Ah yes, easier, simpler times. It may have been a time before iphones, video games and many of our convenient technologies but the 50s was also a time where things just seemed less stressful and more fun in many ways. While I was not around in the 50s and 60s I have loved the classic diners since I was a kid. I remember going and getting a burger and shake on the silver topped soda bar with my grandmother when I was just a little thing.

Idaho has many of these blast from the past gems around. If you are feeling nostalgic or need a few hours to mentally go back in time a half century or so check out these local classic diner spots. We are bummed that Rockies Diner on Overland permanently closed. It was featured on food network and has been a local staple for years and years. Luckily there still are a few diners with that fantastic 50s charm.

Eddies Restaurant Diner was voted one of the top classic diners in the US according to Trip Advisor. Here is how Eddies describes the experience there: "With two locations to choose from (7067 West Overland Road, Boise & 3095 North Lakeharbor Lane, Boise) Eddie's Restaurant and Eddie's Diner are the favorite hang outs of hundreds of people in the Boise area as well as others just passing through. Our customers Customers love us! us and our 50's themed experience is guaranteed to take you back in time. Eddie's is a family owned business that provides great food with awesome customer service and unbeatable prices. From our wall to wall memorabilia to our classic family dining atmosphere, Eddie's has it all. Stop in and give us a try, you won't be disappointed."

West Side Drive In is another perfect blast from the past. This one is an icon in the Boise scene also with two locations. One at 1929 W State St in Boise and 1113 Park Center Blvd in Boise. Details from the website "The Westside Drive In has been in operation since 1957, and was purchased by Chef Lou in 1993. His goal was to bring his experience as a classically trained chef to the setting of a '50s-era drive-in restaurant. The resulting restaurant was a hit, and is known all across the Boise, ID area. We have even been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" on the Food Network! Join us at one of our two locations to try a selection from our expansive menu and immerse yourself in the nostalgia of a bygone era."

Trolly House in Boise - (1821 Warm Springs Ave Boise, Idaho 83716) In 1976 the restaurant became the Trolley House, a family owned and operated business that has continued the traditions of generous portions, quality food and a commitment to excellent service. The building is on the National Historic Register, and every effort has been made to preserve the history and charm of the building. These traditions have made the Trolley House Boise’s Best Breakfast time and again.

The Griddle opened for business in August of 1948 and operated year-round only serving breakfast. The have since opened, new locations in Meridian in 2007, Eagle in 2009, Boise in 2012, and Nampa in 2017."

The Capri Restaurant is a Boise institution, "an original 1950-‘s diner serving up home “home style meals”, and known for its fun breakfast. Many would argue “they have the best Biscuits and gravy in the world”. The Success of the Capri is due to the long time staff and ownership that has been in place for over 2 decades. The owners have been serving up “home style meals” like your grandmother made for over 20 years and that shows the minute that you walk into the diner. "

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