There are a few great ways to experience a town and its culture. You could spend a day living like a local, exploring parks, farmers’ markets, and relaxing on a patio. Or, you could become a tourist and check out all the cheesy must-see places profiled on tourism blogs.
But our personal favorite way to explore a new region is to eat our way through downtown. And lucky for us, Nampa, Idaho, has become a small hub of great local restaurants and eateries. Check out some of our favorite spots for a fulfilling day with great eats.
Mesa Tacos + Tequila
Nampa is known for its burgeoning Latino food scene, and Mesa Tacos + Tequila is just one hotspot. Choose from fun and classic twists on your favorite cocktails and start your meal with a wide variety of unique appetizers. (Trust us — try the brussel sprouts!) Of course, with tacos in its name, you can’t go wrong with any of its taco selection. There are even non-taco favorites for those in the mood for something different. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can’t go wrong with a flight!
Are you ready for the best burger in the Treasure Valley? No, seriously! Holy Cow’s burgers will literally make you exclaim “Holy cow!” Whether you opt for a classic burger, or opt for something more creative — like the burger with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns — you will be amazed at the way Holy Cow’s chefs can create such bold flavors with local meats and fresh ingredients. We promise you won’t experience any burgers like these!
Of course, nothing can beat a classic slice of pizza. For unique flavors and old school favorites, look no further than Messenger Pizza. You can buy whole pies, by the slice, or calzones, and if dine-in, you can enjoy beer and soda on tap! We highly suggest you dine-in so you can enjoy the eclectic styles and artwork that line Messenger’s walls. Plus, with PreFunk Beer Bar just next door, you have the perfect night out in downtown Nampa within walking distance.
Local Food Trucks
As the Treasure Valley continues to grow, so do the ways in which you can get great local grub. For Nampa residents, that includes the addition of two great local food trucks. For Latin fare, don’t miss Tacos Aguililla. You can enjoy authentic cuisine while on the go! And don’t forget to start your weekends with Lonny C’s! With some of the best donuts in the Treasure Valley, you will be amazed at the variety of flavors these homemade donuts pack. Find both of these food trucks on Facebook for location information.
Stella’s Ice Cream
Round out your day with some delicious ice cream! With three locations across the Treasure Valley, you have plenty of options to choose from at Stella’s Ice Cream. Named for the family bulldog, Stella’s was created for dessert lovers, by dessert lovers. You’ll find classic favorites like vanilla and chocolate, and can choose from seasonal treats, too! Whether you opt for a cone or a bowl, you won’t regret this perfect way to cap off any meal.
Fill Up in Nampa
After a day spent exploring Nampa’s food options, you guarantee you will already be planning your next adventure through Nampa’s food scene. We’re proud to be part of the community of Nampa local businesses, like these great eateries, and we are happy to serve you. Please call us today if we can help.