Ethical Eating in Boise–Eating Out, Eating Well

We’ve recently moved to Boise, ID. We’ve also been increasingly interested in trying to eat ethically. We’re still exploring what that entails. We’ve been told that Boise residents eat out a lot, and we believe it. For it’s size, Boise has a ton of restaurants. Still, finding restaurants with vegetarian options, let alone vegan, is a challenge. We’re also aware that simply getting the Asian chicken salad sans the chicken doesn’t mean the rest of the salad is any more ethically produced/sourced. *sigh* Still, we’re trying to do our best. Here’s a quick list of some of the places we’ve been impressed by:

Romio’s
Italian and Greek Food
More than just a veggie pizza in a sea of meat-laden options, Romio’s offers quality sides and pizzas, several of which are completely meat-free and delicious. They also serve calzones and pasta dishes, but we’ve not had those.

Pad Thai House
Thai
Granted lots of Thai food is cooked using fish sauce, but it’s so good. It’s looks like a sad Cracker Barrel wannabe on the outside. Go in! It’s amazing. Quite possibly the best pad thai I’ve had. The thai iced tea is comes in an unusually large glass and the fresh rolls are yummy.

Madhuban’s
Indian
We went there for their lunch buffet. It’s kind of cramped in there, and admittedly, it’s not the best Indian food out there, but for the price it’s quite good. And hey, what do you expect on the edge of the Jell-O belt?

Shangri La Tea Room
Vegetarian
O. M. G. Everything we had was good. Blackberry italian iced tea? Best I’ve ever had. Iced chai tea was good, too. The veggie burgers were very good–green lettuce, red tomatoes, mango chutney, and goat cheese. The warmed pita with hummus and baba ganooj was heavenly. (We had to wait on these as they hadn’t quite finished making the baba–yes, it was incredibly fresh and tasted so.) The chocolate torte we shared was rich and amazing. I ended up eating most of my garnishes because they were so fresh and non-chemically that I thought, “why not?” The water was the best restaurant water I’ve ever had. Ever. On the menu, V indicates vegan. πŸ˜€ There’s nary a meat option offered. Where’s the beef? It’s still on the cow.
Go there.

India Foods
Indian
It’s not a restaurant, but it’s a great place to pick up super cheap soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, spices, Indian ramen, all kinds of stuff. It’s great. Oh, and 10lb bags of basmati rice for $13. Yeah, instead of a 2lb bag for about $4.

Ishtar Market and Restaurant
Middle Eastern
Five words. Felafel sandwich for three dollars. Seriously. Plus, they sell haloumi cheese, interestingly-flavored sodas, turkish delights, and baclava.

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4 responses to “Ethical Eating in Boise–Eating Out, Eating Well

  1. The Pineapple Fried Rice at Pad Thai House is AWESOME!!!

  2. You may have already come across this in your endeavours to learn more about ethical eating, but gelatin is an ingredient you might want to take a look at. It’s an animal product. I’m aware you’re focussing more (at this stage) on the quality of life and method of production, rather than than specifically the loss of life (in fact, I’ve been looking a lot at that lately also, and trying to learn more about it – I tried giving up meat ‘cold turkey’ but it didn’t work, so now I’m focussing on trying to purchase only ‘ethically produced’ meat and meat products. Well aware that that is a serious contradiction, but that’s the decision I am making at this stage personally).

    I’m glad you’re posting stuff up about this to get awareness out there – I’ve been appreciating your Facebook posts about slow food also.

  3. P.S. In terms of ‘humane’ vs ‘non humane’, I assume that the obtaining of gelatin might fall under both categories just as the method producing meat

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