Idaho Falls is a hotspot for new and growing businesses, family and otherwise. Despite the calamity of the pandemic, our local businesses have always been supported by the community, and new places to dine have continued to appear. Here are some new and reopened establishments near you.
1. Cast on 17. This French cuisine restaurant opened at the end of 2020 to avid customers. While the restaurant may be new, the location has quite a history – the building was originally a home before it was transformed into a restaurant in the 1990s, more recently The Cellar. The menu features premium staples prepared daily as well as specials that rotate to keep the dining experience refreshing and new.
2. Cupbop. There is a new store in town where Soda Tsunami was located and serves Korean barbecue. The chain’s location in Idaho Falls marks the third Cupbop to open in Idaho to rave reviews. If you’ve never had Korean barbecue before, Cupbop encourages customers not to shy away from their Americanized recipes served in a paper cup.
3. Duck donuts. One of Hillcrest Plaza’s new tenants, this boutique serves made-to-order hot donuts with customizable toppings. Duck Donuts is a chain that started on the East Coast and slowly made its way across the states. This location, along with another in western Idaho, will be the first of a multitude to open its doors to residents of Idaho.
4. Barbecue fire and smoke. This food truck – or rather food trailer – has been serving up barbecues in Louisiana since it opened in July of last year. The menu includes classic barbecue dishes and sides, like pulled pork and macaroni and cheese, plus a new favorite: barbecue nachos. Owner Leaf Call built the trailer himself, including the wood stove that cooks the meat he serves.
5. Jersey Mike’s submarines. This chain has been in business since 1956 and is finally opening a location in eastern Idaho. Jersey Mike’s serves authentic sub-sandwiches made with fresh bread, quality produce, meats and cheeses, as well as a tangy vinegar and oil sauce.
6. Hawaiian style Mo ‘Bettahs. Opening in April, Mo ‘Bettahs is ready to serve Hawaiian food to the communities of Idaho Falls and Ammon. While the chain started out in Bountiful, Utah, the recipes are based on what the founders grew up eating in Oahu, Hawaii. From teriyaki steak to fried katsu chicken, Mo ‘Bettahs serves up good times and even better food.
7. Prepare. This meal service company is bringing something new to local residents: healthy ready meals that are refrigerated instead of frozen. The concept of Prepp’d came to fruition about a year ago, then the storefront opened in July 2020. Customers can subscribe to have meals delivered to their door or purchase the meal of the day at the branch. from Ammon for Prepp’d. See the related article in our February issue.
8. Super Chix. While Super Chix’s dining scene is laid back, it shouldn’t be confused with fast food. Super Chix takes pride in making every meal to order with fresh ingredients. The menu focuses on making chicken
No.1, but he doesn’t skimp on the sandwich options, sides or his famous ice cream.
Back to town
In addition to the exciting newcomers, we are delighted to welcome back a few old favorites:
Tsunami Soda. This iconic Idaho Falls favorite has reopened under new management and in a new location – a welcoming little cabin. Select a fan favorite drink or mix your own with their selection of syrups and more.
The bone store. After being closed for three years, this beloved restaurant has finally reopened with new management and a new name:
Steele-n-Jo bone. The menu includes classic barbecue dishes like burgers and hot dogs; come on an evening of entertainment to enjoy live music while you dine in this historic bar and grill.