What is it: Deep on the Bench, you’ll drive right by Tango’s if you aren’t looking for it. A tiny, no-frills building squished between a residential street and a title loan shop, Tango’s may very well be the most unassuming hidden gem in all of Boise. Once you belly up to the counter, chat with owners Louis and Monica Bremmer and taste a sampling of their Argentinian empanadas. You’ll never want to leave.
Why go: Monica Bremmer may insist she isn’t a chef but the Argentinian transplant wrote the menu at Tango’s and she makes all of the shop’s empanada dough by hand. Louis greets every customer, regular or otherwise, like his actual family, and the crispy fried empanadas, packed with fillings both traditional and Americanized, are mouth-wateringly delicious. Try the Gaucho (ground beef, boiled eggs, olives, peppers and spices) or the Cuzco (creamed corn, onions, tomatoes and peppers) for flavors you’d find at actual Argentinian street stalls, or go for the green bean casserole (beans, cream of mushroom soup and crispy French fried onions) for an American staple fried inside a salty dough casing. The dessert empanadas are also not to be missed, filled with sweet fruit, chocolate and dulce de leche and made à la mode upon request.