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930 S Vista Ave, Boise, Idaho, USA, 83709

Serves meat, vegan options available. In late-2014 MFT BBQ and Vegan renamed and moved to this location. Same menu of traditional BBQ along with vegan food. Vegan choices such as smoked tempeh sandwich, spicy coleslaw, beans, and potato salad. Kitchen makes its own sauces and rubs. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (8)

First Review by millavinilla

Fabulous Find on the road - Edit

We'd been driving for days. We used Happy Cow and discovered this place to be only 3 miles off the freeway. SCORE! Excellent menu, friendly & family owned.

Pros: Lots of vegan options to choose from., large servings, low price, fast service

Cons: None...only wish they were in our community too.


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Nice find when I arrived in Boise - Edit

The night I arrive in Boise for a 2 month contract for work I saw this place and had to try it. I love all the vegan options, had to go back a few times to try them all. Their vegan dishes are very creative and super delish. The vegan deserts are very rich, moist and tasty, the best I have had in a long time!! The nut based vegan cheese is very good but wish it was a little thicker n creamier. The staff and service are both outstanding.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Super friendly staff , Allow for substitutions

Cons: No beer or wine


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Good food - Edit

It seems like an odd combo - a restaurant that specializes in lots of meat and lots of vegan options, but it's true.

We ordered a Vegaloaf sandwich, vegan mac and cheese, vegan potato salad, vegan cornbread, and vegan chocolate cake. The sandwich was very good and though the menu says it is served with a chocolate raspberry BBQ sauce, they were out and it was served with a medium regular type of BBQ sauce. The vegan potato salad was excellent and I really don't think a non-vegan would even notice any difference. Lots of thick chunks of potato. The vegan cornbread was good, though very heavy and dense - more like a brownie texture than a flaky, cakey cornbread. The chocolate cake was a slice of cake with frosting on top, served warm. It was good, nice and moist.

We were really looking forward to the vegan mac and cheese and it was disappointing. The noodles were very soft and overcooked - they just fell apart. The sauce was pretty much flavorless except for way too much pepper. Even my husband who loves to put pepper on everything thought it was too much. There was no real "cheese" flavor or much of any flavor at all except mushy noodles and pepper. I would not recommend it.

The atmosphere of the place is very casual. The night we were there apparently a server had a family emergency so one guy was handling the dining room, but he apologized right out for slow service, and he really did a good job keeping up with the customers.

The only thing I would say as a vegan is that this is also a BBQ place, and it smells like cooked meat. This won't bother most people - and of course meat eaters will love it. But some vegans might be put off by it.

The location is probably 15 minutes outside the city center, in a little strip mall.


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Great for a Traveling Vegan in a Family of Non-Vegans - Edit

We had been on the road for some time and this place fit everyones needs. The vegan apricot bread pudding? AMAZING. However, I like my food extremely hot and they served theirs at a more kids temp, but they'll heat your food up if you ask :)

Pros: Convenient, Dessert

Cons: Temperature of food


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decent for where it is geographically. - Edit

Sandwich was ok, the slaw on it was the best part. The tempeh seemed like store bought strips. The vegan Mac and cheese was to be desired, pretty bland, and a super small portion size, although the sandwich size made up for it. I'm prolly just spoiled living in Portland and having Homegrown vegan smoker which is most likely the best vegan bbq place in the country. They need to learn about nutritional yeast lol. But for being in a vegan wasteland of sorts it is a great option to have.

Pros: next to the airport, fast service, friendly staff

Cons: flavor of particular items to be desired


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Really enjoyed it! - Edit

Great sandwich, coleslaw and bread pudding for my meal...all vegan! They also carry local sodas. Super nice people. Quick service.
There are several vegan options when it comes to sandwiches, also a few vegan desert options. They have plans to add more vegan choices.

Pros: Variety of vegan choices, Great service, Yummy vegan deserts


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Fun, *Mostly* vegan - Edit

Such a fun place! Picnic tables, and full "vegan" menu consisting of primarily tempeh-based BBQ sandwiches, sides (think mac and cheese and potato salad), and desserts. We were told that some of the options that were listed as vegan contained honey, which is frustrating. I hope that they change this.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Honey


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Vegan Comfort Food - Edit

Don't expect to eat very healthy here, but it's a great place for comfort food. Potato salad is pretty tasty. I also really liked the chocolate bbq sauce. Hopefully they will expand their menu. Mainly tempeh.


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