It’s raining kimchi in Boise.
Not really. But another Korean restaurant, Seoul Korean Cuisine, opened in late July at 10386 W. Ustick Road near Sonic Drive-In.
That makes two new Korean eateries in less than a month in the City of Trees.
Seoul Korean Cuisine, like Gangnam on Orchard Street, serves banchan-style side dishes such as kimchi, scallion pancakes and other small bites that everyone at the table shares.
The dinner menu is still in the process of being finalized, but for now diners can get beef bulgogi, pork bulgogi, honey chicken and various sharable stews.
During the day, the restaurant offers a small lunch buffet packed with Korean classics such as bibimbap, kalbi short ribs, stir-fried glass noodles and spicy stews.
For dessert, try the patbingsu, a bright hodgepodge of shaved ice, sweet red beans, rice cakes, pineapple and chewy little candies.
A beer and wine license is in the works.
Seoul Korean Cuisine is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and all day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
It’s no secret that Meridian is the land of corporate restaurants. So, foodies in this stretch of Ada County were delighted when Grant’s Neighborhood Grill, 1835 W. Cherry Lane, opened in early June in West Meridian.
Owners Mike and Rae Grant, a husband and wife team who also own Papa Joe’s near Boise State University, decided it was time to try their hand at farm-to-table cuisine.
As the name suggests, Grant’s Neighborhood Grill strives to give West Valley denizens a fun place to enjoy Boise-area brews and an inventive New American menu pocked with local foodstuffs.
Executive Chef Aaron Sheets goes out of his way to source food from around these parts for his seasonal menu.
For now, expect to find small plates such as tempura-coated green beans, seared duck breast with apple-dried apricot salad and a crispy crab cake with corn shoot slaw and ginger-lime vinaigrette.
Larger plates include Parmesan gnocchi and a 12-ounce ribeye with horseradish aioli. Diners can also get burgers, sandwiches and large salads.
Wash everything down with a pint of local craft beer. Don’t be surprised to find Sockeye Angel’s Perch, Payette Mutton Buster and Slanted Rock Afternoon Delight Kolsch on draft, to name a few.
The restaurant and bar also offers fun twists on classic cocktails and a wine list that pairs well with the food. How does a Huckleberry Collins sound after a long day at the office?
Grant’s Neighborhood Grill is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Phone: (208) 884-4278.
NAMPA GETS A CHIPOTLE
In late July, Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first store in Nampa, at 1471 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., in the former Planet Beach spot near Karcher Mall.
This socially responsible fast-casual chain is known for its fresh ingredients and letting diners design their own meals. The company recently announced that it would no longer be using genetically modified food on its menus across the nation.
Chipotle serves customizable burritos, tacos, salads and burrito bowls layered with meat or sofritos (spicy shredded tofu), rice, beans, veggies, salsa and guacamole.
All salsas are made in house, and the list includes pico de gallo, spicy tomatillo salsa and roasted chili-corn salsa.
Chipotle in Nampa is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Phone: (208) 461-7401.
KB’S COMES TO MCCALL
Why not grab a big burrito after frolicking in Payette Lake all day?
Ketchum-based burrito slingers KB’s recently opened in McCall, at 616 N. 3rd St., in the former Wraptor spot kitty-corner from McCall Brewing Company. KB’s has three other locations: Ketchum, Hailey and Twin Falls.
Big-bomb burritos are the orders of the day at KB’s. Diners can choose their own fillings or go with a specialty burrito such as Jordan’s Burrito, which is packed with pork, yams, black beans and guacamole. The fast-casual eatery also serves breakfast burritos, salads, enchiladas and assorted tacos. The fish tacos with zesty slaw are a good pick.
KB’s is popular with vegetarians thanks to its thoughtful list of meatless burritos and miso tacos. Try a Kitchen Sink Burrito, a fat boy made with seasoned beans, cabbage, corn, jalapeno, fresh salsa and more.
KB’s is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
Phone: (208) 634-5500.
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