Mom and pop restaurants are nostalgia embodied. Step into one of these quaint eateries in Idaho and you’ll find rich histories, recipes passed down for generations, and aromas of food that will transport you to Grandma’s kitchen. Here are our favorite mom and pop restaurants in the state.
Wild Root Café in Boise, Idaho, is one of the downtown area’s go-to mom and pop restaurants. Since 2015, the husband and wife owners and chefs have served delicious, seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Mr. V’s Family Restaurant offers the downhome hospitality you’d expect from an American diner. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and expect delicious comfort foods at an affordable price.
Grandpa’s Southern Bar-B-Q has two locations in Idaho Falls, each dripping with mom and pop charm and southern hospitality. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with homemade baked goods.
Kahootz Steak and Ale House is owned by two friends who wanted to “do something where people would come to me wanting to spend their money happily.” They have over 40 beers on tap and specialize in a bold steakhouse dining experience.
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Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene is the first in a growing portfolio of restaurants. While each of the five spots are named something different, each offers the same type of traditional English pub house experience with good food in a comfortable atmosphere.
The Healthier Place to Eat is a mom and pop focused on nutrition and healthy eating. Their sandwiches are great for lunch, and their gourmet rice crust pizza is all the rage.
Connor’s Café uses local ingredients and made from scratch recipes that date back all the way to its first incarnation in 1927. Come in for breakfast served all day, lunch, or dinner.
Waha Grill is known for their “famous Waha Burger and pork tenderloin sandwich.” This family-owned restaurant caters to customers of all ages, with a playground on their property for kids and fantastic views of the Waha mountain for adults.
Pickle’s Place in Arco, Idaho, has been in business for over 23 years. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. Pickle’s Place is “home of the Atomic Burger and John’s Seasoning Spice,” both cooked with a family recipe.
Why go to a chain when you can go to a local favorite? Mr. Sub in Sandpoint, Idaho, serves fantastic subs, including a seafood crab, turkey bacon cheddar, and more.