Gem State Signature Dishes to Satisfy Your Hunger and Idaho Pride

Idaho has three official state foods.


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Most foods considered “Idaho” are versions of dishes that use one of the above. You can find trout dishes, hundreds of different potato options, and blueberries used in amazing ways. However, we have Idaho Classics and Idaho Favorites that don’t always use the three biggies listed above.

Idaho is home to amazing restaurants offering everything from classic cuisine to unique cuisine.

Idaho Ice Cream Potato – For this savory creation, vanilla ice cream is shaped into a potato shape, covered in cocoa and topped with whipped cream, making it look like a potato with a dollop of sour cream. Other options are topped with Oreo cookies and diced peanuts and the potato is served on a bed of chocolate syrup. Delicious! Try it yourself all year round at Westside Drive-In in Boise where it has been manufactured for the past 31 years. The Idaho Ice Cream Potato has been featured on Man V. Food, The Food Network, Martha Stewart, and the Today’s Show website.

Fries at Boise Fry Company – It’s hard to choose just one “locally” inspired dish when the whole premise of this place is local inspiration from all varieties of Idaho potatoes. Boise Fry Company is known for a diverse selection of fries of all potato types including russet, purple, gold, sweet, red and yam. This award-winning local fries (and burgers) restaurant cooks its gem slices in natural non-GMO sunflower oil. They also keep it fresh and unique by changing and rotating its homemade seasonings and dips, which are usually Idaho-inspired, as well as roasted jalapeno ranch blueberry ketchup.

finger steaks – Finger Steaks seem to be a bit of an Idaho staple since these yums can be found in several restaurants in Boise and Treasure Valley.
Lindy’s Steak House, The Dutch Goose and Big Bun Drive-In to name a few.
Finger steaks are wide strips of steak breaded with a tempura or flour batter and fried in oil. The origin of fixing them this way is said to come from Idaho.

Blueberry Burger – There are Huckleberry-inspired meals and treats everywhere even before it became Idaho’s official state fruit in 2000. Fanci Freez made it into a burger. It might seem like a weird combo, but don’t hit it until you’ve tried it. Really everything with Huckleberry, from desserts to cocktails to sauces. Idahoans got creative and delicious with Huckleberries.

According to a “report” by using data from Food Network, BuzzFeed, and several others to determine Idaho’s “signature dish.” They claim that “spudnuts” are the official food of Idaho. Sorry it’s not, but if you don’t know what a spudnut is… They’re basically flavor-packed potato fritters. For being a signature dish, they are a bit hard to find. guru donuts is a place to check them out though.

If Spudnuts being our “signature dish” didn’t surprise you, maybe this one will. A website called Well and Good has listed the “most popular 4th of July recipes in all 50 states.” Idaho was just too out there not to mention. Maybe it’s a lot bigger than in people’s kitchens then I realized, but the most Googled recipe for Idahoans at that time was pancakes. Yes, pancakes. They are good and all but really?

We found a listing on that selected a the best tailgating food in every state. Their selection for Idaho made a lot more sense than some of those other rosters.

Loaded Potato Fries – Count on us. 🙂

Or maybe Idaho’s “signature dish” should be chicken wings?

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Which of these amazing fry sauces would be a better option?

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With March Madness upon us, it’s time to get out there and enjoy some finger steaks! Which of these establishments has the best?

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