Best Finger Steaks in Idaho (2018)


While Idaho might be best known for its potatoes, spuds are hardly unique to the state. A dish you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, however, is finger steaks. According to local lore, the finger steak was born at Milo’s Torch Lounge during the 1950s. The juicy, crispy, tangy morsels–short strips of sirloin breaded and deep fried–often come in a basket with a dipping sauce or two. Popular options include cocktail sauce, fry sauce or a tangy barbecue. 

  • Trestle Brewing Company

    Trestle Brewing Company

    Trestle Brewing Company is known for their “bite size,” a variation of finger steaks local to the region. At Trestle, the steaks are made from hand-cut sirloin seasoned with a dry rub and deep fat fried to order.
    Photo courtesy of Trestle Brewing Company

  • Oxbow Diner

    Oxbow Diner

    Oxbow Diner makes their finger steaks from sirloin strip and a seasoned breading. They’re served with a house-made cocktail sauce and a choice of side.
    Photo courtesy of Oxbow Diner

  • Trudy's Kitchen

    Trudy's Kitchen
    Idaho City

    At Trudy’s Kitchen, finger steaks are made with hand-cut prime rib that’s lightly dusted in savory seasoning before hitting the deep fryer. They come with a classic cocktail sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Trudy's Kitchen / Facebook

  • Buster's


    At Buster’s in the town of Eagle, the finger steaks are hand-cut and battered each day. Seasoned and fried to crispy perfection, the local favorite comes with a house cocktail sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Buster's

  • Westside Drive In

    Westside Drive In

    Westside Drive In makes their signature finger steaks with hand-cut steak strips, dredged first in a seasoned flour then dipped in a light seasoned tempura. The quick fried finger steaks are then served with homemade cocktail sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Westside Drive In

  • Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill

    Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill

    This restaurant at The Riverside Hotel in Boise serves up a traditional basket of finger steaks with classic cocktail sauce. They come with a choice of house-cut fries, sweet potato fries or house potato chips.
    Photo courtesy of Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill

  • Lindy's Steak House

    Lindy's Steak House

    A house favorite at Lindy's Steak House, the finger steaks are made from top hand-cut sirloin, double coated in seasoned batter and pressure fried to ensure a crispy outside and tender inside.
    Photo courtesy of Lindy's Steak House / Facebook

  • The Dutch Goose

    The Dutch Goose

    At The Dutch Goose in Boise, finger steaks start out as a shoulder tender that gets hand-trimmed in house. Steak strips are then dipped in a 10-ingredient batter and fried to medium. They’re served with a horseradish sauce for dipping.
    Photo courtesy of The Dutch Goose

  • The Depot Grill

    The Depot Grill
    Twin Falls

    Depot Grill finger steaks–lightly breaded and fried sirloin tips–come in a basket with a dinner roll, fries and a side salad.
    Photo courtesy of The Depot Grill / Facebook

  • Blazen Burgers

    Blazen Burgers

    Blazen Burgers in Nampa has been using a family recipe for their finger steaks since 1972. They’re made from hand-cut sirloin, batter dipped, fried and served with a house-made cocktail sauce for dipping.
    Photo courtesy of Blazen Burgers


The top 10 winners in the Best Finger Steaks in Idaho category are as follows:

  1. Trestle Brewing Company - Ferdinand
  2. Oxbow Diner - Bliss
  3. Trudy's Kitchen - Idaho City
  4. Buster's - Eagle
  5. Westside Drive In - Boise
  6. Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill - Boise
  7. Lindy's Steak House - Boise
  8. The Dutch Goose - Boise
  9. The Depot Grill - Twin Falls
  10. Blazen Burgers - Nampa

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Tara Morgan (Boise Feed) and Scott Wink ( were chosen for their knowledge of the seafood scene in thee state.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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