Join me as I go on the hunt for the Boise area's favorite hometown eats and drinks. This might not be Paris, but I'm out to prove that there's still a bunch of tasty stuff in the middle of the desert.

Boise Fry Company - Duck Fat Completes Me

If you're the kind of person who gets a hankerin' for fries, get your fry-loving keister down to the BFC. Good sense demands it.

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse - Stick with the Standards

It's a little out of the way, and they've just recently gotten with the program, but it's well worth a visit for a solid lineup of beers and a great atmosphere.

Bar Gernika - Tongue Me

There are many reasons to love Ber Gernika. My favorite reason is that they really know how to use their tongue.

Sockeye Grill and Brewery - A Good Place to Get It in the Can

You can drink like a fish at the Sockeye. At least that's what they tell me.

Table Rock Brewpub - Time Tested Tastiness

You're bound to find something you like here. Trust my years of research.

Big Jud's - A Welcome Sight for John Candy, Kobayashi, and Augustus Gloop

There's a special place waiting in heaven for those who put away the Big Jud or -- yikes -- the Double Big Jud and live to tell about it.

Pollo Rey Mexican Rotisserie - The King of Simple Pleasures

If Pollo Rey doesn't call out to you during your Downtown forays, you don't know what you're missing.

Westside Drive In - Even Guy Fieri Can't Bring This Place Down

Boise's fanciest burgershack has quite the menu, but you can't go wrong if you stick with the classic burger.

Brewed Awakening - The Birth of Payette Brewing, Part 5

The kegs are finally rolling out of Payette Brewing. Let us give praise to the beer gods.

Brewed Awakening - The Birth of Payette Brewing, Part 4

After a major setback, things are finally moving along at Payette Brewing. You can almost smell the beer. Almost.

Big Bun Drive In - The Mystery of the Hot Russian Is Solved

My #1 goal in life is to get a burger named after me. Big Bun seems like the kind of place where it could happen.

Brewed Awakening - The Birth of Payette Brewing, Part 3

With the summer over, the area's next upstart brewery is really close to production, right? Well, yes and no.

Brewed Awakening - The Birth of Payette Brewing, Part 2

Plenty of time has passed since I last checked in with Mike Francis and his brewery in the making. Is a Payette Brewing kegger coming soon to a frat house near you? Let's find out.

Hawkins Pac-Out - Say Hi to Herby and His Friends

The next time you're in the North End, don't forget about the Pac-Out. If you do, Herby just might haunt your dreams.

Brewed Awakening - The Birth of Payette Brewing, Part 1

What's it take to start a brewery these days? I wondered that myself, so I found someone who's doing it.

Golden Wheel Drive-In - Two Slices Just Don't Cut It

How many times have you driven by this place without stopping? Admit it, you've been curious.

Viking Drive-In - Meet Eric and the Hendersons

Unless you're a big fan of Leif Ericson or Gardar Svavarsson, this is the most popular Viking in town.

Hungry Onion - Good Enough for Clint Eastwood

They don't wear roller skates, but the gals will come out and say hello, just like they did to Clint Eastwood.

Fanci Freez - Give Me More Bacon and Less Permafrost

Trust me on this one: the Boston Shake is nothing like the Cleveland Steamer, and you can only get one of them at the Fanci Freez.

The Kilted Kod - A Mighty Fine Cod Piece

Here is your quest: Find the red fish wagon and you'll be rewarded; fail and you'll be hungry and sad.

Doug's Burger Den - Enjoy the Sexagenarian Stew

Go say hello to Doug and have some fried pickles. That's what all the seniors seem to be doing these days.