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New Boise restaurant opens, serving food with ‘a little bit of bite’

Yes, that’s the same familiar “Hungry?” logo above the door — even the same “Now Open” banner. But Speedy Burger, which closed in 2016 after eight months of business, has become Taqueria La Flama.
Yes, that’s the same familiar “Hungry?” logo above the door — even the same “Now Open” banner. But Speedy Burger, which closed in 2016 after eight months of business, has become Taqueria La Flama. Michael Deeds

Ever since they moved to Boise two years ago from eastern Washington, Louis and Belinda Mattly have hoped to find a nearby Mexican restaurant that converted them into loyal customers.

Walking past 1680 N. Westland Drive, the couple stumbled upon it — in the former Speedy Burger space across from Pojo’s Family Fun Center on Fairview Avenue.

With little fanfare beyond a “Now Open” banner on the fence, Taqueria La Flama opened last week.

There was only a partial menu available, but already, it’s “the closest to a good, authentic Mexican restaurant” the Mattlys have found in Boise, Belinda said.

“It’s very good,” she said. “Straight-ahead Mexican.”

“If you like a little bit of bite ...” Louis added.

“... They have excellent sauces,” Belinda finished.

Customers order at the counter at Taqueria La Flama. Food is then delivered to the dining area. A server politely checked on the Mattlys as they savored chicken tacos ($1.35 each) and an enchilada verde plate ($8.99).

Taqueria La Flama cooks up an array of Mexican standards such as mulitas ($2.99), quesadillas ($5.99), burritos ($5.99), steak fajitas ($10.49), carne asada ($11.49) and camarones a la diabla ($10.89). Tacos come in a choice of six meats. Adobada, carnitas and pollo tacos are $1.35. Asada, lengua and tripa are $1.75. Appetizers include favorites such as taquitos (four for $6.99) and chicken flautas ($8.99). There’s also a kids menu. Oh, and desserts. Wait, is strawberry cheesecake ($3.99) Mexican food? On second thought, who cares?

Don’t miss the self-serve garnish bar, which includes six colorful, homemade sauces to spice up your taco or basket of tortilla chips.

Taqueria La Flama’s full menu, as well as a drive-thru window, were expected to be up and running this week. You already can order food to go. When word spreads and construction on Fairview ends, it’s easy to imagine business picking up quickly.

“We’re totally screwed,” Belinda Mattly confessed, scooping her plate with a slice of radish. “It’s great for the neighborhood but terrible for my waistline.”

Phone: (208) 639-1816. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Online: Facebook.com/boisetaquerialaflama.

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