Best fine dining

June 14, 2013 

barbecoa, boise, parkcenter, happy hour

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BARBACOA

276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 338-5000

barbacoa-boise.com

When you want to impress someone with Boise's culinary prowess in an atmosphere generally reserved for larger cities, the place to go is Barbacoa. The decor is oozing with opulence, from the glass-blown chandeliers to the unique leather-wrapped lounge chairs and impressive Medusa sculpture. It's elegant, rustic, Bohemian and classy - all at the same time.

If the ambience isn't enough to make your head spin, the menu certainly will. Chef Enrique Martinez infuses the food with a Latin flair but maintains familiar flavors. With a wide variety of juicy steaks, succulent lamb chops, paella, pastas, tender duck and even chicken mole, there's something to please every palate.

Consider bringing a group of friends to enjoy the appetizer selection, tapas style, served with a few of Barbacoa's signature cocktails. Your group can easily fill up on a combination of the Tableside Guacamole ($9), BBQ Duck Quesadillas ($9), Calamari Fritti ($9), Trio of Ceviche ($14) or any other number of delicious items on the appetizer menu. And the cocktails are as unique as the atmosphere. Try the Chill martini, a delicate blend of Zygo Peach Vodka, cranberry and mango popsicle ($9), for a flavor explosion in your mouth.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 383-4300, chandlersboise.com

• Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., Boise, 333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com

• Fork, 199 N. 8th St., Boise, 287-1700, boisefork.com

• Brick 29 Bistro, 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 468-0029, brick29.com

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