Boise’s New Lunch Spot The Funky Taco

The Funky Taco. I don’t know if this will become a weekly or b-weekly feature here on the Pie Addict, but carving out a day to visit and eat at some of Boise’s awesome lunch hangouts is pretty fun?! This week, my foodie associate, Nathan and I, as well as several others took a walk down the block to Boise’s ‘food row’ on 8th street downtown and visited The Funky Taco!

At the direction of Nathan, We arrived at The Funky Taco, on the corner of 8th and Bannock at 11:30am sharp. This was all by design! The place was mostly empty, as the workplace lunch crowds and local high school students had not yet brought Holy Hell into the area yet. This strategy proved to be a spot on. Within minutes of us ordering and receiving our food, the place was packed to the walls with the ordering line winding its way outside.

The Funky Taco
The Funky Taco – 801 W Bannock St., Boise, Idaho 83702

The Funky Taco prides itself on using locally grown products and an emphasis on Asian, Indian, Mexican, and Americana ethnic flavor. If you take a peek at the menu here, you’ll get what I mean.

For this first inaugural trip for me, I chose the Chicken Roja tacos. You get two good-size tacos in every dish, and having had tacos at other spots around town, these are quite large in size. So if you, like I almost did, assume that TWO TACOS IS NOT ENOUGH, think again. It should be plenty.

The Funky Taco – Chicken Roja Tacos

The Chicken Roja tacos had charcoal’d chicken thigh (I can still smell the charcoal’d aroma on me, hours after having eaten) ,house roja, char’d pep/onion, arugula, ballard feta and garnished with two thin slices of radish.

The chicken dominated the taste buds right off the bat and the ballard feta, for me anyways, added a great after taste, mixed with everything else.

Thank goodness there were others at the table, which meant there was conversation, because otherwise, I would have shoveled these tacos down in no time. I guess there is SOME purpose to conversation right?

The portion size was just right, so you didn’t have to shuffle back to the office in a ‘food coma’ and curl up under your desk for a good ‘post-lunch’ power nap.

I must admit I could have easily woof’d down a couple more, but there is some truth to EATING IN MODERATION, so I’m glad I didn’t order a couple to go (as I was so very close to doing).

Last Piece of Advice

WHEN, you get to The Funky Taco, be sure to arrive before the lunch time rush. The weather is the best in the country right now and the downtown Boise lunch scene is as vibrant as ever. We got there at 1130AM which was near PERFECT! The crowds hit shortly after and I felt sorry for those 20 deep in line, so plan accordingly.

We had lingered a little longer at our table after eating than we should have and were asked to leave (politely, mind you) as the capacity was near bursting. No harm no foul, they’re a new and popular food spot, and we were in the way of greatness!

The Funky Taco –

Boise’s Lemon Tree Co is Open and It’s Pretty Amazing!

Boise’s Lemon Tree Co is Open! Everyone who’s anyone that either frequented downtown Boise or ventured downtown from time to time for lunch at any one of the amazing spots there, has probably heard of the Bleubird? You know, that hot lunch spot on the corner of 10th and Bannock Street that always seemed to have winding lines down the sidewalk? Well, the Bleubird is gone, but all hope is not lost! In it’s place is an all new sandwich spot that’ll have you forgetting about the Bleubird after the first bite of one their special and unique artisan sandwiches!

Lemon Tree Co Artisan Sandwiches

The Lemon Tree
Boise Latest Downtown Lunch Spot

If you get a moment to check out the Lemon Tree Co online menu, one of the first things that will strike you (well, it struck me anyways), was the unique and interesting ways various ingredients were mixed and used in literally all of the sandwiches? I’m not going to spoil it for you, so head here to check out the menu, but I will say, some of the items are a bit odd at first glance, but no doubt delicious!

The nice thing to note is that they pay special attention to VEGETARIANS and VEGANS here so there’s something on the menu for everyone!

The Peruvian

Lemon Tree Co
The PERUVIAN Sandwich

On my first visit to the Lemon Tree Co, the one sandwich that caught my attention almost immediately was THE PERUVIAN.

Maybe its the Carnivore in me, but just looking at what the PERUVIAN was made up of, had me wagging my tongue.

Let me lay it out for you.

Genoa salami, ham, apple-wood bacon, sausage crumbles, Monterrey jack, Peruvian sauce, Fritos®. Yep! FRITOS!

The bacon and sausage had me from the get-go, and the Monterrey Jack, melted over top that was the icing on top! Not going to lie, the Fritos gave me pause initially, as I’m not one to usually put chips in my sandwich (although I know many who do, so I know this is not uncommon). But you have to try everything as is, once, right?

All, I’ll say is that I’m glad I tried it because the PERUVIAN has instantly become one of my favorite sandwiches in Boise. I may even go grab another as soon as I’m done here?!

Lemon Tree Co

A good lunch spot (like a breakfast joint) is tough to find at times. And even though downtown Boise has a number of notable and delicious destinations to grab lunch at, mark my words, the Lemon Tree Co will make its mark, and sooner rather than later.

I encourage and highly recommend you make your way there, and soon, before word gets out and they long lines of their own snaking down Bannock!