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Terrific Date Night Spots

Published online: Jul 08, 2024 Dining
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Date night is a great opportunity to try something new, experience great ambiance, and maybe fit in a little adventure. With this in mind, consider planning a date at one of these fabulous places in town where you’ll enjoy great food and a fun atmosphere.

Himalayan Flavor

Try out the rich flavors of India and Nepal without having to travel across the globe. This delightful downtown restaurant offers authentic South Indian cuisine where you can choose your spice level and enjoy protein or vegetarian options. Drink a sweet Mango Lassi, indulge in heavenly Cheese Garlic Naan, and sample the flavors of creamy Tikka Masala with Himalayan spices and basmati rice. Stop by on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for live acoustic music.

501 Park Ave | 208-346-8316 

Manwaring Cheese

If you missed out on that trip to Italy, or want to be reminded of the cobblestone streets of Rome, Manwaring Cheese is the perfect little gelateria serving up Italian-style ice cream. While they do have a variety of spiced and flavorful handmade cheeses as well as a melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese sandwich, the thing not to miss is the gelato. With 24 flavors to choose from, you can revel in the combination of Italian cream with pistachio or raspberry sorbet and salted caramel brownie. With the same tiny spoons and little cups as Italian gelaterias, you’ll be reminded to slow down and savor the sweet life.

310 N Eastern Ave | 208-313-8247 

MacKenzie River Pizza

With canoes hanging from the ceiling and giant photographs of Yellowstone and grizzly bears, the rustic atmosphere is as well-executed as the hearty food. While most people try out their signature pizzas like the Madison with smoked bacon, mushrooms, and fresh ricotta, or the Buffalo Wing with spicy Buffalo sauce, chicken, celery, and crumbled bleu cheese, make sure to also taste their mouthwatering fish and chips and the Ol’ Prospector burger—a half pound all-beef burger with nuggets of cheddar and bacon, topped with smoked Gouda on a brioche bun and served with a side of fries. 

1490 Milligan Rd | 208-932-2987 

Garcia’s Street Tacos & Pelona’s Fruit Oasis

When you’re looking for street tacos and a place to hangout, head over to Garcia’s Street Tacos and Pelona’s Fruit Oasis. Serving authentic Mexican food, fruit desserts, and a wide array of fun drinks, it’s a hot spot for Hispanic flavor. Pop the cap off a cold glass bottle of Fanta naranja or Coke while you wait for an order of mouthwatering steak tacos wrapped in warm, homemade corn tortillas. If you’re up for a Mexican dessert, try the mango soaked in Tabasco and sprinkled with chili powder and paprika. 

3000 S 25th East | 208-403-8247 

Yummy House

Sometimes it’s best to leave the noise at home for a quiet spot to converse with your date over satisfying Chinese food, which makes Yummy House an excellent choice. Decorated with red paper lanterns and a little happy Buddha overflowing with coin offerings, the downtown restaurant has an extensive menu and a wide range of classic Chinese dishes. From their perfectly spicy General Tso’s chicken to vegetarian options like Kung Pao Vegetables with snow peas, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and bok choy, you’ll be sure to find a favorite. Lunch options are low-priced and served with soup and crab rangoon. 

354 W Broadway St | 208-524-6188

Dixie’s Diner 

Step back in time to a 1950s diner with the charming retro ambiance of jukeboxes, photos of ‘50s stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, and classic red vinyl booths. From mouthwatering French toast with fried eggs, to a juicy BBQ burger topped with cheddar cheese and onion straws, you’ll easily find something to love among the wide variety of American-style favorites. You can also slide up to the counter for an old-fashioned chocolate milkshake complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

2150 Channing Way | 208-542-1950 


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