St. | 208-932-7039

5. Great Harvest Bakery & Café

360 A St. | 208-522-7444


Best Food Truck

The Corn Dog Station

Who doesn’t love a good corn dog? The tasty corn dogs at The Corn Dog Station come in a variety of sizes with many flavor combinations. Try our favorite, the jalapeño cheddar!

Woodruff Ave (Located near Big Deal Outlet) | 208-419-6446

2. Blackhawk BBQ

90 S Broadway St. | 208-994-6987

3. On the Hook Fish & Chips

210 S Woodruff Ave | 307-316-4665

4. Mama Fla

680 1st St. | 208-516-2878

5. Taco-H

2300 S 25th E. | 208-360-6956


Best Drink Shop

Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up is a specialty soda shop where you can add various syrups to personalize your drink. If you're not in the mood for soda, these places also provide delicious cookies, from chocolate fudge to chunky oatmeal. 

900 Pancheri Dr. | 208-709-9857

1600 S Woodruff Ave. 208-709-9857

3378 Clearview Ln. | 208-709-9857

2758 E Sunnyside Rd.  | 208-709-9857

2. Java Espress

1250 W Broadway St. | 208-552-7664

1510 E 17th St. | 208-525-5269

2139 E 17th St. | 208-552-5282

745 E Anderson St. | 208-523-2750

3. Fixxology Drinks 

1976 W Broadway St. | 208-843-3930

4. Jamba Juice

2300 E 17th St. | 208-419-0834

417 S Utah Ave. | 208-524-2348

1803 S 2500 E. | 208-542-0231


Best Sweets

Love at First Bite

Love at First Bite is happily making sure the community gets their sweet fix with a wide range of goodies. From cookies, toffee, chocolate-covered almonds to the rich cupcakes, this shop surely has all of your favorite sweets! 

901 Pier View Dr. #103 | 208-522-7788

2. Crumbl Cookies

2656 E Sunnyside Rd. | 208-268-8222

3. The Caramel Tree

360 A St. | 208-932-4930

2289 E 17th St. | 208-497-5006

4. Geraldine’s Bake Shoppe & Deli

3160 E 17th St. | 208-552-7057

5. Great Harvest Bakery & Café

360 A St. | 208-522-7444


Best Ice Cream

Reed’s Dairy

Reed's Dairy is well-known for its handmade and traditional ice cream. Serving 49 different flavors, any sugar cravings you have after a long summer day can be satisfied with one stop by one of their two locations!

2660 W Broadway St. | 208-522-0123

2523 E Sunnyside Rd. | 208-524-1077

2. Orange Leaf

3340 S 25th E. | 208-542-6964

3. Manwaring Gelato

310 N Eastern Ave. | 208-313-8247

4. Baskin Robbins

1253 E 17th St. | 208-524-3131

5. La Michoacana Ice Cream Palace

240 S Woodruff Ave. | 208-270-4268


Best Wine & Craft Beer

Tap-n-Fill

Tap-n-Fill is the perfect destination to enjoy a drink with a couple of your best buds on a Friday night. The craft beers served here are sure to captivate your taste buds and there is an outdoor patio for you to enjoy the view of the Snake River Pier. 

1494 Milligan Rd. | 208-524-4577

2. Idaho Brewing Company

775 S Capital Ave. | 208-534-7232

3. The Bees Knee’s Pub

850 Lindsay Blvd. | 208-875-2171

4. Sully’s Gastro Pub

504 Shoup Ave. | 208-346-8851

5. The Celt Pub & Grill

398 W Broadway St. | 208-881-5128


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