North End Pizza debuts in Hyde Park

Special to the Idaho Statesman


There’s no shortage of pizza options in Hyde Park. North End Pizza opened two weeks ago, adding more pie to the choices already offered by Sun Ray Cafe.
There’s no shortage of pizza options in Hyde Park. North End Pizza opened two weeks ago, adding more pie to the choices already offered by Sun Ray Cafe.

North End Pizza opened June 30 at 1513 N. 13th St. in Hyde Park.

T.J. and Missy Sayles, co-owners of German bar Prost in Downtown Boise, spent several months remodeling the former Brumfield’s Gallery space into a stylish pizza and beer emporium with the North End neighborhood in mind.

The concept is modeled after the decidedly casual Ridge Pizza in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, albeit with a funky Hyde Park twist. The Sayles have once again teamed up with their business partner Chris Navarra, a Seattle restaurateur who owns Ridge Pizza and Prost German Pubs.

Don’t expect to find thin-crusted Neapolitan pies here, instead the crust is somewhere between Chicago and New York in terms of thickness.

The hand-tossed specialty pizzas (offered in 12- and 18-inch sizes) are named after businesses in Hyde Park. For example, the Sun Ray ($17/$26) boasts artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic and goat cheese. The Hyde Perk ($17/$26) is a real eye-opener with bacon, Gorgonzola and freshly sliced pear.

Diners also can build their own pies ($13-$17) and get appetizers, salads and sandwiches ($10-$11).

Check out the special lunch menu offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. It includes baked penne pasta ($7), calzones ($8) and pizza by the slice ($3-$4).

The pizza joint keeps a rotating selection of around 15 local, domestic and imported brews on tap. How does a pitcher of Rainier Lager sound for $13? The wine list predominantly features affordable Italian wines by the glass/bottle and local Split Rail wines on tap.

North End Pizza is open 11:30 a.m. to midnight (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.) Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight) Friday and Saturday.

Online: northendpizzaboise.com.

New Tango’s in Nampa

Tango’s Empanadas recently opened in Nampa at 337 Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard.

The flagship restaurant at 701 N. Orchard St. in Boise will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in September. Owners Luis and Monica Bremmer have earned a loyal following over the years for serving flaky empanadas and Argentine-style submarine sandwiches.

Tango’s dishes up various savory empanadas ($2.50/meat, cheese and veggie), including the Gaucho, a hand-held pie made with ground beef, eggs, olives, onion and bell pepper. The chicken mole empanada is an excellent choice as well.

Sweet empanadas ($2.50-$2.75) include chocolate, dulce de leche (caramel) and cherry, to name a few.

Try a sub sandwich ($6-$6.95) built on a crusty, freshly baked roll. The Choripan (house-made sausage with chimichurri sauce, lettuce and tomato) is a tasty pick.

Tango’s Empanadas is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Nampa restaurant has a drive-thru for those in a hurry.

Online: tangos-empanadas.com.

Boise Fry Co. coming to Nampa

Boise Fry Company is slated to open later this summer in downtown Nampa, at 224 12th Ave. S., across the street from the Nampa Public Library.

It will be the fifth Treasure Valley location for the Boise-based fast-casual chain/franchiser, which has restaurants in Boise at 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 3083 S. Bown Way and 6944 W. State St., and in Meridian at 2020 E. Overland Road. Boise Fry Co. also has a store on Burnside Street in Portland.

The eatery is known for its double-cooked fries (think Belgian-style) and beef, bison and vegan burgers.

Diners get to choose their size of fries (small or large), type of spud (russet, gold, yam, sweet potato, purple and more) and the cut, which includes regular, home-style, curly and shoestring.

Online: boisefrycompany.com.

Popeye’s opens in Meridian

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen opened its fifth Treasure Valley location on June 28 in Meridian, at 3671 E. Fairview Ave., across from The Village at Meridian.

The menu at this fast-casual restaurant includes spicy fried chicken, popcorn shrimp, various po’boy sandwiches and Cajun-style fried fish.

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 in the area can be found at 8840 W. Fairview Ave., Boise; 1612 S. Broadway Ave., Boise; 1325 N. Happy Valley Road, Nampa; and 5005 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.

Online: popeyes.com.

Cheerleaders closes; The Tailgate opens

Sports bar Cheerleaders at 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Drive has reopened under new ownership and a new name — The Tailgate.

After purchasing Cheerleaders in April, owner Ted Challenger decided it was time for a change.

Patrons will find a revamped menu, new drinks and an atmosphere that’s more inviting to women, Challenger says.

The Tailgate will offer some healthier menu choices, a better wine list, a redone patio — oh, and a DJ booth for light dancing some nights, Challenger adds.

He also plans to launch a free, 35-passenger shuttle in mid-August that will transport patrons to and from his other bars in Downtown Boise: Amsterdam Lounge, 609 W. Main St., and China Blue/Dirty Little Roddy’s, 100 S. 6th St.

The Tailgate’s hours are 11 a.m. to close seven days a week.

Online: facebook.com/thetailgateboise.

MickeyRay’s BBQ closes

The last day was July 2 for the restaurant at 980 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise.

Owner Mickey Shields closed his other MickeyRay’s location at 395 W. State St. in Eagle last year after deciding not to renew the lease. At the time, he said that the MickeyRay’s in Boise was “doing fine.”

But Shields recently decided to pursue another career opportunity. With the Boise lease also coming up for renewal, he says, the time seemed right to start this new chapter in his life.

MickeyRay’s opened in Eagle in 2010 and in Boise in 2011. The restaurant won third place this year in the “Best Local Barbecue” category of the Idaho Statesman’s Best of Treasure Valley readers choice awards.

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