The popular ice cream shop and burger joint has added hotcakes and eggs to its menu. In other news, the Culinary Walkabout and Russian Food Festival are coming up. And Capitol Bar is offering a “Paper Plate Prime Rib” dinner on Fridays.
Chef Dustan Bristol, owner of Brick 29 Bistro and On the Fly Rotisserie Deli, talks about eating gluten-free at his restaurant, while Mike Gaona, sauté chef, whips up the sauteed chicken breast in a mushroom, shallot, bourbon and cream reduction sauce — instead of using flour — and served on crispy polenta.
It’s time to make reservations (if you haven’t already) to take Mom out for a nice meal on Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 8. Here are several restaurants in the Boise area offering brunch buffets or special menus:
This upscale restaurant and lounge recently opened in the former Windingcreek Grill spot near Downtown Eagle. The seasonal menu, like the wine list, bounces around the globe for inspiration. Appetizers are meant for sharing. Try the tapas platter, packed with Serrano ham-wrapped asparagus, nutty manchego cheese, green olives, dried chorizo and chilled slices of egg-and-potato tortilla. Noteworthy entrée picks include the Basque-marinated flat iron steak and vegetarian Napoleon. Make sure to have the glazed donut bread pudding for dessert.
The Capital City Public Market starts its 23rd season on April 16 in Downtown Boise. In other news, the West Boise Saturday Market kicks off its inaugural season this weekend next to the Boise Public Library, Big K BBQ is getting bigger, and Sur La Table has interesting cooking classes.
The Counter, which opened two years ago at The Village at Meridian, is a California-based chain that specializes in gourmet burgers and fun twists on traditional side dishes. Try a Muffuletta burger, a hand-formed, all-natural beef patty piled high on a crusty ciabatta roll with shaved ham, gooey provolone, roasted red pepper and briny olive salad. The gluten-free crowd will find plenty to eat here as well thanks to a large selection of “Burgers in a Bowl.”
This family-run, independent restaurant in Meridian serves scratch-made soups, salads and sandwiches. Carnivores should try the cheeseburger or buffalo chicken soup. Vegetarian or gluten-free? Try the asparagus-leek or red potato-leek soup.
Oak Barrel of Eagle recently opened in the former Windingcreek Grill spot at 1065 E. Winding Creek Drive near downtown Eagle.Boise restaurant fans may remember when chef Jered Couch operated SixOneSix in the space from 2006-2008. Oak Barrel still has the same cool booths.