Restaurants in Meridian

Meridian, Idaho is a bedroom city to Boise, and has been growing quickly in the last several years. Along with the building of new subdivisions, seemingly on every corner, Meridian has also seen a boom in shopping and dining locations.

The Village at Meridian is a new outdoor shopping mall on the corner of the busiest intersection in Idaho: Eagle Road and Fairview. The Village at Meridian has become the go-to place, where not only can you find a variety of stores to fill your shopping needs, but also a great selection of restaurants to fill your tummy. You can find great restaurants all over the city of Meridian, in the old downtown area, the new business district south of the freeway, and in the outskirts, where the population is continuing to grow. But if you are looking for a variety of choices in a one-stop location, the Village at Meridian has enough restaurants to satisfy the pallets of just about anyone.

GRIMALDI'S COAL BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA delivers on both flavor and atmosphere. Their menu includes not only New York style pizza's but also calzones, salads, and chicken. Don't see exactly what you want on the menu at Grimaldi's? At this pizzeria, you can build your own pizza or calzone, using their fresh ingredients. Service is great, and you can pause your shopping, and drop into Grimaldi's to refuel, without having to get into your car to drive to another location.

The YARD HOUSE RESTAURANT is vibrant with energy and can accommodate groups of up to 30 guests or more. The Yard House serves innovative food and has over 120 draft beer selections, and is open from 11 AM to 12 AM. Happy hour at the Yard House is from 3 PM to 6 PM and a late night happy hour is from 9 PM to close. During nicer weather, enjoy patio seating and watch all of the activities happening in the Village around you as you enjoy your meal.

BACKSTAGE BISTRO serves contemporary American food and includes an elegant, circular bar. Located above the theater, the bistro will give you drinks in containers that you can take into the theater with you. The atmosphere is less noisy than you might find in other locations, which makes conversation easier. Dining on the balcony is a great way to get a whole different view of the hubbub of the Village, including a great view of the fountains at the Village, allowing diners to be a part of the action while not being in the middle of it. Take out is also available.

If you are in the mood for southwest food try out CASA DEL MATADOR. This restaurant serves Mexican, southwestern, and Latin style Foods. The ambience is great and there is a fire pit in the middle of the restaurant, and the restaurant's decor is pleasing to the eye. Street tacos are a favorite among repeat customers as are the chips and salsa. Use their Mix and Match lunch special to choose two or three items from a list, to individualize your dining experience. The bartender at Casa del Matador uses creativity and innovation to prepare flavorful cocktails.

If you are interested in finding a great little soup and sandwich place, the CORNER BAKERY CAFE is located on the south end of the Village parking lot. Order at the counter and then find a seat and your order will be brought to you. The Corner Bakery Cafe has vegetarian choices in every category and the service is usually very good. The Corner Bakery Cafe, in spite of its name, does not have a huge selection of bakery goods, as most of what it has to offer are soups and sandwiches, though they certainly have enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, and many people say that their cinnamon rolls are to die for.

If you would like a fun activity to do with friends at the village, try doing a little Happy Hour Hopping. Most restaurants and bars have their appetizers on half price between 3 o'clock and 6 o'clock. Start out at the TWIGS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR for their fig and prosciutto flatbread or their loaded waffle fries for $7 each. Be sure and split your appetizers with each other or you will be too full to finish your adventure.

After you leave Twiggs, walk across the courtyard to KONA GRILL and order their delicious Gouda fondue, which comes with soft pretzel stubs and sliced Granny Smith apples. This appetizer also is big enough to split. A small candle will keep your fondue warm so be sure to take your time, as you watch the beautiful lighted fountains in the courtyard while enjoying conversation with your friends.

The next stop along your happy hour trek could be at any one of the other amazing restaurants in the Village, but we are going to head now to BIG AL'S to enjoy a large platter of finger stakes and fries or onion rings at big Al's sports bar. As we said earlier be sure to split your appetizers as you move from restaurant to restaurant because by the time you get done with big Al's you will feel as if you have eaten a four-course meal.

"Happy hour hopping" is a fun activity to do with friends at the Village, as you can walk from restaurant to restaurant, and the whole process can take a couple of hours, which gives you plenty of time to socialize with your friends without feeling like you are taking too long at any one restaurant. And because happy hour appetizer prices are reduced, sometimes by half of their normal price, it is possible to sample some of the most delicious choices available at the Village without breaking the bank. In addition, be sure to tip your waiters accordingly, because they will have the same amount of work to do for your seven dollar appetizer as they would for a $25 meal.