155 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 938-5093
With more than 200 days of sunshine a year, having a good patio is a must in the Treasure Valley. But the patio at Bardenay in Eagle isn't just good or even great, it's nearly perfect. Nestled by the Boise River away from the buzzing highways and busy streets, it's easy to see why this location keeps on winning Best Patio every year.
The space has the right amount of sunshine for those chillier spring and fall days, and a fireplace adds a bit of comfort when the sun dips below the horizon. Umbrellas keep diners shaded on those notoriously hot Idaho summer afternoons, and a gentle breeze blows off the river. Servers are also quick to refill your cold beverage or offer sunscreen if needed.
But a patio is a mere gathering space without great food and libations - and Bardenay has both. With in-house crafted gin (at the Eagle location), rum (from Downtown Boise), and vodka (from Coeur d'Alene), cocktails are truly local here. The menu has a distinctive Northwest flair, from the Hagerman Trout Fillet ($13.95) to the Flash-Fried Pacific Cod and Fries ($9.95), or the Cider Brined Pork Chops ($15.95) and Pear Spinach Salad ($8.95). "Our food and drinks are a reflection of where we live - comforting, affordable, yet somewhat sophisticated - in an Idaho sort of way," owner Kevin Settles explains.
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