Café Zupas will open in Boise on Oct. 22 in the former TGI Fridays spot, 600 N. Milwaukee St.
The Utah-based restaurant chain, which has around 30 stores, prides itself on making soups, salad dressings and sandwich spreads from scratch.
Most of the restaurants are in Utah, but the company has recently branched out into neighboring states such as Nevada, Arizona and Idaho. This will be the second Café Zupas in Idaho.
Expect to see the same menu as the Café Zupas in Meridian, 2148 N. Eagle Road. In other words, don’t be surprised to find lots of entrée-sized salads, sandwiches and soups galore.
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The lineup of soups includes tomato-basil with orzo, creamy cauliflower with cheddar, New England-style clam chowder, wild mushroom bisque, roasted veggie with quinoa and more.
A third Café Zupas Idaho location will debut later this year in Boise at 111 Broadway Ave. in the newly renovated Broadway 111 shopping center near Warm Springs Boulevard.
Café Zupas is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
POPEYE’S COMES TO BROADWAY AVENUE
A new Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen opened Oct. 13 at 1612 S. Broadway Ave. near Boise State University.
It’s hard to miss the new 3,000-square-foot building next to the lovably funky Broadway Bar.
The menu at this fast-casual restaurant includes spicy fried chicken, popcorn shrimp, various po’boy sandwiches and Cajun-style fried fish.
Popeye’s also dishes up a large selection of New Orleans-style sides such as red beans and rice, jambalaya with sausage, buttermilk biscuits and macaroni and cheese.
And yes, there’s a drive-through window for those in a hurry.
Popeye’s started out with humble roots in the New Orleans area in 1972, and the company has grown to more than 2,000 restaurants worldwide. Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits was rebranded as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen in 2014.
Other Popeye’s Treasure Valley locations include 8840 W. Fairview Ave., Boise; 1325 N. Happy Valley Road, Nampa; and 5005 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.
COWBOY UP AT CROSSINGS WINERY
Make reservations now for Crossings Winery’s Cowboy Formal winemaker’s dinner on Nov. 7 at the winery in Glenns Ferry, 1289 W. Madison Ave.
Don’t worry about dressing too formal, though. Just shine up those cowboy boots, dust off the 10-gallon hat and throw on a bowtie (don’t forget the pants and shirt) for this six-course dinner paired with six wines made by Neil Glancey.
The event ($90 per person, tax and gratuity included) will take place downstairs in the barrel room.
Chef Hilda Reyes’ autumn menu will include orange crostini with roasted cranberries, a Bloody Mary-inspired soup, crab-stuffed beef tenderloin and pumpkin-gingersnap tiramisu, to name a few.
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and wine, and the first course will be served at 6:30.
Reservations, call (208) 366-2313. Online: crossingswinery.com
GURU DONUTS OCTOBER FLAVORS
Guru Donuts, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., is celebrating spooky month with a lineup of fall-inspired doughy treats guaranteed to take care of that sweet tooth.
October doughnut flavors include The Charlie Brown (a pumpkin donut with a zigzag of root beer glaze designed to look like Chuck’s shirt), Brambleberry, Pumpkin Chai, Vanilla Bean Coconut and The Cinderella, a pumpkin pie-filled bismark dusted with crunchy pie crumb.
Guru Donuts also makes its own syrups for coffee drinks and housemade cream sodas. Syrup flavors include creamsicle, vanilla bean, hazelnut, caramel, almond, mixed berry and orange-cardamom.
Or wash everything down with a glass of fizzy kombucha (lemon-lavender and carrot-ginger-turmeric) on tap from the Idaho Kombucha Company.
SCORE SOME WILD ALASKAN SALMON
George Meintel and Cynthia Wallesz, who own and operate a fishing boat in Petersburg, Alaska, recently got back to Boise with a big catch of sockeye and coho salmon.
The married couple split their time between southeast Alaska and Boise, where they sell their frozen C&G’s Wild Alaskan Salmon at the Boise Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays) and in the fish case at the Boise Co-op.
Load up on bright-orange sockeye and coho fillets and applewood-smoked coho strips. Bulk discounts are available.
For more information, visit candgs.com.
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