For more high-end imbibing, cross the street to Bodovino, where wine machines dispense measured pours from more than 140 bottles at the push of a button. The cheese counter offers a wide selection of fromage, which on any given day might include St. André triple cream, Humboldt Fog chèvre, and much, much more, all served by the ounce or in flights.
Stepping outside and looking west, you can't help but notice the fantastical Jack's Urban Meeting Place—funded by the Simplot potato-farming dynasty—swirling skyward at the end of Broad. The fancifully designed six-story building houses studios, event spaces, and part of J.R. Simplot's collection of vintage tractors (tours run Wednesdays at noon).
To further explore Boise's growing sophistication, walk up Eighth Street through Grove Plaza, a popular pedestrian space with an interactive fountain for kids to splash around in, and past City Center Plaza. As you go, you'll hit the city's restaurant corridor, where couples clink glasses on sidewalk patios, throngs of teens snag slices of pizza, and legislators in suits shuffle to and from the Idaho State Capitol building.
At Wild Root Café & Market, an airy counter-service eatery committed to regional sourcing, you can dig into a bowl of creamy winer squash risotto with sage and microgreens, or slurp the cioppino with calamari, muscles, scallops, white fish, and ciabatta on the side. For more down-home fare, live it up at low-lit Saint Lawrence Gridiron, known for its shrimp and grits and its smoked brisket platter. Cut the meaty richness with a properly executed old-fashioned.