Some people would hate to be snowed in, especially if they’re staying in a hotel in an unfamiliar city. But for us, it was part of the dream we shared on our About page: We’d love to spend a month downtown in various cities and be tourists all day every day! (We can dream, right?)
So, when an unexpected snowstorm covered Boise, Idaho, closing schools (where I work) and some businesses, we just looked at each other and grinned. It was our chance! Donning all the warm clothing we’d packed, we went in search of adventure. First up, breakfast.
A gentleman dressed in business attire braving the elements to get to the office answered our query about where locals would eat: Oh, you’ve got to go to Goldy’s. It’s the best breakfast anywhere downtown. Little did we know how right he was.
On this snowy day, Goldy’s was packed! Owner Wanda Martinat, who with her husband Randy opened the restaurant in 1999, spread open the draperies blocking the cold from the front door and welcomed us to the warmth, comfort, and eclectic close-knit interior of Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro.
After a brief wait, we were directed upstairs to the balcony section where our table for two offered us a front-row seat to the action downstairs.
We have no idea what the ratio of waiters to customers is, but it seemed two to one. Coffee flowed, menus arrived, and orders were taken in record time.
And then the food rushed in! Bountiful breakfasts any way you like it. In fact, the Create Your Own Breakfast page offers three columns of choices: Meat, Potatoes, and Bread. Eggs, too, any way you like ’em: Soft Boiled, Poached, or Basted. And meats we’d never heard of — Basque Chorizo (large Basque community in Boise), Turkey Apple Sausage, and Maple Sausage — and specials like PEPS (Goldy’s cheese, peppers, and onions) and Bread Pudding Muffins filled the menu. Another whole page offered Hollandaise Specialties like this new-to-us item: Spicy Chicken Benny with English muffin, chicken, spicy Hollandaise sauce, and bacon!!! Round all this out with entrees like Spinach and Italian Cheese Frittata or Smoked Salmon Hash, and you have a diner unparalleled in all of Boise — not just downtown!
Bert couldn’t resist the three-egg omelet with hash browns and sausage.
And I dug into a huge stack of Blueberry Pancakes with blueberries all the way through.
We even returned the next day and ordered the special: Cajun Sausage Omelet . . .
And Corned Beef Hash with Basted Eggs.
Stumbling onto Goldy’s was our good luck. And now we say If Guy Fieri returns to Boise, he’d want to share the place on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! In fact, Goldy’s can make anyone’s day.
Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro
108 S. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702
To see all the food places in Boise featured in Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, click here.
For more posts on our travels in Idaho and Washington, click on the Inland Northwest page at the top of this blog.