Best Trout Sandwich in Idaho (2017)


The clear, cold waters of Idaho's streams and rivers set the scene for some of the nation's best trout fishing, particularly rainbow trout. With such a bounty of local fish available, it's no surprise that trout makes its way onto menus at restaurants throughout the state, sometimes as a classic sandwich, other times in a taco, atop eggs Benedict or as a trout board. While not all our nominees are sandwiches in the traditional sense, all feature trout and some form of bread used as a vehicle for enjoying it.

  • Twin Falls Sandwich Company

    Twin Falls Sandwich Company
    Twin Falls

    Twin Falls Sandwich Company sources their trout from nearby Clear Spring Farms. Fresh filets get hand-breaded and served with lettuce, tomato, red onion and garlic aioli on a Stone Ground cornmeal bun with a side of house-made Idaho Russet potato chips.
    Photo courtesy of Twin Falls Sandwich Company

  • SmokeHouse BBQ & Saloon

    SmokeHouse BBQ & Saloon

    One of the most popular sandwiches on the menu at SmokeHouse BBQ & Saloon in Wallace is the Idaho Trout Poboy, dressed and sprinkled with house-made dry rub.
    Photo courtesy of C. Loveland/K. Backsen

  • Bleubird


    Bleubird in Boise specializes in house-made sandwiches, and their rotating menu often features a stellar smoked trout sandwich, served with Kettle chips, a side salad, potato salad or market side.
    Photo courtesy of Bleubird / Facebook

  • Locavore Bistro

    Locavore Bistro

    The Hagerman Trout Po-Boy from Locavore Bistro in Boise starts with a masa-crusted and flash-fried trout filet topped with red onion and a house-made caper mayo on a flaky baguette.
    Photo courtesy of Locavore

  • Elevation 486

    Elevation 486
    Twin Falls

    Perched on the south rim of the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Elevation 486 serves a grilled filet of Idaho trout sandwich on focaccia with thin-sliced heirloom tomatoes, watercress and a smoked red pepper aioli.
    Photo courtesy of Elevation 486

  • The Cedars Floating Restaurant

    The Cedars Floating Restaurant
    Coeur d'Alene

     The trout board served at The Cedars Floating Restaurant in Coeur d'Alene features smoked trout served on a cedar plank with lemon-dill cream cheese, red onions, capers and toasted crostini for putting it all together.
    Photo courtesy of Cedars Floating Restaurant

  • Snake River Grill

    Snake River Grill

    At the Snake River Grill in Hagerman, local trout gets lightly dusted with a seasoned flour and sautéed or dusted with Cajun seasoning and baked, both served on a toasted hoagie bun with tarter sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Snake River Grill

  • Bittercreek Alehouse

    Bittercreek Alehouse

    The Trout Board from Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise invites diners to build their own cracker smoked trout sandwiches with horseradish fromage blanc, garlic, capers and onions.
    Photo courtesy of Bittercreek Alehouse

  • Bardenay


    At Bardenay in Boise, diners can sample smoked trout as a spread, served with warm pita triangles, capers, pickled red onions and slivered almonds.
    Photo courtesy of Bardenay

  • Caddy Shack Restaurant & Bar

    Caddy Shack Restaurant & Bar

    The Trout Wrap served at the Caddy Shack Restaurant & Bar in Jerome features Twin Falls smoked trout tossed with a sweet and spicy Szechuan sauce and wrapped in either lettuce or a homestyle tortilla.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

10Best and Sandwich America sought the best trout sandwich in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with The Food Channel to nominate 16 worthy restaurants. For the past four weeks, our readers have been casting ballots for their favorites. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Trout Sandwich in Idaho are as follows:

  1. Twin Falls Sandwich Company - Twin Falls
  2. SmokeHouse BBQ & Saloon - Wallace
  3. Bleubird - Boise
  4. Locavore Bistro - Boise
  5. Elevation 486 - Twin Falls 
  6. The Cedars Floating Restaurant - Coeur d’Alene
  7. Snake River Grill - Hagerman
  8. Bittercreek Alehouse - Boise
  9. Bardenay - Boise
  10. Caddy Shack Restaurant & Bar - Jerome

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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