Great Basque Food!


As usual the weather forecasters were wrong, which in this case is a very good thing. The weather here in Boise has been great — clear skies and pleasant temperatures, and from the looks of things we will have more of the same today.

Although I’ve visited Boise before, it’s been a while so I’ve had fun reacquainting myself. As far as access goes, I’d highly recommend it as it’s a pretty nice walking town, with a very accessible downtown area (BoDo) and a pleasant greenbelt which runs along the Boise River. And of course there’s lot’s to see and do. If you like museums, parks and restaurants, then Boise is the place for you.

Speaking of great restaurants, last night we had some excellent Basque food in a little restaurant just outside of town. Located on Main Street in Meridian, Epi’s is a family-owned restaurant with a hefy dose of old country charm. Named for the owner’s grandmother, the food is to-die-for. I also must add that reservations are essential at this popular spot, so plan ahead.

If you are not familiar with Basque food, it is traditionally served family style, and in most cases there is plenty of it. And no, it’s not all lamb. The menu at Epi’s is varied and includes steak, chicken and fish; and all entrees come with soup, salad and side dishes. I had the nightly special (always a good way to go) which was a grilled ono covered in cream sauce and topped with some bay shrimp. It just fell apart on my fork.

I was also impressed with the access at Epi’s, as even though the restaurant is located in an older restored home, there is ramp access, a level entry and accessible parking just steps from the door. Be sure and tell them you are in a wheelchair when you make your reservation, as some of the tables are more accessible than others in this small restaurant. The staff is very happy to accommodate folks if they know about access needs in advance. Anyway, if you are in the area, give Epi’s a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Well, I’d better shake a leg here, as we are off to explore more of Boise today. There’s really a lot to see here, and most of it is accessible.