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The Modern: August Restaurant of the Month

the modern pork chopOne of the hippest spots in Boise, The Modern Hotel & Bar, located in the Linen District takes the cake for local cuisine. The restaurant and lounge which is located in a chic boutique hotel provides guests with simple, small plates made with locally sourced ingredients.

Head Chef Nate Whitley prepares delectable meals that showcase produce and meats grown by local farmers and ranchers. We recommend the Smoked Brisket which is oh-so-tender and juicy! Served with a homemade local peach and apricot salad and sweet onion purée, it is a light and flavorful dish on the must-try list. The beautifully prepared Pork Chop served on top of heirloom polenta, red cabbage, green beans, carrots and summer squash was an overall fan favorite. And the Gnocchi served with chanterelle and beech mushrooms, swiss chard and crème fraîche was smashing. A slightly more filling dish, but still a slight portion that will leave room for dessert! Speaking of dessert, the Lemon Cake with seasonal fruit and ice cream is absolutely sensational.

The Modern’s list of local ingredients is impressive and listed at the bottom of each menu so you know where your food is sourced. They procure ingredients from many wonderful Idaho producers and processors including: Peaceful Belly, Fiddlers Green Farm, Waterwheel Gardens, Purple Sage Farms, Next Generation Organics, Sweet Valley Organics, Idaho Tropical Fruit Co., Snake River Poultry, Gaston’s Bakery, Idaho’s Bounty, Lava Lake, Malheur River Meats, TrueRoots Organic, Eden Creamery, Onsen Farm, King’s Crown Organics, Ballard Cheese, Meadowlark Farm, MM Heath Farms, Idaho Kombucha Co and Acme Bakeshop.

When the weather is fine, guests can sit and relax on the outdoor patio and listen to local music while enjoying a nice cold Idaho brew from Payette Brewing, Grand Teton Brewing, Laughing Dog Brewing Co. or Woodland Empire. With a talented chef, friendly staff, fresh ambiance and a bounty of local ingredients there was only one thing we could possibly whine about – there wasn’t a drop of Idaho wine in the house!

The Modern is also known for their brunch menu which boasts local ingredients throughout. (Follow them on Instagram to see their gorgeous food photography!) Next time you are downtown Boise, head to the Linen District, hang out with the cool cats and try the fresh and trendy local cuisine at The Modern!

1314 West Grove Street • Boise, ID 83702

Reservations: 208.424.8244

Dinner – Sunday-Wednesday: 5-10p / Thurs-Sat: 5-11p
Brunch – Saturday+Sunday: 8a-2p