Review: Jerry’s State Court Cafe, Boise

Apr 28, 2014 by     2 Comments    Posted under: Boise, Idaho, Restaurants, Reviews

Looking for a good breakfast in Boise?  Then head on over to Jerry’s State Court Cafe.  They don’t serve “knock you socks off amazing” food, but they do serve honest, tasty, made-from-scratch good old fashioned diner deliciousness.  They have a huge selection of choices, including some damn delicious gluten-free pancakes that were some of the lightest and fluffiest I’ve ever experienced.  Omelets, scrambles, gravies, deep fried goodies, pancakes, waffles, benedicts, and more fill their menu.  I’ve had a few of their selections on different visits now, and each one has been tasty and satisfying.  Again, not the best out there, but decent and well worth eating.  Here’s a couple of dishes from a recent breakfast visit.

Jerry’s State Court Cafe Crab Benedict

Jerry's State Court Cafe Crab Benedict

Jerry’s State Court Cafe Crab Benedict

Thanks to the amazing Lobster Benedict I sampled at Market Street Grill in Salt Lake City, I was filled with excitement when I saw Crab Benedict on the menu at Jerry’s.  There really wasn’t another option for me.  I knew I had to order this dish.  The two were surprisingly similar to each other.  Both had seafood, poached eggs, asparagus garnish, and both were swimming in hollandaise sauce.  But Jerry’s fell a bit short with their crab.  They used what seemed to me to be canned crab.  I know, what could I really expect from a diner, but Jerry’s was so close to perfection but then fell short.  If they only would have upped the price a couple bucks and used fresh crab instead, this dish would have been spectacular.  But as it was, the crab was a bit fishy flavored and was a bit chewy.  Too bad.  But the eggs were poached perfectly, and the house-made hollandaise sauce was superb.

That hollandaise was some of the best I’ve had.  It had a very prominent bright lemon flavor, with some fresh herbs to brighten it even more.  And it tasted like pure butter.  Simply fantastic.  I’m confident that any of their Benedicts would be awesome because of this hollandaise.  Can I order a 1/2 gallon take out to sip on throughout the day?

Jerry’s State Court Cafe Huevos Rancheros

Jerry's State Court Cafe Huevos Rancheros

Jerry’s State Court Cafe Huevos Rancheros

Like usual, Sadie ordered the best thing on the menu.  She has an uncanny ability to do that.  Her choice at Jerry’s?  Huevos Rancheros.

These Huevos Rancheros were actually pretty amazing.  The black beans underneath the tortilla were pretty average, but the green chili was out of this world.  I don’t know what Jerry did to that stuff, but damn!  It was very mild, but had the best Mexican spices, green chiles, and tomatillo combination I’ve possibly ever had.  Slow cooked with ground pork, this stuff was really something.  The cheddar cheese was a great pairing, and the masa flavor from the corn tortillas put it right over the edge.  Thank you for this treat Jerry!

The Hashbrowns at Jerry’s State Court Cafe

All of Jerry’s breakfast dishes come with their house-made hashbrowns.  Yup, you heard me correctly.  They grate and cook all of their hashbrowns on location from real Idaho potatoes.  The result of that effort is a perfect pile of hashbrowns that are simply a joy to eat.  They were firm, soft, individual little shreds of potatoes, perfectly fried to a golden brown.  Well done Jerry.  Well done.

Should I eat at Jerry’s State Court Cafe?

Most definitely.  Like I said, its not the most amazing food you’ll ever enjoy, but they do a good a job job, have a huge selection, and offer a couple outstanding options.  They take their time and make most everything from scratch in-house.  I sure admire that in a restaurant.  Have the Huevos Rancheros or something with Hollandaise sauce on it, and you’ll be a happy fat diner.

The decor is “county grandma chic”, something I personally despise, but it kind of fits and somehow works.  The servers are very experienced, a bit rough around the edges, and will dish obnoxiousness right back at you.  But I kind of like that sort of thing.  Jerry’s is a pretty good place, and somewhere I’d be comfortable taking any out of town guests to for a good breakfast.

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The Bald Gourmet enjoys a tasty breakfast at Jerry’s State Court Cafe.


2 Comments + Add Comment

  • I get hung up on the German Pancake (Elmer’s leftover item) and the Eggs Benny.

    I want to try other things but I…just…cant…get away from the goodness of those two items.

    • Ha! So true Michael. I’ll have to try the German Pancakes next time I go to Jerry’s.

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