July 24th is also referred to as National Drive-Thru Day! You can’t expect us not to celebrate the convenience of staying in the comfort of our car, right? Which is why we’ve got this list of the local Boise-owned drive-thrus around town. Take a look and then decide which place you’re going to stop at to celebrate the establishments who allow us to take multitasking to a whole new level.
Featured in the hit Food Network show, “Diner’s, Drive-In’s, and Dives” and the recipient of many awards over the last 22 years, is Boise’s own Westside Drive-In. Chef Lou, nominated Best Chef of Boise this year and many years before, believe Happy Cooks make Happy People!
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An old-fashioned, family-owned, and operated drive-thru located off Bogus Basin Rd is Hawkins Pac-Out. Known for serving up some of the best breakfast burritos and specialty Burgers of the Week, you won’t be disappointed when you stop at this original Boise drive-thru.
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Bad Boy Burgers
Locally family-owned and operated, Bad Boy Burgers has two locations in Boise and it’s no surprise why. With tasty breakfast burritos, specialty sides, and signature sandwiches, Bad Boy Burgers is a Boise staple. Their pound of fries is sure to make some jealous family, friends or strangers drift over on a scented cloud.
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Big Bun Drive In
Since 1954, Big Bun has been serving up the classic drive-in experience with the Boise community. Big Bun takes pride in their fresh burgers that come from RR Ranch, the best beef supplier in the Northwest. Living by the motto “where classic flair meets old-school values” you’re in good hands at Big Bun. They were even featured in the star-studded movie set in Boise, The To Do List(R).
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California Mexican Food
New to the Boise drive-thru scene, California Mexican Food opened its doors to the City of Boise in January 2020. All-natural ingredients and secret recipe hot sauces, really make this drive-thru stand out as one of the best Authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.
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Idaho, we’re sure you’re familiar with Los Betos as they arguably have some of the best burritos in town! With seven locations across the Treasure Valley, they’ve got authentic Mexican food including chimichangas, tacos, tostadas, and so much more. We haven’t met a hangover yet that can’t be cured by one of their burritos!
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Viking Drive In
This State St burger joint has become a Boise staple, with great burgers and some of the best fries! Viking Drive-In has epic burger options, including the Baby Henderson and the Jalapeno Swiss Bacon Burger. If you plan on stopping by we suggest getting their signature Scotch N’ Soda drink!
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Located in both Boise and Meridian, Fanci Freeze has been serving Boise for over 50 years! Most commonly recognized for their amazing frozen treats, especially their abundance of milkshake flavors, Boise residents continue to cherish this drive-thru. We recommend the Butterscotch dipped cone too.
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Taqueria La Flama
A go-to Mexican restaurant in Boise, Taqueria La Flama has been described as “super authentic Mexican food” in the valley. With homemade tortillas, specialty spiced meats, and flame-grilled cooking you’ll be happy pulling through this drive-thru!
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Arguably some of the best chicken in the valley, Fiesta Chicken sure holds true to their name! With tasty combos, nachos, and loaded salads, Fiesta Chicken is sure to bring a full and happy belly to each visitor. With two locations to choose from, you can’t miss making Fiesta Chicken a frequent spot.
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Home of the Long Burger in Nampa, Wheeler’s Handout has been serving the community since 1953. Known for their signature burgers, funky sandwiches, and specialty sides Wheeler’s Handout holds strong to their old-school title. Are you brave enough to try their Fried Frog Legs?
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Located across the Treasure Valley, Gyro shack is a great place to get quick Greek and Mediterranean pita’s, salads, and rice bowls. Serving the traditional spinning Gyro meat off the spool, you’ll love the unique tastes and flavors of any one of their pita wraps. They also cater to those with specific diets like vegetarians, gluten-free, Halal, and many others. Keep an eye out for their striking white and blue shacks!
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Right off Garrity Boulevard by Lakeview Water Park in Nampa, Beefy’s is serving up some quintessential Idaho burgers and fast classics. The creations stacked between two buns are going to need both hands to tackle their delicious flavor.
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Main Street Burger
Known for their fresh and tasty burgers, clever reader board quotes, and classic drive-thru vibe, you’re certain to find something to love here. Using the freshest ingredients, each burger, tater tot, and milkshake is made with an extra special level of quality.
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Featuring creative specials, Blazen Burger creates some must-try hot dogs, sandwiches, and burgers. And don’t forget to quench your thirst with one of their hand-crafted Lime Aids or Floats. You can drive right thru on 1st St in Nampa, Idaho.
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Burger Time - Tiki Terriyaki
Part classic burger joint, other part succulent Hawaiian inspired cuisine, this long time Orchard road drive-thru is the epitome of nostalgic fast food. Featuring Hawaiian favorites like Grilled Spam, Macaroni Salad, Kalua pig and many other island flavors, you’ll feel transported. If tried and true American classics are your fav, then Burger Time has you covered.
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The Ranch Scottish Highland Burgers
Fast food with locally raised and 100% grassfed beef? Yes please! This burger shack off Overland road is showing us just how yummy and viable local ingredients are. And they aren’t serving just burgers. Throughout the year you can find dishes like Bangers and Mash, Brats, and Scottish Shortbread.
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National Drive-Thru Day was created in 2002 and founded by the first drive-thru chain, Jack in the Box. So today we want to shout out all of the Treasure Valley drive-thrus that are making our lives easier and continuing to serve up some of the tastiest meals in the valley! Be sure to celebrate this National holiday by going to your favorite drive-thru.
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