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Where are Idaho’s best finger steaks served? You’ve never heard of this place, Boise

Online readers of USA Today’s “10 Best” travel series voted Trestle Brewing Company’s bite-size steak as Idaho’s best finger steaks. (Even if many Idahoans would say those aren’t technically finger steaks, right?)
Online readers of USA Today’s “10 Best” travel series voted Trestle Brewing Company’s bite-size steak as Idaho’s best finger steaks. (Even if many Idahoans would say those aren’t technically finger steaks, right?) Trestle Brewing Company

If you’ve lived in Boise for more than a minute, you’ve heard of finger steaks.

If you’ve lived in Boise your entire life, you still might not have heard of the place hailed as serving the state’s best finger steaks.

After weeks of online voting, USA Today has revealed the winner of its “best finger steaks in Idaho” readers survey, which is part its “10 Best” travel series.

Been to Trestle Brewing Company lately? In Ferdinand?

Actually, can someone tell me where Ferdinand is?

(Ah, North Idaho. Makes sense. Big-city Boiseans are clueless about North Idaho.)

“Trestle Brewing Company is known for their ‘bite size,’ ” according to USA Today, “a variation of finger steaks local to the region. At Trestle, the steaks are made from hand-cut sirloin seasoned with a dry rub and deep fat fried to order.”

No batter? Uh, that should raise traditionalist eyebrows. Those aren’t finger steaks, they’d argue. Either way, the win for Trestle — which opened in 2013 — is a blow to Boise’s ego. Restaurants in Idaho’s capital city barely cracked the top five. That hurts, considering that finger steaks’ invention is often credited to Milo’s Torch Lounge in Boise.

Here are the top 10 finishers in the USA Today “best finger steaks in Idaho” poll: 1. Trestle Brewing Co. (Ferdinand); 2. Oxbow Diner (Bliss); 3. Trudy’s Kitchen (Idaho City); 4. Busters (Eagle); 5. Westside Drive-In (Boise); 6. Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill (Garden City); 7. Lindy’s Steak House (Boise); 8. Dutch Goose (Boise); 9. The Depot Grill (Twin Falls); 10. Blazen Burgers (Nampa).

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