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Old 10-14-2015, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Ammon
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I have to say that the biggest adjustment in moving to Idaho Falls from California is the total lack of ANY good seafood restaurants in the area. Sure, you can get sushi and tempura, and there are a few places here that think they make a decent fish taco (they don't), but try to find a good fresh grilled halibut and you will go home hungry.

And don't let any of the old time locals tell you that Jakers has good seafood. Sizzler could give them a run for their money.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:22 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I have to say that the biggest adjustment in moving to Idaho Falls from California is the total lack of ANY good seafood restaurants in the area. Sure, you can get sushi and tempura, and there are a few places here that think they make a decent fish taco (they don't), but try to find a good fresh grilled halibut and you will go home hungry.

And don't let any of the old time locals tell you that Jakers has good seafood. Sizzler could give them a run for their money.
You can go fishing and catch and cook your own. Fresh and tastes alot better. You are liimited to whatever is local in your area i.e. lakes, rivers.
No salt water. A friend of mine told me Idaho doesn't have any good Chinese restaurants.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:27 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I have managed for the time I've forgotten to take care of things online, to get in and out of DMV on a Friday the last day of the month during the Noon hour in less than 15 minutes. As opposed to CA, we don't need to set appointments.

I can get into my care provider within a week, most often less.

Clueless about Walmart, don't go there and we don't have a Costco in Idaho Falls, but the regular grocery stores; Albertsons, Smith's and Fred Meyers maybe a 3-5 minute wait??

Idaho Falls doesn't have parking meters and quite easy to find a parking space. I usually park farther out than most though so I get more steps in

Never have had to wait in line at my bank or credit union, then again I have direct deposit.
Sounds like a dream compared to here.
I know there is a Super Walmart in Grangeville but I don't know much about that town. It looks a bit crowded in the Town but if you go south there appears to be less population density and more open space.
I thought Idaho had a Costco or two? I understand that Idaho taxes food unlike here.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:29 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Welcome to eastern Idaho. I hope you enjoy your relocation and aren't too put off by the LDS non-welcoming committees, and the neighbors that pretend you don't exist if you don't attend "their church".
We need more immigration and more diversity here, and very much welcome those from areas where there is far more variety of beliefs and lifestyles.
Not many Asian Americans living in Idaho?
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Do you often have to wait in long lines at whatever places of business you go to i.e. Doctor offices, How long are doctors booked in Idaho? Here it is about a 3 week wait.

Do you have to wait in long lines at Walmart, grocery stores, Costco, gas station or banks?
Does it take forever to get parking in Idaho like here where it costs alot of $$$ now to park your car here. And that is only if you can find a parking space..

Which part of Idaho has the least amount of traffic and traffic stoplights?
There may be some doctors who are more popular than other doctors, but Idaho Falls is full of them, from G.P.s to specialists. How long their reservation times are will all depend on you, your medical problems, and the particular doctor you choose here. My reservation time for a physical or a check-up is 2 weeks or less. Dentists are more heavily booked.

To all the others you mentioned, the simple answer is No. We have longer wait times at the big grocery stores on weekends and paydays, but lines in banks, gas stations etc. arent usually very long except on paydays. Again, it all depends on your choices. Idaho Falls has offices for all the big banks, and has a lot of local/regional credit unions and a lot of small to regional banks as well.

In my own financial dealings, I'm using a local bank that grew into regional size, a regional credit union, and make mortgage payments to Chase. All here in town, and I've never had to wait very long in any of them.

The parking here is still free, and the businesses you listed all have sufficient parking spaces; I haven't seen one yet that didn't.

All the arterial streets in town have stoplights. The only way you will know which have the heaviest traffic is to drive around here and discover for yourself. Some of the arterials have alternate streets that can be used in the heaviest drive times, and others do not.
On some of them the stoplights are set well; if you drive exactly at the speed limit, you may not have to stop for miles. On others, you will find some long waits at the lights. The city is just now working on a computerized traffic signal system that will smooth the flow and cut down the waits.

No Costco yet, but one coming soon. But Winco, a regional chain, has a grocery store the size of most Costcos, and has shockingly low food prices compared to California. They sell tons and tons of groceries daily.

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Old 10-15-2015, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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You can go fishing and catch and cook your own. Fresh and tastes alot better. You are liimited to whatever is local in your area i.e. lakes, rivers.
No salt water. A friend of mine told me Idaho doesn't have any good Chinese restaurants.
Your friend is wrong about the Chinese restaurants. We have some good ones.
There are trout farms less than 200 miles away that deliver trout to restaurants and groceries here, and it's always fresh, but you're right about the salt water fish. Some is good on arrival, some not, but it all comes frozen.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Not many Asian Americans living in Idaho?
We have quite a few- many of our Japanese families have lived here for generations. Boise and the Treasure Vally has more, though, especially in the farm towns in the Treasure Valley.
Our local folks are mostly Chinese, Japanese and Korean. I don't know how many Vietnamese we have. We have a few Thais. Not very many Philippinos.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:19 PM
 
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We have quite a few- many of our Japanese families have lived here for generations. Boise and the Treasure Vally has more, though, especially in the farm towns in the Treasure Valley.
Our local folks are mostly Chinese, Japanese and Korean. I don't know how many Vietnamese we have. We have a few Thais. Not very many Philippinos.

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Old 11-16-2015, 11:44 PM
 
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Your friend is wrong about the Chinese restaurants. We have some good ones.
Where? I haven't found one yet. If good Idahoan Chinese is out there, I'd like to know!
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Idaho Falls (Ammon)
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Where? I haven't found one yet. If good Idahoan Chinese is out there, I'd like to know!
I don't know that it meets the strict definition of Chinese (I guess it's technically Burmese), but I've heard good things about Ming's Eatery, downtown. I haven't eaten there myself.
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