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Where to eat, drink, and play if you’re visiting Boise for the NCAA Tournament

By Alex Livingston,

The eight teams in this week’s NCAA tournament in Boise have arrived and their fans are following close behind.

If you are part of the thousands of out of town visitors in the capital city, we asked some locals where they suggest you go to eat, drink, and play. There are so many places to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong, but here are the top places to try.

First stop, 10 Barrel Brewing in downtown Boise at 826 W. Bannock Street. One restaurant manager says besides their wide array of beers to choose from, you have to order their burgers and pizzas. But first, the appetizer to get is a personal favorite: the steak nachos. Now this is a massive plate of nachos and we won’t judge you if you try to eat them alone, but they’re best for a few people to share.

Another hot spot is Fork located at 199 N. 8th Street in downtown Boise. The executive chef says their top-seller is the Idaho Rainbow Trout dish with grilled local kale, roasted pepper coulis, balsamic reduction and basil oil drizzle.

For local beers, Boise Brewing at 521 W. Broad Street downtown is the place to be! One manager says they have everything from light beers to hoppy IPAs, so there’s really something for everyone! Boise Brewing also hosts food carts throughout the week.

If you’re looking for food and drink deals, you’re going to want to head over to The Piper Pub & Grill at 150 N. 8th Street in Boise. They will be offering buy-one-get-one free from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and there will also be appetizer specials during their late night happy hour which starts at 10 p.m.

If you’re visiting and want to get a beautiful view of the city, the hike up Table Rock is a must! You also have great views from the Greenbelt along the Boise River. The historic Basque Block in the heart of downtown is a taste of a culture you don’t get everywhere.

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