Best sports bar

June 14, 2013 

RAM RESTAURANT & BREWERY

709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 345-2929

3272 E. Pine, Meridian, 888-0314

theram.com

Like our favorite college football team across the river, the Ram Restaurant & Brewery has become a perennial power, winning for a second consecutive year. And for obvious sports-bar reasons:

Location (next to Bronco Stadium), beers (award-winning seasonal delights are brewed on-site) and TVs (more than 40 combined in the Boise and Meridian locations).

The Ram is serious about sports. It has access to all the TV packages for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and anything else you might want. "We'll even pick up a package for a month, or even for a single game. ... We've done it before,'' General Manager Kevin Martinez said.

The bar areas are spacious, the restaurant side is family-friendly, and the riverside patio at the Boise location is killer - just ask the 10,000 local MVP club members (ask your waitress, or check out the website for special offers).

Best of all, there are more food options than buttons on your remote control, everything from nachos, wings, pulled-pork sliders and mozzarella sticks to special burgers, summer salads and even gluten-free/low-calorie options.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Pinnacle Sports Grill, 2902 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 884-4400, pinnaclesportsgrill.com

• Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 288-5485; 2101 N. Cassia St., Nampa, 463-9453, buffalowildwings.com

• Big Al's, 1900 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 780-6118, ilovebigals.com

• Crescent "No Lawyers" Bar & Grill, 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 322-9856, no-lawyers.com

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