Eureka! will open Monday, Oct. 17, in the former Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt spot at 800 W. Idaho St. along Boise’s bustling Eighth Street corridor.
The California-based chain of upscale burger joints, founded in 2009, has earned an ardent following in other cities for its over-the-top burgers, large selection of craft brews and whiskeys.
Don’t be surprised to find a Cowboy Burger ($12.50; topped with bacon, cheddar, wispy onion rings and beer-spiked barbecue sauce), a Jalapeno Egg Burger ($12.50) and a luxurious Bone Marrow Burger ($16.50) made with bone marrow-porcini butter and mustard aioli.
Besides burgers, Eureka! also dishes up soups, salads, street-style tacos and a few entrées. Appetizers include smoked chicken nachos ($11), lollipop corn dogs ($8), truffle cheese fries ($8) and grilled shishito peppers with tobiko ($8).
The restaurant offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect to find Bananas Foster French toast ($12), Creole-inspired eggs Benedict ($12) and huevos rancheros ($10) made with spicy turkey chili, fried eggs and ranchero sauce.
Beer geeks can choose from a selection of 40 brews — half rotating, half standing. You’ll even find several beers from Boise-area breweries.
Check out “Hoppy Hour” from 2 to 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close daily, when you can score deals on drinks and appetizers.
Eureka! has more than 20 restaurants, most of which are in California. The company recently branched out into Texas and the Seattle area.
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Black Rock comes to the Valley
The first of two Black Rock Coffee Bar locations to open in the Treasure Valley this year debuted Sept. 30 in Meridian, at 1757 W. Chinden Blvd., near the corner of Linder Road.
The Oregon-based franchiser is known for its signature roasted coffee beans and modern, urban design. The stand-alone building has inside seating and a drive-through.
Expect to find espresso drinks, drip coffee, hot chocolate, Italian sodas, smoothies and milkshakes. The coffee beans, which come from various parts of the world, are roasted in small batches at the corporate headquarters in Portland. The company is working on a special blend for cold-brew coffee, which they will be introducing in the coming months.
As for food, Black Rock in Meridian serves freshly baked breakfast pastries from Gaston’s Bakery and Blue Sky Bagels with cream cheese.
A second Black Rock is slated to open later this fall in Boise, at 1604 S. Broadway Ave., next to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.
The company has plans to open five more franchised stores (sites to be determined later) in the Treasure Valley over the next three years.
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
36th Street Bistro wine dinner
36th Street Bistro, 3823 N. Garden Center Way, is joining forces with BRJ Distributing for a wine dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26.
Chef Joe Leseberg and his staff will serve a seasonal four-course tasting menu ($45 per person) paired to select wines from different wine regions around the world.
Start things off with harvest vegetable soup (hominy, braised kale and sage) that should play well with a glass of Chateau Pilet Blanc from France.
The second course includes a choice of kohlrabi fritters with goat cheese crème and a fried duck egg (served with Les Jamelles Pinot Noir from France) or a caramel apple salad with spiced walnuts, jicama and endive paired with Gordon Estate Chardonnay from Washington.
For the third course, choose between pan-roasted rockfish with Pernod creamed spinach (served with a red blend from Mercer Canyons in Washington) and brown sugar-smoked brisket with creamy ham grits and Parmesan-dusted parsnip fries (served with Gravel Bar Cabernet from California).
The dessert course includes a choice of baked plums with honey-granola crumble and nectarine ice cream (served with Ruggeri Prosecco from Italy) or a Banana Blondie with peanut butter, toasted meringue and chocolate ganache paired with Pinnacoli Primitivo from Italy.
For reservations, call (208) 433-5108.
Taste the season at Guru Donuts
Guru Donuts, 928 W. Main St., is celebrating spooky month with a lineup of fall-inspired donuts.
October flavors include the Great Pumpkin ($3; a dark chocolate-drizzled Bismarck filled pumpkin pie cheesecake), a crusty caramel-apple fritter ($3) and a blood orange and cardamom-glazed raised donut ($2) topped with basil chiffonade.
Or you can go for a chai-spiced caramel raised donut ($2) or an apple cider cake donut ($1.50) dusted with cinnamon-vanilla bean sugar.
Guru Donuts is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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